Anime Review: Akagi

Japanese Title: 闘牌伝説アカギ 〜闇に舞い降りた天才〜 (Touhai Densetsu Akagi: Yami ni Maiorita Tensai)

Episodes: 26

Release date: Fall 2005

Adapted from: Akagi: Yami ni Oritatta Tensai by Nobuyuki Fukumoto (manga)

Studio: Madhouse

Content warnings: illegal gambling, smoking, drinking, violence

Consensus Points

  • Thrilling mahjong games

  • Serious about the game, with detailed strategic analysis

  • Tense atmosphere

  • Music that enhances the atmosphere

  • Ruthless protagonist

  • Memorable villains

  • Unique artstyle

  • Near-impossible to enjoy without understanding mahjong

  • Artstyle can be off-putting to some people

  • Suspension of disbelief required

  • Poor pacing

  • Inconclusive ending

Check out our individual reviews for Akagi below!

JoJo Battsu's review

Dr. Bugs' review

Emperor Penguin's review

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