Mar 28, 2012

Posted by in Bakuman 2

Bakuman 2 episode 25

And so the second season end as well… This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I have been unleashing my wrath upon the manga for a few hours now.  The third season is going to be awesome from what I’ve seen so far. The greatest of it all is that we won’t even have to wait that long before we get to see the third season either.

The story continues with the boys working on their latest masterpiece. Moritaka and Akito were really determined to create something really good. They sacrificed going to that annual meeting for editors and serialized mangaka in order to keep drawing. That’s dedication! I like how Moritaka made one of the main character’s look like Miho-chan, I’m sure that she will like that. I think that they will have to take it easy, despite having just been serialized. We wouldn’t want Moritaka to get hospitalized again because he works too much.

They didn’t waste any time, as Akira decided to bring in two extra assistants to help out with their latest creation, which they now call the Perfect Crime Party, PCP for short. These two are some unique characters. One of them is really dark and gloomy, while the other is really shy and timid. So we now have a hyperactive manga-nut, a dark and gloomy art student and a shy boy working for Moritaka and Akito. I’m not really worried about it, but that gloomy guy seems like a negative influence on the team, because he asks too many questions and he seems to get very jealous of others at times. He thinks that he loves manga a lot more than the rest of the assistants, which is why he probably thinks that he is the best.

The episode seemed to be going really well. Chapter one of PCP ranked number one by a landslide, which made the boys happy as hell, but it seems that I was right. Hasashi, the chief editor, had a few rules in the end for Moritaka and Akito’s PCP. It cannot get eighth place or later, and it has to defeat either Crow or +Natural before they reach their twenty-fifth chapter. I knew it was too good to be true. Those two have always had ridiculous requirements that they had to meet, so I knew that this time wouldn’t be an exception. But it’s fine, the third season will blow our minds, I’m positive of that! I will definitely be watching and writing, until then!

Read More
Mar 20, 2012

Posted by in Bakuman 2

Bakuman 2 episode 24

Good job, SageSubs. However, I ended up watching the episode right anyway. I was actually a little bit surprised by how much I understood. Just one more episode before I can unleash my curious wrath upon the manga. I’m going to read the hell out of it, just see if I don’t!

I was really nervous when I started watching the episode. Everyone at the serialization committee all finished voting, and it didn’t look good for the boys, until someone stood up and said that it was wrong to decide their fate at Shonen Jack by voting, and that the fans should decide whether or not their latest masterpiece is worth publishing. Soon everyone wanted to change their vote to “yes”, resulting in Perfect Crime Club, Ashirogi Muto’s latest masterpiece, getting accepted by the committee. Hisashi was definitely happy about the outcome, I could tell that much, but it’s all up to Moritaka and Akito now. They are going to have to beat either +Natural or Crow, but preferably both.

It’s about time that they cut the boys some slack. Both of them have overcome so many hardships, so they deserve a little extra every now and then. This week’s little extra was that Akira has switched with Gorou, meaning that he is their editor once more. The chief made this decision because he thought that Akira understands the boys better than anyone else, and that it would better for everyone if he were to return as their editor. He was disappointed at first, he was ripped away from +Natural, a hit that he helped create, in order to start on something new. I could understand his disappointment, definitely, but he soon realized, just like most of us viewers, that it was the best choice for everyone.

There have been a lot of changes during these last couple of episodes, changes that probably not everyone wants, poor Aiko-chan, who seems to think that she lost yet another love of her life, being one of those people. Change is never easy, but sometimes it’s a necessary evil, and that’s something that Aiko-chan will have to accept. I don’t envy Gorou at all, now that he has to work with an enraged Aiko-chan.

I can’t wait to see what happens last week. I’m expecting one hell of an episode to finalize yet another great season of Bakuman. There’s one thing that’s bothering me though… Moritaka and Akito escaped this dreadful situation a bit too easy, there’s bound to be a strong or two attached, I can feel it. Those two have always been challenged to bring out their maximum potential, so I doubt that it’ll be different this time. I just hope that their contract won’t be on the line again, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

Read More
Mar 17, 2012

Posted by in Bakuman 2

Bakuman 2 episode 23

About damn time! I stayed up extra late last night, just so that I could see last week’s episode of Bakuman. I read that this was probably the last time that it took this long. I hope so too, because it’s about to get very exciting. I hate to say it, but I’ll definitely be watching this week’s episode of Bakuman raw. I don’t care anymore, I just have to see it asap!

