So yup, I’m blogging Bakuman. It was the one I had my eyes on pre-season and it’s impressed me, albeit in a totally different way to what I had anticipated. Choosing a style to blog this was difficult though, I had to restart this post more than once, but I think I’ve finally settled on a style I like. Right, let’s do this. First blogging of the new season go~!
Shujin and Saiko
It was already pretty darn clear that the relationship between Moritaka and Akito was going to be the driving force behind the series (even if the driving force behind Moritaka is a nonsensical promise). Hence both these first two episodes have been about developing that relationship. Again, it’s anime creating an interesting character dynamic between two male characters, which shouldn’t be entirely surprising given that this is Mr.Death Note writing this. I really enjoy watching the way they act like a real teenage duo. Last episode it was letting their crazed hormones get the better of them and hatching some hair-brained way to confess to the girl he likes. This episode it was the two of them goofing off class, thinking that they’d fooled the school nurse (who just thought they were typical idiot teenagers). Next episode? The two of them getting nerdily excited over what is effectively a ‘secret base’. I love the character dynamics between them and how it’s already slowly changing. Seeing as the series depends on these two to make the series click, it’s a damn good sign that it’s so interesting to watch this early on.
Directorial flair, or lack thereof
This will never be Death Note. I thought I’d gotten over that in the last episode, but when the entire episode consisted of talking heads, I couldn’t help but feel a little pang of longing for some latin chanting and rushing camera shots. I could probably go on all day about how much flair Death Note had in its directing, even for very simple things like internal monologues making the character change colour, Light being red, L being blue etc). I get that JC Staff are going for the josei vibe with this series. But flicking back through the anime on fast forward to screencaps really showed the lack of imagination of show. Slow pan up of character talking. Above shot of one of them helping the other one up. Slow pan across of the other character talking. I mean, come on. Nodame had plenty of imagination with its directing, even with the terrible CGI instrument playing. Honey and Clover at least took interesting angles to ‘shoot’ from sometimes. Not really on top of your game with this one Mr.Kenichi.
I hate controlling mums
These things are the stuff of nightmares. You see them sometimes, picking their son up from school or watching from the side as he forces her clearly athelitcally challenged daughter gets clobbered in the face with a football for the twenty-seventh time. The one who never has anything nice to say to their child. Everything is a complaint or a whine. Dear any girl who’s reading this blog: Do not become this kind of mum. If you are already a mother, take an honest look at yourself and think are you this sort of mother.
(I’ve just realised that this sounds like I’m speaking from experience. My mum, thankfully, isn’t like this at all. But we all know this type of mother, don’t we)
So here’s this fabled sexism
I had to lol. I had heard Bakuman was notoriously sexist. Now Death Note was also sexist, but for some reason that never bothered me. Maybe because it was an undercurrent to the series and they never actually said a line quite as blatantly sexist as that. Seriously, think about what the proceeding conversation must have been like. “Your son wants to become a manga artist. I don’t think he should. What do you think honey?” – “He should. Women like yourself wouldn’t understand the dreams of men”. And that’s it. The dad got “women wouldn’t understand” from that alone. No wonder the mum is such a miserable old hag if she’s married to him.
Haha you’re in love
I made the mistake of drinking some water during this scene. It went straight up my nose. I loved the bluntness of his laugh. Poor guy just made a pretty embarrassing statement and all he does is laugh. Supportive friend FTW