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「文学と音楽」 (Bungaku to Ongaku)
“Literature and Music”

After nearly two whole minutes of recap, I was expecting this week’s episode to be a complete let down. But to my disbelief, the tension just kept rising higher and higher as the episode got better and better. While I wasn’t really sure where things were heading, I was surprised to watch our dynamic duo to get even closer to serialization in just one episode. With a surprise outburst from Hattori, the show made another sudden turn toward awesomeness. Besides watching Mashiro fight the urge to pass out after having such a huge burden (19 pages every two weeks) lifted from his shoulders, I got excited after Hattori explained the slight change in the questionnaire cards. While our duo has had trouble being the number one favorite, I think this new “like” or “dislike” option should really work in their favor. Using Money and Intelligence as a great example, while it didn’t win first place, nearly every single person in the industry has given them praise for their work.

And just when I thought our duo had secured a really good fighting chance, Aoki Yuriko (Kawasumi Ayako) and Makaino Koji, aka Koogy (Morikubo Showtaro) decide to enter the mangaka race. First, for those of you who read my introduction post, I LOVE Kawasumi Ayako. I can’t even describe the feeling I felt when I went “Did I just hear who I think I just heard?” To my surprise, she manages to play a cold tempered character pretty well. While I’d rather have my Mahoromatic-esque Kawasumi, I’ll take what I can get. With Koogy, I felt like punching my fist through the monitor. I personally think his goal of becoming an omnipotent everything in all forms of entertainment is full of crap. While I normally wouldn’t have a problem with someone trying to be the best, his underhanded way of getting support for “Colorfusical” really ticked me off. Just because you have thousands of fans for your music doesn’t mean you can just influence their votes!

Boy, I haven’t felt this energized after an episode of Bakuman in a while. With all hell breaking loose, I was about to pass out knowing that I’d have to wait till next week to watch everyone barge into Jack. From the preview, I get the feeling that the editing department isn’t really going to do anything about the situation. While that makes me kind of angry, the feelings of hopefully watching Koogy lose to his competition because their work is better than his makes me want to laugh like an evil villain.

 

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February 27, 2011 at 7:02 pm
28 comments »
  • February 27, 2011 at 7:11 pmaloneinwonderland

    Fight on Mashiro!

  • February 27, 2011 at 7:18 pmaker

    you didnt mention HYDE at all!!!

    • February 28, 2011 at 8:52 amhaitechan

      Whoa, seriously? Hyde, the musician? If that’s true I need to watch this XD.

      • February 28, 2011 at 11:21 amObsidianTK

        The song Koogy sings is an arrangement of “Euphoria,” of off VAMPS’ album “Beast,” and Hyde himself makes a short guest appearance as Koogy’s producer.

    • February 28, 2011 at 6:21 pmaker

      ya i’ve been waiting for this since 5 weeks ago when it was first announced. i didnt know which episode he’d be in so i’ve been checkin this site every now and then.

      hyde plays as hyde. check the credits

  • February 27, 2011 at 7:25 pmDawn

    Damnit, Koogey, you asshat!

    His manga (Colofusical) was a little on gay side )not to mention egotistic/self-imprinting) if you ask me, so I’m going to have to say that Aoki has no sense when it comes to manga right now when she said she preferred it.

    He isn’t even ashamed to admit that his method of garnering votes in underhanded; i want to see him knocked down a peg for once.

  • February 27, 2011 at 7:30 pmrasone0104

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    • February 27, 2011 at 7:30 pmrasone0104

      crap can some one fix it place spoilers aside from spoiler in the tags

      • February 27, 2011 at 9:10 pmretake09

        Major spoilers there dude.

      • February 27, 2011 at 11:30 pmGuadalupe Victoria

        what the hell man?
        seriously, fuck you.

    • February 27, 2011 at 8:41 pmBossun

      Spoiler city, dude. Come on -_-

    • February 27, 2011 at 11:51 pmbabawaba

      Wow, I hope not many ppl that dont follow the manga are reading this, because you just ruined the entire story for the ones that read the comments.

    • February 27, 2011 at 11:53 pmTakaii

      I won’t yell at you. Remember to spoiler next time is all (:

      (I fixed it by rapidly cutting it before my eyes could get past the second word, so I think I’m okay..)

  • February 27, 2011 at 7:32 pmPieprsn

    “GO! TEAM FUDUKA!”

    I lol’d so hard at this! Am I the only one who imagined them all with mechas?

  • February 27, 2011 at 7:40 pmCelestialEssence

    I always needed a spokesman for Maximum Douche, and now I have one, thanks Koogey :D

  • February 27, 2011 at 7:40 pmPeepQ

    This just gets better and better. And by the looks of it, it seems that this isn’t ending anytime soon. Is it…?

    • February 27, 2011 at 7:40 pmPeepQ

      This series isn’t ending anytime soon*

      • February 27, 2011 at 7:44 pmBluance

        A second season has been announced, but I feel the first season will end on a good way.

  • February 27, 2011 at 7:57 pmBluance

    Nakai looks so different with a clean shave, I was really hoping this episode finished with Team Fuduka meeting the editors, I really want to see Aoki part in the series!

    • February 27, 2011 at 9:18 pmObsidianTK

      Haha, yeah, I love the little details like that. Nakai was totally cleaning himself up for his “hot date.” :P

  • February 27, 2011 at 8:43 pmBossun

    Aw, I can’t believe they left what’s about to happen for next week. Fukuda is such a beast. He’s one of my favorite characters outside of our dynamic duo

  • February 27, 2011 at 9:17 pmObsidianTK

    Yeah, Kawasumi did a fantastic job on Aoki. The moment I saw who was cast to do her voice, I knew that the anime version of Aoki would be just as awesome as the manga version. I’m just sad that we probly won’t get to any of the parts where she’s most awesome this season… But such is the way of first season shounen anime.

  • February 27, 2011 at 9:17 pmNhelraios

    I just recalled this clip. It’s shown in the 1st ED. I thought it was her editor lol. Thats all

    Next ep should be great with all our mangakas in one room. :)

    • February 27, 2011 at 9:20 pmNhelraios

      *that guy

      btw the preview comment button is removed?

  • February 27, 2011 at 9:43 pmUkiyaSeed

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    Anyways, Aoki finally being here in Bakuman. is one of the reasons why I should continue to watch the anime! Seriously, she is one heck of character… especially in the later half!

    • February 27, 2011 at 11:48 pmbabawaba

      Yeah, you are right on your prediction. Its the perfect spot for it to end the season.
      Show Spoiler ▼

  • March 1, 2011 at 8:04 pmYanDaMan

    Aoki Aoi is a brunette? I always thought she was blonde from the manga.

  • March 5, 2011 at 11:27 amoutcast

    Just because you have thousands of fans for your music doesn’t mean you can just influence their votes!

    It does actually. I dont really see the problem. What are they going to their mothers and cry that life is unfair?