The first time I’ve ever found a Bakuman female character attractive. Behold, the mighty power of the maid outfit. It will increase your attractiveness at alarming rates. This is why all girls should have a maid outfit at their disposal. There is no greater weapon to have in your arsenal to make a man head’s turn than your maid outfit. Buy one now!
(I could so work in advertising)
Teenagers being teenagers
My favourite part of this show is simply watching these two being stupid, idealistic teenagers. I’ve said this more than once before but it’s worth repeating for this episode because there’s a change in roles between the two. It says how much the two have grown friends that finally Saiko is able to try play the cool guy against the flustered Shujin for a change. What makes it even more amusing is the thing Saiko is trying to be all cool and knowledgeable about: Romance. Shujin himself knows what a hopeless romantic Saiko is but finds himself believing what he says whenever he catches the eye of the girl who looks like she has a parasite growing out the back of her skull. Another thing I like about these dumb conversations they have is they’re always done when they’re chilling out in random places. It’s such a teenage thing to do to chill on on swings or on rooftops. It’s such a seemingly minor point but it all adds up to being a lot of fun to watch.
The Bechdel Test
More talking about sexism in Bakuman! Heh, sorry to harp on, but I can’t help myself. Anyway, I heard recently of a test used to find out if a women depicted women in a non-sexist manner. The test is called the Bechdel Test (sorry if you’ve heard of this already, but it was the first I’d heard of it) and it runs like this: In something you’re watching, usually movies, is there
- At least two women in it
- Who talk to each other
- About something other than men
Movies and video games quite frequently fail this oh so simple test, but the same can’t certainly be said of anime (despite the lack of actual interesting duos created from these conversations. There should be an extra anime rule that states 4: While they’re not being moe). It’s just interesting to realise a country with such a negative reputation in regards to feminism beats American entertainment in this regard. That’s a subject for a whole other day that I’m certainly not qualified to tackle, but it’s interesting to realise that, in the 5 episodes so far, Bakuman has yet to pass this test itself. I’ll be keeping my eye out for the rest of the series to see if it gets anywhere on these points.
Cool Story Bro
I had my doubts last episode that Shujin was capable of creating a competent story, but I must say I’m impressed. OK, the sunglasses wearing baseball player is a bit silly, but it’s the kind of silly I can get behind. But the other story about the cloned earth is pretty high concept stuff and you could create all sorts of fascinating plot points from that concept alone. OK, we haven’t seen the guy compose the actual story and characters, but from what we know so far I’m hugely impressed. Seriously, if that was one of the upcoming anime on the chart for next season, I’d be eagerly anticipating. Sounds like a Sunrise or Production IG anime, Madhouse tend to stray away from pure sci-fi.
I guess the actual hard work of being a mangaka had to be shown. That didn’t stop it from being kinda dull. Half the episode was the duo grinding out their work. There was no discussion into the creation of manga, no dumb teenagers being dumb teenagers and basically nothing that makes this show interesting. I suppose it would have been jarring to jump straight from then moving in there for the summer to them having a completed chapter. But that doesn’t mean it was exactly that interesting to watch.
You really are an utterly hopeless romantic Saiko. It’s his utterly firm belief that what he believe is correct that is starting to worry me just a bit. It’s kinda like how utterly convinced Light Yagami was that he was the good guy, except this time we don’t have Ryuk guffawing over his shoulder to point out how deluded the main character is. I’d love to see the guy get a shocking reality check.