An interview with the director of Saki’s “episode of side A” revealed that he’s considering the possibility of splitting the story into two separate seasons – and given the current pacing, that actually seems logical.
Saki’s second season, entitled “episode of side A”, is currently flying by – the story does have much to it, however the animation team has been trying their best to compress it into the minuscule time frame they have available. They’ve been succeeding, the series has been splendid all around – albeit, it remains noticeable to seasoned veterans of the nopan mahjong affairs that events which would have lasted several episodes within season one are simply rocketing to a completion within episode of side A, such as each of the tournament matches thus far.
Within Saki’s first season, mahjong battles received extended focus – the four total directional rounds of a single game may have taken two episodes or more as the players would each deeply consider their moves, realizing with every play, years of effort and unforgettable memories were being set down with each tile as well. And all the while, the series would also venture off into their backgrounds – how they managed to make it as far as we see, and how the other characters, currently not engaging in the bout, are reacting to the game.
Episode of side A has a fun-sized variant of that – everything is shoved within one short chapter of animation till blasting off to the next. In fact, a few episodes of “episode of side A” have even had multiple tournament games being played within – that’s absolute madness, and any familiar with the first season of Saki should have indeed felt a pain.
If episode of side A is ultimately split into two portions, that would be excellent assuming the series will then be able to transpire without limits and to its fullest – just as originally intended.