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Bakuman episode 1

ZOMG Death Note author! I love Death Note so I can’t wait to watch Bakuman. This is my most anticipated anime of the new season, this is going to be the best anime ever!

…oh, hello there Honey and Clover director.

When JC Staff were announced to be the studio working on Bakuman, I did raise an eyebrow. They’re probably the most down-to-earth studio in anime today. Getting the Josei director, Kasa Kenichi, seemed like an odd choice as well, considering this is a shounen manga by the guy who made one of the most over the top, dramatic poses anime in the last decade. And it totally shows in this episode. There was no dramatic angles, no strange lighting, no latin chanting. It was as subdued as you can get and rather clearly made on not that much of a budget. While most anime will look disappointing if compared to the wild directing of Death Note, you can forgive me for beginning this episode with much trepidation, especially when that disastrous opening song came on.

But things did pick up and I started to understand what Bakuman is going for. I understood why they got the Honey and Clover director for this. H&C is a highly accurate depiction of university life and growing up in that environment. Bakuman is practically same the same thing, except this time with teenagers. JC Staff are aiming to create the same atmosphere as Honey and Clover. Subdued with light colours while remaining comedic. It took a while to readjust my expectations, but once I did I started to enjoy the anime a hell of a lot more.

These are dumb teenagers (a tortology if there ever was one) acting like dumb teenagers. I loved the scene in front of the house. The previously hyper confident character holding his shaking finger over the doorbell and his sidekicks running mental commentary “oh shit he pushed the bell, oh crap she’s coming out what do I do, ah there she is argh what do I do, she’s so pretty wait no what the hell did I just say argh”, because I did the exact same dumb stuff when I was that age. It’s a very cleverly written for a scene that could have been one of the biggest facepalm moments in anime history. It’s realistic. That’s what you’ve really got to get your head around and that’s what JC Staff are aiming for here.

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22 Comments

  1. Posted October 3, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    And thats it?
    I’ve expected your post to be more detailed.

    You forgot to mention the awesome Chou-Hero Densetsu opening.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 3, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

      :(

      This is just a first impressions post. I don’t want to go into too much detail. Besides, I’ll be blogging the show so I’ll have plenty of time to discuss the thing

      • Posted October 3, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

        I’m sorry, that was a joke. *pats head* I didn’t mean it as criticism.
        Because the Hero opening is that awesome.

  2. Ragnarok
    Posted October 3, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    Actually I didn’t find it that entertaining yet. Perhaps because I’m already following the manga and for what I saw in this episode the manga and the anime portray two different things.
    That in it self is not a bad thing also is to early to make judgement.
    To be honest is not what I expected yet I want to watch a little bit more with very high expectations and have a better idea of what the animation team have in mind.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 4, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

      The curse of knowing what you should be getting vs what you are getting.

      I’m going to have to write a post on this one day, but I think the main problem when it comes to people whinging about anime adaptations is they know what ‘should’ happen, even when that’s not what the creators have in mind.

      Not that you’re whinging or anything. I’m just sayin’~

      • Ragnarok
        Posted October 4, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

        Actually I am whinging.
        But is something bound to happen I actually expected it to be different, the effect is similar to a book made into a movie, you know what you want, yet you know you are not going to get it.

        In this case is exactly the same, the solution?? Don’t read the manga before the anime (thing which I already did ) FAIL .

        But like I said, is still an early stage to make a judgement .

        I still can enjoy the show. I don’t mean liking it, but I can still enjoy it so far

  3. Posted October 3, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    Realistic is a good way to put it. I was thinking that as they talked about the impossibility of being a mangaka, or about Mashiro’s uncle, how autobiographical that scene might’ve been.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 4, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

      Considering how guarded they are about the authors IRL identity, there’s fairly decent chance that that could be true

  4. Posted October 3, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    I hope the OP will last for 8 episodes at the very most.

    It doesn’t represent the series that much (I suppose, the first 14? or so chapters since they’re still in middle school), because Bakuman. is about MANGA MANGA MANGA MANGA MANGA, really.

    Realistic? S-sort of…in a sense.

    • Posted October 3, 2010 at 11:37 pm | Permalink

      Aye I wasn’t fussed on what the OP was pushing either. The romance in Bakuman has always taken a backseat to the manga.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 4, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Permalink

      I didn’t really mind what the opening was depicting. It was just a miserable song =P

      • Posted October 4, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

        MANGA MANGA RANKINGS!! MONKEYFACEDEDITORS MANGA MANGA MANGA RIVALS! MANGA MANGA MANGA RANKINGS RANKINGS MANGA MANGA MANGA MANGA TEXTFROMAZUKI KAYA’SBOOBS MANGA versus romance and slice-of-life.

        I sure did. :Y (Bakuman. is a slice of life, but it’s a slice of mangaka life.)

        /possibly disillusioned ahahahahahhahhhhhhaahh

  5. Posted October 3, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    I liked the scene in front of the house a lot, too, even the marriage proposal, because it’s the kind of dumb ass romantic idea that only a lovestruck teenager would concoct.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 4, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

      What’s worse is I’ve been involved in similar situations when I was a dumb teenager, albeit I was the wingman rather than the proposer

  6. luffyluffy
    Posted October 3, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Permalink

    “It’s not like it’s a Death Note or something.”

    • Scamp
      Posted October 4, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

      I wish…

  7. Samshel
    Posted October 3, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    I enjoyed this episode, let’s see how it goes in the long run.

  8. smallish
    Posted October 4, 2010 at 3:57 am | Permalink

    Oh. Maybe I’ll check this out.

    • smallish
      Posted October 4, 2010 at 5:15 am | Permalink

      Okay, that was pretty adorable. I’m totally going to follow this.

  9. Posted October 4, 2010 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    I’m sorry, but what kind of an uber-dumb teenager would actually propose to someone he’s barely spoken to? That aside, I was feeling the realistic vibe, especially with regards to the chances of making it as a mangaka/ achieving such dreams Vs not giving up and becoming some kind of NEET…

    I didn’t have any expectations at all about it, having remained relatively ignorant of the manga, so I’d say it was an okay, gently-paced opening epi. Not sure if I’ll watch it again though, as it seems too guy -centric for my tastes, unless that lead girl turns out to be more than just a pretty dope…

    • Scamp
      Posted October 5, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

      He’s a kid! I’m sure it’s been done before. Plus, at least he later recognised his total idiocy.

      …no really, I can’t be alone in finding that scene very believable. Panic in front of the girl you like and accidentally propose? That’s totally the kind of thing a teenage boy might do. What made it even better was the total panic the two had when she ran inside.

  10. Posted October 6, 2010 at 2:15 am | Permalink

    I like your last paragraph.

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