MAHJONG IS FUNNNNN TENPAI SUKI RI WAI WAI
As I was saying…well, amidst the endless sea of Koromo monologues, she expresses that if she sticks with her gut, she’d win.
Well, in ways, she did win even though she lost. Thus came all the KAZOKU stuff, but I think the creators were a bit more clever than that, relying on a typical cliche to try and give more sustenance to the show’s sentimental side. What I found pleasant was that Koromo says she wins by her own will.
“I’m not just a puppet for my instinct!”
“My instincts just try to narrow the possibilities to a single choice.”
“But this time, I choose this one!”
“If I believe in this hand I can sense from Kiyosumi…even if she wins with it, Koromo will be the winner!”
So, it’s interesting because while Koromo, in the flashback, is portrayed as a meek loner, it’s almost as if she loses on purpose, subconsciously. Remember, Koromo said that mahjong was her everything, her entire world, and that people didn’t like Koromo for anything besides mahjong – Koromo thought she was mahjong. Her losing in herself means that it was somewhat of a false self, a self-imposed fabrication, and that she had the potential to truly “win” all along.
Her mahjong loss is a personal gain. “Even if she wins with it, Koromo will be the winner” – Koromo was correct, but in a different way.