Now, perhaps it is a suspension of belief. After all, I understand that if one knows little about the subject, he cannot nitpick the errors and totally impossible scenarios out unlike a pro. For instance, One Outs was a great show to many people, but the true baseball fans found it lame. Many like Captain Tsubasa but I think it’s terrible. So the key to enjoying a good sports show (assuming Mahjong is a sport) is not actually understanding it! I’m sure the likes of Steven Den Beste know nothing about Mahjong, much less Japanese Mahjong, which is a lot more complicated than the other styles. I may not be a Mahjong expert, but at least I know enough to tell that what Saki is doing is not skill, but the equivalent of drawing a Royal Flush blind-folded based on pure luck alone with no regard for the laws of probability.
Since the actual Mahjong playing is rubbish, unlike that of the Akagi series, what do people look for? The answer is of course, MOE and YURI. Saki isn’t particularly cute, the titty pink girl isn’t either and is some weirdass, and the others are just bad. So they aren’t moe (at least to me).
Can someone please enlighten me as to how the Saki actually breaks through all the bias towards GONZO and became a well-liked show? I just don’t get it. I consider it one of the worst of the season, but am still watching while cutting my toenails or practising guitar.