Alt title: The Legend of Mahjong: Akagi

TV (26 eps)
2005 - 2006
Fall 2005
4.053 out of 5 from 4,333 votes
Rank #1,123

One stormy night, a desperate man finds himself playing Mahjong with yakuza thugs; the prize is his life. He is losing, and death seems certain, until a teenage boy stumbles out of the darkness into the Mahjong parlor, drenched in rain. Allowed to watch, the boy soon offers to play in place of the marked man, and that night, a legend is born. After his first taste for Mahjong, Akagi Shigeru finds himself entangled in the dark underworld of Mahjong gambling: for money, reputation, and lives.

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Episode 1

The Genius Who Descended Into the Darkness

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Episode 2

The Awakening of Talent

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Episode 3

The Sinister Scheme

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Episode 4

A True Outlaw

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Episode 5

The Treacherous Tse Ii Men

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Episode 6

The Picaro's Talent

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Episode 7

An Innocent Devil

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Episode 8

The Sign of Rebirth

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Episode 9

The Authenticity of Genius

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Episode 10

The Announcement of the Counterattack

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Episode 11

The Foundation for Despair

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Episode 12

The Magic of Coincidence

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valondar Feb 25, 2009
Score 7/10

In the dank, crime-ridden underbelly of postwar Japan there are all manner of sleazy hoods, desperate losers and brutal powerbrokers. Rising triumphant among them all is a man who becomes the birth of a legend, an amoral being who abuses his profound understanding of the human mind by manipulating his foes to their own destruction. Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the world of mahjong. With mind... read more

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TheBrickGuy Jan 16, 2012
Score 9/10

Story (8/10) Akagi is about Mahjong, and is a prequel to the manga Ten. The story centers around one of the main characters from Ten; Akagi. In this anime, we discover how Akagi rose through the Japanese underworld and became a Mahjong champion. While the story only covers around 4 events, it does it with every bit of suspense you would expect from Fukumoto. The ending is a bit abrupt, but doesn't leave the... read more

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