Bakuman. – 21
「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.