Well, okay, Saki is fakey-Yuri, but it’s pretty easy on the brain and not vexatious to the soul like Queen’s Blade. And we can rest assured that while it make be fake Yuri, it will not at least, be Flesbian.
We begin the anime series with two distinctions, Ueda Kana is Saki’s voice and Saki’s gaze is more typical of the male audience, rather than the female. She notices Nodoka, an attractive girl who is wearing the same school uniform as she. Having noticed her, it would be unreasonable to think that the girl is “just” a passerby. Indeed Nodoka turns out to be a champion junior Mahjong player and a member of the school’s Mahjong club.
Saki’s friend invites her to join them for a game, but she says she does not like Mahjong very much. In reality, there is something else entirely going on.
Saki is a fairly typical sports/hobby idiot-savant type character. Having grown up in a ridiculously competitive Mahjong playing household, Saki has learned to play with the utmost skill and discretion. In fact, regardless of the conditions, she plays to a plus-minus zero every hand. She’s so good at this, that she approaches the level of genius.
Nodoka is the first one to recognize Saki’s genius, and her interest in Saki becomes palpable. Light skinship apparently catapults this series into “Yuri” territory for some fans.
I don’t know if Nodoka and Saki’s friendship/rivalry will make it into my personal definition of “Yuri” but my brain didn’t hurt at all after watching the first episode of this series. So…despite the fact that I know nothing about Mahjong, except that my mother has played it every Wednesday since I was a small child and I can still remember the sounds of the tiles and her friend’s voices, I’ll probably watch this because it’s entertaining and not taxing.
Art – 7
Story – 6
Yuri – 2
Service – 2
Overall – 7
Unless it does something very unpredictable, this series is like every other series of its kind. Watch one, you’ve watched them all.