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.
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 -_-
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.
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.