With the new season taking up my time, I’d almost forgot Bakuman was still around. It even promised me that a certain character would be off in a different school and wouldn’t be taking up screentime anymore.
Editor vs Author
This was the first time we’ve seen Hattori get genuinely angry. By and large, he’s been a calm bloke, more afraid of scaring Saiko and Shujin away from manga altogether than using the stick to keep them on the right path. If there’s ever been the right time for him to lose his cool, it’s obviously now when they go totally against what he told them to do. I loved how blunt he was with their crappy demon sword manga concept. He simply threw it aside and said “what are you doing, this is crap”. My problem in the last episode with the kids turn to generic battle manga was it was showed in a great light. Now we’ve got Hattori to express our frustration, it works a lot better. I wonder if they will make a decent manga in time? Bakuman’s tendency is to almost give them what they strived for but far away enough to make them feel disappointed. My guess is they’ll fuse their original concepts into a battle manga, but it’s hard to see how that’s going to happen at their current pace, what with their desire to draw Dragonball clones.
Instead of giving us assorted scenes of Nizuma shouting ‘ka-pow’ and drawing more erratically than someone having an epileptic fit, this was the first time we got to see a bit more of Nizuma’s personality. I do love how he calls himself a fan of Saiko and Shujins manga while the two of them are gazing at him in hate. A one-sided rivalry, there’s nothing more lame from their point of view. It does highlight again that the lead two have a clear advantage over Nizuma with the intelligence of their writing. It’s something Nizuma himself fully admits to and accepts he’ll never beat them in that category. Yet they insist on trying to beat him at his own game. That’s why I’m fascinated to see how Bakuman will tackle their attempt to write battle manga. It’s making the clear point that they won’t beat Nizuma at his own game, whether Nizuma himself realises they’re trying to or not.
Nothing more really to say…
I don’t really have anything else to say about the episode. Actually this was the best episode I think Bakuman has produced. It’s just I’ve said all I’ve wanted to say already. I don’t particularly feel like talking about what happened at the start of the episode. Remember the romance doesn’t exist lalala. This series really is a hell of a lot better when she’s not in the picture.