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Bakuman episode 20

This is me looking and my blog post backdraft. In an attempt to organise my posting routine so I wasn’t publishing 10 posts in a single week followed by only 2 the next, I organised a whole load of posts in my drafts in planning  publishing chronological order. Basically, I have enough material to write about until the new spring season, and even then it’s first impressions time. I’ve got all these wonderful ideas for blogging projects that I can’t start until I make it through that backdraft.

Really exciting stuff to read about, I know. But I’ve spent the last two Bakuman posts talking more about Ichigo 100% and Misa Amane than I have talked about anything that actually happens in Bakuman. Gotta pad out these posts somehow.


I enjoyed this episode of Bakuman quite a bit, albeit not for reasons I’d ever expected to enjoy Bakuman for. Nor, I suspect, for reasons the creators had intended me to enjoy it. Some of the dopey things this episode did were entirely intentional, such as Hattori’s ‘keikakudoori’ pose with the apple. Others I laughed at but perhaps for slightly different reasons the creators envisioned, such as the scene with the girl asking Shujin and Saiko about their waifus. It certainly felt like they were mocking Bakuman’s stupid romance story, but that also goes slightly against the grain compared to what Bakuman usually does, which is why the question mark is in the sub-title. Then there were scenes I found hilarious but probably wasn’t meant to be, such as the lady handing out the tissues. Through the seasons. Wearing the same clothes. Standing in the same pose. With the exact same tone of voice. It certainly felt like the show was mocking its own inability to make time pass in any sort of realistic manner, but somehow I doubt that was the intention. Whatever, I laughed.

This is a rivalry?

Speaking of unintentional humour, the rivalry here is a joke. Sure these two’s self-perceived rivalry with Nizuma has always been a bit silly. It’s like a young boy racing a small dog. The boy may think it’s a serious race but the dog is simply running along with them, not sure why the boy is running but enjoying doing so anyway. The above rivalry is an even bigger joke when their trash talk essentially consisted of “no I am the one who shall be serialised first”. I’d like to see some proper rivalry occur please. Like my patience against Miho’s screen time. There’s a battle I’m currently losing.

This is what happens…

When you watch too much mystery TV shows in black and white. You go all bug-eyed!

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  1. mcm38
    Posted February 23, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

    Are you talking out of experience, about the buy-eyed thing?
    Bakuman is evolving by the way. At first I tought they had the intention to make all female chars ugly, but l surely would like to accept a tissue.

    • luffyluffy
      Posted February 23, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Permalink

      Keikaku Doori’d

      You were tricked into thinking all the girls were ugly and disgusting, and now you’ve got Tissue girl.

    • Scamp
      Posted February 24, 2011 at 9:51 am | Permalink

      Damnit, I meant bug-eyed. y looks very similar to g

      I would take a tissue from her anyday, if you know what I mean

  2. Posted February 23, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    Are they already on the point where they discuss things with the blond haired chick?
    I liked her. She almost had a personality.

  3. Taka
    Posted February 23, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

    The most hilarious part of this episode for me was when Miyoshi was like “I only want to see you an Miho get married”. It just furthers the notion the other characters are only there to enable Mashiro. Way to be a stepping stone.

    Also, it was hard to take seriously when they criticized Miho’s singing as bad. Especially since Hayami Saori sounded like she made no attempt to make her actually excellent singing voice sound bad.

    I also found the interaction between the protags and the girl asking if Miyoshi was Takagai’s girlfriend strange. I’m like, “why are they all smug about the way they told her off?” The chick probably dug one or both of them, and they are so happy they have “fiances” instead. Wtf.

    I totally would have welcomed meek girls advances as long as she was cool that tissue girl was there too.

    • Scamp
      Posted February 24, 2011 at 9:52 am | Permalink

      Meek girl and Tissue Girl are the two best female characters in the show

  4. luffyluffy
    Posted February 24, 2011 at 12:20 am | Permalink

    So, are you gunna blog season 2 Scamp-kun?

    • Scamp
      Posted February 24, 2011 at 9:53 am | Permalink

      Oh god no. I’m not even sure if I’ll watch the second season, let alone write about the bloody thing

      • seansky
        Posted February 24, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

        well the stories are really better later on, as long as u keep up the good work of ignoring the romance……

      • luffyluffy
        Posted February 24, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

        I’m gunna watch season 2, the completionest in my is a filthy whore

      • Posted February 25, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

        Season 2 will be better. It has Hiramaru in it.

    • Scamp
      Posted February 24, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

      I’ve dropped 161 anime in my lifetime. I am most certainly not a completionest

      • luffyluffy
        Posted February 24, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

        Speaking of completing things, are you watching/blogging OreImo truend?

      • Scamp
        Posted February 25, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

        Was going to, but then nothing different happened in the episode. Well, 4 things happened.

        1) A man played porn games in the street
        2) Kyousuke rode a bike
        3) Kirino didn’t headbutt him
        4) Kuroneko said senpai

      • Posted February 28, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

        Is there good Kuroneko in it?

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