The episode starts out with Gorou reading their new work. He was sceptical at first, but he realized that this manga was a keeper by the way that it drew him in. That’s a very good sign I think, when an editor gets drawn in by the work of his mangaka. I also noticed that Moritaka and Akito plan on using Miho-chan as a model for the manga’s heroine. I like that! Moritaka is bound to score some love-love points with that one, hehe.

Next up was Shoyo’s work. It goes to show how much Gorou has grown as an editor, because he refused to submit Shoyo’s work to the serialization committee. His one and only reason; “Ashirogi Muto’s new work is by far better than yours”. This caught Shoyo by surprising, causing him to go over to Moritaka’s place in order to look at their latest masterpiece. He soon realized that he had a long way to go, which is why he decided to skip the next serialization committee in order to create something new, something that will reach their level.

And now this… This is just starting to get a little annoying. Remember Eiji, that weird manga fanatic that has two serializations running, one of which has been turned into an anime, remember him? Well, his latest co-op work, Natural+, will now have an anime adaption as well. What the hell? Moritaka and Akito are struggling to get serialized, and he is juggling two serialized manga’s that have both been turned into anime’s.

I see a lot of bad things coming, a lot of bad things indeed. This news will hit Moritaka and Akito hard, real hard. The two of them have been working really hard to create something that can defeat Crow, another one of Eiji’s creations, but the bar keeps on rising. I really hope that Moritaka won’t go into another one of his slumps, because they can’t afford it right now.

Things looked fine at first, but just at first. The serialization committee was reviewing all of the submitted works, and of all of them were in agreement that Ashirogi Muto’s submitted work was by far the best. Each and every one of them got sucked in by it, causing them to remember similar events during their childhood. If that’s not a great manga, then what is? However, the question was if it could defeat Crow or not, and that’s why Hisashi, the chief editor, decided to call a vote on the matter. He had the deciding vote and he decided to vote against the boys, meaning that their new creation, Perfect Crime Club, won’t get serialized, meaning that their contract will now be terminated. This pissed me off to no end. How much more do those two have to suffer? Give them a break already. This is why I’m going to watch tomorrow’s episode raw, because I just can’t wait.

Read More
Mar 9, 2012

Posted by in Bakuman 2

Bakuman 2 episode 22

About time! This week’s episode of Bakuman is no less than four days late. What is going on? Why is it that there’s only one group that subs Bakuman, one of the best shows right now? Even Phi Brain has several groups that do the subs, so what the hell? I don’t want to insult Sage Subs, because they are the only ones that release subbed episodes of Bakuman right now. It’s just too bad that they are a little bit slow. I hate it when those people have social lives.

All joking aside, I am pretty satisfied about this week’s episode. We may not have seen Moritaka and Akito’s next masterpiece, but we do know what it’s about. Who would’ve imagined that Akito would come up with an idea just by following Akira around. Hell, even I laughed when Akira tried to handle that difficult situation with Aiko. She showed dressed like a princess with make-up and everything, after which she asked Akira if he thought that she was pretty. I laughed so hard, even I wouldn’t want to be put in such a situation. Still, it was enough information for Akito to come up with a story that would get them serialized once again.

Things will only get tougher from here on out. Even Kazuya, the author of Otters 11, has to keep up his pace, despite the fact that his manga has an anime adaption now. He won’t work for free though. He works for money and information. That’s right, information on how to conquer Yuriko’s heart by knowing every little thing about her. Seriously, his editor is one evil genius.

Even the lives of Kaya and Akito have changed during the last few episodes. It’s not just because they are married now. They just seem to be getting along really well. Akito decided to get some material for their new masterpiece by playing an innocent little prank on Kaya by replacing the birthday gift she got for Miho with something that Moritaka made. It’s amazing what some people can do with just a pencil. I wish I had such talents, sigh…

Anyway, it seems that Moritaka and Akito will be working on a serious crime-comedy manga that will put them on the map again. Akito has a unique sense of humour, but serious stories suit him better than anything else, apparently. That is why they’ve come up with a seriously story about a boy with the ability to perform perfect crimes. Don’t get me wrong; what this character does is fairly innocent. Yes, innocent but perfect.

However, they have managed to blend in some unintended comedy in order to make people laugh without them expecting it. This is bound to get serialized. Even I thought that it sounded pretty interesting when they first came up with it. Mind you, I don’t think I would enjoy reading about childish pranks, but the idea is pretty awesome. I can’t wait to see what happens next, I might just end up watching next week’s episode raw, just because I don’t want to wait for Sage Subs.

Read More
Feb 28, 2012

Posted by in Bakuman 2

Bakuman 2 episode 21

I was looking forward to this week’s episode of Bakuman. I found this week’s episode rather aggravating, but maybe that’s just me. I had hoped to see some improvement, but that was not the case. I think that we can expect a huge cliff-hanger to prepare us for the third season.

