Saki: Zenkoku-hen Episode 3: Start


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  1. magicflier says:

    ” I can’t even tell whether Hiroe fully intended for that kan to lower her opponent’s guard, especially as she had no way of knowing she’d draw a 1-wan from the dead wall. Wait, this is Saki we’re talking about, of course she knew somehow.”

    I lol’ed at this comment more than I should have. xDDD Pretty good episode! Hope that Yuuki will show some of those reporters who’s the better school here. Let’s see how their vanguard match will go.

    • Vantage says:

      The part with the reporters was slightly strange – they’re supposedly ignoring all the non-Nodoka Kiyosumi players, and yet it was Yuuki, Mako and Hisa who were responsible for prematurely ending their first match by sinking someone else below zero.

  2. magicflier says:

    I was told it’s because the reporters think that it was simply an ‘easy’ win of some sort. Not all reporters are ignoring Kiyosumi, but most are. They are only focusing on Nadoka since she still has the ‘Champion of the National Middle School Individuals’ title hence popularity. It doesn’t really have much to do with the actual games really, but what they succeeded in the past. Like how in Achiga despite being able to make it to the semifinals as an unknown school, Senriyama and Shiraitodai still received more attention than them; specifically Teru as she was the chamption of the national high school individuals. So I’m assuming they’re relying on the information of schools that was successful in previous years rather than unknown schools that hasn’t succeeded in anything at all yet. Remember one of those reporters saying “The whole Nagano prefecture has probably dropped in level, anyway”? They’re assuming it’s purely because of luck that Kiyosumi made it this far so “Oh, we should actually pay attention to those schools that actually are worth being reported”.
    This is kind of hilarious because the actual players for each school know that Nadoka isn’t the most dangerous player here. They understand it’s the whole team that can’t be underestimated. XD

    • Vantage says:

      I see, that makes sense. Past achievements probably do matter a great deal – they certainly hype up schools like Rinkai and Senriyama for their high participation rate in the nationals. Even though they think Kiyosumi got this far because of luck, I was hoping they’d grasp the magnitude of having beaten Koromo in the prefecturals (who was, of course, last year’s national MVP).

      Nodoka definitely isn’t the most dangerous player xD And even if she was, it’s all about collective strength – even Arakawa Kei couldn’t sustain her entire team by herself. To an extent that was also the case with Teru in the semifinals (despite her fearsome renchan).

    • magicflier says:

      I’m sure that there are a number of reporters that has ‘grasped the magnitude’ of defeating Koromo, like this woman here:

      …though that’s only because she witnessed the game, and watched Kiyosumi actually play. I don’t think the other reporters even know this unless they’ve seen the game themselves. We can also assume that those reporters that spoke badly of Kiyosumi also think that Koromo’s school has also dropped in level which is hilarious to imagine. The other schools understand how dangerous Koromo was, and how dangerous Kiyosumi was for defeating Koromo’s school. I guess you could always say that reporters are usually blind most of the time to these things. It’s likely that the note that one of the reports were talking about in this episode (that told him to ‘watch Kiyosumi’s moves’) was from Junko Nishida as she was busy reporting in some other tournament branch. >>