Posted by psgels on 12 February 2011 with categories: Bakuman



Ah, the episode of “let’s break up only to get back together at the end”. It’s often used, because it can get a lot of good stuff out of the characters and get them to view things from a different side. Bakuman made well use of that, and this episode was once again excellent.

I especially liked the way Hattori subtly tried to get the both of them back together again. I loved it when this guy gets fired up: he just switches back and forth between composed and energetic. Moritaka and Akito also were great in the way that they continue do talk to each other. I’ve probably said this before, but for a shounen jump adaptation, there really is a ton of dialogue in this series.

The strange thing is that from the different poses here, I can see how this once was a hot blooded series about making a manga, like with the strange over the top expressions that sometimes pop up in the middle of a sentence. Those probably would have felt much more in place with a faster pacing, but it does achieve an interesting little effect here. Most slow paced shows try to be as accurate and detailed as possible, while this show tries out all kinds of poses and artwork. Although some of the artwork remains rushed and unfinished.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

2 Responses

  1. Puran says:

    They could have added more stuff and went for a different feel, and it could have worked.

    The manga felt way more shounen-y, the key to that was the fast pace.

    If they made the pace slow and added more detailed slice of life scenes, they could have gone for a more seinen/slice of life/calm approach that would have worked. Instead they just made the pacing slow and some stuff is out of place.

    It’s still not a bad anime, but as an adaptation it’s lazy and uninspired (and slow).

  2. Ncrdrg says:

    Personally, I disagree, I stopped reading the manga because I didn’t like the pace. I found it was going too fast for me. Too shounen-like for a premise that should be more seinen.

    However, it feels perfect for a slower slice-of-life anime. At least for me. A good adaption doesn’t mean to follow the manga 100%. I’ve had more fun with the anime than the first 100 chapters of the manga.

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  • k-off
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:19 AM)
    @Emma Oh shit, I’ll change it.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:16 AM)
    Somewhere in my head…I have this idea that Bahamut could start to overfocus on build up .
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:15 AM)
    K-off, I hope this comes out right, now I do like your episode review and agree with it, nothing wrong with the length but one screenshot may be a little spoilery… =< ;M;
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:13 AM)
    @Bam: Damn, got there before me, I was going to throw in that about twintails puppet hands God woman and also visual Kei guy being a bit jarring but I felt it may have come off as nitpickery.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:09 AM)
    I think it was the general direction which was not on point in this episode. The introduction of a cutesy fan-service female villain (along with complementary annoying pets) plus an episodic feel raised a few red flags for me. I still have hope tho, and the whole thing was still moderately enjoyable.
  • k-off
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 07:59 AM)
    @Emma It was. The fast pacing really does that kind of character development some harm.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 07:56 AM)
    @K-off: Additionally I would say Kaisar’s backstory while welcome, was a bit rushed.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 07:55 AM)
    @Bam: The surrealism, weird arty stuff and the cars would get my attention yeah.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 07:11 AM)
    @Emma: well it’s called the king of festival, and for a good reason. Out-of-this-world art installations, some of the biggest talents in music industry performing with state of the art lightshows, no-money bartering economy, strange theatres of surreàl imagery, 100s of thousands of the craziest and most artistic people from around the globe in attendance, DJ booths in coed bubblebaths, anthropomorphic cars, LED Ufos and whatever else you can imagine makes it THE destination.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 06:09 AM)
    I believe an American friend of mine mentioned the burning man event to me and said it’d be my scene apparently.

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