Posted on 5 February 2011 with categories: Bakuman



Akito’s brother… am I the only one who got Light vibes from him?

Anyway, it’s taken a while, but I’m liking this series quite a bit at this point. After the Nurarihyon no Mago debacle, I really began to fear for series that took their time at the start, but this thankfully proved to be a good example of how to do this. We’ve seen eighteen episodes of development into these characters, and it’s paying off quite nicely at this point and turning Akito and Moritaka especially into well rounded characters.

This episode also reminded me of how this is coming from the Death Note authors: we’re talking about a shounen jump adaptation here, and yet this episode was filled with dialogue (though admittedly it’s not as extreme as it was in Death Note). It’s what made this episode really interesting in any case.

Even though the tone is apparently very different compared to the manga, I do understand now why everyone forced me to blog this show. Even the series’ weak side, the romance, got progressed quite a bit in this episode. Akito and Kaya actually feel like a genuine couple now, and this finally sparked Moritaka to do something about his own as well. The past episodes have also upped the pacing a tiny notch, and if the creators can keep this up for both the rest of this season and the sequel, this could turn into quite a satisfying series in the end.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

3 Responses

  1. Anon says:

    Glad you are enjoying it, it should only get better from here on out now that we are past most of the awkward parts.

  2. RootBeerKing says:

    How does this show differ from the manga exactly? Should I also be reading the manga to get the whole picture? Or am I good just sticking with the anime?

  3. brianwuzhere says:

    I remember the manga moving at a faster pace than the anime does and the romance was always there, but it wasn’t as relevant as the OP suggests. I guess you’re fine with just watching the anime cause it doesn’t stray too far from the source material but the second season won’t start until next fall.

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  • Emma
    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 10:37 AM)
    @K-off: My view of Zannkyou is still up in the air but I was thinking the exact same thing as you were earlier about shows getting overshadowed as I watched it.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 10:36 AM)
    @Jak: I was under the impression the sales for kamisama kiss were poor. Also new Boku dake chapter.
  • Emma
    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 10:35 AM)
    @Wyatt: Someone else I can rely on to have seen Mardock scramble, another good oldskool style series, though drags in the middle. I got a bit bored with the sex in menemosyne though =< Mouryou no Hako I watched as it was being subbed…and it took ages.
  • WyattX
    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 10:30 AM)
    @K-Off Seen it. All the shows I listed are ones that I’ve re-watched.
  • K-Off
    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 10:29 AM)
    @Wyatt I also recommend Inferno Cop, if you haven’t seen it.
  • K-Off
    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 10:28 AM)
    @JaK… Hasn’t really been that long. Seitokai Yakuindomo’s second season came out nearly four years after the first, lol. But I am looking forward to this season, thanks for the reminder.
  • WyattX
    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 10:25 AM)
    Mnemosyne, Mardock Scramble, Mouryou no Hako, check.
  • JaK
    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 10:23 AM)
    soooo kamisama kiss gets a second season took some time didnt it
  • WyattX
    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 10:21 AM)
    @K-Off Again, I don’t feel. Not saying it’s boring, but I prefer to watch something cringy right now.
  • K-Off
    (Friday, Aug 1. 2014 10:19 AM)
    @Wyatt Honestly, what do you not like about it? So far, it has been intriguing enough to continue, and the first two episodes were excellent hooks. However, I do suspect there are cracks in the armor we aren’t seeing yet. I might be wrong though, and just pulling this out of my ass.

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