「ありとなし」 (Ari to Nashi)
“Yes and No”
That was amazing, simply freaking amazing. After what felt like the longest episode throughout its entire season run, Bakuman goes out with an amazing bang. For all of you manga readers out there, I can’t believe how long it took for our duo to finally reach serialization! The biggest thing is that while this was a full blown episode, the best parts in my opinion happened within the last few minutes. Don’t get me wrong, the buildup to the ending was amazing. Instead of trying to summarize just how rewarding it felt, I’ll leave you with some small thoughts before I start the final impressions.
Yes, I am happy that our dynamic duo has finally become serialized. But what really got my heart pumping was watching Mashiro dash toward Azuki’s house at the end. Watching all the flashbacks really got me thinking about just how far our duo has come in such a small time. Starting with Mashiro trying to follow in his uncle’s footsteps, I’m amazed with how much he’s grown since then. I remember seeing Mashiro with that angry frown on his face all the time — but now he’s an official mangaka with one of the strangest long distance relationships I’ve seen.
The biggest surprise had to be Azuki’s sudden resolve to call Mashiro. As I remembered what I said last week about Azuki’s lack of confidence, I felt my mouth fall to the floor when I heard Mashiro answer his phone. After going through at least a year and a half without any face to face contact, it’s simply amazing just how strong a relationship Mashiro and Azuki share. While the phone call between our two love birds could have been longer (or more awkward), I felt pretty darn satisfied.
Seeing how this is the first two-cour show I’ve covered from start to finish, I’d like to give myself a pat on the back for sticking through it. All silliness aside, I’ve had a blast watching Bakuman. Sure there were times that I thought I’d rip my hair out when the pace was slower than a walking turtle — but the overall amount of good dominates the bad.
An anime about two kids trying to become serialized mangakas, who would have thought it’d be so interesting? Throw in some strange relationships and personalities, and you have Bakuman in a nutshell. From Nizuma to a new rival who apparently likes otters, watching our dynamic duo slowly grow from being inexperienced middle school kids to serialized authors just feels so rewarding. Unlike the other shounen anime that I’ve attempted to watch in the past, I love how Bakuman’s story always seems to progress at just the right amount. But what I commend the series for doing, is having me on the edge of my seat whenever things got serious. It’s almost like that feeling I get when I see a main character discover a new super move out of the blue, except it feels ten times more rewarding since our duo actually deserve any break they can get. Something about watching them lose every single competition up until the end of the season probably had something to do with that..
With a second season already announced for this fall, I’m already excited to see just how far this series can go. As I’m an avid anime watcher and not a manga reader, I suppose I’ll be left in the dark until fall rolls around. I already know I’m going to miss the chemistry between our dynamic duo — from their jokes about each other to their amazing friendship, it’s nice watching two friends just be friends together. It feels sort of weird knowing that I won’t have Bakuman to blog every week! Anyways, I hope you guys enjoyed the series as much as I did (: