Apr 3, 2013

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Bakuman 3 episode 25

… I have very little good to say about this ending. It was disappointing, that’s all. Those that have read the manga knew it was coming, just like me, but I was hopeful. I’m pretty sure the author(s) received quite a few bad responses when their manga ended, so I was kind of hoping that the anime’s ending was going to be different.

[SFW]_Bakuman_S3_-_25_END_[EE1C7524].mkv_snapshot_04.38_[2013.04.02_22.14.54]I must say that it was nice to see a bit more about Reversi. It’s too bad that it’s a show within a show, because I would’ve definitely watched that. This is what Moritaka has been working for all this time. This one show allowed him to fulfil his dream, and that would’ve been an amazing sight if the ending wasn’t so terrible. Let’s face it; we spent three seasons watching Bakuman, some of us spent quite a lot of time reading the manga, and for what? For this terrible ending? I think not. The ending was so incredibly lame that it made me regret watching this show in the first place (just a little though).

[SFW]_Bakuman_S3_-_25_END_[EE1C7524].mkv_snapshot_21.24_[2013.04.02_22.16.05]Actually, I don’t think this ended anything at all. I mean, we spent all of this time watching Moritaka fulfil his dream, which would be to marry the girl of his dreams. He did not actually end up marrying Miho. We had to make due with a mere kiss, as though that would satisfy our desire to watch those two end up together. Shame…

Those Reversi scenes and the one where Kazuya and Yuriko finally got married were the only things worth watching. The rest was just a bitter disappointment. Frankly, I mean this honestly, I hope this was the last of Bakuman. Don’t even bother airing an OVA. I’m pretty much done with it all.

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Mar 27, 2013

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Bakuman 3 episode 24

Oh my, what happened there, Sage? Managed to squeeze out another episode after one and a half week of waiting? It’s alright, I appreciate it all the same, I guess. I wouldn’t even have bothered to criticize them if it weren’t for their cocky comments on their page.

[sage]_Bakuman_S3_-_24_[720p][A89D51F6].mkv_snapshot_08.48_[2013.03.26_23.16.41]Anyway, back to something that’s actually worth talking about; Bakuman! Although I said that, I still cannot believe that they spent the majority of this episode, a very important episode at that, focussing on Moritaka and Akito’s latest work, Reversi. Everyone was so stressed about because Moritaka and Akito were ending their manga before the anime adaption was going to start. A lot of people didn’t the idea of that, but who cares? All good things deserve equally good endings, wouldn’t you agree? That’s probably why their editor, Akira, did their best to make it happen. He even put his career on the line. Now that’s an editor!

[sage]_Bakuman_S3_-_24_[720p][A89D51F6].mkv_snapshot_15.19_[2013.03.26_23.16.57]But enough of that, let us focus on the fact Moritaka is as good as married to Miho. They are still waiting for the anime to actually air, but there’s no way that’s going to stop now, it’s already been announced. Besides, they have nothing to fear. Reversi is more popular than ever before, they even beat Eiji’s Zombie Gun in the both rankings and sales. That alone says a whole lot!

Also, I fear that I’m once again worried about the ending. At first I thought that it was going to be fine, because we had two episodes left, but I didn’t think they’d focus on their serialization this much. It seems that the ending is pretty much going to be the same as the manga’s. That’s too bad, I guess. Still, I can’t wait to see it! Just three more days…

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Mar 20, 2013

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Bakuman 3 episode 23

I am absolutely shocked at Sage. It took them over two weeks to sub the twenty-third episode. Other fans subbed it before them, that’s just pathetic. I mean, I understand that Bakuman isn’t much of a priority in their eyes, mainly because they have bad taste, but this is just lazy. I’d like to think that subgroups have a certain responsibility towards their (paying/donating) fans.

[sage]_Bakuman_S3_-_23_[720p][6E7C04AB].mkv_snapshot_09.30_[2013.03.19_23.33.58]Still, my happiness after seeing this episode outweighed my disappointed in Sage. We have finally reached the point where it’s Miho’s turn to prove herself, where it’s time to show just how much she wants to marry Moritaka. Let’s face it; Moritaka’s job is over. He worked hard for years and sacrificed a lot of simple pleasures for this one moment.

Would I be able to do that? No. I’m sorry, I just don’t have the patience. That guy must be a saint (until his wedding night where he will unleash all those pent-up urges upon Miho’s body). That one promise made this show worth watching. That one promise is what made us continue watching, if anything at all.

[sage]_Bakuman_S3_-_23_[720p][6E7C04AB].mkv_snapshot_21.28_[2013.03.19_23.34.20]That is why I stood up as Miho stole the show. Her voice, skills and the fact that she memorize (the correct) lines helped her win the audition. That’s right, Miho and Moritaka are getting married now that Miho has the part. I, just like everyone, knew she was going to win the audition, yet I was still moved when she did.