The story continues as the boys actually managed to cancel their serialization. Their assistants were a little bit surprised at first, but they agreed that those two weren’t meant for pointless comedy. It must be very shameful to suddenly hear people speak badly about Tanto, but it couldn’t have been a big surprise. Moritaka and Akito didn’t like it either, as it was all Gorou’s idea in the first place. Still, we can’t put all the blame on him, seeing as both Moritaka and Akito could’ve declined his idea. In the end they did not, they just went along with it, hoping it would turn out to be a hit.

Meanwhile Gorou came up with other idea’s to get the boys serialized. Remember; they only have three chances to get serialized, otherwise their contracts at Shonen Jack will be terminated. Gorou knew this, but he still came with stupid ideas. He didn’t waste just one opportunity either, oh no… he just had to waste two of them. That means that the boys only have one chance left.

They started with an adaption of their Money & Intelligence one-shot, hoping it would get accepted by the serialization committee. Their second attempt was with some strange mainstream-fantasy manga, but that one did even worse than their first submission. Gorou, thanks to Akira’s advice, wasted two opportunities to get them serialized.

My god… It all comes down to this… It’s their final chance to submit something good to the serialization committee. I don’t fancy their chances, even with Akira’s help. They need to think of something themselves, instead of constantly relying on the ideas of editors.  I’m sure that they could come up with a masterpiece, if only they tried. Besides, Akito is married now, so he has a lot of new responsibilities now, which means that he could definitely use a hit right now.

Like I said earlier; this week’s episode was pretty aggravating. The boys need to stop relying on their editors, but more on themselves. They have the talent, the motivation and the means to create a master piece. If only the realized it. Either way; something tells me that next week’s episode will tell us a lot more about their upcoming project.

Read More
Feb 23, 2012

Posted by in Bakuman 2

Bakuman 2 episode 20

Finally, it’s about time this week’s episode of Bakuman arrived. It was a good episode too, perhaps one of this season’s best. That’s why this show’s ratings are so high, and why it will have a third season. And to think that in the past I refused to watch the first season, purely because the first episode wasn’t to my liking. I am little bit ashamed because of that.

The episode started out with some bad news; the fact that all of Moritaka and Akito’s friends aren’t reading Tanto anymore. This came as a bit of a shock to them, but not entire unexpected. Moritaka said from day one that he didn’t have much faith in this project, but that really escalated during this episode. Hell, it couldn’t have come at worse time. Akito’s wedding ceremony was only a few days away, so all that negative news really got to him. He spent night after night thinking of ways to improve Tanto, hoping he could come up with a few good jokes to improve the ratings. Moritaka also noticed that his assistants never laughed at any of the jokes in Tanto. A bad omen indeed.

However, things only took a turn for the worse during Akito’s wedding ceremony. Those idiots, they should have known that there is a time and place for everything. Yelling in the middle of a speech during your best friend’s wedding ceremony is just disrespectful. Kaya didn’t think of much of it, but she did Akito from leaving his own wedding ceremony, as that idiot was ready to follow Akito and Akira outside. Moritaka only wanted to know the truth; is Tanto good or not? Akira gave him the news upfront; Tanto is a serious misuse of talent. It was his opinion that Tanto does not reflect their true talent. Moritaka has always known this, even before they got serialized.

Meanwhile Eiji was trying his best to make sure that they got the message. He was invited on national television to explain his work to the public. It was here that he said that Ashirogi Muto, also known as Moritaka and Akito, was his number one rival. Both of the boys saw and heard him say that, and that’s when both of them finally snapped. They didn’t want to continue Tanto anymore, which is why they rushed to Shonen Jack a few days later, hoping that they would cancel their serialization without any difficulty. I bet that this doesn’t happen too often; authors coming in to ask if they can cancel their serialization.

Still, it wasn’t easy to convince the editorial department. They did manage to cancel their serialization though, but under a few conditions. They have to submit something new for the upcoming serialization meeting, but not just something. They have to come up with something that can surpass Eiji’s work. They will lose their contract at Shonen Jack of they do not meet the agreed upon requirements.

This is it people. I have a feeling that their next work is going to be a masterpiece. I can’t wait to see what they’re going to create. It isn’t going to be a mainstream battle-manga, that’s for sure. I’m guessing they’re going to go with a mystery or perhaps something in the sci-fi genre. Either way; I will be watching!

