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  • 2005
  • 1 Season
  • 7.7  (758)

Akagi is a popular Japanese television drama that aired from 2005 to 2006 on Nippon TV. This show is based on a manga series of the same name, written and illustrated by Nobuyuki Fukumoto. The show is a blend of gambling, suspense, and psychological drama that is sure to captivate any viewer.

Akagi follows the story of a young teenage boy named Shigeru Akagi, who is a master of the traditional Japanese game of mahjong. Despite his young age, Akagi is a highly skilled and daring player who takes on the likes of some of the best and most experienced mahjong players in the world.

The show begins with Akagi being taken hostage by a group of yakuza thugs during a game of mahjong. Rather than being intimidated, Akagi challenges them to a game of mahjong, which he wins decisively. Akagi's victory is a turning point for the yakuza, as they begin to take notice of the young boy's incredible talent and begin to use him as their secret weapon in high-stakes mahjong games.

As the series progresses, we get to know Akagi better as a character. He is quiet, introverted, and almost completely unemotional. Yet he possesses an incredible talent for reading his opponents' emotions and strategies, allowing him to make bold and seemingly impossible plays that leave his opponents stunned. Despite his talents, however, Akagi does not play the game for money or glory. Instead, he is driven by a desire to challenge himself and prove his mastery of the game of mahjong.

Akagi's opponents are also well-developed characters, each with their own unique personalities and playing styles. Some are calculating and cold, while others are hot-headed and impulsive. All of them are seasoned mahjong players who have spent years honing their skills, making it all the more impressive when Akagi manages to outplay them.

The tension in the show is high throughout, with each game of mahjong feeling like a life-or-death battle. Despite the seemingly mundane nature of the game, the show keeps viewers on the edge of their seat with its fast-paced action, high stakes, and twists and turns that keep the outcome of each game uncertain until the very end.

One of the unique aspects of Akagi is its attention to detail when it comes to the game of mahjong. The rules and strategies involved in the game are complex, and the show takes the time to explain them to viewers. This makes the show accessible to both seasoned players and those new to the game.

In addition to the intense mahjong games, the show also touches on themes of loyalty, trust, and friendship as Akagi interacts with other characters in the series. His bond with his mentor, the elderly mahjong player Yagi, is particularly heartwarming, as the two develop a close relationship based on their shared love of the game.

Overall, Akagi is a well-crafted TV drama that will keep viewers on the edge of their seats and leave them eager for more. With its complex characters, intense action, and attention to detail, it is a must-watch for anyone interested in the world of mahjong or Japanese drama in general.

Akagi is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (26 episodes). The series first aired on October 4, 2005.

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26. 狂気と闇と...
March 28, 2006
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
25. 殺意の誘惑
March 21, 2006
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.
24. 魔物の意思
March 14, 2006
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.
23. 剛運の威力
March 7, 2006
The third session has begun after Iwao Washizu chose to continue; Akagi has lost a considerable amount of blood and Iwao has lost an equal amount of his fortune. Yet again, luck is on Akagi's side, as he constantly gets favorable hands... but this may not last long because Iwao seems to have natural born luck.
22. 作為の足枷
February 28, 2006
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?
21. 一縷の幻想
February 21, 2006
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.
20. 希望と愚行
February 14, 2006
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.
19. 鬼神の昏迷
February 7, 2006
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?
18. 呪縛の牌姿
January 31, 2006
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.
Proof of a Genius
17. Proof of a Genius
January 24, 2006
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.
Fighting Tile of Destrucion
16. Fighting Tile of Destrucion
January 17, 2006
The gruesome Mahjong game between Iwao Washizu and Akagi is about to begin and with all the house rules put in place this could easily become a death match. However Akagi is not satisfied with the 20 million wager and request that Iwao increases it, tenfold. But it will take a lot to convince Iwao.
Ouma Time
15. Ouma Time
January 10, 2006
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.
Rakshasa`s New Chapter
14. Rakshasa`s New Chapter
January 3, 2006
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.
Orbit of Wind and Lightning
13. Orbit of Wind and Lightning
January 3, 2006
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.
Magic of the Rare Machine
12. Magic of the Rare Machine
December 20, 2005
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.
Hopeless Preparation
11. Hopeless Preparation
December 13, 2005
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.
Prediction of a Counterattack
10. Prediction of a Counterattack
December 6, 2005
After winning the life savings of Kawashima and co. Akagi is in a spot of trouble as they want revenge. Soon after that Akagi is called in to have a match with his impersonator but right after witnessing the match with the Fujisawa group Rep player Urabe. However there may not be a follow-up match.
Genius Shingan
9. Genius Shingan
November 29, 2005
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.
Revival Omen
8. Revival Omen
November 22, 2005
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.
Innocent Demon
7. Innocent Demon
November 15, 2005
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 Talent of the Villain
6. The Talent of the Villain
November 8, 2005
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 Treacherous Tse Ii Men
5. The Treacherous Tse Ii Men
November 1, 2005
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.
The Betrayal of a Genuine Thing
4. The Betrayal of a Genuine Thing
October 25, 2005
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.
The Strategy of the Maverick
3. The Strategy of the Maverick
October 18, 2005
The silent battle between Akagi and Yagi ensues and nothing else matters except whose judgement in their own actions wavers first. Yagi knows that he cannot beat Akagi fair so he uses a form of cheating called the "caterpillar" in order to utilize the genius Akagi's weakness. As soon as Akagi learns this fatal mistake he decides to counter by taking them for all they've got.
Awakening of Talent
2. Awakening of Talent
October 11, 2005
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.
The Genius Who Descended Into the Darkness
1. The Genius Who Descended Into the Darkness
October 4, 2005
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.
Where to Watch Akagi
Akagi is available for streaming on the Nippon TV website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Akagi on demand at Netflix.
  • Premiere Date
    October 4, 2005
  • IMDB Rating
    7.7  (758)