「不安と期待」 (Fuan to Kitai)
“Uncertainties and Expectations”
I think Takagi’s work ethic is a pretty good personification of how I feel about writing for RandomC. Keeping his focus on the specific goal he’s aiming for – and trying really, really hard in the process (and still enjoying it!). Pushing through the late night to get one more idea down on paper, this weeks episode really shined some light on how dedicated Takagi really is about becoming a mangaka. Putting sleep aside in the name of getting the name done so that the manuscript can be finished. Of course with a lack of sleep, Takagi’s mind slowly starts to show signs of wear and tear like running head first into doors. Or the other thing that really surprised me this episode – Takagi’s apparent lack of studying. Going off of the midterm results it looks like Takagi really gave up his contingency plan (studying in case he failed as a mangaka). It was great to see everyone except him worried about his third place score since it looks like Takagi clearly has his mind set to become a true mangaka. Go Takagi! Besides the focus on Takagi’s mindset, there was lots of humor stuffed into this week’s Bakuman. It’s always funny to see our duo in pain together – pain in this case meaning the anxious feeling of wanting to know how their manuscript faired. From Takagi’s hilarious freeze frame poses to his stupidly funny faces and Mashiro’s horrible attempt at forming a “divine grace has fallen upon us” scene in his imagination, there are a ton of laughs this episode.
Not to forget the other half of our duo, I felt pretty bad for Mashiro. Being the clearer headed one of our dynamic duo, it really bothered me to see him stressing so much. Constantly worrying about the quality of his artwork, afraid that it would be his art that would make their manuscript fail. While he ended up being correct (again) about his prediction, I don’t think he deserves the amount of stress he puts on himself. I personally think it comes from the fact he doesn’t talk to others about his problems and he keeps most of his emotions to himself. I guess you can’t really blame him though as the only female figures in his life don’t provide much help – his mother seems like a very serious person and Azuki refuses to verbally speak to him. While it almost felt like he was going to end up on a path to his own destruction during the short depression scene after their manuscript didn’t win the Tezuka award, Takagi being the best partner in the world manages to get Mashiro’s spirits back up with some strong words of encouragement…
All of which was blown short when Hidemitsu Ishizawa, the classmate from episode four who not only got called out by Kaya about his crap drawings but hilariously thought he could become a mangaka, came over to make fun over our duo’s loss in the competition. More specifically calling out Mashiro in front of his entire class. After criticizing Mashiro’s art style and getting him depressed once again, Takagi steps up to defend Mashiro. As Ishizawa goes on and on about Mashiro’s “horrible” art work, he even attempts to get Takagi to ditch Mashiro and become HIS writer. Even after admitting that he has never made a manuscript himself, he goes and flaunts his crappy drawings in Takagi’s face in a lame attempt to steal him. This guy must be idiotically stupid to not feel sensation of murder rushing toward him. Not only did he manage to get Takagi extremely pissed off by insulting Mashiro, but look at Azuki’s face! I think my blood was pumping just as fast as Takagi’s was, and the sheer amount of gratification that I got when he SMASHED Ishizawa’s face in was immeasurable. Combined with Takagi’s amazing “GAR” face as he demanded Ishizawa apologize to Mashiro, I think it was the most spectacular punch I’ve seen this season.