「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.
Something about having random arguing scenes over the essence of what a shounen manga actually is seems perfect for a show like Bakuman. The more I thought about it, the more Fukuda’s ideas held more merit. After citing shows like To LOVEru and Ichigo 100% and the embarrassment over someone actually admitting that they enjoy those kinds of mangas, his comments felt like an annoying reminder of how I feel when I try to talk about some of the series I’ve watched in the past. Try explaining why someone should watch something like Samurai Girls or KissxSis!
It felt pretty good to watch some changes in the plot finally to appear. On Nizuma’s side of things, I’m glad that both Nakai and Fukuda got to shine a little longer before Mashiro decided to quit as Nizuma’s assistant. But what really grabbed my attention was Takagi’s attitude. As I’ve commented in the past, I’ve constantly been talking about how Takagi and his relationship with Kaya would come back to haunt him. When Mashiro exploded after hearing Kaya while talking to Takagi, I never thought he would add fuel to the fire and actually start throwing verbal punches right back at him. After going as far as bringing Azuki into the conversation, I wasn’t sure about what was going through Takagi’s head.
As the episode came to a close I was fighting this feeling of suspense over what might happen to our dynamic duo. While it looks like they’ve finally found something that they can use to get them out of their rut, it feels like their relationship with their respective girlfriends are going to create another wall they’re going to have to tackle. While Mashiro seems to be on cloud nine, it seems that the time for Takagi to finally make the decision over how he is going to spend his time has come.