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Ten: Tenhōdōri No Kaidanji (天 - 天和通りの快男児) is a mahjong centric Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Nobuyuki Fukumoto. It was first published in 1989 during Japan's economic boom, when gambling manga became popular.[1] Considered a hit in Japan, it was followed by spin-off Akagi[2] in 1992. Ten was adapted into a PlayStation 2 game released by D3 Publisher on December 11, 2003.[3]


Takashi Ten is called to a mahjong club one night to play against Igawa Hiroyuki, a young mahjong player. Having just robbed Ten's friends blind at mahjong, Ten arrives to take back his winnings.. Ten's mahjong style becomes more apparent as the game progresses...amateurish! Ten cheats in the last round, using a move called the Tsubame Gaeshi, and winning with a Tenhou hand. Hiroyuki is angered once Ten admits he cheated after the game. Will he come to understand Ten's "Way of Tenhou", where Ten willingly cheats and gets beat up in response for his friends? Will Ten unlock his true mahjong potential or cheat forever?

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  1. "Creator of Akagi and Kaiji to Visit Finland in June". Anime News Network. 8 April 2010. Retrieved 22 June 2010. 
  2. "Tiles Against Humanity - The Mike Toole Show". Anime News Network. 6 October 2013. Retrieved 3 August 2014. 
  3. "SIMPLE2000シリーズ アルティメット Vol.14 闘牌!ドラマティック麻雀 天 〜天和通りの快男児〜" (in Japanese). Retrieved 3 August 2014. 

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