Akagi


Whereas in tj han’s blog the Bible is Last Exile, in my blog, the Qur’an is Honey and Clover. If you don’t like it I’m going to declare jihad on you, and I’m much more austere than tj han is (in case you didn’t get it, this was a joke). As you may have noticed, I’m probably going to wax lyrical about H&C for most of the time, but that’s not why I mentioned it in this post. I’ve mentioned why I like H&C in my other posts, but to stress a point, the biggest reasons as to why I really love it is because of its grit and humanistic realism. Stressed also in my other posts (H&C was spattered around in a commentary supposedly about [insert anime here]) is the fact that unrequited love exists in this series. How many romance series have you watched where the main leads don’t end up happily? There’s only quite a few of them. How about a romance series where you know someone’s going to end up alone? To date, only Honey and Clover is the only anime where you know that someone will be alone by the end of the series because there are more girls than guys, and despite the fact that they all are close friends, they also are the same competitors for the love of a guy or a girl inside that circle. (more…)

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I would have loved to have blogged about this series; for me, it's among the best shows I'm watching this season. The thing is, I'm nine episodes behind, and I wouldn't want to start from scratch – that is, start from episode one.

So I'm just giving a general review.

Akagi Shigeru is a miscreant minor – but it's often not his fault: trouble is often initiated by the other party, yet he's among those who up the ante after being taunted. It all started with a Mahjong game and a Nangou losing heavily – an amount of three million yen, when an Akagi Shigeru, sandy and wet, enters the mahjong parlor. Nangou, looking for a respite, teaches Akagi the basics of the game and lets him play. Although in the losing end, Akagi strikes a bargain: Nangou helps Akagi with an alibi, and with Akagi's cheating he'll let Nangou win. The cheating is obvious after he wins, however, the other players can't do anything about his victory because the cops are in there. Akagi planned it all, and Nangou can only be amazed. (He's sandy because he played a game of chicken. You know, that game where two cars race off a cliff into the ocean. Yeah, that game. I can only be amazed at the amount of balls this kid has. He has roughly ten times more than mine. XD)

He wins with a combination of luck, skill, nerve and balls in the following games until the opponent, named Ryuuzaki, is desperate enough that he calls a pro Mahjong player. With the same cool and calm, Akagi also demolishes the new opponent, named Yagi Keiji. He defeats more professionals as the bets become larger, but in the end, only he stands on top, and the rest become shells of their former selves.

This may not seem anything out-of-the-ordinary from most sport anime; however, how Akagi wins and how he shows his balls and nerve in tough situations make this anime a thrill and an enjoyment to watch. As usual, of course, your mileage may vary. 🙂