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Bakuman episode 22

I was delighted to see Nizuma come back into the picture again, which is strange since his purpose hasn’t really changed beyond ‘make funny noises’. But if it’s funny noises that Bakuman needs to entertain me, then I’ll take all the funny noises I can get over romances that don’t exist lalala.

Just a popularity contest

I liked the scene with the newbie mangaka arguing with the editors. The editors knew these folk would be pissed when they heard the news, and it was great to see their resignation when they heard all the competitors of the Young Gold competition had come to the editorial department. I also enjoyed the logic used by afro-head. Don’t like it? Drop out then, we have plenty more people who want to enter. All you need is for your manga to be more popular and you’ll win. That’s how the rating system has always worked. Then bloody Saiko had to butt in and proclaim all they need to do is make their manga interesting. No, you fucking douche. That is exactly not what they had just been talking about. They just said it had to be popular. I could have called this paragraph title “Mashiro is a douche” but I’ve been using that line a bit too much as it is.

These are the Future

The first time we’ve got to see all the aspiring manga authors together in a room and they had to all be big-headed and proclaim that they thought their own story was the best. I was looking forward to them all discuss manga with each other again, because that’s always been where this show is at it’s best. Stick them all in a room together and have them chat away. Even the relatively brief moments we got to see them all in the room together was some of the best material Bakuman has produced so far. No matter how much you or I might bitch about these characters, the fact remains that they at least have personality, and quite volatile ones at times too. It’s fun just to watch their personalities bounce off one another.

I don’t care

It took me a while to realise why this scene was included. I got the scene about the girls discussing Koogi showing us how people normally uninterested in manga would be voting for him. But then they started dancing and I found myself wondering why. What does this have to do with Koogy again? Then I remembered. We’re supposed to care about Miho’s career. Hahahaha, good one Bakuman~!

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  1. Posted March 9, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    I would have been so much happier with this episode if they had had a real discussion about the strengths and weaknesses of the different stories. For those who do not know, that is a real life skill. If you are on a software development team, for example, you should be able to participate in a group discussion about the merits of one design over another. If you are thinking about going to art school, you might as well get used to crit-sessions, because you will be in at least one per week. The show could have given us some insider discussion about the relative merits of different approaches, or just shown the young authors growing in professionalism by the way they participate in what can be a difficult experience (both intellectually and emotionally challenging).

    The only one that came away with points in my book is Fukuda, because he A) suggested the crit-session, which would have been a constructive step in surmounting the Koogy hurdle, IF they had followed through, and B) was the ONLY one to actually offer some criticism, in his remark that shounen manga benefits from parental disapproval.

    • mcm38
      Posted March 10, 2011 at 10:23 am | Permalink

      Exactly! Fukuda makes a real leader and activist. I could say Fukuda would be the king if this was a historical anime. And they are trying to portray Saiko as the Hero, with Shujin as the douchebag sidekick of the Hero. Miho is supposed to be the kidnapped princess. XD Don’t get mad Scamp, Miho doesn’t exist lalalalala~!

      • Schnky
        Posted March 11, 2011 at 1:09 am | Permalink

        Has anyone here read the manga? Just wondering. Cuz I want to know if the anime is worth watching after reading the manga.

  2. Posted March 9, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

    All they were missing at the end were the poles.

  3. Posted March 10, 2011 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    I…don’t remember the dance part in the manga.

    Another purple character voiced by Ishida Akira. Heh.

  4. mcm38
    Posted March 10, 2011 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    At first I tought they were going to make Nizuma in some kind of ‘the bad guy’ or ‘the enemy’. But now he has become my favorite. Nakai san is offcourse second.
    *A lightpulp lights up on mcm’s head.*
    Scamp how about making a post with the best chars of every anime, each time you finish posting about one?

    • Scamp
      Posted March 10, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Permalink

      I did a favourite characters post a while back…

      • mcm38
        Posted March 10, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

        I actualy meant, you mentioning the best chars in the anime. For example: When you are writing a post about the last episode of Bakuman., you’d also write a little about the characters (from Bakuman.) that gave you the best impression.
        It’s only an idea tough. It’s your blogg I’m not gonna tell you what to write.

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