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For those sports, drama and psychological TV series fans, Akagi has it all. It is about the boy named Akagi who is allowed by a gambler to substitute for him in a game of Mahjong. This is not just a simple Mahjong game, it is a game of life or death and is played in a Yakuza-run gaming parlor.

Akagi has no knowledge of the game or rules but finds out that he is a natural when playing the game.

Nippon TV
1 Season, 26 Episodes
October 4, 2005
Anime, Drama
Cast: Tôru Furuya
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  • Akagi's game of Washizu Mahjong continues. Akagi is able to win the next two sessions, despite having lost a considerable amount of blood but gained a total of 313.5 million of Iwao's fortune. Akagi continues the match which will ultimately end in ruin

  • Washizu Mahjong continues well into its third session and Iwao Washizu is overflowing with luck, so much that its allowed him to achieve the almost impossible Dora 12. It's almost as if something evil is possessing Iwao, yet Akagi still doesn't flinch in the face of death and gets a chance to make his comeback.

  • The third session of Washizu Mahjong continues as Akagi seems to be losing a considerable amount of blood with Iwao Washizu being close to a Tsumo hane man win. But even in the face of death, Akagi doesn't even flinch.

  • The second session is over with Akagi's victory. Due the prior conditions, Iwao has a chance to back out of the match but will he take it?

  • The second session of Washizu Mahjong climaxes as Suzuki receives the decisive West tile. It's clear to everyone that Akagi will lose... except Akagi doesn't see it that way. Akagi eventually puts down his West tile and goes into ten pai. Despite this, Akagi knows Iwao still has many opportunities to take him down.

  • Well into the second session, Akagi upsets Iwao and has a chance to transfuse his lost blood but yet again he refuses, focusing on Iwao's enormous fortune. Nonetheless, Akagi picks up the momentum and begins to dominate, but by the final round there's a single tile that proves to be a major obstacle.

  • Patience brings opportunity as Iwao lets down his guard giving Akagi a chance to strike by calling a East, Red Dragon, 1-character and is looks to be in ten pai but will it be enough? Akagi goes into it without transfusing the 600cc of blood back into his body. What could he possibly be thinking?

  • The Washizu Mahjong death match between Akagi and Iwao continues as Akagi has picks up with his "Tan Yao, Dora 1". Unless Akagi outranks Iawao, he is still in danger.

  • The game of Washizu Mahjong has begun, where Akagi wagers 2,000cc of his own blood and Iwao Washizu wagers of his entire 500 million fortune. Akagi starts of by playing defensively to gain points but he soon learns that this tactic won't work in Washizu Mahjong. The harsh reality of this game, surfaces.

  • After saving Akagi from a meaningless death, Yasuoka and Ohgi want to put him up against monster whose been causing the recent string of mysterious deaths, in a high stakes game. The monster that he will go up against is Iwao Washizu and his background is revealed. After spending two weeks with the Inaba group Akagi finally receives the call for the match worth 20 million but there seems to be some frightening house rules put in place.

  • The Summer of 1965 is the date that marks the beginning. A young man's buried corpse was discovered in the Tama Mountains, with his death caused by shocked induced blood loss. The body is later identified by Yasuoka as Yukio Hirayama (Fake Akagi) and Yasuoka already has a thought lingering in his mind and decides to search for Akagi with his acquaintance Ohgi. At the same time, Akagi is at the Kurata group gambling house and he seems to have gotten himself in trouble.

  • Akagi leaves the table on a single wait, after anticipating his win and everyone, especially Urabe, is astonished by his bold statement. To everyone's surprise Urabe did deal into Akagi's hand and he won by "Hai Tei (Dora 4)", but the Kawada boss calls him back later to find out how Akagi knew he would win.

  • The Mahjong match between Urabe and Akagi continues and Akagi is planning to finish this with a big hand. Luck also seems be on Akagi's side, as coincidence after coincidence keeps on occurring.

  • The Mahjong match between Urabe and the fake Akagi has been dragged on for long and the wager is now at 32 million. The boss of the Kawada group now realizes that the fake Akagi is missing something fundamental for a gambler and wants the real Akagi to play for him. However Akagi will only play under one condition and that is if Osamu plays first.

  • At the Kawada group's headquarters, the fake Akagi (Yukio Hirayama) and the real Akagi face each other in a battle of skill. The impostor Akagi shows the real Akagi just how skillful he is.

  • 6 years has past since Akagi's legendary Mahjong match against the Kawada group and Yasuoka has brought Akagi before them to demonstrate his skills. However there is something different about this Akagi from the one 6 years ago and it could be because he's a fake. So Ishikawa from the Kawada group enlist the help of Nangou to find the real Akagi.

  • Following the dirty stunt Akagi pulled, the game of Mahjong has turned into a sudden death with players left with only 10% of the points. With Ichikawa now using any means to achieve victory, Akagi must now turn the match in his favour but whose side will luck be on tonight?

  • The match has turned into a one-on-one "Tse Ii Men" between Akagi and Ichikawa and due to Ichikawa's effective strategy; Akagi is beginning to feel the pressure. However just when Akagi is at near with only 5,000 points, he's surprisingly able to make a comeback. Nonetheless with Ichikawa playing defensively there seems to be no end to this game, so Akagi decides to win even through more dirty methods.

  • The rematch between Akagi and the Kawada group has begun! With the stakes higher than ever, the Kawada group decides to play their secret weapon, the blind mahjong master who reveals himself to be Ichikawa, as Akagi's opponent. The only problem is that Akagi hasn't arrived, so Nangou is forced to stand in his place. Akagi makes it just in the nick of time but he has a lot of ground to cover if he's going to win this match.

  • It hasn't been long since Akagi's legendary victory in his first game of Mahjong and Yasuoka has already set up a match for him, in 3 days from now but Akagi wants more from him. He is called in by the gang he's supposed to play against and they want to make a deal but whilst there Akagi meets a mysterious blind man who will later be his opponent.

  • On a stormy night, after winning his first hand of Mahjong, Akagi continues playing against Ryuzaki and his gang members, as he slowly awakens to his latent talents. Akagi quickly turns the tide in his favor and takes the lead, so Ryuzaki calls in his last resort, Rep player Yagi.

  • In the Midori Mahjong parlor, Nangou is trying to cancel his major debts by playing some Mahjong but this may be his unlucky day as he is losing badly. Just when the situation gets dire an unknown boy walks in on their game and with a simple word of advice and Nangou is able to survive. This may be the beginning of the legendary Shigeru Akagi who will shake the underworld.

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