Posted by psgels on 30 October 2010 with categories: Bakuman



Next episode should promise to be interesting. This episode showed Akito and Moritaka create some sort of pilot, now they have to convince the manga publishing magazines that their work is good enough. That should really prove to be interesting. This episode established this series as a “hard work”-anime, which has definite potential. Moritaka is a perfectionist, and you can see that Akito is getting caught up in that.

I also like the story they came up with here, with the clones and all. It would be interesting if Bakuman would also end up talking not just about manga artists, but mangas themselves. Moritaka’s art… it looks a bit cliched, but at the same time it’s very detailed, and he’s definitely a talented artist.

The romance at this point feels like comedic relief, though. Normally I don’t think I would have minded so much, but I know the standards of Kenichi Kasai, and I know that it just pales in comparison to some of his other works. It’s not exactly bad, but it’s just… there. Not really interesting, and all I’m doing during those scenes is waiting for the focus to fall back on the manga creating process.
Rating: * (Good)

10 Responses

  1. Kanao says:

    “The romance at this point feels like comedic relief, though.”
    “It’s not exactly bad, but it’s just… there.”

    Um, yeah, that’s what people have been trying to tell you. This really isn’t a romance at all and the romance in the story will always be given a back-seat to everything else, appearing only occasionally. It’s mostly there to cement their goals and keep them working at their very best.

    The thing is, getting an anime out of your manga is good for popularity but isn’t necessary in the least in order to be a successful mangaka. At their age they’d be better off applying for another magazine but they feel like they have to get into Shonen Jump because of it’s frequency for anime adaptions. The promise to marry when they get an anime links these things and allows them to put 110% in whereas a normal successful mangaka might be satisfied to have a normal well-received series.

  2. psgels psgels says:

    Kanao: that’s the thing a bit, the romance doesn’t feel like it’s taking a back-seat in the anime. This episode again had quite a bit of time devoted to the romance. I can understand the reason for using the romance, but for me it seems like it takes up a bit too much of the airtime of this series.

  3. Kanao says:

    Haven’t seen the episode yet but so far the anime has followed the manga fairly well. The romance should decrease. Keep in mind this is still in the very early chapters of the manga and it’s still kind of in an ‘introduction phase’. They have very little contact except text messages once they finish school.

  4. totoum says:

    “It would be interesting if Bakuman would also end up talking not just about manga artists, but mangas themselves.”

    psgels,what do you mean by that?I didn’t really understand.

  5. psgels psgels says:

    ah, that was indeed a bit of a busted sentence. I meant that aside from analyzing the technical stuff that involves creating mangas, like pencil types and stuff, I am wondering whether or not Bakuman will also end up taking a detailed look at the storytelling part of writing a manga,and the different writing techniques and styles that could be used.

  6. Azure says:

    If anything, rather than a romance series, it seems to be more of a bromance series. Which is awesome.

  7. Anon says:

    “This episode established this series as a “hard work”-anime, which has definite potential.”

    That’s exactly what Bakuman is all about. As for the romance, I do feel that it’s already taking up less time in the anime than in the beginning. While the romance will always be part of the background, there really aren’t that many specific scenes left to go through (without spoiling anything, I think the anime will end before the next major romantic development).

    About focusing on manga: there is a strong focus on the content of the various (fictitious) manga that appear in Jump/Jack, beyond simply drawing techniques (although there is some of that, too). Genre, demographics, characterization, format (story arcs vs one-off chapters for instance), and how the weekly questionnaires and rankings are affected by all of these, all play a major role. While there are many exaggerated elements, there is also a very realistic look at how things work in the Jump editorial department and what some of the shortcomings of the system are. I think this is as close to a real life story about publishing manga as we are ever gonna get.

  8. Fai D Fluorite says:

    Wow the quality of images in your snapshots is so good!
    Where do u see/download it from?

    As far as the episode goes,it was a very good one!Bakuman is a really inspiring series and also very informative.
    Now that I think about it,what does “Bakuman” actually mean?My guess is that Mashiro and Takagi might name their team as Bakuman…just a plain guess.

  9. totoum says:

    having seen the episode.

    The romance in this was comedic relief,so I don’t see anything wrong with it feeling like it.
    You should get a bit more “comedic romance” in the next episode (and it will be there throughout the series) but the priority should be manga writing,and that was the case in this episode.
    They will get into story writing,though since they want to get published in jump/jack , it will be mainly about shonen,don’t expect to lean much about shoujo or seinen.

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