Bakuman. – 22
「団結と決裂」 (Tanketsu to Ketsuretsu)
“Solidarity and Breakdown”
Running off of the adrenaline built up from last week, I was ready for Team Fukuda to raise hell inside of Shounen
Jump Jack’s editing department. Unfortunately, it became a battle of who could yell the loudest. But can you imagine how cool it would have been if there was a manga styled argument or something instead of just regular yelling?! Ignoring how stupid Team Fukuda ended up looking, I thought it was pretty cool how a level headed Mashiro managed to calm everyone down. If I were to think about how much Mashiro has changed since episode one, I think it’s pretty amazing how much more confident he’s become in himself. Plus, his uncanny ability to have inspiring flashbacks just at the right time makes him dangerously smart. By inspiring, I mean his ability to draw knowledge from episodes ago and change the feeling inside a room instantly.
After Mashiro’s moment of awesomeness, there wasn’t too much happening plot wise this episode. While I could go on and on about how much I think Koogy’s tactics are underhanded or how much I love Aoki because of who voices her, or how cute she looks with reading glasses, I thought that having all the mangakas sitting in one room reading each other’s works was fairly interesting. While I would have loved to watch all the mangakas criticize each other’s works, I suppose it was good enough to hear their inner thoughts.
On the love front, I’m glad that Azuki hasn’t been forgotten. Her short, random appearances were nice, but watching her perform as her Saint Viz. Academy character again was pretty entertaining. I still don’t understand why everyone thinks Azuki’s singing is bad — I’m pretty good with music and her voice sounds pretty darn good to me. Her dancing on the other hand can get pretty hard to watch, but I still think she’s doing a good job!
Seeing how the season is coming to a close, I wasn’t sure how this show would be able to keep things interesting for the last three episodes — until every single participant in the competition decided to redraw their respective name. While I don’t know how re-writing a name will make for an interesting episode, I’m thinking a combination of internal struggles and general tomfoolery will make for some fun episodes.