Make your own luck
I was expecting Saiko and Shujin to get turned down yet again, or at the very least that there would be a catch. The catch is that they only got published in NEXT as a comparison to Nizuma, almost as if to show how much more talented he is compared to them. It’s like getting onto X Factor as a bit of a joke, but using that opportunity because you believe in your singing. Or, to use a comparison more apt for anime fans, it would be like complaining to ANN about how shit their reviews are, them saying they’ll post one of your reviews with the intention of using how crap your review is to show how good their reviewers are, and using that oppertunity to actually prove you can be a good reviewer. It harks back to Bakuman’s message that luck is an important factor, but also my point that you make your own luck. If they didn’t send in a whole load of manga, they wouldn’t have been considered. Start sending your work out and you might get lucky. Send nothing and and nothing will ever happen.
Ultimately I think Saiko is too much of a hopeless romantic to ever get jealous of Shujin. But this episode did make me consider the possibility. While Ayase is heading off to some all-girls high school, where she wears long skirts, never moves quicker than a light stroll and gets involved in behind the scene yuri lovin’, Shujin’s girlfriend will still be meeting him frequently. After viewing scenes like the one above almost every single day, one has to wonder whether he’d start to get jealous. Look at that happy couple, I wish I was like that etc. I doubt it will happen, but I’m just throwing it out there.
Friends like manga
Bakuman really does seem like it’s trying to help the manga industry bring in new talent. First, let’s show that you need luck to get in and that you only get this luck by actually submitting your work. Second, glorify the Shounen Jump Jack studio. Thirdly, show how everyone else thinks your new dream is great stuff. It never plays off as cheesy though because all of them are grounded in truth. I will never understand why people are so shy about their ambitions. You’ll get the odd idiot moefag, but nobody likes that person. Everyone else is often interested to hear that you’ve got a dream. Making manga, being an author, getting in fashion, whatever. So long as you’re actually working to reach that dream, people are generally interested and supportive.
Bros before Hos
One part I liked about the episode was Shujins abandonment of his girlfriend when work was on the table. But it wasn’t just his choice, it was a combination of Saiko demanding him to put his manga before his girlfriend. Their work was more important romance. Bros before ho’s. Which is exactly what Shujin himself believes, questioning Saiko’s faith in him. Of course their manga is more important. What could be more important than manly spirit? We shall ignore all women and spend all night sweating it out with each other! Yeah, this anime really is ripe for yaoi fangirl interpretations.
Tokyo’s Youth Ordinance Bill
I generally end Bakuman posts on a light note, but this time it’s serious issues. The Tokyo Youth Ordinance Bill was passed through Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly. Here’s a good piece on what it all means, but I’ll attempt to shorten in down a bit. Anything that depicts any sexual act that is illegal in real life is deemed too dangerous for children’s well-being and marked 18+. This includes incest, homosexuality and relationships between adults and minors along with the more obvious ones like rape etc. Just for the record, this means anime like Cardcaptor Sakura will be 18+ (relationship between adult and minors). All BL, even the fluffiest, will be 18+. Revolutionary Girl Utena will be 18+. I was originally a bit sceptical of the whole thing, because all that would happen is you’d slap an 18+ lable on them and nothing would change. But with the laws, publishers won’t publish stories with these illegal sexual acts, and they’d never be created. A 16 year old can’t read a manga that has lesbians in it. bleargh~
This whole post came out a bit preachy…err, sorry about that.