Too pure boy next to too pure girl? Definitely better than the usual main-character seating spot. You know the one. 2nd from the back, on the right, next to the window. Yup, definitely prefer this version of the main character seat.
I must say, I’m impressed by how Bakuman keeps up it’s realism and intelligence when it comes to situations like this. The editor gave some proper advice! Advice that doesn’t sound cliche nor stupid nor created perfectly for shounen storylines (you need moar pashun! etc.). Nope, instead we got some real advice that, looking back at how the kids prepared for this manga, you could have seen coming. I mentioned a few episodes back that I didn’t approve of Shujin reading manga as his sole method of gaining experience of literature, but now I realise that he probably didn’t do enough manga reading. Or at least, he didn’t take notes on how to approach story-telling in manga. Although I don’t buy the whole ‘too deep’ theory they came up with. What, manga has to all be fluff and not have any real themes beyond the Shounen Jump mantra of trying your best, friendship and teamwork? Some may scoff, but even the author’s other manga, Death Note, had some pretty heavy and deep themes to it and was more than happy to wear them on it’s chest. You can be deep with your manga Shujin. The problem is just the delivery.
The Azumanga Effect
The Azumanga Effect is a personal term I created to describe the increasing enjoyment you get from a slice-of-life anime due to gradual accustomed with the characters, even though the show hasn’t necessarily improved in any direct way. Honestly, I think this phenomenon is far from being just a trait of slice-of-life anime, although it’s there where it’s probably more noticeable. I’ve realised recently this trait can be applied to any anime (or long running series in general) where, by consistently producing the same quality of content, you ‘grow’ with the story. Probably the clearest non-s’life example of this would be Legend of the Galactic Heroes. It’s universally agreed that it takes a while to get into LOGH, but it’s not like the show itself starts doing anything radically differently. You just grow accustomed to the world and grow with it (LOGH is so highly regarded because it manages this consistency for a staggering 110 episodes). Anyway, this is what’s happening with Bakuman. It’s not exactly doing anything differently since when it began, where I found it difficult to summon enthusiasm for the kids dreams. But I can definitely feel myself growing into Bakuman.
Shujin and Saika mark 2
It’s odd how the duo have set themselves up. Shujin is the more outgoing but less confident. Saiko is more withdrawn but also more sure of himself as you could tell from his unflinching reactions to the editor’s gaze. If anything is going to break apart their duo, it could very well be this. The assurance of Saiko that he will become a manga author far outdoes Saikos. Take their reactions once they leave the office. Shujin is delighted he got an e-mail address, taking any chance he can get with an editor, but Saiko is questioning whether the author is good enough for them. Big difference there and it’ll be interesting to see if anything comes from it.
- A stand up comedian whose first joke hasn’t come off.
- Sitting a language oral exam where you run out of learned phrases by the halfway mark and then sit there blandly repeating a few stock phrases for the entire second half (yeah, I’ve never been any good at languages).
- Asking a girl out
- Penalty shootouts
- That point where you’ve swung too far back on your chair and you’re not quite sure whether you’re going to fall backwards or forwards