The old fansub group gg dropped Bakuman. That’s the reason for the delay on this post. I was waiting for another decent sub group to pick this up, not wanting to rest my faith with a group calling themselves ‘GuessSubs’. This is a good reason to support legal streams. It means we have legal subbers who are held by their job to sub on time and we’re not stuck to leeching off the whims of moody fansubbers, whether you watch the legal version of not. Even though I can’t watch anything by Funimation due to legal restrictions, I still prefer that they’re doing so because it means the subs will always be released on time.
Ignoring the Romance
Back in Ye Olde Days when I was blogging Hetalia Axis Powers, I made the vow to stop talking about Chibitalia. Chibitalia was dreadful in every way, shape and form and every episode they appeared in left the concurrent post to be nothing more than a rage post about it. It became boring because I was largely repeating the same points over and over again and it was dragging down my Hetalia posts for the worse. I’m going to take the same approach with Bakuman’s romance from now on. It’s harder to ignore because, unlike Chibitalia, the romance seeps into other aspects of the anime and pollutes it with it’s terribleness. But fuck it, I’m bored of talking about how dreadful the romance is by now. Lalala it doesn’t exist lalala.
Saiko is a prat
Took me a couple of attempts to come up with a decent insult for Saiko. I don’t think ‘prat’ covers the bases well enough, but it will have to do. But what a self-important spoiled prat he is. The end of this episode pissed me off. Sulking like a massive fucking baby because he didn’t get third place? So full of himself that he was convinced the story would get serialised followed by a massive strop when it didn’t? Then what does he do? He vows to make mainstream manga because playing to their strengths isn’t working by his stupid standards. All so he can blush when he sees that girl who doesn’t exist because there is no romance in Bakuman lalalala. Generally I enjoy a good solid dickhead in an anime, but I guess I have my limits when it comes to whiny brats, especially when the anime itself feels like it’s catering to his needs.
Look at Shujin in that picture. Heck, look at the both. Where exactly has the budget for this anime gone? JC Staff shoved all their budget into Index, leaving Bakuman with some spare change and a few half-eaten chocolate hobnobs, and even the spare change they seemingly spent on boozing instead of the anime itself. Maybe that’s why they decided to shift focus away from the shounen hot-blooded manga making rivalry and onto the romance that doesn’t actually exist lalala. They were all drunk!
There’s still good to be found
I’ve spent this entire post pointing out the flaws of Bakuman, yet I actually enjoyed the episode. It felt rather nice to be watching Bakuman again after a relatively long break. There’s still a neat back and forth between Shujin and Saiko. Fish face above is still interesting to listen to as he describes all the ins and outs of the manga industry. Even Parasite-Hair has become a surprisingly likable character. But Bakuman isn’t a good anime. I’ve long since stopped hoping that would ever be the case.