I read somewhere that JC Staff were one of the few animation studios directly damaged by the earthquake. As in, they were hit by more than just the rolling power outages. You know, a few shelves get knocked over, a couple of jam sandwiches fall off tables, that sort of thing. Yet they were back up and working less than two hours later. You know, I wouldn’t have begrudged them to have taken a day or two off, but I guess what the Japanese want more than anything else right now is to simply return back to regular work. It’s nice to see the earthquake hasn’t effected the quality of their animation though =D
OK, you got me
Credit where credit is due. I enjoyed this episode of Bakuman quite a bit. I got sucked in all too easily by the rolling dates and the gradual release of each mangakas one shots. It’s such an incredibly simple method to induce tension, and I’m rather ashamed of myself for falling for it with such predictability. But it worked because there were so many different stories riding on this. The one I found the most interesting of the lot was the editors battle for their prodigies mangakas, eavesdropping on their reactions. I would love if they actually explored the side of the editors more. It’s hilarious to watch how protective they get over their star authors. They’re like a bunch of dads arguing over whose son could beat the other in a fight.
I, like, totally ship these two
Honestly, once you get out sight of the main characters and their girlfriends, the characters in Bakuman are a rather cool bunch. I’ve sang the praises of Hattori many times over. Nizuma is cool simply for how bizarre he is. Aoki is the only female character I give a shit about, if only because I love how Nakai acts around her. Poor guy, I really want to see him succeed at something in his depressing life, beyond resembling a frog when he shaves. I like how in his mind Aoki’s boobs grow several times larger than normal. It’s a bit of a strange relationship given the age gap, but I would honestly like nothing more than for them to get together. Honestly though, I’d settle for their manga simply beating Ashirogi Muto’s piece of shit. Anything for those two to crash and burn so hopefully the next season won’t focus on them at all.