And the drama always starts because of the girlfriend…
~I have realized from this month long break from posting on Metanorn that I do NOT have the enthusiasm for ANYTHING without Bakuman in my life. When I marathoned the episodes that I had missed, this giant surge of energy came over me and I ended up getting started on this MASSIVE recap post as soon as I could. So because of Bakuman, and its Enthusiasm Injections that I can’t live without, I’m officially BACK. I’m going to apologize beforehand if my writing seems a little weird or dull; it’s because I’ve been writing essays every week so…yeah. Now onto Bakuman because you do not KNOW HOW MUCH I’VE MISSED THIS SHOW.
Starting with Episode 14, many plans go awry as Eiji, already set out to be serialized in the next issue of Jack, creates a whole 64 page chapter to his series, ‘Crow’, instead of ‘Yellow Hit’. Then our boys decide on creating mainstream manga, which Hattori thought didn’t suit them, in hopes of getting published quickly. Hattori tries desperately to get rid of the mainstream manga idea, but the duo insist. It’s just then when one of the editors gets a call from Niizuma’s editor, saying they’re bringing Eiji over. He comes and the rivals finally meet each other, yet it turns out Eiji is a fan of their ‘Money and Intelligence’ manga! Hattori has Eiji write his names right in front of Saiko and Shuujin to try and dim their hopes of making it with mainstream manga, but even after the genius finishes his name in less than thirty minutes right before their eyes, they are unmoved. He finally tells them that if they can’t convince him that they’re cut out for mainstream manga in six months, then he’ll step down as their editor. With their usual enthusiasm, they accept the challenge.
Meanwhile, Azuki is up for another audition for a late night anime, but isn’t confident enough in her looks or singing. Yet after hearing from Kaya how hard Saikou and Shuujin are working, she decides to do her best and audition. Azuki ends up getting the part, which causes Saikou to be a little impatient.
While the others are hard at work on their dreams, poor Kaya is left alone, and in an attempt to have her own dream to accomplish, decides she’ll become a writer writing cell-phone novels (YOU GO GIRL). The boys manage to create a battle manga for a competition, but don’t even make it through. While the editing department has faith in them, Shujin feels more pressured than ever to create something amazing and unfortunately ends up with writer’s block (the ULTIMATE evil). Meanwhile, Niizuma’s editor goes to Hattori asking if Saikou would want to be an assistant for Niizuma during the summer. He gives Shujin a call first, who gives his permission, and then calls Saikou. He accepts hoping to learn something for Niizuma. On his way home, he ends up catching a glimpse at Shujin kissing Kaya!
Saikou goes to Niizuma’s place the next day and meets his other two assistants: Nakai, a professional assistant who once tried becoming a manga artist himself, and Fukuda, who’s also trying to get serialized and has the same editor as Niizuma. After introductions, Saikou goes over to watch Niizuma, who suddenly realizes he’s there as his assistant. He humbly lets him watch him draw, and they even discuss how his second chapter was pushed to fourth place. Saikou has hope that his series won’t drop any further, however Fukuda tells then that Niizuma be canceled in six months because of his next chapters. The two discuss Crow with Niizuma and give him advice. Niizuma suddenly announces that he’ll rewrite Chapter five before the deadline, with the help of Fukuda and Saikou. The two convince him to start creating names and hold meetings with his editor, as well as help make Chapter 5 more interesting.
After checking up on Niizuma’s next chapter and his sudden progress, his editor leaves after a tense discussion with Fukuda about the order of series in Jack, which also leads the three youngsters to have their own conversation of how they would make Jack. They all manage to get back to work while Niizuma comes up with another character. He pulls out a few old notebooks of manga he did back in elementary school, and tells of how he ended up drawing manga because of living far from friends. It sparks up memories for Saikou of how he drew manga a lot back when he was a kid as well. He suddenly announces he’s going to stop being Niizuma’s assistant and get back on track to being serialized. Once at home, he flips through old notebooks and finds a mystery manga that he made. He calls Shuujin about it, but Saikou gets a bit irritated over Shuujin spending so much time with Kaya. He messages Azuki, who’s replied message gives Saikou back his enthusiasm, and if Shuujin doesn’t give him a name in two days, then he’ll make his own manga~!
EIJI PIC SPAM! (Because he’s my newest favorite character XD)
(TAKAGI WHAT’S WITH YOU AND BOOBS?) It’s hard not to watch with them being that huge…
End thoughts: (Seriously though, what’s with Takagi and Kaya’s boobs?) Oh wow, let’s see, where do I start with this HUGE recap? Right now I can tell you that Eiji is my new favorite character in Bakuman, if you couldn’t tell already. I don’t know whether it’s because they’re showing Takagi less, and Eiji more, but I’ve been fangirling over Eiji since Episode 14 when the guys finally met him 8’D At first he felt like that really, really, REALLY weird kid you kind of stay away from (but secretly want to know), and I thought he’d be really cocky and mean once we got to see more of him. Yet after finding out he was a fan of Saikou’s and was nice to him, and finding out a bit about his past, I’ve come to absolutely ADORE Eiji. I find him so cute! Plus he’s such a unique character, and extremely enthusiastic to give us that extra boost of ENTHUSIASM INJECTIONS! (Gosh I miss those…)
It looks like Bakuman maybe FINALLY picking up its pace a bit since they do have about five-six episodes left. Then again they were green-lighted for a second season, so I don’t expect it to be epic-ly fast. I’m glad we finally a get a little break from the usual make-another-manga-and-turn-it-in-to-Hattori-and-see-what-happens kind of episodes. A little mix of Azuki, a larger mix of Eiji, and some sudden events, it’s getting a lot more interesting. What’s killing me though is the fact that now Kaya and Takagi’s relationship is kind of getting in the way, and is making Mashiro a bit mad (JEALOUS really). When he said if Takagi doesn’t give him a new name soon that he’d go on his alone, I almost cried |’D I was at my desk like, “NOOOOO YOU CAN’T DO IT ALONE! WHAT ABOUT DOING THIS AS A TEAM?!”. I may know some spoilers about the series, but it still doesn’t stop me from getting all emotional about this. The thought of them separating makes me sad! I’ve gotten so used to them being all enthusiastic together, that once they aren’t together, it’s very odd and sad for me ;A; I do have to admit though, the little arc with Mashiro as Eiji’s assistant was fun~. Eiji filled that enthusiasm gap, and the three younger guys all together make a hilarious trio. I also loved Fukuda’s insight on manga and such. I was so memorized, saying to myself ‘I never thought of that!” xD
Of course, I can’t end this post without fangirling about Kaya and Takagi’s KISS SCENE! I did NOT expect that at all in that episode since nothing much really went on (until the end of course). IT WAS SO CUTE! *spazzes* Mashiro accidentally seeing them kind of killed the mood for me though. I was flailing my arms about like a crazy fangirl, and then Mashiro has to ride up on his bike and glimpse, and I put my arms down, thinking to myself, “Ohhhhh, this isn’t going to be good.” It seems as if that little moment set off this chain that’s leading to this new drama in Bakuman. Uwah, all I hope now is that nothing causes them to separate and that they’ll make something great soon!~
It looks like things may go bad for Shuujin as Kaya is pushing him away for something, and he’s still on his writer’s block. Will Saikou end up going on solo?! NOOOOOOOOOO! WHAT HAPPENED TO THE BROMANCE? Until next week then~!