The reason why I’m so happy is because of the episode itself. It pretty much ended. Miho and Moritaka won, yet we still have two episodes to go. This completely raised my hope for a different ending than the one in the manga. It’s looking really good. I hope they managed to come up with a better ending after all the criticism they had endure when the manga ended.

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Mar 13, 2013

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Bakuman 3 episode 22

Now, now… There’s no need to look so surprised. If you seriously thought that Moritaka and Akito wouldn’t get that anime adaption then you don’t know this show at all. They always try to save the best for last, always.

[sage]_Bakuman_S3_-_22_[720p][168ACCA8].mkv_snapshot_02.18_[2013.03.12_22.07.24]The only thing bad about Bakuman is the fansubbers. It’s shameful that it always takes so long, and that there’s only one dedicated group out there that subs Bakuman, one of the best shows out there nowadays. It’s also shameful that Moritaka and Akito got themselves an anime adaption, but that their troubles have only begun. To think the moment Moritaka has worked so hard for was ruined by the blog post of a single, stupid girl that didn’t think before she acted. How could she have written that about Moritaka and Azuki? She should’ve known that stuff like that ruins people’s lives, especially since she’s in showbiz as well.

[sage]_Bakuman_S3_-_22_[720p][168ACCA8].mkv_snapshot_17.16_[2013.03.12_22.08.31]Moritaka and Akito finally succeeded in getting an anime adaption, but it’s not over yet. It’s Azuki’s time to prove herself by auditioning for a part in the Reversi anime. It’s now officially known that Azuki, the voice actress, is engaged to Mahiro, the mangaka. People, mainly their fans, would think that Azuki got picked because of her relationship with Mahiro, which is why she has to audition.

I still hate to say this, but it seems the anime is really following the manga’s footsteps. Prepare yourself for a rather disappointing ending. It’ll be emotional to some degree, but it ends there. The ending doesn’t compliment the story in any way whatsoever.

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Feb 28, 2013

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Bakuman 3 episode 21

I finally found out why Bakuman has such irregular releases. The only subgroup, Sage, exists out of a few fans that sub these shows for fun. A few of those guys don’t like Bakuman, even though Sage funsubbed the previous seasons, too. It’s a very strange story, but okay…

[sage]_Bakuman_S3_-_21_[720p][D4279C8F].mkv_snapshot_03.41_[2013.02.27_22.52.47]Anyway, things are finally getting better for Moritaka and Akito. They were approached by a man that came to that event for the sole reason of meeting them, hoping they were interesting in an anime adaption of Reversi, not knowing that Moritaka and Akito created that manga for the sole purpose of getting animated.

It was strange that Moritaka stayed calm (as though an anime adaption is years away). Strange, but very understandable. I guess he’s done with getting his hopes up for no reason, only to be disappointed later. I guess he really has grown since he first started out with Akito. And yes, I really just noticed that during this episode. I always thought he stayed somewhat the same immature guy.

[sage]_Bakuman_S3_-_21_[720p][D4279C8F].mkv_snapshot_19.29_[2013.02.27_22.53.39]It’s come down to a battle between Eiji’s Zombie Gun and their Reversi, even though we all know that Reversi is going to win. There are only five episodes left and the end is rapidly nearing. They don’t have time to create another race between those three without letting Moritaka and Akito win for once. Reversi wins this time, end of story.

I also fear that the anime is going to follow in the manga’s footsteps; it’s going to suck like hell if it is. It’s like they focussed all of their attention on Moritaka and Akito’s road to have their work animated, and used up the remaining time to create some kind of ending. It was very, very disappointing. I’m pretty sure that the third season is going to drop like hell if that actually happens in the anime.

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Feb 20, 2013

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Bakuman 3 episode 20

Hello everyone! I would like to share some personal information before I start this review. You see, I have this habit of summarizing episodes with a single word. Sometimes I use epic, sometimes crap or sometimes I just hit myself for watching certain episodes altogether and say nothing afterwards because I’m too ashamed. Frankly, I tried doing the same thing with this episode. I failed.

[sage]_Bakuman_S3_-_20_[720p][F0E6F032].mkv_snapshot_12.45_[2013.02.19_20.41.43]The episode in question starts out very normally. We see Moritaka and Akito share their future plans for Reversi, their latest masterpiece, with their editor, Akira. Nothing special about that. We all knew that those two manga freaks were going to keep things short and powerful without having to prolong the series until it gets boring and cancelled.

That’s when the tide turned and the spotlight fell on Kazuya, whose latest manga will get animated as well, his editor and the always lovely Yuriko. I didn’t expect much. Kazuya got himself another anime adaption and Yuriko’s manga got cancelled. That’s a total mood kill, right? Wrong. I still cannot believe what happened after that.

