Bakuman, episode 16: Denied

The Bakuman death march continues…

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Sometimes I wonder if Bakuman would’ve been better off set up with 11 minute episodes. Once again, there was a handful of interesting scenes: Hattori going over 9000, Takagi’s Angel Beats 2 story getting rejected and Mashiro living out the typical love triangle scene at the end. But otherwise? The pace plods along at the very non-shounen-like pace and not much occurs.

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Takagi’s Angel Beats 2 story is well received by Hattori, who continues to be awesome, but their first real attempt at a mainstream manga falls short of making the cut for the Mario Kart Golden Future Cup award, as well as the next version of NEXT. I don’t know if I’m just being an ass, but I really though their previous 2 stories were a lot more compelling. Focusing on writing a successful mainstream battle manga seems like a non-event to me. It’s like focusing on being the #1 offensive team in football, instead of trying to win the Super Bowl. Sure the #1 offense might be a nice goal, but in the big scheme, who cares? You’re trying to win the Super Bowl any way possible. They’re being fools for not taking advantage of their strengths.

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Meanwhile, Miho makes her seiyuu debut in what seems like a shounen-ai series. Miho plays the lesbian. Wait, they’re all lesbians in shounen-ai right? shoujo-ai (thanks Taka). Human Miho also makes an appearance on TV to Mashiro and Takagi’s amazement.

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Otherwise, we see Takagi struggling with writers block and trying to solve it by getting some play. Mashiro of course gladly plays the creepy stalker-kun, right after agreeing to become Nizuma’s assistant.

I think Mashiro made the right decision in agreeing to help Nizuma. Similarly, I think it was good of Takagi to give his “permission.” Whatever extra work they can get will only make the two of them better in the long run.

3 Replies to “Bakuman, episode 16: Denied”

  1. Shoujo-ai. Girls Love

    Shounen-ai is Boys Love. It’s clearly not that type of show.

    Also I know I said I was gonna drop it but I figure if I DL the show and than watch it immediately instead of letting it fester on my HD for most of the week it is more bearable. That being said this episode was good for the Miyoshi volleyball sabisu. Also I’m down with her and Takagi’s relationship going somewhere.

    Her choice of dream is retarded though. I thought Bakuman was about to enter and endless recursive black-hole as I watched a cellphone novel about a manga writer and a seiyuu trying to achieve their dreams inside an anime about a manga writer and a seiyuu trying to achieve their dream adapted from a manga about manga writer and a seiyuu trying to achieve their dream. Bakuman Manga>Bakuman Anime>Bakuman Cellphone Novel?

    Or something.

    Also, I’m not sure if I would take the advice on how to create a good female character from a female character in an anime that failed to pass the Bechdel test till episode 15. I mean the mangaka must not be very self-aware huh?

    1. Ah shoujo-ai, that’s right. Thanks.

      That’s funny, I was thinking the same way about Bakuman. I had the choice between Ayakashi and Bakuman. And even though I know Ayakashi is more interesting, I figured I’d might as well swallow my medicine and get it out of the way. It’s sad it’s come to that.

      Miyoshi’s dream is retarded… but I think if Bakuman went meta with Miyoshi writing about Mashiro drawing Miho voicing Takagi’s words… I think that would be the most interesting storyline for the show so far. But… Miyoshi’s dream should be to play more volleyball. She should carry a large gun, wear less clothes and play volleyball. She would automatically become the most shounen character on the show.

      1. I think Miyoshi is already the most shounen character in the show, which is kinda depressing in its own right. But there’s plenty of Gainaxing, so she passes for now

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