Key points for Manga Recommendation – Mahjong Legend Akagi:
- Mahjong Legend Akagi offers a gripping storyline centered around high-stakes gambling, with a unique twist involving a genius mahjong player saving a gambler from the clutches of the mafia.
- The manga introduces a diverse cast of characters, each adding to the dark and atmospheric narrative. Protagonist Akagi undergoes significant development, contributing to the overall richness of the story.
- While the art may feel dated due to the manga’s lengthy run, the older style complements the serious tone of the series, contributing to its overall atmosphere and appeal.
I don’t know why I have been stumbling on mahjong-related manga recently. Probably because I covered one a few weeks ago and now MAL wants me to check out others as well. Either way, upon doing some digging, I was told by certain people that this was the go-to mahjong manga for most people. And so I decided to give Mahjong Legend Akagi a try and fair enough, it was pretty good.
So welcome back to another edition of our manga recommendation series. This week we are talking about Mahjong Legend Akagi. And don’t worry, even if you are not into mahjong, this manga will still provide enough entertainment to keep you hooked. And it may even get you interested in mahjong, it is that good. So let’s get started.
Mahjong Legend Akagi is written and illustrated by Fukumoto Nobuuki. It was serialized from June 1991 to February 2018. It was published in the Kindai Mahjong magazine. The manga has a total of 306 chapters compiled into 36 volumes. There is also an anime adaptation of the series made by Madhouse. It is pretty good but doesn’t cover the entirety of the manga. Regardless, I can recommend that as well if you are interested in the series but don’t want to read the manga.
Like most gambling-related stories, this one is also quite close to the world of crime. There is a dude called Nangou who is a compulsive gambler and got himself in a boatload of depth. As a last-ditch effort to save himself, he bets his life on a game of mahjong with the mafia. And as you might expect, he was losing. But then a young boy named Akagi who was running from the police walks in. Nangou begs Akagi to play on his behalf teaching him a few rules of the game. But to the surprise of the Mafia, Akagi turns out to be a genius and actually wins the game.
I don’t know why but a plot like this really appeals to me at times. I don’t even gamble in real life but Akagi, One Outs, etc. these kinds of plots really do appeal to me. It has something to do with the vibe of the plots. Regardless, yes, I do like the plot. It has a nice vibe to it. And the series does a great job of maintaining this dark atmosphere. The manga is long so it does feel drawn out at times. But the plot overall is pretty good.
This manga has some fun characters. Of course, Akagi is the protagonist. We see him the most throughout the series and we see him grow as well. As a part of the whole mafia and underground narrative, we are exposed to a lot of quirky characters that fit the vibe of the series like a glove. Iwao, Yuki, Ichikawa, Yasuoka, Ryuuzaki, the list goes on and on. As you may expect with a manga of this length, it has a lot of characters and it does justice to almost all of them.
The art does feel a little dated. The manga went on for over 20 years, almost 30 years so the art did change a little over time but it still does feel a little dated. Personally, I don’t mind that. The older art style contributes to the serious vibe of this series and I appreciate that.
Here’s why you should read Mahjong Legend Akagi:
- Great plot
- Awesome characters
- Good art
That is all for now! Let me know what you guys think in the comments. I will take my leave here. See ya!
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