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.