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The Saki Achiga-hen episode of side-A anime is perhaps best described as Saki season 1.5. It is both an adaption of the Achiga-hen manga written by Ritz Kobayashi and illustrated by Aguri Igarashi, and a partially original work by Studio Gokumi. The anime is 16 episodes long. The Achiga-hen manga began serialization in the Monthly Shōnen Gangan on August 12, 2011, while the anime began airing on TV Tokyo on early Monday morning, April 09, 2012 in the 1:05 AM time slot JST. Crunchyroll starts streaming new episodes with English subtitles 30 minutes later on Sunday morning, 9:35 AM PDT.

Achiga-hen contains a new cast of characters and an early Saki crossover character. There is more crossover in further episodes as the Achiga-hen story heads towards a merger with the Saki main story. The setting for most of the 16 episodes will be the same time and place as Saki and the story begins about four years earlier than the timeline of Saki.

Genres: drama, action/sport, comedy
Themes: mahjong, school life, tournament, bishoujo, supernatural, moe, camp (style), light yuri
Demographics: shounen

Plot preview

Children gather to play at a school's mahjong club that is bustling with activity, but when their coach leaves to join a professional team, the club shuts down and the childhood friends drift apart. Two years later, Shizuno Takakamo sees her childhood friend, Nodoka Haramura, win the Middle School Mahjong Individual National Championship. Shizuno resolves to go to the mahjong nationals to compete against her again. She soon reunites with the remarkable Kuro Matsumi and the skilled Ako Atarashi. Together they go about reestablishing their beloved mahjong club. The final piece falls into place when their coach, still regretting how she performed in the nationals several years earlier, returns to Achiga Girls' Academy seeking to further redeem herself by helping the girls fulfill their wishes.

Along the way, the Achiga girls practice against Ryuumonbuchi High School and against some of the girls from Tsuruga Academy and Kazekoshi Girls' High School before competiting against Teru Miyanaga and the rest of Shiraitodai High School. The Achiga girls also come to respect Nodoka's teammates, especially Saki Miyanaga.



Main article: Achiga-hen side-A episodes


Opening Themes
Ending Themes
  • "Miracle Rush" by StylipS (episode 1)
  • "Square Panic Serenade" by Aoi Yūki, Nao Tōyama, Kana Hanazawa, MAKO, and Yumi Uchiyama (episodes 2, 5-7)
  • "Futuristic Player" by Miyuki Hashimoto (episode 3, 4, 8-11, 14-16)
  • "Tsu。Ba。Sa" by StylipS (episode 13)

Production staff

The following are returning staff members from the producers of the Saki anime. Manabu Ono is the director, Kenji Satou is the assistant director, Tatsuhiko Urahata will be doing series composition and scenario, and Masatsu Sasaki is the character designer and is also be the general animation supervisor. Music is provided by Lantis.

Animation production is done by Studio Gokumi, formerly known as Gonzo Studio #5, the studio that animated the first fourteen episodes of the Saki anime, and Lantis.

