Saki (咲-Saki-, Saki) is a manga written and illustrated by Ritz Kobayashi. The manga has been serialized in Square Enix's Young Gangan since February 3, 2006, and has been collected into eight tankōbon volumes in Japan as of June 2011. The manga produced many spin-offs, sequel, video games and live-action dramas + films. A 25-episode anime adaptation by Gonzo aired between April and September 2009 on TV Tokyo. The live drama series broadcasted on TBS from December 4, 2016 to January 8, 2017. A live-action film adaptation based on the manga premiered on February 3, 2017.
The spin-off manga illustrated by Aguri Igarashi, Saki Achiga-hen Episode of Side-A, began serialization in the September 2011 issue of Monthly Shōnen Gangan. A 12 episode anime produced by Studio Gokumi began airing in April 2012 on TV Tokyo. The live drama series broadcasted on TBS from December 3, 2017 to January 7, 2018. A live-action film adaptation based on the manga premiered on January 20, 2018.
Saki Miyanaga, a high school first-year student, hates mahjong because her family would always force her to play it and punish her regardless of the outcome of the game. Due to this, she learned how to keep her score at zero, neither winning nor losing, a skill said to be more difficult than actually consistently winning. However, her friend Kyōtarō from middle school, completely unaware of such circumstances, convinces her to visit the school's small mahjong club upon entering into high school. After the club discovers her ability, they recruit her permanently and convince her to win instead of breaking even. She easily does so with her skill and discovers a new love for mahjong. This leads the team to enter the prefecture's high school mahjong tournament with the goal of reaching the national high school competition.
Saki: Achiga-hen Episode of Side-AEdit
The side-story manga, Saki: Achiga-hen Episode of Side-A, follows a girl named Shizuno Takakamo, an old friend of Nodoka Haramura, who used to be in Achiga Girls' Academy's mahjong club together. A few years after the club disbanded and the two split up, Shizuno spots Nodoka on television as she makes her stride in mahjong. Wanting to see her old friend again, Shizuno decides to revive the Achiga Mahjong Club so that she can face Nodoka in the inter-high national championships.
- Saki manga (Young Gangan)(Japanese)
- Saki anime (Japanese)
- Saki anime at TV Tokyo (Japanese)
- Achiga-hen manga (Monthly Shōnen Gangan) (Japanese)
- Achiga-hen Side-A anime (Japanese)
- Achiga-hen Side-A anime at TV Tokyo (Japanese)
- Main Saki anime page at Crunchyroll
- Main Achiga-hen anime page at Crunchyroll
- Main Saki fiction page at Wikipedia
- Saki at MyAnimeList
- Saki 2: Achiga-hen at MyAnimeList
- Saki at the Anime News Network
- Saki 2: Achiga-hen at the Anime News Network