Criticism: You either use it, or hate it~.
~(FINALLY I GET TO POST SOMETHING ;A;) So, I’ve finally broken down and started reading the Bakuman manga. I didn’t want to because of the fact I would be watching the anime, and I want to be surprised with it, but in the end, I was tired of others mentioning people from the manga that I didn’t know of yet so |’D Luckily Viz Media has the English version out so I bought the second volume of Bakuman on my monthly manga run this past Sunday. Gosh, the manga art is intense! Compared to the anime, the animation is just straight up simple while the manga’s art is literally like BAM in your face! I enjoy it though; it makes it quite hysterical. Anyways, back to the anime!
Shuujin briefly describes his childhood on the way, and why he wants to be a manga artist. His father had been fired from his bank job, and his mother pressured him (a bit really) into avenging his father’s wrongful termination. He gets angry at the fact that his mother was pressuring him to study so much because of that, and after a rather interesting outburst, gets his mother to accept his choices, including that of becoming a manga artist.
The boys finally head inside the publishing company’s building, and after some nervous fumbling at the receptionist desk, go to a cubicle to await Mr. Hattori. They pass by another person who’s being told about his submission, causeing the boys to get even more nervous.
Mr. Hattori then walks in, already asking for the manuscript. They give it to him and wait nervously as he reads it, then reads it again.
Now, the anime actually tells you what the manga is about but I’m not going to explain it because it’s pretty confusing, well, at least to me heh. So here’s some pretty panels by Saikou for you to enjoy and at least get a hint of what it’s about x’D
He finishes reading it, then tells them it was pretty well done. He offers them coffee (which apparently is a good sign), and goes on asking them questions about it. Hattori doesn’t brush off criticism however and tells them the flaws in their manuscript; for example the story had a lot of narration and explanation in the dialogue. (Heh, I find that totally ironic since *cough* Ohba and Obata’s Death Note AND Bakuman are pretty wordy….Using their own experiences maybe? xD) As for Saikou’s art, it’s good but not for manga standards.
Criticism…it’s a bitch. Trust me.
In the end Hattori likes their work, and gives them his business card with his email address on it, saying he would like to see their future works. He also mentions that he’s going to submit their manuscript for the monthly prize Jack gives to a chosen submission, but them winning the first place won’t be easy.
The next day, the boys discuss plans to make another story before the end of the year, and to have better communication concerning if they have something to say about Saikou’s art, or Shuujin’s story.
As the episode closes, Saikou is hit with a surprise: he and Azuki are now sitting together!
End thoughts: Another pretty wordy episode, but FINALLY we see some hope for our boys :’D This is certainly a big step for them. I wasn’t as nervous as I thought I was going to be, thanks to reading the manga beforehand, which also made this episode I bit boring for me. If I hadn’t bought the second volume, I probably would’ve been freaking out and rolling on my bedroom floor out of nervousness |’D SEE? DON’T READ A NEW ANIME’S MANGA! Kills the fun! Why did I break my rule? -sob-
Anyways, their editor, Hattori-san…PFFFF. HIS LIPS. I crack up every time I see his face x’D His face doesn’t move actually! I swear! Even in the manga he has the same expression; I think it’s because his eyes don’t really move because they’re so round, and it bugs me a lot. Other than that, I love this guy! 8D Such a kind editor-san~. I was pretty surprised when the episode actually showed the manuscript; I was curious as to what kind of story it was. I just realized that they probably added that in there to kill the episode’s time |’D They totally timed the ending perfectly with that twist that Azuki and Saikou have to sit together. That’s gonna be cuuuute~! I love how Shuujin was like trying hard not to laugh out loud X’D
I’m sorry if my end thoughts sound really boring, or really random, it wasn’t an episode I could fangirl or rant over ^^; It was really neutral this episode, until the ending of course, heehee. A bit boring this week but hey, Bakuman always has a way of peeking your interests up again ;D
It looks like Eiji Niizuma is going to be brought back into the picture, which is probably going to cause some problems for our duo. Plus, Azuki crying?! SAIKOU WHAT DID YOU DO~?! Until next time then~