Touhai, Manga Recommendation of the Week!

Key points for Manga Recommendation – Touhai:

  • Touhai stands out for its high-stakes Mahjong setting, providing a unique twist to the typical sports or game-themed manga, and reminds me a lot of One Outs.
  • The manga’s plot may be over the top and at times absurd, but this is part of its charm. The series manages to entertain with dramatic and sometimes outrageous events, creating an engaging experience.
  • Touhai’s realistic art style, coupled with a dark tone, enhances the overall drama of the series. The detailed artwork effectively complements the intense and dramatic nature of the Mahjong matches, adding to the excitement for readers.

I stumbled onto this manga because an anime adaptation for it was recently announced. And you know what, it is pretty cool. It gives me major One Outs vibes but it is on mahjong instead of baseball. I haven’t played or watched a lot of mahjong so this was an interesting experience for me. Touhai is not very well known, it doesn’t even have assigned to it on MAL because not enough people even have it on their lists. And I kind of want to change that.

So welcome back to another edition of our manga recommendation series! This week we are talking about Touhai! A high-drama manga about Mahjong. Let’s get started right away!

Introduction

Touhai is written and illustrated by Shinasaka Koji. It was serialized in the Young Champion Magazine from June 2006 to April 2011. It is 115 chapters or 12 volumes long. That is not all though. It also has 2 direct sequels of similar lengths that were also serialized in the Young Champion Magazine and there is also Touhai: Cold Girl which takes place after the 2nd sequel, Minagoroshi-hen. Cold Girl started serialization in 2022 and of course, is still ongoing. As I mentioned, an anime adaptation for the series has also just been confirmed.

Plot

As I mentioned, the manga is about Mahjong, The manga follows a high-school student named Kei. He sleeps through most of his classes during the day but at night, he is a high-stakes Mahjong game player. His skill with mahjong and observation allows him to survive in the world of the rich and influential. Aside from that, he is also hiding an illegal immigrant in his house named Amina.

So the plot of this manga is rather over the top, to be honest. But that is the charm of this series I feel like. The things happening are rather absurd at times but they still manage to be entertaining. And that’s the point. And as we move along with the sequels, the plot builds up to be pretty interesting. Even if you are not into the plot. the build-up for the games and the games themselves are always awesome. It is very dramatic and I like it.

Characters

There are quite a few characters in this manga just as you’d expect. But Kei and Amina get the most work throughout the series. I have not read all of the sequels yet but I have to say I really like Dojima too. I wish that more of the “fodder” Kei defeats were a little more memorable but that is made up for by characters like Dojima who are really fun to watch. Kei could also use a bit more development but I haven’t read all of the sequels yet so he may get it in the future.

Art

Touhai goes for the realistic art style and it nails it very well. I love the overall dark tone of the art, it adds a lot more drama to the series. As I mentioned, the plot is already quite dramatic, and the art complements that nicely. The tone of the setting is conveyed well through the art style. The author did an amazing job overall.

Summing Up!

Why should you read Touhai?

  • Decent plot
  • Good characters
  • Great matches
  • Lots of hype

That is all for now. Let me know what you guys think in the comments. I will take my leave here. See ya!!

Also, check out this week’s anime recommendation here!

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