Which do I watch first, Akagi or Kaiji?
it's not like they're related.
I watched Kaiji first and I think it's better than Akagi and easier to get into. But not everyone is the same. Just go with whichever one looks more interesting to you. Akagi is super interesting if you learn the rules of mahjong.
thanks, i'll watch kaiji first and learn a bit about mahjong before tackling akagi. now if only i could delete my thread
It's okay, you reminded me I need to download Akagi.
Kaiji is more accessible, which isn't a bad thing. It's a great show.
Akagi is great, but you'll have a hard time watching it if you don't understand mahjong/have good subs.
>disgusting flower tiles
Ew. When being an ethnic Chinese I have to admit the Japanese rules are clearly superior.
Only get into Akagi if you know basic Majong at the very least. It's great stuff, but pretty heavy and you really do need to know Majong to get the most enjoyment out of it
i prefer Akagi, but you should know basics of Mahjong before watching it.
other gamble/psychology anime worth mentioning: One Outs (perfectly fine without knowing anything about baseball), Legendary Gambler Tetsuya (basic Mahjong knowledge required).
Is there any way to learn the hands for mahjong easily. I recently finished Akagi after learning how to play, but the sheer amount of hands surprised me.
learn the ones that actually occur frequently enough that they are worth knowing.
Riichi, pinfu, tanyao, honitsu, toi toi, maybe chanta
How did you guys learn to play Mahjong? Did you do so watching Akagi or through some other means?
Kaiji for the common men, Akagi for demons and lesbians to some extend.
Youtube, wiki, website tutorials, flash games, tenhou, etc. It takes practice and patience but once you get the hang of it, the thrill of winning and despair from losing will hook you in.
I watched Akagi, then I read Ten, which is basically a sequel to Akagi. While playing ten, I played the mahjong flash game. (The super minimalistic one you can find by typing "japanese mahjong" into google and clicking the first result.) I learned most of the hands by reading Ten and applying it by playing. Later I started playing on Tenhou.
Kaiji, watch Kaiji first
The first season will likely piss you off because of what happens in the last episode of the first season, Akagi is there to clean that piss off.
Kaiji what he deserved for that piss-poor plan