CureSwimika on YouTube has added some footage from Pony Canyon at a pre-broadcast event that showcases what we’ll be seeing with Saki: Zenkoku-hen (aka National Tournament), which debuts on January 5th premiere at 1:35am. The ninety-second promo gives us a good look at the characters and their general enthusiasm as the new season gets underway. The show adapts the manga by Ritz Kobayashi in Young Gangan and we’ve got a new key visual that you can see to the right and expand for a bigger look. This follows the previous series and the Episode of Side-A material and the specials that were produced for it. Studio Gokumi is slated to return for this season after working on Episode of Side-A.
Series concept: Miyanaga Saki is a high school freshman who doesn’t like mahjong. Ever since she was a child, she would lose her New Year’s gift money during her family mahjong game. If she won, her parents would be upset, and if she lost, well, she lost. As a result, she’s learned to play in such a way that her score always remains plus/minus zero: not good enough to win, but not bad enough to lose. When we meet her, she’s being dragged to her school’s mahjong club by an old friend. How will a girl who hates mahjong, yet has become adept at the game as a result of her upbringing, survive in this environment?