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Bakuman episode 24

I could go on about how utterly dreadful Bakuman’s romance is for yet another episode, but what would be the point in that? I’ve covered that enough already and will cover it again in the final review. Instead, I want to talk about what it is that Bakuman does well for a change.

The scene with the editors in the bar was the single best moment of Bakuman this season. A quiet, reflective moment between the two as they discussed their dreams and how they desperately wanted their aspiring manga authors to succeed. There’s an element of  longing to their discussion. It’s a different sort of longing to those Shujin and Saiko have, where theirs is built on youthful exuberance. Neither is it the same longing that Nakai had back in episode 14. That scene with him in despair as he watched the talented youth with natural ability already reach a stage beyond him was painful to watch, because it was like watching his already distant dreams get shattered and revealed they are unattainable at his current state.

Bakuman is about dreams and reaching for those dreams. The longing the various characters have for achieving those dreams. Whether this be the manga authors or the editors, they are all striving to reach their dreams. This is part of the reason why Miho degrades the anime so much. She is merely a representation of Saiko’s dream and her promise to Shujin becomes a metaphor for how his dream will always wait for him. It’s such a painful denigration of her character and the show seems to like painting females in that light in general. Heck, parasite hair-girl doesn’t have a dream beyond be at Shujin’s beck and call, serving them tea every now and then.

I guess I went back to bitching about the romance again anyway. But, as the scene with the editors showed, there is a great anime here. Somewhere. Beneath the sexism and dreadful animation and insufferable lead character, there’s a story about reaching for your dreams. Maybe next season…

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  1. luffyluffy
    Posted March 30, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    I loved that scene in the bar.

    Editors for best characters

  2. Posted March 31, 2011 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    That should have been an anime with the editors as main characters.
    Actually, I would have also been satisfied if Miho were actually a believable character we are able to grow and empathize on and not just Saiko’s future obedient waifu.
    It kinda pisses me off. There is no such girl. And if, then she’s being told so for years by society/her parents. And if thats how it is, then I feel very sorry for a girl who can’t be honest with her feelings and always has to stand behind the man. Never being destined to reach her dream… I mean, she can’t even be good at school, because apparently that would be uncute. How unfair.

    • Scamp
      Posted March 31, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

      She talked down her mum for trying to tell her to be something other than a goal for Mashiro to aim for.

      …I think we were meant to respect her for that

  3. Posted March 31, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    Love angle wasn’t that big in the manga. . . to put it bluntly the anime turned Bakuman into faggotry.

  4. hikaru
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    So Kaya exists to serve tea? At least Miho is making progress with her voice acting, Kaya is totally useless and annoying.

  5. mcm38
    Posted March 31, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    Koogy lost XD How unpredictable!

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