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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  • AidanAK47
    (Saturday, Sep 20. 2014 04:01 AM)
    Ah Reaper…full of shit as always.
    On another note this made me laugh.
    http://wall.alphacoders.com/big.php?i=47246
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Sep 20. 2014 04:00 AM)
    The biggest part of tokyo ghoul beyond the action is the knowing that at its core the fun is watching a meek guy, through his hellish experience unravel and eventually snap.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Sep 20. 2014 03:58 AM)
    Ultimately I just did not have enough exploration and time with these characters , at 22 episodes it could have been so much more.
  • TheUltimateReaper
    (Saturday, Sep 20. 2014 03:55 AM)
    But I digress. Personal resonance eh? lol. Oh yeah I like Tokyo Ghoul, helps that the MC stopped being a bitch. In fact, they made a good case for personal change.
  • TheUltimateReaper
    (Saturday, Sep 20. 2014 03:54 AM)
    even the white haired bitch had a point. The last survivor just wanted her life to mean something. She new she was dying but died reaching for what she wanted until the very end. Where she basically obtained it. On her own terms. Thats why she blew herself up instead of dying like she was going to.
  • TheUltimateReaper
    (Saturday, Sep 20. 2014 03:53 AM)
    on the other hand the 2 wanting revenge actually decided to do something about it. And largely suceed. They break the cycle of victem. They take power into their own hands. It’s nice. It’s fun. The girl is a nice touch.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Sep 20. 2014 03:53 AM)
    Another thing I really saw and another reason I really enjoyed about the tokyo ghoul anime more than the manga is that the presence of a film director and playwright working on it real shone through.
  • TheUltimateReaper
    (Saturday, Sep 20. 2014 03:52 AM)
    The girl was lost in a world of emptiness (and still struggles with) it. That vast incompleteness. Probably in part because of her mother. Stuck in the loop of life like that. But one day the loop breaks. It’s what everyone who’s ever wanted to escape dreams of.
  • TheUltimateReaper
    (Saturday, Sep 20. 2014 03:51 AM)
    To appreciate terror I think you really need to appreciate the context. We start off with two people who were fucked over by the world and a girl still trapped in it. The two decided to get revenge, while the girl caught up in them, manages to escape because of a helping hand.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Sep 20. 2014 03:50 AM)
    Oh reaper, I do like it when an anime doesn’t spoonfeed the viewer and tries to be subtle, but that doesn’t really change my view on terror.

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