And by man of the house, I mean, you know this story centers around Mashiro because everyone acquiesces to his demands. Mashiro rules with an iron fist! All women and less alpha men be damned! In other words, Mashiro is a conceited, self-centered prick who deserves to reap what he sows, except he won’t because he’s the default protagonist.
Part of me wanted to see Takagi go off on his own and outdo Mashiro. And the other part of me is happy they made up, not because I think they’re a great duo (they were on more even ground at the beginning, but now Takagi has basically turned into Mashiro’s mom), but because I’m glad I didn’t have to bother with any emo bullshit for longer than this episode (which, admittedly, was fairly free of it, to their credit).
Hattori continues to shine as the most independent, free-thinking character in the show. His sly moves to get the duo back together were much appreciated.
Although Bakuman is a fucking terrible anime, with rapidly declining artwork that hit a new atrocious low this episode, I have enjoyed learning about the thinking behind shounen mangas and publications like JACK/JUMP. I’ve been watching Level E and Beelzebub, and it’s been interesting watching them through new lenses based on what I’ve learned from Bakuman.