「アメとムチ」 (Ame to Muchi)
“Carrot and Stick”
I really didn’t know what to expect when our dynamic duo arrived at the offices of Shounen
Jump Jack. I really didn’t give it a lot of thought whether or not their manuscript would really be good enough to become an instant hit. Seeing how this is a shounen, I should have already came to the conclusion that there wasn’t enough leveling up growth yet. When they finally presented the manuscript to Shounen Jack editor Hattori Akira (Tone Kentarou) for judgment though, I was sorta surprised. Before our duo even got that far, what really caught my attention was how nervous Takagi was and how calm Mashiro was. Shaking so hard that he literally looked like he was going to collapse a few times, Takagi couldn’t even hand in a simple form! Not only was his body language giving away how nervous he was but his usually cool and collected voice disappeared completely. Mashiro on the other hand looked pretty calm and managed to keep his head straight. Not only did he constantly give Takagi that “Stop embarassing us” look, but the cold stare he gave to Hattori during their interview was pretty intense. Especially when you could consider this a job interview, I don’t know where Mashiro got the courage to do that. First impressions are everything! Moving on to the actual judgment on our duo’s manuscript was pretty tame in my opinion. Probably because it seems like Hattori see’s a lot of potential in their work, his criticisms felt sincere rather then shallow remarks. Never have I seen Takagi so unhappy then when his script was deemed better for a light novel rather than a manga due to the use of really complex ideas. He also was called a highly person (in a good way), trying to write a story that would play on the themes that aren’t usually in Shounen Jack. All of which Mashiro comments in his head as problems he saw a mile away (the cheeky bastard). Mashiro on the other hand is praised for his well drawn art, except that his art is not suited for manga due to the thickness of the lines and the style of his characters. Taking a step back to look at the manuscript from name to finished manuscript, it looks like Mashiro really looks like he knows what he’s doing here. Not only did he have less faults, but all the problems which were pointed out in his art are all things that he already acknowledged to begin with AND he already noticed the problems with Takagi’s script. I haven’t really been praising Mashiro recently but I have to admit that he really showed his skills this week.
Of course I can’t forget Takagi, who revealed a little bit of his past this week. I was always curious about where he got the idea to become a mangaka especially when he’s always been top in his class. Then I quickly remembered how much it sucks when your parent is smart, or a teacher in Takagi’s case, and forces you to be smart. The problem is that the reasoning behind why the parent wants to make their child smart usually ends up becoming an unmoral one. In Takagi’s case his mother wanted to mold him into being a big hotshot executive so he could get “revenge” on the people who ruined his father’s career. Of course without this revelation in his life, we wouldn’t have the Takagi we have today! The over enthusiastic fellow who dreams, eats, and sleep manga!
For some reason this episode felt really short, probably because that the entire manuscript was not only shown but voiced as well. After actually seeing the manuscript in its entirety, I kind of feel like the ending didn’t make sense and it might not have been as great as I was expecting it to be. Maybe it’s because it’s almost like I’m reading a manga while I’m watching an anime? On the love forefront it looks like Mashiro is getting some help from the Gods. Takagi’s laugh sums up exactly how ironic the class’s new seating pattern is – especially when it puts Mashiro and Azuki right next to each other. Can you say, “Akkwarrrdd”? While I don’t see it as embarrassing, I found it especially cute/funny when they were both embarrassed about if their stomach were to growl during class. To this date, I have never heard a girl’s stomach growl in real life nor understood why it’s embarrassing to hear someone’s stomach growl. The wonders of life in 2D are beyond me.. 😐
* I decided to use their last names >>
* I also had used Shounen Jump like 4 times in the first few sentences so I only crossed out the first one. It got hard to read =_+