Bakuman. – 20
「協力と条件」 (Kyouryoku to Jyouken)
“Cooperation and Conditions”
Watching our dynamic duo start working together was fun, but the biggest draw this week had to be all the character character development combined with well timed fast forwards. To think, that just last week our duo were close to never being a duo again.
While Mashiro and Takagi were able to fix their friendship, I was afraid that our current three person group would never be able to work together. Seeing how Mashiro could easily be considered the third wheel, I wasn’t sure who to sympathize with whenever Mashiro would turn down help from Kaya or snap at Takagi. Combined with Takagi’s superhuman power to drop anything (including Kaya) on a moments notice and a head so dense that it might rival a certain IS driver’s, it felt like a pretty caustic environment to make friends in. Which is why I felt so relieved to finally watch our trio pull together for their most recent project. Watching Mashiro act like a stud and Kaya break down in tears of happiness when Mashiro accepted her help gave me a big smile.
With Kaya actively working together with our dynamic duo, everything seemed to flow a little more smoothly. I don’t know if it was just me, but the jokes this week felt more funny than usual. While I was ready to watch Hattori’s master plan to bring our duo back together backfire right in his face, I wasn’t ready for the ingenious way our duo avoided a girl’s love confession. Their timing to just how serious they were about the whole thing really tickled my funny bone. It never fails to amaze me how well they play off just how strange their relationships are.
With Shady Detective TRAP being accepted as an entry into the Golden Future Cup, I’m super excited to hopefully watch our duo finally come out on top. With no Nizuma to worry about and an invigorated Hattori to assist them, I can’t imagine how things can go wrong from here. While I don’t expect Fukuda to do anything crazy, was that Koogy at the end of the preview? I thought he was a musician, not a mangaka!
* I hope I’m not the only one who felt bad for the lady that was passing out something on the street. Even though she was probably only used as a way to measure how fast time was moving, it must take a lot of dedication to stand out there for months on end!