Something that I found very surprising was that Saki was much more enjoyable after I learned how to play the damned game. As a Chinese kid, I had a very rudimentary understanding of how mahjong worked, with almost none of my knowledge being any use in the Japanese MJ context. If you have no idea how the game works, it just looks like cute girls doing cute things breaking probabilities. But once you know what’s going on, there’s a bit more to it than each of the girls being horrendously imba. Here, the girls are defined by their game-breaking powers and watching how the conflict plays out at the table becomes much more interesting once you understand how those powers match their personalities.