Saki Mahjong Manga Gets Toki Spinoff in June

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Meki Meki draws 5th Saki spinoff focusing on member of Japan's #2 team

The June issue of Square Enix's Monthly Big Gangan magazine revealed on Wednesday that Ritz Kobayashi and Meki Meki will collaborate on Toki, the fifth spinoff manga of Kobayashi's Saki manga. The manga will debut in the July issue of Monthly Big Gangan on June 25. The manga will have a color opening page, and will also adorn the issue's front cover. The issue will include the first two chapters, as well as a bonus supplement.

Meki Meki (Selector Infected Wixoss -Re/verse-) is drawing the manga, while Kobayashi is credited for the original work.

The new manga will focus on Toki Onjōji, a team member of the mahjong team of Senriyama Girl's High, the strongest school in the Kansai region, and ranked #2 in Japan.

Yen Press is publishing the original Saki manga in North America, and it released the first volume on December 29. Yen Press describes the series:

Saki's never been a big fan of mahjong. A lifetime of being forced to play with family at holidays (and losing her money as a consequence...) has left a foul taste for the game in her mouth. When she's convinced, though, to play a game with her classmates, she discovers that not only has fending off her family left her with an uncanny ability for the game but, more surprisingly, that it can even be fun!

Is this revelation enough to cleanse Saki's distaste for the game? Can her classmates convince her to join their club, or is there just too much baggage to make it worth her while?

If you're looking for the number one mahjong manga out there, you've found it!

Kobayashi's Saki manga has been running in Square Enix's Young Gangan since 2006, and Square Enix published the 15th compiled volume on March 25. Saya Kiyoshi launched Saki Biyori, the first spinoff manga, in Young Gangan in 2011. Aguri Igarashi launched the second spinoff manga Saki Achiga-hen episode of side-A in Monthly Shonen Gangan in 2011, and ended it in 2013. Aguri Igarashi also debuted the third spinoff manga Shinohayu - the dawn of age in Big Gangan in 2013. Hideki Ohwada handled the fourth spinoff manga, Ritz, which debuted in Big Gangan last September, and ended in December.

Saki was adapted into a 25-episode television series in 2009, and a new television anime project titled Saki - The Nationals launched in 2014. The Saki Achiga-hen episode of side-A spinoff manga also inspired a television anime in 2012.

Source: Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web

Update: Corrected story details. Thanks Kamieichi

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