Bakuman. – 24
「電話と前夜」 (Denwa to Zenya)
“Call and Eve”
The buildup to the next week’s finale couldn’t have been done better. In what I consider was an answer to my prayers, I was ecstatic that Koogy’s attempt to cheat out real mangaka’s failed. Not only did he get a horrible ranking, but I got a kick from watching him smash his guitar in disappointment.
I don’t know about you guys, but I love it when I get to see behind the scenes. That feeling of knowing that your part of the select few who that get to see what really goes on in the “back” really gets me excited. If the short meeting discussing the winners of the Golden Future Cup was any indication of what’s to come, I’m really excited to see just how crazy the serialization meeting goes. Here’s to hoping that the head editor finally talks again!
On the other hand, just when I had nearly forgotten about how awkward a relationship Mashiro and Azuki share, the series decided to remind me of all the problems that come along with a distance relationship. I’m a firm believer that love will conquer all, but I’m not naïve enough to believe that love always works in situations like Mashiro’s. I felt some chills run down my back when I heard Azuki’s mom confront her about her feelings — the images of Azuki and Mashiro losing feelings for each other were rapidly flashing through my mind. Seriously, how long do you think you could maintain feelings for someone when you never see nor talk to them?
While I was feeling extra disappointed that Azuki still hadn’t collected enough courage to even verbally talk to Mashiro, I was pleasantly surprised to watch both Hattoris get along with each other. To me it’s always felt like both of them were in a fierce competition against each other, trying to be the better Hattori and climb higher in the corporate food chain. But watching them share some beer together and openly expressing their fears about their futures, I get the feeling that they might end up being really good friends.
With the finale right around the corner, this episode couldn’t have picked a better spot to stop at. With the hopes and dreams of our dynamic duo lying in the hands of the big shots at
Jump Jack, I’m hoping we finally get that happy ending we all want — that is, if you forget that there is a second season already scheduled for this fall and that the manga is nowhere near done. But one can hope, right?