[sage]_Bakuman_S3_-_20_[720p][F0E6F032].mkv_snapshot_19.30_[2013.02.19_20.42.01]Kazuya decided to cheer Yuriko up by asking her out on a date to an amusement park. Forget about him asking her out, I can definitely see him doing that, but I cannot believe his editor, Kouji, actually rooted for him this time. Is he dying? It’s usually Kouji’s mission to stop Kazuya from doing stupid things, but now he’s actually encouraging Kazuya to ask Yuriko to marry him? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not surprised she said yes. They are perfect for each other. I’m just shocked his editor was so supportive.

I know I’m supposed to say something about the fact that Moritaka and Akito’s manga, Reversi, is lacking on so many departments, but I won’t get into details. Their manga is better. The only reason why Eiji is doing better in sales is because of the fans that loved Crow, his earlier work. It’s Moritaka and Akito that will win in the end, probably. Besides, an anime adaption of Reversi may just be around the corner.

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Feb 13, 2013

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Bakuman 3 episodes 18 & 19

I’m getting really fed up with these irregular Bakuman releases. Stop it! It’s disrespectful to this great show, a show that makes most of the others look like crap. I actually sent an E-mail to Sage, one of the fansub groups, asking them why it’s always so irregular. I’m just too curious. I need to know.

[sage]_Bakuman_S3_-_18_[720p][9689D178].mkv_snapshot_12.40_[2013.02.12_22.22.55]I’m covering two episodes at once now, so I’ll just talk about the things that caught my attention the most. One of these things was the fact that Moritaka and Akito decided on their new manga. They want to run two manga’s at the same time. This is impossible for most authors, but there’s two of them, plus the editors found a way to make that possible.

PCP was supposed to stay at Shonen Jack and their latest creation, Reversi, was supposed to go to the new publisher, thereby making Reversi a monthly thing. Nobody really wanted that, especially Eiji. Eiji wanted to fight those two head-on with Zombie Gun manga. That’s why the higher ups decided to switch Reversi with PCP, which means that Reversi will be released weekly at Shonen Jack and PCP on a monthly basis.

[sage]_Bakuman_S3_-_19_[720p][7ABE76BA].mkv_snapshot_05.09_[2013.02.12_22.23.23]A lot of things happened, but I think we can all agree that it’s all good. I don’t think there’s anything to worry about at this point. Moritaka and Akito have decided on what to do and are happy with the result. They are also very happy that Akira is to be the editor for Reversi. I get that, I really do, but those are only minor details. I don’t see how it would matter. At the end of the day it’s the author’s choice to create the manga. I don’t think authors are forced to do the things the editors want, seeing as it’s their creation and all. I could be wrong though. I don’t know how that world works, although I would certainly like to know more.

[sage]_Bakuman_S3_-_19_[720p][7ABE76BA].mkv_snapshot_22.48_[2013.02.12_22.24.00]I’m also very happy that Moritaka and Akito are doing so well with Reversi. It’s a huge hit. They actually managed to take the first place for three straight weeks. That’s impressive. Still, I cannot help but feel that it’s all part of Eiji’s plan though. That guy is a mangaka from hell, a true freak of nature. He will have foreseen this, so one can only imagine that he’s up to something. It just makes the story a whole lot more interesting. We already know that Eiji figured out Reversi’s fatal flaw. It’s hard to kill characters with Reversi, that’s why it’s hard to introduce twists, but it’s a lot easier with Zombie Gun, a story that doesn’t focus on specific characters. I guess Eiji has the upper hand when it comes to creativity.

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Jan 30, 2013

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Bakuman 3 episode 17

I guess we’ve started on the final chapter in Bakuman. A chapter of great struggle, drama and happiness. This is the time for me to keep my fingers crossed and hope for a different ending than the one in the manga.

[sage]_Bakuman_S3_-_17_[720p][7C7F561A].mkv_snapshot_03.17_[2013.01.29_23.08.03]Eiji, Moritaka and Akito have all decided that it was time to finish this little race of theirs. Eiji may have a huge lead, but that doesn’t put Moritaka and Akito out of the game just yet. These three characters have all decided to work on something new. On something better. It was quite surprising when they came to the decision to create an unorthodox battle manga. It has been said that battle manga and mainstream manga aren’t really Moritaka and Akito’s style, but they have decided to prove everyone wrong. They have decided to make another manga, thereby doing two manga at the same time, just like Eiji.

[sage]_Bakuman_S3_-_17_[720p][7C7F561A].mkv_snapshot_21.31_[2013.01.29_23.08.53]Now, we must all accept that we cannot compare Moritaka and Akito with Eiji. Eiji’s a prodigy that has been drawing ever since he was a little kid, but Moritaka and Akito worked their way up with a lot of hard work and sheer willpower. That may seem unfair to some, but that’s just how things are. Remember; life isn’t always fair.

We all got a quick peak at their new manga’s. I must say that I prefer Moritaka and Akito’s a lot more than Eiji’s manga. Eiji’s manga seems very childish compared to Moritaka and Akito’s dark hero manga. I like the idea of a dark hero, which is why I also loved Zetman as much as I did. I’ll be looking forward to it!

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