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.