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Bakuman episode 2

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

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  1. luffyluffy
    Posted October 10, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Permalink

    I’m sorta worried about the ending, because if Bakuman is only 25 episodes, and the manga isn’t close to ending…

    • Posted October 10, 2010 at 10:35 pm | Permalink

      I can’t even find a good point to stop around chapter 25…

    • Posted October 11, 2010 at 11:22 am | Permalink

      Who knows, maybe there will be a second season…

    • Scamp
      Posted October 11, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

      JC Staff love second seasons so I’d say there’s a fair old chance this will get one

  2. Posted October 10, 2010 at 10:28 pm | Permalink

    “No won­der the mum is such a miser­able old hag if she’s mar­ried to him.”

    Haha, pretty much. She’s basically a messenger; does she even have any authority in this family?? Doesn’t seem like it.

    I lol’d at Takagi laughing. I think most guys would laugh if they were in his shoes.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 11, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

      And that’s the way it should be. Messenger and cook.

      Oh sorry, I temporarilly inherited the spirit of Ohba. Sorry about that

      • Posted October 11, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

        Um, hello? Messenger, cook and BABY MAKER?? Get it right.

  3. Posted October 10, 2010 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

    That horrible OP will last for half the series won’t it.

    /listens to ED

    • luffyluffy
      Posted October 10, 2010 at 10:59 pm | Permalink

      God that song needs to die.

    • Posted October 10, 2010 at 11:29 pm | Permalink

      OP is terrible I agree – skipping over it from now on. Really does not suit the series at all.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 11, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

      I tried listening to it a few times, thinking that maybe it was one of those ones that you only ‘get’ after listening to it several times over. It wasn’t

  4. Posted October 10, 2010 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

    I think most people would laugh at Mashiro in that situation! Really liking Satoshi Hino’s acting as Takagi – he’s got the character completely spot on.

    Like the way you’ve split the post up BTW.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 11, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

      But to be so utterly blunt about it was what made me lol. Of course you would snicker, but at least I’d show a bit more self-restraint

  5. smallish
    Posted October 11, 2010 at 1:06 am | Permalink

    The picture you have for Shujin and Saiko is a good summary of my relationship with my friend. Just an FYI.

    But OMG that line about women not understanding men’s dreams made my eye twitch. I’ll let it go, though, because the relationship between Shujin and Saiko is interesting enough that so long as the dad never tell his wife to get back in the kitchen, I’ll be happy.

    Also, I seriously need to finish Death Note sometime. I read the manga, but I like animated things better as a rule.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 11, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

      Whoo, someone else who prefers anime to manga! Especially when it comes to Death Note. How someone can prefer the static pages to the fantastic directing of the anime is beyond me.

  6. Posted October 11, 2010 at 1:08 am | Permalink

    Apparently the anime softened the worst of the sexism in the scene comparing the classy but meek Azuki vs the smart Iwase. In the manga it came off as “women should be submissive and let the men do the thinking” while the anime limits the criticism of Iwase as “book smart”.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 11, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

      I wonder how much of that was down to [gg] interpreting the line differently so it didn’t sound quite so sexist. idk, that line in the anime itself never struck me as sexist at all. It was only when I read some blog posts did I hear people say that

      • Posted October 11, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

        I never really would have thought about it, either, if I hadn’t read the blog post at jp and hinano’s site that had the original scene from the manga where Takagi is a lot harsher and more blatantly “lol those women and their brains”. But translation is something I thought about, too — I mean, unless you speak the language (which I don’t), then you can’t be completely sure about how harsh it is.

      • Posted October 14, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

        Just chiming in as someone who knows Japanese to say yes; they did completely change that part of dialogue from the manga. In the anime he just says quite simply that Iwase isnt as ‘smart’ because she only thinks about her grades; it’s ar eally short statement. In the manga he really did go on a few frames about how it was unbecoming for a woman to be intelligent or something along those lines that was kind of just ‘lolwut?’

        also just chiming in to say I’m finding the bakuman anime really boring and sticking with the manga. JC Staff are pretty crappy at adaptations.

  7. Posted October 11, 2010 at 2:06 am | Permalink

    I didn’t even recognize that as sexism. Errr, oops?

    I also made the mistake of drinking water while reading this post. Your last paragraph…XD Supportive friend indeed!

    • Scamp
      Posted October 11, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

      I made a reader shoot water up their nose. I consider that the greatest achievement possible

  8. Posted October 11, 2010 at 4:43 am | Permalink

    Haven’t watched it yet, but shall very very soon.:P
    “which shouldn’t be entirely surpris ing given that this is Mr.Death Note writing this.”

    Actually, one of the coolest things about the Deathnote author is that his/her identity/gender are unknown. :P

    • Posted October 11, 2010 at 11:09 am | Permalink

      A woman could never write those lines without insulting herself, so…

      • Scamp
        Posted October 11, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

        I wouldn’t be so sure. You know the anime DearS? It’s about a guy and some aliens come down and become his slaves and want to do whatever their master wants them to do. Written by a women.

        Some of the best selling fanservice manga are written by women. You’d be surprised what you’ll find if you go looking

      • Posted October 11, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

        Written by two women*

      • Posted October 11, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

        Also, Kodomo no Jikan is written by a woman.
        Still weird.

      • Ragnarok
        Posted October 11, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Permalink

        And what about Hiromu Arakawa
        I mean she wrote FMA

  9. Posted October 11, 2010 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    Why so sexist, Death Note author?
    Still, Kaya is coming soon…

  10. Posted October 11, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    A much better second epi, I thought. I quite liked all the talking heads stuff, really worked for the development of the two leads/ their relationship. Though, yes, a little less of it/ more variety in the direction in future epis would be required to break things up a little. A bit disappointed re: the whole representation of genders thing so far, so I’ll give it one or two more epis to decide if it’s a keeper or not for me, otherwise the internal struggle of the lead and the spark between him and his new bbf is enough to keep my interest for now…

    • Scamp
      Posted October 11, 2010 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

      Talking heads is all Galactic Heroes was and that’s still interesting. But it does need at least some forms of interesting depitctions and imagery of some sort.

  11. Ragnarok
    Posted October 11, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    Ok I have my doubts but now I can say it for sure.
    I am not very fond if this anime, I love the manga but this version is just not to my likeness.
    The appeal that bakuman has, since doesn’t have any fight or fantasy is the manliness that normal life has in itself, what the manga wants to portray is hard work, fight for your dreams friendship and manliness.
    Sexiest?? maybe, they want to be manly
    Now what the anime is aiming for (as far as I can see) is like a fresh and youthful dream, friendship and well what it means to be young and have dreams.
    But that is just my opinion.
    (How many times did I say manly??)

    • Posted October 11, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

      What exactly is manly anyways. Does someone needs to be “manly” to achieve a dream.

    • Scamp
      Posted October 11, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

      That’s really interesting actually. With such little alteration, the directors can totally change the main focus of the story. I like that and think it should happen more often. It’s a different approach to the same story. Who wants a direct adaptation anyway if you’ve seen it all before.

      Not that many manga fans agree with that but whatev’

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