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By Tom Sloper (トム•スローパー)

2006年 12月 17日
Column #297

Japanese Modern (riichi/dora). Reader David Willems sent in some links about the manga/anime series "Mahjong Legend Akagi." As David explains, it's a "story of a possibly demonic boy (age 13 at the beginning), who rises to legend in the underworld of Japan. It is all played in a variant of the Modern Japanese Style... What I also enjoy is its liberal use of cheating... Akagi relies on skill, but also a great deal of supernatural luck, and noir-style psychology."

The big twist about the Akagi variant is that it's a 2-player game, played with mostly clear tiles. 3/4 of the tiles can be read by both players. I have a set. It comes with gloves to prevent fingerprints.

The episodes can be viewed online at, and there's an English language fansite at http:/

Miniature (171210mm) acrylic tiles can be purchased at

NEW: Column 438 is also about Washizu (clear tiles) mahjong!


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