Bakuman. – 15
「デビューと焦り」 (Debut to Aseri)
“Debut and Impatience”
Something about Hattori makes me smile every time I see him. After watching how hard our duo has tried to create a successful manga, I think Hattori has been the key to all their growth. It’s really easy to see how most of his actions flow from his heart rather than his head. When I compare his actions with Yujiro’s, I get this feeling that Hattori can compassionately understand where our duo is coming from. I suppose you could almost compare it to a healthy father-son relationship. Hattori, who already understands that battle manga isn’t our duo’s strong point, still goes along and strives to help them create the best battle manga possible. Instead of going with his head and trying to persuade them to change their minds, he goes off of faith and believes that our duo’s dedication will pull them through.
Besides Hattori’s influence, another character might end up being just as important for our duo to succeed. Besides his exuberant personality, crazy style of speaking, and lack of common sense, I think Nizuma Eiji may end up being the key to unlocking our duo’s potential. Besides already being their rival, I think his random spouts of advice may be exactly what our duo needs to push forward. Plus, his presence just makes everything more fun. With the past few episodes being extra serious and explanation heavy, it’s nice to watch him be his crazy self from time to time. After learning that he is a really good person inside, it makes all his quirks on the outside enjoyable to watch.
After getting a full dose of Hattori and Nizuma, I was so happy to see Azuki finally return! While Kaya has stolen a small place in my heart with her brash attitude, I think that Azuki’s quiet nature and innocent behavior will always hold a small spot in my heart. After having an almost mirror like experience as Mashiro about learning how to cope with her doubts about her dreams, I was surprised with how fast she landed a role as a seiyuu. After gaining the resolve to push forward no matter what and two short flashbacks, I was slightly dumbfounded at how quickly it happened — what took our duo a whole season took Azuki one episode!
All joking aside, I was surprised at how Mashiro handled the whole thing. What boyfriend wouldn’t feel a little disappointed watching his girlfriend speed past him in success, wondering about what would happen if she reached her goal before he reaches his? But almost as if on cue, Azuki sends a text message that probably had the same effect as being slapped in the face. Something along the lines of “This doesn’t sound like you at all! You already know my answer! If you do this again, I won’t respond!! ;)”. I thought it was the perfect way for Mashiro to get some sense knocked back into him, plus it made me think of what Azuki would sound like if she were pouting (I want to hear it now). Now, if I could figure out if Mashiro was more masochistic or narcissistic then I would understand everything!