「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. What started out feeling extremely awkward slowly turned into something that grabbed my full attention. Between Fukuda taking every opportunity to mock Nakai and Nizuma showing his more calm side, I found myself extra focused watching this week’s episode.
The newly introduced characters both managed to grab my attention. Fukuda who felt like a total jerk at first actually turned out to be a really good person. He seems pretty knowledgeable about manga and is confident enough to verbally acknowledge that Nizuma is someone he needs to conquer, in front of him! But his good-willed head eventually ends up forcing him to help Nizuma with his manga. What a good rival right? After watching the trio discuss how to improve Nizuma’s manga, can you imagine what kind of manga a trio of Nizuma, Mashiro, and Fukuda could make?
Nakai on the other hand almost had me in tears. He seems like a really polite person and his skill at drawing seems to be top notch. After I learned he was a 33 year old who’s been trying for his whole life to become serialized only to end up working as an assistant to others, I felt it right in my heart when I heard him cry about not being able to achieve his dreams. After watching the episode, I don’t know how he managed to not beat the crap out of Fukuda. After taking all those insults I was expecting a Takagi-style punch to the face!
I hope Nizuma’s new calmness doesn’t affect his eccentric personality — watching him go from totally insane to calm in the span of a few seconds is pretty fun to watch. Judging from the previews it looks like Mashiro is still going to be at Nizuma’s. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see what he takes away from working with Nizuma. Maybe some of Nizuma’s personality will rub off onto Mashiro!