Bakuman, episode 12: Middle school was never this annoying

If the last couple episodes were pretty good, this episode made me want to throw things at my screen. This was the episode where Miho x Mashiro went from boring and annoying to, I hope they both fail their dreams and live miserably ever after.

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Gee, working in the manga industry seems like fun. Sure, you might have to work late. And maybe the pay sucks. But you get to be a baller with an expense account and talk about writing and drawing stories. What’s cooler than that?

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Hattori must be a big fan of the steampunk look. I really liked the first 6 or 7 minutes or so of the ep. Seeing Takagi and Mashiro share their spoils of their first success, then see them meet with Hattori in a strategy session. Even though we haven’t really seen the name, I like to think that I can picture in my head what Hattori’s looking at based on his comments.

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Oh then Mashiro had to go and open his mouth, after Hattori mentioned that if things go well they could be serialized in three years or so. See, I don’t have a problem with Mashiro wanting to be serialized quicker. I mean, it’s natural. It should be what they want. But I hate Mashiro’s motivation for wanting to be serialized so quickly. I’ve already written about my displeasure with Mashiro’s crappy reasons for being a mangaka, but this was the first time that I thought, "you know what… I hope Nizumi wipes the fucking floor with them so Mashiro and Miho will never see the light of day." Mashiro’s goal isn’t to become a mangaka. It’s to hook up with Miho. So when I hear the two talk about achieving their dreams first, I can’t help but think that’s just a big load of bullshit. Just get together and spare us this ridiculous forced drama.

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Kaya may do nothing but be a busybody mother hen, but talking sure helps a character develop a personality. And that’s what we’ve gotten in the last few eps from her. She’s starting to feel like a real person now. I also enjoy seeing Takagi introduced to the manipulative meanderings of teenage girls.

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I WANT TO YELL TOO! MASHIRO YOU DRAW SHOUNEN MANGAS FOR JACK, SO YOU PROBABLY DON’T EVEN UNDERSTAND HOW TO DRAW A GIRL, LET ALONE UNDERSTAND HER!

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I CAN’T BELEVE THESE KIDS GRADUATED MIDDLE SCHOOL ALREADY! TIME SURE FLIES BY!

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WHAT!? N- NO- NOO

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