Originally from a Manga
Achiga-hen is a side story of Saki main story
Gossip: Saki is the Anime that led me to learn majong
An anime that makes you want to imitate is a successful anime (at least to me :P)
NOTE: Only the digital players like Nodoka, Touka, Yumi Etc are playing the realistic majong
By digital player I mean players who practiced majong tons of times to improve the chance of winning rate by switching melds depending on the situation
The others like Saki, Koromo, Toki Etc (who can keep getting 嶺上開花(flower blooms on ridge), 海底撈月(drag moon out of deep sea), and able to see one round ahead Etc)
These girls are just cheating ! (don't hit me
One major selling point to this Anime is they made playing majong like fighting battles
And bunch special abilities that the characters have (yes in reality they're cheating lol)
Most character wear short SHORT skirts to the point you can see their butts (more obvious in the manga (Saki main illustrated by Ritz Kobayashi))
Makes you wonder why pantsu doesn't show up
and by the way, you might notice the art style of manga for side story looks different than main story
Because it is illustrated by Aguri Igarashi, not Ritz Kobayashi (story by him(her?))
Same BGM inherent from Main, absolutely good tracks
2 ED and 1 OP
especially "Futuristic Player" BGM starts when episode ends, very agitating, although the singing part in my opinion kind of ruined it a bit
See you again in season 2, as well as main story season 2
The Achiga Girls' Academy in Nara once defeated regional mahjong powerhouse Bansei High School. It advanced into the national team semifinals but lost to the eventual champion, and the mahjong club was later disbanded.
Six years later, elementary school student Shizuno Takakamo befriends transfer student Nodoka Haramura. The two eventually enter Achiga Girls', but Nodoka transfers out of the school in the second year.
When Shizuno sees Nodoka on television the following year as the national middle school individual mahjong champion, she decides to revive Achiga's mahjong club.