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~!