Special Effects make the aesthetically uninteresting interesting06/18/2009
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.
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).
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.