Posted by psgels on 27 August 2008 with categories: Anime Reviews



Well, time for me to pimp another very unknown series. This one comes completely subbed, courtesy of a one-man fansub group (who did a very admirable job, by the way), and it tells about Tetsuya, a legendary gambler and Mah-jong player. For the past few years, Akagi has turned into the symbol of Mah-Jong anime, but this series shows that it wasn’t the pioneer of the genre.

When I first started to watch this series, and realized that this series plays a lot of emphasis on cheating, I expected some sort of combination between Akagi and Kaiji, but that comparison turned to be a bit off, as there are some subtle differences. Tetsuya doesn’t really try to get very deep into the heads of the different players, but it’s much more about different cheating-techniques and its characters. In Kaiji, all the gamblers are referred to as human trash, while Tetsuya shows a more human side of them.

Tetsuya doesn’t try to go as deep as Akagi and Kaiji, but it did avoid these two series’s biggest weakness: their horribly slow pacing. Tetsuya’s pacing is quick and to the point that it never really drags, so that we can get to see a wide variety of players through the limited time of only 20 episode. There’s never really a moment to get bored. Even the final arc only takes up two episodes, instead of dragging things out in an attempt to create tension.

And the characters really shine. A lot of them are very interesting to watch, as they either team up with or play against Tetsuya, considering their limited screen-time. My favourite was the match against Innami, the walking corpse. He’s an excellent example of a character that shatters the boundaries of good and evil.

One complaint is that at times, it becomes clear that this series was based on a much larger manga. Thankfully, each arc is a standalone story, but there are a few story-threads that get introduced, and yet never answered. Boshu’s wife never makes an appearance, even though including her would have greatly fleshed out Boshu’s character. There’s also one character in the OP that never appears in the actual series. You can’t help but wonder what’s up with that.

Overall, I don’t think that this series is going to be better than Akagi (I’ll get back to that statement once I get the chance to finish that series), but nevertheless Tetsuya is a simple but effective series with a cast of great characters. It in any case deserves to get more attention than what it’s getting right now.

Storytelling: 8/10
Characters: 9/10
Production-Values: 8/10
Setting: 8/10

2 Responses

  1. SEO services says:

    yep.. this anime make sure a hit..

  2. Michael says:

    I’ve been a fan of this anime ever since UA released its first two episodes on TV rips. I’m currently downloading the whole series and from what I see in the screencaps it has a much better quality compared to my UA subs.

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  • k-off
    (Saturday, Nov 29. 2014 12:58 AM)
    @Bam Sometimes, I miss the retro games where we got a complete story with our purchase and didn’t come with bullshit dlc.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Nov 29. 2014 12:50 AM)
    Metal Slug I enjoyed for its mix of lighthearted and edgy elements and charm, the gameplay was also plenty of fun with 2-4 people.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Nov 29. 2014 12:49 AM)
    Contra, Super Contra and Hard Corps are the multiplayer games of my childhood, I really wish the newly revived Hard Corps: Uprising garnered more money and attention than it did.
  • k-off
    (Saturday, Nov 29. 2014 12:47 AM)
    @Enka No problem, but it’s much more threshed out than that game.
  • k-off
    (Saturday, Nov 29. 2014 12:46 AM)
    @Bam I liked the game, but I was always a fan of Contra on the NES a lot more than Metal Slug because reasons.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Nov 29. 2014 12:43 AM)
    Ah metal slug, a game that essentially stole plenty of my money when playing it at arcades =P
  • Enka
    (Saturday, Nov 29. 2014 12:41 AM)
    Thanks for the rec. Sort of looks like the Impossible Game.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Nov 29. 2014 12:38 AM)
    @K-off: man Metal Slug on hard difficulty is much harder than dark souls, the point is that it’s harder than pretty much all real-time action RPGs that we have, and also it was a return to form for and away from high-budget games that wanted to squeeze every last audience they can get by furthering ‘accessibility’.
  • k-off
    (Saturday, Nov 29. 2014 12:35 AM)
    @Vincent Bullshit, the purchased version of the game is more challenging than Dark Souls multiplied by 10, much harder than the god damn lite edition stages.
  • Vincent
    (Saturday, Nov 29. 2014 12:31 AM)
    Geometry Dash is the bane of my existence. Can’t get past the third amd sixth level for the life of me.

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