The shipping battle lines are drawn. Even though most of the initial skirmishes have been polite, a greater battle brews…
Definitely a solid rebound from the disaster that was the last episode.
Oh man, school has just been hitting hard. After this week it should be better, but it’s been crazy. At this point, we’re up to episode six in Fortune Arterial.
Sadly, it’s become readily apparent to me that Bakuman is a flawed series that will be weighed down the whole way through by its utterly banal romance angle. Why is that?
After seeing the events of this episode, the Cybody fighting seems a lot more dangerous than it seemed before. Fights in Zero-time always ended with little more than a bruised ego, and the only other dangers were Takuto’s scuffle in episode 1 and the threat of earthquakes from the nurse. The upping of the danger level to near-strangulation and comas is a fair step up from there, to say the least. It’s also contributing to an increasing serious air to Star Driver, but this seriousness is making the show far more engaging to watch.
This was the best episode of Bakuman since the first episode. Why is that? No wasted time on the romance (and what was, was pretty funny), and a lot more focus on Mashiro and Takagi submitting their first draft to the Shounen Jack editor for review.
Despite featuring the first battle of one of the Kiriboshi bosses, this episode felt like nothing much really happened. It was all a bit off the ball and random, with not much connecting everything that was happening. The only thing of worth I can derive from this episode plot-wise is the effect Cybodies have on the real world.
Apparently it’s NaNoWriMo this month. WHO WANTS TO WRITE A MANGA!?
Just as a general thing, I don’t really like the opening of Star Driver at all. The animation’s nice and all but the song itself definitely isn’t my thing; the singer’s all nasally. The ending on the other hand has really grown on me, both the song and the animation. It’s kinda like it’s telling a story of its own, the sort of simple story between friends that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside, though that might just be me.
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