Saki Portable for PSP

Posted by DiGiKerot in Gaming, Saki at November 26, 2009 on 5:02 pm

I’m not much one for news recycling these days, but, hey, it looks like they are making a Saki game for PSP – that’s kind of neat! Maybe I’ll actually get off my arse and learn how to actually play mahjong these days. That’d probably help, though I admit the last time I tried it confused the hell out of me. Next time I think I’ll skip the set-up rules and go straight for the play instructions ^^;

Actually, the real reason that I found this vaguely interesting is that the article mentions that the illustrations for the game are all being done by Gonzo’s Studio5 – this is interesting because it’s the first occasion in recent weeks where I’ve heard of Gonzo doing something other than closing part of their company or cancelling a release. Guess they aren’t entirely dead quite yet.

Unfunny Internet Meme Comics #6-77

Posted by DiGiKerot in Saki, Unfunny at October 12, 2009 on 9:09 pm

Two great tastes, one mediocre comic? Well, it’d probably be less mediocre if I hadn’t blown the concept for this comic in a comment already, but it saves me coming up with a new idea. Though, honestly, I think I could do Miracle Train comics all week long. It’s such fertile ground.

The second episode of Miracle Train aired yesterday. Honestly, it’s kind of probably maybe my favourite new show of the season – though given half the other series which have just started up are sequels, it’s the best of a very small camp. The show’s is not just stupid, but it’s well aware of precisely how stupid it is. The fact that they wasted half the episode on having the characters sitting around doing nothing due to the passenger being late simply amused the heck out of me enough to validate the episodes existence.

Saki Episode 25

Posted by DiGiKerot in Saki at September 27, 2009 on 7:35 pm


Seriously, I was expecting Saki and Nodoka to finally drop pretext and just start sucking each others faces off, but they stopped short of that one.

But, yeah, it was the last episode, which means that not a whole lot happened – there were hotsprings and bathing and some wacky hijinks and a laugh at Kyoutaro’s expense and Touka and precious little Mah Jong, but other than that and the Saki/Nodoka stuff, not a whole amount in terms of what could be considered development. Oh, I suppose there was some stuff about Teru ignoring Saki’s existence as well.

Then we hit the ending credits, where it suddenly jumps to the Nationals and gives us something like a potted highlight reel of what we may be getting assuming Gonzo survive long enough to produce another series – dozens of new characters, including what seems to be a all-Miko school, and more excitingly what appears to be the promise of Teru TEARING OUT YUUKI’S VERY SOUL in what’s perhaps the most insane display of Mah Jong yet.

By which I mean to say, the ending credits looked approximately three to seven times more crazy, and therefore more awesome, than the rest of the series which proceeded it, and ending on such a note is just an incredibly cruel move by the production team. What a bunch of jerks.

With that, the series is over, and I’m now left wondering what on Earth I’m going to write about for the next few months. I am left which a huge, gaping whole in my soul which will no longer be filled on a weekly basis. Well, that’s what those who seem to think I’m obsessed with the show would probably think I’m going through. In reality, I’m more curious as to what the dozen Fall ’09 shows Crunchy will be broadcasting are. Hopefully Railgun. Probably Arashi.

So, I guess there’s just one final matter to address – was Saki the best thing Gonzo has ever produced? Objectively? No. Subjectively? No again – my vote still goes for Monte Cristo. Saki is most definitely up there with the studios best, though – despite the fact that the studio appears to be collapsing all around it, the show did somehow manage to get through without plummeting production values. The consistently decent animation alone is kind of enough to make it one of the best Gonzo productions ever (even if they didn’t actually do the production/animation work for the second half). I think the fact that they managed to steer clear of the usual Gonzo obsession with wrapping things up probably helped a lot as well – despite the fact that they’d ran out of manga material, that they didn’t go too far off onto their own route in an ill-conceived attempt to provide some sense of finality makes it a welcome oddity amongst Gonzo’s manga adaptations.

Unfunny Internet Meme Comics #6-70

Posted by DiGiKerot in Saki, Unfunny at September 25, 2009 on 6:31 pm

Ah, you can never reuse the same joke too many times. Well, okay, you can, but that’s not something that has stopped me at any point in the past, so why would I let it stop me now?

Anyway, onto other matters – I actually somehow managed to actually finish Mana Khemia, so that’s my gaming backlog reduced by one game. Shame I picked up the second Professor Layton to offset things, not to mention that iM@S DS should turn up any day now. I need to grab Persona PSP as well, come to think of it. The grind never ends. Maybe I should just stop buying stuff?

I have to admit, I was kind of tempted to jump straight into Mana Khemia 2 whilst I’ve got some momentum going, but then I thought better of it – playing more of what’s likely essentially the same game would probably be a little too much in too short a space of time, anyway. Plus todays mail seems to have added in excess of thirty episodes onto my anime backlog, so I figure I should think about tackling some of that at some point over the weekend.

I did take a break from Mana Khemia to tackle ODST midweek, which I guess is tangentially related to anime via that forthcoming Halo Legends thing, but is a game I don’t really have anything to say about. I am amused, however, by the fact that the excerpt from Halo Legends they chose to air on Spike TV in the US during their ODST Release Countdown evening thingie was one which just went to show exactly how much ODST guys suck in comparison to the Master Chief. One would have thought that would have kind of put people off playing ODST, except I’d think the only people watching such a show would be the people who would be picking up ODST regardless of such trivial issues.

Actually, I’m not really sure why I bought and played ODST – not only have I not gotten around to playing Halo 3, but I’ve not played Halo 2 either ^^;

Other news… I guess it’s worth mentioning that the second Haruhi novel is out in English now for those not keeping track of such matters – that’s The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya, the one which the non-Bamboo Leaf, non-Endless Eight episodes of the recent second season of the anime adapted (not that I’ve read it yet, as I’m still tackling Zoo). And speaking of things that WaH hasn’t been able to find, I’ve got the second volume of Bandai’s release of Synergy SPs version of Hayate to watch. Yay.

Unfunny Internet Meme Comics #6-69

Posted by DiGiKerot in Saki, Unfunny at September 23, 2009 on 7:21 pm

This comic has absolutely no basis in reality, but if people are going to assume it anyway, then I may as well joke about it.