Read More
Feb 14, 2012

Posted by in Bakuman 2

Bakuman 2 episode 19

Impressive, only one day late this time, I guess they are doing a little bit better now. Too bad that the first release I got was out of sync, and not by just a second or two either. But I have a feeling that the file got corrupted somehow while downloading, because it was fine when I downloaded it again. Strange things keep happening here people.

You have no idea how much I enjoyed this episode. Remember how Akito-kun made that promise to Kaya? He promised her that he would marry her as soon as they got serialized. Well, their serialization got approved during last week’s episode! That is why the episode started out with a very nervous Akito that tried to prove himself to Kaya’s parents. I laughed right away, seeing as that man had the “you haven’t touched my daughter yet, have you!?” look in his eyes.

The conversation quickly took a strange turn when suddenly Moritaka’s uncle got involved in the conversation. Apparently he and Kaya’s father were best friends as well as love rivals. He discovered that Akito’s partner is none other than his best friend’s nephew, which is why he wanted Moritaka to be present as well. Poor Moritaka, having to pay for something your friend has done. Anyway, he rushed over there as quickly as he could, only to be invited by Kaya’s father to his dojo. Haha, the old man just wanted to look badass in front of his wife, as he ended up taking them to a diner.

Boy did I laugh. What’s even funnier is that his wife already knew that he wasn’t taking them to the dojo. I guess that’s what marriage does to a person; it completely destroys your personal life, rendering you unable to hide anything from your “significant other”. The conversation was pretty heavy, especially for Moritaka, as he learned a lot of new things about his uncle. But the man saw a lot of good in those two boys. In fact; he decided to trust Akito by giving him his blessing. I guess its official now; his private life is truly over.

Meanwhile that yearly event for manga artist, editors, and all sorts of other people was knocking on everyone’s door. Pretty much everyone was present, but Eiji soon left to work on his latest project; Natural+. I’m still not too sure whether he really believes in that project, or that he just does it to get Moritaka and Akito to do their best. Either way; we’ll find out soon enough.

Boy do times change. Eiji now has two projects on his hands, Akito has got himself a wife as well as a new place to live, Moritaka will have to train new assistants, Aiko seems to have switched from Akito to Akira, and it seems that Kazuya’s manga, Otters  11, got a late night anime adaption. Who knew? That will be a tough blow for Moritaka and Akito. Kazuya has got himself an anime adaption waiting for him, while Moritaka and Akito are struggling to get good ratings.

Amazing, Bakuman is getting more and more exciting. No wonder the ratings for this show are rising with each passing week. But what caught my attention the most about this week’s episode is that Eiji has completely lost interest in Moritaka’s and Akito’s manga, in fact; he’s not even reading it anymore. That’s a bad sign. Something must be wrong if someone like Eiji won’t read his rival’s manga. I’m hoping to find out during next week’s episode.

Read More
Feb 6, 2012

Posted by in Bakuman 2

Bakuman 2 episode 18

I think people are playing cruel jokes on us. They keep releasing Bakuman on a different day every week, resulting in my schedule getting messed up. Seriously, their fansubs may be good, but their pace is not. I just hope that next week’s episode will be released on the same day as this week’s episode, because I don’t like change.

Anyway, Moritaka and Akito have both been working very hard on their latest manga in order to polish it before the serialization meeting. Everything was progressing pretty well, especially for their latest rival, Aiko, who seems to have a golden manga. It was bad enough that Eiji of all people was her artist, but her storyboards seem to get better as well. How ecstatic Akira must be right now, to have finally found someone like Aiko.

The day finally arrives where all the manga get read in order for the best of the best to be serialized. It was a little bit chaotic, seeing as Eiji, who already has a serialization of his own, was about to take on another project. This caused for a bit of trouble, but nobody could deny the manga’s quality, as it was top-notch. Hisashi had yet another tough decision to make, but in the end he approved of it, even he couldn’t turn down such a good manga. Also; Moritaka and Akito got approved as well, which means that they are now going to get serialized, which also means that Akito is going to get married.

However, not everything was okay, as word soon spread like wildfire about how Eiji now has two serializations for the same publisher. Many other authors and editors complained about how unfair it was, about how he couldn’t possibly maintain both manga’s. Yeah, that’s all very nice and all, but in the end Eiji ended up being in the right. He said that nobody was allowed to complain, that only those who were successful had the right to say anything about his current situation. Sounds very drastic, but I certainly don’t disagree with him, especially not since he’s in good health, has talent, and has already proven that he can keep up with that schedule.

Bakuman just got a lot more interesting. I am really looking forward to next week’s episode. I want to see how Akito is going to deal with the fact that he’s about to get married. Hell, I want to see Akito as he’s about to ask Kaya’s father for permission. Hurry up with the next episode, please!

Read More