「涙と涙」 (Namida to Namida)
“Tears and Tears”
Bakuman takes a refreshing turn this week, deciding to focus on Mashiro and Azuki’s ever confusing and “drive me insane” relationship. As I’ve said week in and week out, it’s been killing me inside knowing that Mashiro still doesn’t know Azuki’s e-mail address. I mean, ever since the beginning of this series, our lovey dovey couple decided to communicate solely through e-mail. Not only that but for some reason physically speaking with each other was off limits as well! So when Mashiro goes through all the effort to draw pictures and write notes just to talk to Azuki, he decides to ask some really silly questions instead of actually getting her e-mail address. Things along the lines like “What’s your favorite color?” or “What’s your favorite season?” What blew my mind was how he actually got her e-mail. Somehow by asking a single question about if she wanted to wait for their dreams to come true, he gets in return a flood of tears – and her e-mail address. Completely random right? Of course a man can never leave a girl who’s crying alone, and Mashiro once again shows his amazing skill with Azuki by somehow understanding her totally hidden message in giving him her e-mail address. After furiously running to her house, phone in hand, ready to send her a message, he opts to not send it – instead telling her in person with a note that he’ll try messaging her if their seats change later. For some reason I just couldn’t grasp the entire romantic situation this week. It came off as both of them being terribly stubborn. Plus, I CAN’T believe that when I saw Azuki cry, it didn’t pull a single emotion out of me.
Back to the real reason why everyone watches Bakuman, to see two kids realize their dream of becoming successful mangaka, there were some pretty big developments this week. Hattori seems to be much more than just a good editor, but a caring one as well. It looks like our dynamic duo really grabbed his attention with the manuscript they brought in – since it looks like their manuscript is the only thing on his mind. I don’t think most manga editors for big time companies like Shounen
Jump Jack would take the time to think about how to nurture and care for their writers emotionally. It really made me smile when Hattori was worried about how small praises for their manuscript or the harsh reality of it not winning the grand prize would adversely affect our duo. Most of that worry was for naught though as Takagi and Mashiro decide to accept all the bad news and not only continue to make manga, but have created a new plan of attack. Instead of trying to get serialized immediately, they are going to try to win the Tezuka Award – a monthly award given out through Shounen Jack to aspiring mangakas. What’s great about this turn of events is since the contest is a monthly one, our duo will have to step up their game quickly to get something done on time (looks like more mangaka action next episode!). It gets me a little giddy to see what kind of name they will think of this time – especially if the whole finished project is shown with voices!
When I first saw Nizuma Eiji I was pretty disgusted. He makes those ridiculous sounds while he’s working, looks terribly stupid with his arms flailing all around, and I just don’t like his attitude. When you guys pointed out that this was our dynamic duo’s main rival, I was blown away. This kid who has some kind of superiority complex, which was obviously shown when he requested that he could win the right to “eliminate” any one series from Jack that he chose? From everything I’ve seen so far I’m rooting for Mashiro and Takagi to destroy this guy. I think with Hattori as their editor and their drive and passion for creating manga, they will defeat Nizuma way sooner than anyone expects. If I were to guess on where the series is headed (i don’t read the manga), I hope that our dynamic duo’s submission for the monthly award will blow Nizuma’s out of the water.