With great dreams, there’s always something you have to sacrifice~.
~One of the reason why I came to fall in love with anime and manga was because whenever I was going through a very emotional, very stressful time, it always came through for me to give me some sort of a message to help. I’m not joking actually, it’s happened numerous amounts of times, and whether its some other worldly being that’s doing this, I don’t know. The reason I’m confessing this is because this week’s Bakuman certainly did come at the right time for me 8) Sure, it wasn’t any big special episode but it did have its good moments (especially the appeareance of the popular Jump titles that Shuujin was reading xD) and helped my mindset. ANYWAYS, away from personal things, let’s get on with episode 4!
Diligent Saikou (I’m going with Saikou instead this week, you guys) starts to practice drawing at his uncle’s studio every night, and being diligent that he is, ends up losing a lot of sleep, even falling asleep during his midterm (that’s scary o___o).
After school Shuujin asks Saikou about why he’s so tired, and after their discussion, Saikou ends up giving him the duplicate key to his uncle’s apartment.
They head off to the apartment where Shuujin sees Saikou’s drawing for the first time. Yet as good as they look, Saikou says they aren’t necessarily good for manga and begins to explain the importance of the G-pen, which is good for manga. It’s very difficult to use, which is why he was practicing so much with it, but he needs to master it because its better to use. Saikou explains the other types of pen, screen tones, and the whole process of making just one page of a manuscript.
Despite all the practice Saikou does need for this, Shuujin tells him he should at least study for tests. He says he knows, but he has to at least put effort in the manga practicing since it’s a requirement, which leads him to explain the Kawaguchi Tarou type of mangaka (the three requirements for mangakas who aren’t geniuses); one is hubris (conceited-ness basically?), two is effort, and three is luck.
With that, Saiko continues to practice drawing, while Shuujin decides to read all the manga his uncle has.
The next day the boys are at a convenience store, Saikou buying drinks when Shuujin tells him to come over to him. Looking at the latest ‘Jack’ issue, they see a page showcasing the semi-finalist winner of the Tezuka award who is FIFTEEN.
I didn’t catch that Naruto was on the cover until the second time I watched it x’D
It certainly sends a shockwave through Saikou as he realizes that they are other people aiming to be manga artists as well, and some of these people have even more talent than him. He then tells Shuujin of his plans to go to North Yakusa high (a lower high school I’m guessing). At the park, Saikou says it’s so can have more practice drawing manga. Shuujin mentions that he might be apart from Azuki, but he doesn’t mind saying it’s more romantic.
Trying to be like your uncle now are we Saikou?
Shuujin also decides to go to the same high school as Saikou, saying that since they are very serious about this manga, it’ll be much easier for them to be in contact with each other. The boys then get back to the topic of Eiji Niizuma and his serialization, and about editors, saying that it’s not guaranteed they’ll get a good one. He even provides a quite…moving story about one particular editor.
Suddenly, Shuujin asks, “Wanna meet an editor?”
He tells Saikou that they can call one up and tell them they have a manuscript they want to show them. But wait, they don’t even have a manuscript! That’s when he continues to say that they could plan to make one by the end of summer, and give it to ‘Jack’ since it is their best bet to get it serialized and turned into an anime (which is soooo true).
Saikou enthusiastically agrees, and the two hurry off to the studio. On the way however, they spot Azuki, her mom, and her little sister.
Saikou and Azuki both get blushy and embarrassed as they pass each other shyly. But they continue to stare back at each other, blushing all the way.
Meanwhile, as the episode closes, we hear a phone call for…Eiji Niizuma, his editor on the other line discussing about his serilization as he does some rather interesting noises over the phone….
End thoughts: Oh Shuujin, you and your crazy plans~. Saikou is actually AGREEING with him now! You can tell he’s getting more and more enthusiastic about this, which is such a big change from the first episode. I guess that’s good x’D Anyways, I’m really excited for this new character, Eiji Niizuma! I’ve heard lots of stories about him from people who have read the manga…and yeahhhhh, we know he’s going to be the crazy one, which is why I’m like hella excited for him so he can cause some ruckus in this anime! >8D
I also totally feel for Saikou and Shuujin when they saw that Eiji was only 15 and already getting serialized in ‘Jack’. I get a bit jealous too when I see people younger than me that are already famous, or have won writing contests and such (I love you Taemin from SHINee, and Minzy from 2NE1 but GAH! Totally not fair |’D Sorry, Kpop references…) But it was good for the boys because in the end they got really serious about their goals and even fast-forwarded their plans a bit.
Of course, I HAVE to mention that cute walking scene between Azuki and Saikou<3 Oh gosh, it was sooooo cute! I was giggling like a mad woman, heehee. This couple is just so adorable. I love the fact that they’re so shy with each other! (Oh great, now I’m starting to sound like Shuujin…). They have to be favorite couple so far. Why? Because their romance is really nice, innocent, and even a little old-fashioned, almost like a fairy tale, but not so much to where it’s cheesy. They made it a bit more realistic which nicely balances it out, which I’m seriously loving ^^
Overall, I enjoyed the episode. It was yet another information one, but also sort of like a mental instigator with jealously and reality hitting our boys. They had to realize what about their school duties, and all the work that have to do to get better and start this dream of theirs. Simply, they’re being tested to see if they can do this, or not~.
Preview: Typical stuff from our boys maybe, plus we finally get to see more of Azuki and her best friend. I’ve started to realize that Bakuman‘s previews for their new episodes hide a lot! So while this preview may seem boring, who knows? We might get some spectacular surprise, but, unfortunetly we’ll have to wait until next week~!