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Bakuman episode 8

Hey, you should totally pair up with me. I can draw these moe character designs. Moe is the in thing right now and is definitely the future of the indu-

*POW* How dare you! Moe is the cancer that is killing the industry. I know what the real future is. The future is BEAM SABERS!

Multiple Stories

One thing that I found it incredibly difficult to wrap my head around is Shujin being capable of coming up with so many stories in such a short space of time. In my head, you have your story you’re certain of and work at it from there, not come up with several story ideas and eventually pick one. Even recognising that what they are constructing are effectively short stories, I still can’t wrap my head around the concept. It’s as Hatori said: The Genius vs the Calculator. Shujin is the Calculator, capable of coming up with various hits without ever quite making it big the same way a genius does with the one series. By a process of elimination, I quite clearly am a genius. Or perhaps I’m simply not one of natures born storytellers. But it’s more likely I’m a genius.

Manga Shorts

As for Shujin’s stories themselves, again I’m having trouble wrapping my head around them. Again, the concept is very cool, one I’ve seen before as well. The whole class society thing, except this time with the twist that it’s all controlled by a machine. It makes for some very interesting scenarios and questions the whole class issue. The problem I have with them is twofold. First, that they’re all manga one-shots. That you can pack such a densely populated concept into 40-50 pages of manga without it being continuous exposition (took me about 10 minutes to remember that bloody word) doesn’t sit right with me. Then there’s the idea that, with each story concept Shujin comes up with, it all sounds very interesting before he instantly ends it with ‘and they get into fights and stuff’. Imagine if Death Note, which sounds exactly like the kind of concept Shujin would come up with, finished it’s first episode of setting up the concept before instantly starting a war in the second episode. The Shounen Jump formula is the cancer that is killing the manga industry! Although maybe I shouldn’t have expected much else from a Dragonball fanboy -_-

Hatori’s Praise

Theorising about Bakuman is a bit pointless due to how many people have read the manga already, but I’ll do it anyway. My theory is the reason Hatori is slightly more willing to praise the boy’s work is because, in the past, he killed the enthusiasm of an aspiring talented mangaka because he was too critical of his work. Not exactly a massive leap of faith or anything to believe this theory. Neither is it a particularly exciting theory, nor one that has much meat to expand upon, but baby steps are required at this early stage of the theoretical process.

Retarded Leap

What sort of leap is that? Seriously, try now to make that pose. Stand one your bed or whatever, then leap off it making that pose. Actually don’t, you might hurt yourself. thecartdriver.com is not responsible for anyone who injures themselves by pulling suggested poses and leaping off beds. You have been warned.

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  1. luffyluffy
    Posted November 24, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    Oh Shujin, you’re so silly~

  2. Posted November 24, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Permalink

    Actually, Takagi’s method of germinating story ideas is fairly common, at least in America. That’s how a lot of TV shows get written — the writers sit around and pound out a bunch of basic ideas/plots/scenarios/whatever and choose which ones have promise, and which ones are immediately garbage. They’ll often come up with hundreds of ideas and whittle ’em down to the few that eventually get made into episodes (or maybe use extra ones as B plots or whatever).

    • Posted November 24, 2010 at 10:23 pm | Permalink

      I agree. It doesn’t strike me as odd that Shuujin created dozens of story settings before they settled on one. What I don’t get (and Scamp discussed this) is how one goes from the setting, which was presented mostly as exposition, to a real manga storyboard (or “name”, or whatever). Particularly in the time they had to prepare for the Tezuka award.

      I think there might have been some intention of showing Shuujin’s hard work, so they focused on the quantity of notebooks produced, which visually represents that hard work, even if that was only a preliminary step. (Certainly Shuujin had to put in as much, if not more, effort into drafting the storyboard, defining the characters … heck there was barely a suggestion of a plot).

    • Posted November 27, 2010 at 7:34 am | Permalink

      I’m with Shin on this. Perhaps it’s an American style since Stephen King talks about how if you want to become a better writer, instead of waiting for inspiration the easiest way to become better is to just simply write more. He recommends that a person writes at least 1,000 words a day at six days a week, whilst his own regimen is about 2,000 words every day.

  3. Posted November 24, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

    What Takagi is doing is basically brain-storming, pretty standard procedure when trying to hit upon a story that jumps off the page.

    Also retarded leap is definitely retarded (it made me giggle so I used it as my opening image! XD)

  4. Posted November 25, 2010 at 12:23 am | Permalink

    You’re just jealous because you can’t be as FABULOUS as Takagi in that pose.

    Oh yes, and I can have no complaints about Takagi decking that guy who thought his moeshit was any good. No complaints at all.

    Had to chuckle at beam sabers. Btw, in the next episode Takagi and Mashiro get served a cease and desist from solicitors representing George Lucas.

  5. Posted November 25, 2010 at 4:56 am | Permalink

    As he’s leaping, he’s saying “KIRABOSHI~!” Duh.

  6. Posted November 25, 2010 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

    From what I’ve seen, shounen oneshots often have an open-ish ending so that if it does well, they use that idea for a series…?

    I wanna punch Takagi’s face in the second screencap. It’s so flat.

  7. imananon
    Posted November 26, 2010 at 12:15 am | Permalink


    At the end, right before Shujin punches that annoying guy, the two girls are chatting, and the conversation is not about men!!! Go check!!

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