The mahjong gambling madness of the Akagi anime is the latest addition to Crunchyroll’s library of streaming anime, based on the manga by Nobuyuki Fukumoto, of Kaiji fame. Premium members have access to all episodes as of 5pm PDT today whilefree members will enjoy 6 episodes today while adding 5 episodes/week.
Tokyo, 1958. Nangou is playing a life and death match of mahjong against the Ryuzaki yakuza clan. If he loses, he must pay his debt through his own life insurance. He is despairing when suddenly a mysterious, 13-year old boy appears. His name is Akagi. Nangou senses a strong aura around the boy and out of desperation, he lets Akagi play for him. Although Akagi has just learned the rules of mahjong, his natural talents are awakened and he defeats the veteran yakuza players. But this legendary night is only the beginning for Akagi, the genius who descended into the darkness...
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