Finally! My work is handed in and I’m free from University for Christmas. Time to get off this brief hiatus and back to what I do best: consuming mountains of chocolate of various different types. However I also blog anime, so I better get back to doing that too.
Wasn’t that Obvious?
In this episode, Hattori made the grand statement that the boys should look to get their manga published in another publication. What baffled me was at how long it took them together to come to this revelation. The boys I guess I could forgive. They grew up with Shounen
Jump Jack. Shujin with his love of Dragonball and Saiko’s uncle having his manga published in there. Tunnel vision meaning they almost didn’t realise that they may have been better suited for another publication. But why Hattori in particular didn’t suggest this earlier did confuse me. At first I thought it was because he wanted to keep these talented kids at his publication and not lose them to another publisher. But the publication he eventually suggested they try out was under Shounen Jump Jack anyway. Although now I’ve written all this out, I’ve immediately come up with a counter-argument: He only suggested they try out for the other publication after they said they wanted to get serialised. Until then, that thought simply hadn’t entered his mind. I guess I ought to cut him some slack.
Also, I hope I got my talk about manga publication companies right…
I liked listening to the chief editor’s advice. It covered both ground Bakuman mentioned already, but also mentioned a few new concepts. Signs of a show that knows what it’s doing. The first one being hubris. Hattori originally warned the kids that having thoughts too big for their boots would work against them, but in pops the editor and tells them that so long as their manga good enough, it will get published. Not quite the same as declaring hubris vital to making good manga, but quashing the opposite thought process is on a very similar track. His other advice…I’ve gone and forgotten what it was….oh yeah, it was about Nizuma and his lack of depth in his stories. Which is some really high praise of Shujin when you think about it. A senior editor of Shounen
Jump Jack is calling his stories deep and complex. I’d certainly vote for his Kaiba-esque stories instead of the next generic Spikey haired Shounen lead series.
There was an ANNCast a while back where they mentioned a possible way to inform fans how tough it really is to be a mangaka would be a reality show about mangaka. Part of me can’t help wondering if something similar is going on here. It’s feels like a realistic enough depiction of what it’s like at a manga publication office, yet keeps that slight sense of glorification of the process. The glorification, if anything, works against the idea that it’s here to show how tough it really is for manga authors. Still, I wonder if we’ll see a softening of opinion for mangaka because of this process instead of the “they should feel privileged I’m reading their stuff” approach I’ve seen sometimes. I’d venture a guess that a lot of the negativity towards professionals in the entertainment industry is fuelled by jealousy (“why do they get paid for the crap they put out? My stuff is clearly better”), but that’s a subject for another day.
Saiko’s naivity is going to bite him hard pretty soon. Why? The belief that his beautiful, pure wife-to-be would never do something as crude as do gravure shoots was almost painful to listen to. You do realise she’s going to have to raise her profile before she goes voicing characters in anime. Like do voices in ero games, for a start. And yes, by god yes, she will have to use her sex appeal at some point. That’s how the seiyuu industry works. If Bakuman pretends that side of the industry doesn’t exist, or that it can be avoided with ease, then I will be extremely disappointed.