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Achiga-hen might not be perfect, but it can be damn impressive when it wants to.

Like here:

In the scene pictured above, Harue dukes it out with the Achiga girls, but nobody’s faces or positions are revealed for the game shown.

Question: Who is sitting to Harue’s left?

Hint:

Long story short, Kuro discards her tiles upside down, always. You can tell where she’s sitting without having her on screen, or make a game out of looking for animation inconsistencies regarding this little quirk of hers. I found one, but the care with which the people behind the show flip Kuro’s tiles upside down, even when those are shown at angles making it almost impossible to read them, is beyond impressive.

To some extent, though, this is nothing unusual for the staff of this show. We have tiles ending upside down after getting shuffled…

…and Kuro’s not the only one whose personality shows in the tiles.

Kuro to the right, neat-freak Nodoka at the bottom, Ako and Shizuno with a much less orderly style (as you would expect from primary school kids)… but they get better at it, eventually.

Well then, Question #2: What’s up with Kuro’s discarding style?

Hint:

Kuro was the oldest mahjong player in Achiga’s little club full of children taking their first steps in the game. And since she just can’t help being a sweetheart at every opportunity, she most likely got into the habit of discarding tiles in the way that makes them the easiest to read for beginner players. And old habits die hard.

Keep your eyes open, you never know what you might miss.

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A few days ago, we had a bit of a storm after an official advertisement for the opening theme of Achiga-hen referred to the song as the “first season opening”. The slip was discussed left and right, but things seemed to simmer down after fans analyzed how many possible misinterpretations of the word season the person behind the one-time announcement might have made.

Fans might find it increasingly more difficult not to get their hopes up, though, after a recent interview with the show’s director, Ono Manabu:

Starting from the semi-finals, I want to take my time presenting the playing styles of individual characters and painting the drama and stories behind them. (…) The developments following the vanguard match should be particularly interesting, as they will take part nearly simultaneously with the manga, and it’ll be anyone’s guess what’s up ahead.

As manga readers can attest to, just the vanguard match against the final boss candidate Miyanaga Teru might take the anime up to episode eleven or twelve. How the anime staff plans on giving a detailed account of the other matches right now remains in the realm of speculation. Extra episodes via Internet distribution, OVAs, or maybe a second season? Only time will tell.

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