Japanese voice actresses

Achiga Girls Academy
Kuro Matsumi is voiced by Kana Hanazawa
Yū Matsumi is voiced by MAKO
Ako Atarashi is voiced by Nao Tōyama
Arata Sagimori is voiced by Yumi Uchiyama
Shizuno Takakamo is voiced by Aoi Yūki
Harue Akado is voiced by Naomi Shindo
Senriyama Girls' High School
Toki Onjōji is voiced by Yui Ogura
Izumi Nijō is voiced by Maho Matsunaga
Cela/Sera Eguchi is voiced by Arisa Noto
Hiroko Funakubo is voiced by Manami / (Misawa Sachika ep 13 onwards)
Ryuuka Shimizudani is voiced by Kaori Ishihara
Shiraitodai High School
Miyanaga Teru is voiced by Mai Nakahara (returning)
Sumire Hirose is voiced by Mitsuki Saiga (returning)
Awai Oohoshi is voiced by Chiwa Saito
Takami Shibuya is voiced by Megumi Toyoguchi
Seiko Matano is voiced by Kaori Shimizu
Shindouji Girls' High School
Kirame Hinada is voiced by Satomi Arai
Yoshiko Yasukouchi is voiced by Megumi Takamoto
Mairu Shiramizu is voiced by Yui Kano
Himeko Tsuruta is voiced by Asuka Oogame
Hitomi Ezaki is voiced by Yuiko Tatsumi
Kentani High School
Miyuki Tsubakino is voiced by Shion Hirota
Sumiko Yorifuji is voiced by Yuko Mori
Kozue Furuzuka is voiced by Natsumi Takamori
Yuuka Morigaki is voiced by Naomi Shindou
Riko Yasufuku is voiced by Yuiko Tatsumi
Bansei High School
Yae Kobashiri is voiced by Hiromi Konno
Noriko Maruse
Hina Kimura
Ryouko Ueda
Yuka Tatsumi
Hatsuse Okahashi is voiced by Minami Tsuda
Koshigaya Girls' High School
Sophia Arai is voiced by Megumi Nakajima
Hanako Asami is voiced by Marika Honda
Shiori Mizumura is voiced by Rie Yamaguchi
Tamago Utsugi is voiced by Kei Shindou
Keiko Yagihara is voiced by Megumi Takamoto
Urabandai High School
Manami Moriai is voiced by Sayuri Hara
Announcing teams
Eri Hariu is voiced by Yumiko Fujita
Uta Mihirogi is voiced by Yuki Matsuoka
Kōko Fukuyo is voiced by Ai Nonaka
Sukoya Kokaji is voiced by Saori Goto
Nara announcer (episode 3) is voiced by Ayumi Yonemaru
Nara commentator (episode 3) is voiced by Megumi Takamoto
Individual players
Arakawa Kei is voiced by Marie Miyake
Narration by Jouji Nakata
Nozomi Atarashi is voiced by Rio Natsuki
Sakurako Gibbard is voiced by Asuka Ōgame
Rin Kirita is voiced by Natsumi Takamori
Toshi Kumakura is voiced by Kaoru Morota
Aya Shizaki is voiced by Yuiko Tatsumi
Mrs. Takakamo/Shizuno's mother is voiced by Ayumi Yonemaru
Hina Yamatani is voiced by Megumi Takamoto
Club member (episode 2) is voiced by Yuuko Mori
Club member (episode 2) is voiced by Natsumi Takamori
Female high school student (episode 1) is voiced by Shion Hirota
Female high school student (episode 2) is voiced by Yuuko Mori

Returning from the Saki anime

Kiyosumi High School
Yūki Kataoka is voiced by Rie Kugimiya
Mako Someya is voiced by Ryoko Shiraishi
Hisa Takei is voiced by Shizuka Itou
Nodoka Haramura is voiced by Ami Koshimizu
Saki Miyanaga is voiced by Kana Ueda
Kyōtarō Suga is voiced by Jun Fukuyama
Ryuumonbuchi High School
Jun Inoue is voiced by Yuko Kaida
Tomoki Sawamura is voiced by Ayuru Ōhashi
Hajime Kunihiro is voiced by Ai Shimizu
Tōka Ryūmonbuchi is voiced by Minori Chihara
Koromo Amae is voiced by Kaori Fukuhara
Hagiyoshi is voiced by Daisuke Ono
Kazekoshi Girls' High School
Mihoko Fukuji is voiced by Yui Horie
Kana Ikeda is voiced by Rika Morinaga
Miharu Yoshitome is voiced by Chiro Kanzaki
Tsuruga Academy
Satomi Kanbara is voiced by Natsuko Kuwatani
Momoko Touyoko is voiced by Momoko Saitou
Yumi Kajiki is voiced by Yuu Kobayashi
Kaori Senoo is voiced by Ryoko Shintani

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