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Special Effects make the aesthetically uninteresting interesting

06/18/2009
You're not worthy to play a game fit for gods.

You're not worthy to play a game fit for gods.

I’m watching Saki and can’t help but to laugh/watch in awe at how an activity so sedentary and mundane could be portrayed as something so cool.  The stances they take, the camera angles, the sparks and electricity that flies, the ways they slap around the mahjong tiles, the acoustics that derive from that, all these things gives me the impression that mahjong is a game worthy of gods.

Static electricity is a bitch sometimes.

Static electricity is a bitch sometimes.

If you played like that IRL, you would get punched in the eye because it is just too ridiculous.  But when all of this is animated, it is just fucking badass – another reason why live-action succumb to animation’s greatness.  Though, live-action fiction is still fiction, the weight of RL applies more heavily when it is real people acting.  In a way, this solves the mystery of why anime to live-action adaptations just doesn’t seem natural (Dragon Ball Evolution).

Stop playing Mahjong!! The room is on fire!

Stop playing Mahjong!! The room is on fire!

Watching Saki kinda reminds me of watching Yu-Gi-Oh! when I was a kid, even then I found all the overreaction over a card game a little over the top, and at the same time, so freaking awesome.

Thought you knew the rules? Think again. Noob.

Thought you knew the rules? Think again. Noob.

4 comments

  1. Yeah. I want sparks to fly and smoke to come out when I play mahjong in real life.


    • In real life, that might become hazardous…


  2. Is it just me or does it make the show lame?


    • The series wouldn’t have anything to show for if the special effects were taken out… oh wait, boobs.



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