Saiko has just seen the ridiculous work I have piled up over the next week. I was half tempted to put this blog on hiatus, but realised that, in the free time I had, I actually wanted to blog anyway. But I may be behind on a few posts until the deadlines pass, so bear with me this next week or so.
Mope mope mope
The first half of this episode was dedicated to Saiko moping about like the good old angsty lead he is. Moping is a fairly boring act to watch anyway, but a bit of imagination can lead to something that, while perhaps not as enjoyable as the more action-packed parts, at least gives you something watchable. Saiko’s moping had none of this. What three things did they show to illustrate his moping? Ignoring friends when they ask him something *yawn*, not joining in with the rest of the class when something funny happens (this ‘funny’ thing usually being a student saying “sensei, why do you always pick me” in a funny voice) and, worst of all, scenes of him walking, stopping, sighing and then continuing on. What? Why the hell did you need to show 2 seperate 30 second clips of him stopping in the middle of a stroll to sigh? You only needed one scene to illustrate his moping. Instead we get half an episode of it.
After half an episode of moping, the episode moved onto…romance! Thankfully, this episode was a hell of a lot better than Bakuman’s last attempt at romance. The reason is pretty simple: Bakumans romance is stupid. It’s contrived to the point of utter ridiculousness. Instead of trying to portray it as a heartwarming romance between the purest beings on earth, this episode embraced and acknowledged the stupidity of it all. Best line of the episode was Shujins sarcastic boast that, because he shook hands with Iwase, he had already gone further than Saiko in his relationship. What this series needs is a good, old-fashioned slut to tear things up a bit, like Panty. Actually Panty would probably give these frigids heart attacks. We need some lighter weaponry. Shouko from Princess Jellyfish should do the trick.
What counts as a conversation
A comment on the last post pointed out that Bakuman had finally passed the Bechdel Test because two minor characters started talking about homework in the corner of the classroom before Shujin delivered his moe-hating fist of fury. Which, I’d argue, doesn’t count as having passed the Bechdel Test because it’s not a conversation that actually means anything. Take the conversation between these lot. At one point in the conversation, parasite-hair said that her siblings frequently get in the way of her conversations too. That line was nothing but filler. The actual conversation that had any effect was them discussing that the boys had their manga shortlisted for the awards. So nope, Bakuman still hasn’t passed the Bechdel Test. It will certainly be amusing when Bakuman does manage to pass it.
When it comes to breaking the ice during a tense situation, Shujin is your man. He’s not exactly suave, but he’s confident enough to at least attempt something. Yet when Shujin is in trouble, what does Saiko do? He stands around pulling the occasional panicked grimace. Gee, what a great friend! Clearly this man understands women better than any man!