Crunchyroll to Stream Mahjong TV Anime Akagi
posted on by Egan Loo
Video service Crunchyroll announced on Tuesday that it will begin streaming the entire Akagi television anime series to Premium subscription members at 8:00 p.m. EDT. Free members will be able to watch six episodes on Tuesday, with five more episodes every week after. The streams will be available in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the Carribeans, and South and Central America.
One stormy night, Nangō is playing a game of Mahjong with the local yakuza. Soon, he finds himself on a losing streak. If Nangō loses, he will have to pay with his life. Suddenly, a young teenaged boy, Shigeru Akagi, barges in, drenched from the rain. After watching a couple of games, he offers to replace the struggling Nangō. At that moment, a new legend was born.
This will be the first official English release of this 2005 anime. Director Yuzo Sato and the anime studio Madhouse adapted Nobuyuki Fukumoto's original manga before working on another gambling story by Fukumoto, Kaiji. Crunchyroll is also streaming Kaiji.