Posted by psgels on 2 April 2011 with categories: Anime Reviews, Bakuman




Bakuman was the slice of life series of this season. It shows the struggles of two guys as they aim to get their own manga published in Shounen Jump (or Jack, as it’s called here). It’s slow-paced and really not much happens for the standrds of a 25-episode series, but if you like the kind of series that take their time to tell a story the nit has nice things to offer.

Bakuman is slow, but never stagnates. It is a shounen jump adaptation itself, and in the same veins it’s constantly pushing its own story forward, albeit with tiny steps at a time. Moritaka and Akito grow into solid main characters, and also the side-characters all have their charms. The show also offers a nice look into the process of making a manga, along with the process of getting such a thing actually published.

Nothing really stands out for this show aside from a few select episodes, but it’s a perfect series to just sit back, watch and relax to. Its content and plot are definitely interesting to keep your attention, though it is a hard show to get into. It takes quite a while for the characters to get some signfiicant development to the point where they’re actually interesting enough, and this show is full of shounen cliches until that point. Becuase of that, I can’t fully recommend this series yet before having gotten the chance to judge its second season (because yes, that ending does leave you hanging a bit without resolving much or making much come together).

Overall Bakuman should have used its time a bit more efficiently. I know that the screenshots above make it seem like really exciting, but that’s just because the manga it’s based on is fast-paced. The anime isn’t. There are really few series that can claim to have as much time as Bakuman to tell their stories, and with that in mind the pacing does move rather slow and overall, too little happens for a 25 episode series. It does a lot of thing sirght, though.

Storytelling: 8/10 – Slow, but solid.
Characters: 8/10 – The cast of this show is dynamic and interesting to watch… as soon as they’ve received some development.
Production-Values: 8/10 – Neither impressive nor flawed, the animation is simple but does what it needs to do.
Setting: 8/10 – The analysis on the manga making process isn’t anything deep, but interesting nonetheless.

Suggestions:
Touch
Glass Mask 2005
Hikaru no Go

4 Responses

  1. Kalandra says:

    I think I would at least knock storytelling down to 7 due to extra slow storytelling pace.

    1) Too much focus on MashiroXAzuki romance. On a show about making manga (Ok I understand the animators got their hand tied on this one).
    2) The recap at the beginning of each episode. If we count all the time in the recaps, I think we get a least one more episode.
    3) Various filler scene to build up Koogy, not really a significant character.

    I understand the studio hands are tied because of Bakuman authors said they wanted the anime to attract a different audience to buy their manga, but I simply cannot comprehend why they must do it so slow. Unless thats request from the authors.

  2. Kiarae says:

    Looks like it’s getting another season in October! It really starts to pick up in the later chapters and I’m hoping they keep making this as they have been for when they get to those parts. I didn’t have high hopes for this adaptation, but it’s really surprised me.

  3. CrispyF says:

    Having bought the first volume of manga and then let if drift on by without me, I’d be willing to give this a shot based on your “slice-of-life” label, as this is a genre I really enjoy.

  4. Ncrdrg says:

    I tend to have a knack for slice of life. You’re completely right about it being a relaxing show you just pop out and watch every week. And yet it still had pretty damn good moments too.

    I thought the adaptation was excellent, it truly impressed me. And no complaint about the pace, it always kept my attention and never felt slow despite how painfully slow it is compared to how quickly the manga progresses.

    Of all the shows this past season, Bakuman has been a constant anime, every episode has been pleasant to watch although only a few stood out.

    I’ll be looking forward to the next season. Converting Bakuman from Shounen to slice-of-life was a brilliant move (probably annoyed a lot of fans too).

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  • Bam
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 07:40 PM)
    @Aidan: I kinda got that, but when he was serving out justice as a guardian for the counterforce he used a bow to kill people, my question is why? When did he pick up a bow? Oh nevermind, the LN prologue did say that he was part of the archery team, but still. I would’ve gone with some trace on shit instead. That seems to be his real groove.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 07:37 PM)
    @Bam, the class sustem is pretty vague at best. There are servents who can be summoned to many different classes. Berserker can be summoned as a Saber as well and I am pretty sure Archer fits that catagory as well. There’s even a servent in Fate/apocrypha whos a class mixture of assassin and castor.
    The counterforce didn’t really make him an archer, that was the holy grail war system. I say Archer only used his bow in the flashbacks because it was the easiest method of attack.
  • Bam
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 07:33 PM)
    And no I’m not really that annoyed for Lancer not kicking Shinji off of Rin immediately, at least not in this version, but if he really was trying to get his rape on in the VN with Lancer huffin n puffin right there next to them then that would be pretty awkward then.
  • Bam
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 07:27 PM)
    What I’m legitimately confused about is how did Shirou become an archer? Didn’t he always use melee weapons? Does the counterforce just kinda prefer the archer archetype or something? Cuz even as a Guardian Shirou should’ve still used the double daggers, or even a rolled up enforced newspaper or something.
  • Bam
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 07:23 PM)
    @Aidan: yeah I’m mostly just shooting shit at it, I actually thought it was good, despite the fact that I would’ve been pleasantly surprised if Archer either killed or managed to stop Shirou’s ambition. But plot armor is nothing new to the medium, hell, even Guts has a pretty thick layer of it on at this point.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 06:11 PM)
    I really enjoyed this episode of anime. Whether someone else did not enjoy it is no concern of mine.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 06:09 PM)
    Sigh…I just read through 20 pages of stuff on that ANN Fate UBW 20 review. Honestly…I am just tired of this crap. On and on, the same arguments being shouted as if this time they will win an unwinable battle. I really don’t argee with the review but jumping into the fray isn’t going to help anything. Shouting my view won’t change her opinion just as her shouting does not change mine.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 04:48 PM)
    You know when Shinji was talking to Rin. You could have said something Lancer.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 04:47 PM)
    @Bam, Ouch. Come on I think comparing him to Kirito is a bit much. You think that Kirito would every be shown getting this much of a beating?
    I do argee that lancer should have jumped in sooner…but he did get a spear though the chest and likely did need some time to rest after attacking Kirei. But a “HEY FECK OFF YOU LITTLE SHIT” would have been appreciated.
  • Bam
    (Monday, May 25. 2015 05:54 AM)
    The episode was alright and felt dense as I watched it, but in hindsight only really moved the plot forward incrementally. Lancer not untying Tohsaka as soon as he killed Kirei and then not killing Shinji when he clearly had the chance left a bad taste in my mouth. That and Shirou’s heavy plot armor at this point is becoming reminiscent of another famous anime dual-wielder. Not a compliment.

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