Saki Mahjong Manga Gets Gourmet Spinoff Manga in June

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Meki Meki draws spinoff focusing on Mako Someya

This year's ninth issue of Square Enix's Young Gangan magazine revealed on Friday that Ritz Kobayashi and Meki Meki will collaborate on Someya Mako no Jansō Meshi ("Mako Someya's Mahjong Parlor Meal"), the latest spinoff manga of Kobayashi's Saki manga. The spinoff focuses on Mako Someya, a member of the mahjong team at Kiyosumi High, and her combination of mahjong parlors and gourmet. The manga will debut in the magazine on June 7.

Ritz Kobayashi's Saki manga went on hiatus in March starting in this year's seventh issue of Young Gangan. The manga will resume in the magazine in the 11th issue, which will ship on May 17.

Kobayashi and Meshi also collaborated on Toki, the fifth spinoff manga based on Saki. Toki debuted in Square Enix's Monthly Big Gangan magazine in June 2016. The manga focuses 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 digitally, and it 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 launched the manga in the magazine in 2006, and Square Enix published the 18th compiled volume on October 25. Yen Press published the 18th volume in English on January 29. The manga has inspired six spinoff manga series. Square Enix will publish the fifth compiled volume of the Toki spinoff manga on May 25.

The original manga was adapted into a 25-episode television series in 2009, and a new television anime project titled Saki - The Nationals premiered in 2014. The Saki Achiga-hen episode of side-A spinoff manga also inspired a television anime in 2012. The four-panel spinoff manga Saki Biyori inspired an anime DVD in 2015. A live-action television adaptation of the manga debuted in December 2016, followed by a live-action film in February 2017. The new live-action television and film adaptations of the Saki Achiga-hen episode of side-A spinoff manga premiered in December 2017 and January 2018, respectively.

Sources: Young Gangan issue 9, Meki Meki's Twitter account

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