“The first hurdle a child must leap is their parents.”~
~Uwah, have I told you viewers how much I adore the animation to Bakuman? Seriously, I’ve never loved an anime’s animation more than this! I love the expressions, the actions, e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g. Especially Akito’s expressions, hahahaha (you’ll see a little spam of that later on). Now onto the second episode of one of the most anticipated animes of the season! ;D
Moritaka wakes up the next day from the night he finally gained his drive to create a manga. He reminiscences about the night, as his mother tells him that Takagi is waiting for him.
They walk to school together, discussing the nicknames Takagi has given him of which Moritaka is not pleased with. They also discuss Moritaka’s uncle once again, and Moritaka makes a playful note that he might not team up with Takagi, but thanks him for hooking him up with Azuki.
Shuto makes Akito sound cool while…Saiko “just sounds like an insult”.
At school, as they are taking their exam, Moritaka suddenly becomes overwhelemed at the thought of their difficult-to-accomplish dreams, and his proposed marriage to Azuki if indeed it comes true. He asks to leave to the nurses office, and does, Akito following right behind him.
At the nurse’s office, Moritaka admits to Takagi that he couldn’t breathe, that his chest felt tight because he was around Azuki (awwww). He asks if anything ended up happening between them, but nothing did. They end up leaving the nurse’s office to talk elsewhere since they kept making too much noise, heh.
They head to the roof, continuing to talk about Azuki. Takagi actually compliments a lot on Azuki, and the shy couple of Azuki and Moritaka. He also mentions that they should work as a team since Takagi is the only one that knows of Moritaka’s crush, and technically is the only one who can give him romantic advice.
After the deep talk of their smarts, love, and ambitions, Moritaka finally admits that he might just team up with Takagi.
Yet, Moritaka has a problem: Since his uncle died from overworking, his parents will without a doubt shoot down his dream. So he goes home, and tells his mother, who indeed, immediately says ‘no’. He does manage to convince her to talk to his father about it as well.
As Moritaka waits for the fate of his dream in his parents’ hand, he brings out the box where he had stored manga and merchandise of the manga his Uncle had made. He tells himself that he’s always wanted to be a manga artist, and that even if his parents say no, he’ll do it.
Finally, his dad comes home, and in just ten minutes, his mother is at Moritaka’s room with the answer. Thinking the worst, Moritaka is shocked to hear that his dad actually approves, saying men have dreams that women wouldn’t understand. (Say whaaat~?) Yet his mother tells him to go to his grandfather’s room and tell him as well since he was the one who lost a son to manga. Moritaka tells him, and his grandfather just says ‘Alright’ and digs into a drawer. He pulls his hand out, revealing a key. His mother is immediately shocked, telling Moritaka that the key is to his Uncle’s apartment.
His grandfather tells him that his uncle’s studio was left alone when he died, and even though Moritaka won’t need it for a while, he still gives it to him, saying there’s no such thing as prepairing too early.
Moritaka takes off to check out his uncle’s apartment, haven’t been there in three years, and calls his partner Takagi in his excitement.~
(Now a little Akito Takagi spam if no one minds~.)
End thoughts: Has anyone noticed they frequently have one eye closed and not the other at times? It kind of bugs me, but at the same time it makes me laugh over how frequent it is x’D Anyways, this episode was also pretty slow, nothing much but getting over a few hurdles with Moritaka’s parents, as ‘Saiko’(Moritaka) said. (I really loved that quote too, it’s so true.) We’re slowly being transitioned into when they’re actually going to start drawing their manga, and the problems that are going to arise with that, so I’m not expecting much to happen in these first few episodes.
I hope I don’t sound too negative about Bakuman! I really enjoy it; I’m still hooked because of the intriguing storyline and…because ‘Shujin’ (Takagi) is just hysterical. I loved that part in the Nurses Office where Takagi accidently laughs really loud! It sounded so funny x’D I’m laughing just thinking about it!
Oh gosh, Moritaka’s little ‘I can’t breathe’ thing was so adorable<3 I couldn’t help but say, “Awwww!” when he was talking about it. His whole expression when he sees Azuki, that blushy, surprised look, is just so kyuuuuute (That’s right; I spelled it ‘kyute’, that’s how freaking kaiwaii it is)! I could screencap that face all day. I don’t remember if I mentioned this in the first episode review, but I think Azuki and Moritaka’s promise to get married when they accomplish their dreams is the sweetest thing ever. It’s so innocent, and really, just sounds like something out of a fairy tale or something<3.
Despite the episode being a bit slow, it did have excitement at the end. I felt this sort of adrenaline when Moritaka obtained the keys to his uncle’s apartment and he was running to it xD I was like, “GO SAIKO, GO!” (Kinda sounds like ‘Psycho’, hahaha). And right when I’m feeling that rush….it ends. Damn you semi-cliff hangers!
Preview: Our two boys head into the studio, uncovering, as the narration said, “Warm memories,…and a shocking truth.” Oooo, I wonder what this shocking truth is?
I can’t help but stare at all those manga in the back…that’s the dream of a manga collector. Anyways, until next week~ ;D