Well that was a lot better. I always figured Bakuman was a slow burner and patience was required when watching this anime. Admittedly, patience is hardly my forte. You don’t drop 130 anime without having a low tolerance threshold. It’s not like it was bad or anything before this. It’s just I actually found myself caring about the dreams these two had this time around.
How to create manga
One thing that got me more interested in the characters dream was it started getting down a lot more to the practical side of things. I really enjoyed listening to all the information on how to make manga. It has always rather amazed me how this is still all hand drawn material. I’m no artist but I would not be able to handle drawing without the option to ctrl+z at every available opportunity. There was an ANNCast a while back that brought up the idea that the reason anime fans have seemingly rather little respect for mangaka is they don’t understand quite how much work is involved. They’re living the dream they themselves want to live, hence they should feel grateful that they are reading their material. Maybe Bakuman is the cure to showing the new generation of anime fans how truly difficult it is to get anywhere in the manga world? I’d absolutely love it if their manga got pirated overseas and they got fan letters from people telling them that they’d read them on illegal sites and they love their work. That would be meta of the highest and most glorious order.
As of now, we’ve yet to see any upfront confirmation that Shujin is going to create a good story. Oh sure, he won a contest, but I’m waiting for the two of them to have creative differences over the course of Shujin’s story. He does seem very sure of himself that he’s capable of creating a top quality story, but until Saiko actually receives a plot outline, I’m not convinced this is going to go down perfectly. Chances are Shujin will love his work, but at the same time they’re still both 14. They’re maybe not the best judges of what makes a good story. Especially since Shujin thinks the best manga is Dragonball. What bugged me also about his preparation for making the story was he assumed reading manga was the only way to learn. That’s like me just reading other anime blogs to know how to blog about anime. If you want to be good you’ve got to read about. I take inspiration from newspaper columns, other blogs, non-fiction books etc. Shujin needs to start reading some non-graphic literature. Get yourself some Shakespeare man and learn how to construct a damn fine story. Or classical Japanese literature. Either’s fine.
Hubris, effort and luck
I’d never heard of the word hubris before. “Extreme haughtiness or arrogance” according to wiki, and I pretty much agree that that’s an important trait to becoming successful. The reason footballers are often so full of themselves is that they have to be to get over any potential failures they have. Effort is the most obvious one. “Hard work is never easy” as my dad kept drilling into my brain (although I’d argue back that it’s important to work smart, not hard, but that was just to get him off my back more than me actually believing the thing). Don’t quite agree with luck though. Luck is the name unsuccessful people give to their rivals successes. You make your own luck.
(I think I have the qualities to become a good anime blogger don’t you? Plenty of effort, more hubris than anyone in the rest of the sphere (a phrase that’s arrogant in itself) and luck? Welp, Chartfag linked to me instead of the many other possibly better chart creators. But again, I’d argue that was achieved via networking. You make your own luck)
Women should be pure
Here we go again~! I guess this is kinda like being hyper sensitive to any potential incest in Ore no Imouto. Hence I overreact when something questionable happens and read into things too much. The same is happening with Bakuman and sexism. I guess here we just have Saiko being a naive teenager once again. I automatically assume that the girl will remain totally oblivious to any other man while we have this nonsensical contract in place. Stupid, but totally understandable given his personality. Or I could be ignoring the obvious in an attempt to look at everything in a positive light. Ore no Imouto is clearly siscon fap fodder. The Bakuman author is clearly telling us that all women should remain faithful to that one man to remain pure. Take your pick. For now, I’m more willing to stick on the side of Saiko is a naive teenager.
For all these kids go on about DNA, surely Saiko must learn that maybe he has also inherited his uncles ‘die when you work too much’ gene. Get yourself some sleep man! You can’t be a manga author if you’re dead.