Saki Manga Franchise Has 10 Million Copies in Circulation
posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Square Enix reported on Friday that Ritz Kobayashi's Saki manga franchise, including its various spinoff manga, has 10 million copies in circulation. Square Enix will publish the main manga's 21st compiled book volume on January 22, as well as an illustration art book, and new volumes for the spinoff manga, for a total of seven new books in the month of January.
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 20th compiled volume on March 25. The manga has inspired five spinoff manga series.
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. 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.
Source: The Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web