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|“||I'm already in a tough position in the team, Oohoshi. So if you lose now, I'm in trouble.||”|
—Seiko Matano to Awai Oohoshi
|Japanese name:||亦野 誠子|
|School:||Shiraitodai High School|
|Grade:||Second-year high schoool|
|Debut:||Saki, round 56|
|Voiced by:||Kaori Shimizu|
|Main skill/ability:||Takes whatever tile she wants from the discard pond.|
Seiko Matano is a second year at Shiraitodai High. This is her first year with the main team.
Seiko has short greenish-grey hair and magenta eyes. She wears shorts along with her Shiraitodai uniform.
Like her nickname "The Fisher", she has a calm and patient attitude, such as when her team mates doubted that she beat Awai, she was only disgruntled for a moment before describing how she beat Awai.
Playing Style / Abilities
Matano's ability is to easily declare repeated pon, which is depicted as catching the tile that she just called with her fishing rod. After her third pon, she will usually tsumo within five turns, making her a fast player.
While playing safe, Seiko relies heavily on suji and honor tiles.
Combined Training Camp Arc
Seiko was shown after Awai Oohoshi advanced her team to the national tournament.
Final Eight Arc
Seiko is shown with the rest of her teammates entering the playing hall before the final eight competition begins. After Teru Miyanaga's match, she welcomes her back. When Teru suggests they investigate Sumire Hirose's match, Seiko asks if its because she thinks that she might be giving away her ability somehow. And when they find nothing she says that they just have to wish her the best.As she sets at the table, the match begins. Seiko starts the game using her abilites to grab pons until she grabs a tsumo win. When Mairu Shirouzu starts to activate her abilites Seiko remembers a meeting Shiraitodai had prior to the match. Here Sumire and Teru explain Mairu's ability to Seiko and Awai Oohoshi. She asks if there is a tell and Teru informs her that she doesn't have one and make's the process look natural.
Back at the match Seiko decides that her ability has nothing to do with her but focuses on Mairu long enough for Hiroko Funakubo to win off of her. Later in the east second round (dealer repeat) Seiko and Mairu battle it out for victory until Mairu intercepts her pon and wins. During the east fourth round she once again is beaten by Mairu and Seiko says that she thought that Shindouji's captain was the ace player. Later she is surprised when Arata Sagimori declares riichi and wins. When Seiko decides to play more careful, she is won off of by Hiroko and again the next time around. After continous wins by her opponents, she says that she has never fallen to second place before and never has she lost so many points. She then says that Arata is giving her trouble and feels like she is trying to manipulate her. She is then shocked when Mairu wins with a baiman and thinks that in the captains match it will be a yakuman. Arata then ends the match with a win.
Walking down the hall, Seiko meets Awai. She tells Awai that beind defeated puts her in a tough spot and if Awai loses she will be in more trouble. She then asks Awai to win for her and Awai says she was going to anyway. Later when Himeko Tsuruta is able to beat Awai's abilty, Seiko is stunned. When Awai gets serious during her match, she says that the opponents must be tough because she's rarely seen this. Teru and Takami then informs everyone that Awai once got serious during the prefecturals. Seiko says that the reason was because she didn't want to lose in points to Takami. Later after the second renchan of the match, she commented that she once stop Awai double riichi by arrange the tile in circle which disrupt the order which cause Awai to burst in tears. When Awai burts into the waiting room and apologizes for getting second place, Seiko says that she will also do better next time.
During the Side-B semi's she is seen sitting with most of her team. She says that Rinkai is a shoe-in for the finals and wonders where Awai is.
- The limit of 5 turns on Matano's ability allows her to rebuild her hand and make a valid yaku, as after 3 calls, you can only have control of 4 tiles in your hand.
- Seiko lost the most points over two hanchan out of any player presented in the Saki series, losing 59,400 pts.
- This breaks Seika Bundou's old record of losing 49,000 pts.