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Bakuman. – 25 (END)

「ありとなし」 (Ari to Nashi)
“Yes and No”

That was amazing, simply freaking amazing. After what felt like the longest episode throughout its entire season run, Bakuman goes out with an amazing bang. For all of you manga readers out there, I can’t believe how long it took for our duo to finally reach serialization!

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April 3, 2011 at 10:34 pm Comments (53)

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.

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March 27, 2011 at 6:54 pm Comments (37)

Bakuman. – 23

「火曜と金曜」 (Kayou to Kinyou)
“Tuesday and Friday”

After a whole week of not watching Bakuman, I almost forgot what Takagi was talking about in the beginning. But as the memories started flooding back, I was excited to remember about how I wanted to watch how everyone’s manuscript would turn out.

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March 20, 2011 at 8:33 pm Comments (27)

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?!

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March 6, 2011 at 8:19 pm Comments (30)

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.

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February 27, 2011 at 7:02 pm Comments (28)

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.

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February 20, 2011 at 9:21 pm Comments (26)

Bakuman. – 19

「2人と1人」 (Futari to Hitori)
“Together and Alone”

I’m so overcome with emotion right now. I never expected that a single episode of Bakuman could turn out so amazing. You expect me to believe something that was able to wring out my emotions and throw me through loops is a mere shounen anime?

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February 13, 2011 at 8:41 pm Comments (20)

Bakuman. – 18

「嫉妬と愛」 (Shitto to Ai)
“Jealousy and Love”

The one thing that sticks out about Bakuman is how it manages to always come back and give me shivers down the back of my spine. But the best part is how the show manages to instill those shivers without using blatant power-ups or crazy plot twists. Something about the story and how it’s slowly starting to all come together is just perfect.

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February 6, 2011 at 9:08 pm Comments (23)

Bakuman. – 17

「天狗と親切」 (Tengu to Shinsetsu)
“Conceit and Kindness”

After a change of pace, Bakuman almost felt like a different show this week. After being introduced to Fukuda Shinta (Suwabe Junichi) and Nakai Takuro (Shimura Tomoyuki), it almost felt like the supporting characters were starting to dominate the show.

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January 30, 2011 at 11:07 pm Comments (27)

Bakuman. – 16

「壁とキス」 (Kabe to Kisu)
“Wall and Kiss”

I didn’t think Bakuman could have any significant plot twists. Since the beginning it’s been the same wash and rinse sequence of writing mangas and getting pretty close to winning, but never winning. While it didn’t feel overused, I thought it was starting to feel a little old. Which is why I was surprised to see a huge cliffhanger right at the end of the episode.

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January 23, 2011 at 3:48 am Comments (37)

Bakuman. – 15

「デビューと焦り」 (Debut to Aseri)
“Debut and Impatience”

And once again, Bakuman’s pacing feels like it’s moving slower than a turtle. After checking to see how much material they covered in this episode, I couldn’t believe only one chapter was covered! With some parts feeling extremely stretched out, while others felt ridiculously short, I suppose the only good thing to come out of all of this was Hattori and Azuki getting a ton of screen time.

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January 16, 2011 at 12:22 am Comments (22)

Bakuman. – 14

「バトルと模写」 (Batoru to Mosha)
“Battle and Reproduction”

From what I can gather, it looks like Bakuman started moving toward a two chapter per episode pace rather than one to one and a half. What does that mean? An even better Bakuman that manages to keep your damn attention. With a combination of much needed drama and some real “friend” building moments, this week’s episode stands out as one of the better ones.

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January 8, 2011 at 11:53 pm Comments (34)

Bakuman. – 13

「速報と本ちゃん」 (Sokuhou to Hon Chan)
“Early Results And The Real Deal”

I think it’s happened. Kaya has won me over. I think it might have been her flamboyant attitude, her fashionable clothing, or just the way her hair is done at the end. Whatever it may be, I’m glad that she plays a decent role in this series. Besides being Takagi’s girlfriend, I think it was awfully kind of her to take the role of being Mashiro and Azuki’s in-between.

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December 26, 2010 at 4:29 am Comments (19)

Bakuman. – 12

「御馳走と卒業」 (Gochisou to Sotsugyou)
“Feast and Graduation”

While Bakuman still seems to be following one to one and a half chapters per episode, it feels like things are finally beginning to speed up. Putting the manga things aside, I really enjoyed how this episode focused on the relationship between Mashiro and Azuki. With Kaya in the picture, it was nice to see a normal girl’s perspective on the matter.

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December 19, 2010 at 2:08 am Comments (23)

Bakuman. – 11

「チョコとNEXT!」 (Choco to NEXT!)
“Chocolate and NEXT!”

It looks like everything in Bakuman has finally come full circle. While it answered most of the questions I had, it also raised a ton more in the process. Even so, I was surprised how fun this week’s episode was.

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December 12, 2010 at 7:26 pm Comments (41)

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