At first I wondered if I was just seeing wrong, but then the camera angles assured me that yes, I was supposed to be mentally debating whether one of the characters was wearing underwear or not.
Unfortunately, my first brush with the Saki franchise has left me unimpressed. Some of this was my own fault--why did I assume that this show would give me a crash course in how mahjong works, like in Chihayafuru? Obviously that show spoiled me way too much--but part of it also had to do with the way the show presented itself. Aside from the fact that one character is running around without pants, the cast introduced in this episode also made frequent remarks on how the pink-haired chick has large assets. Then there was some forced drama when the adult who runs their club leaves, which somehow means that the characters can't play mahjong together anymore. A lot of the episode seemed to be based on the assumption that I was already attached to the characters, but since I know nothing about them other than that they like mahjong I couldn't really get involved. If this were a slice-of-life series, I'd probably drop it here, but I'm giving it at least another episode because I want to see the crazy mahjong matches that I've heard so much about. Maybe that will change my mind, since I'm not feeling the Saki love just yet.
Images from Crunchyroll.com.