Bakuman, episode 7: Your relationship is so boring

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?

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Yeah, what Takagi said. Why is the romance angle so boring? Well, for one Mashiro and Miho don’t really have any chemistry together, because…

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of Miho’s ridiculously stupid promise. This is like a chastity pledge, only about a 100x more lame. And what happens when Mashiro questions the promise?

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Miho unleashes the power of tears. Which is really a very unfair way to fight. Regardless of the fact that it’s an incredibly bizarre response to Mashiro’s question.

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Of course, Mashiro later reneges on his question and reaffirms the stupid promise, causing Miho to gloat. That’s really weak.

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18 minutes of the episode was a waste of time on the romance, the episode only picks up in the last minutes when Takagi gets a call from Hattori telling him that their first script failed to make the monthly award finals, but Takagi rediscovers his cockiness and vows to win the Tezuka Award with their next script. Hopefully this means the romance will take a back seat in the next episode, because now Takagi and Mashiro are going to need to churn out a story in less than a month

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And finally, we get a villain. Well, not quite, but I like Nizuma’s brashness. I hope he turns out to be a real dick. Bakuman really needs a personality like Nizuma’s, everyone else is just so nice. I want to see Nizuma throw some wrenches into Takagi and Mashiro’s lives. Maybe he can beat them out for the Tezuka award, steal their girls and have a threesome with Miho and Kaya, and then get Takagi and Mashiro blackballed from Shounen Jack. Now that would make things interesting.

21 Replies to “Bakuman, episode 7: Your relationship is so boring”

      1. I have no idea why you people are insane. >_>

        That said, you’re not gonna get an Asshole of The ridiculous level you’re looking for in this series. 😐

  1. 😆 I don’t know why they are playing up what they acknowledge is a boring relationship, but at least it provokes funny comments from the ani-blogging community. 😀

    1. Heh, this episode seems to have been almost universally reviled. Something tells me Miho’s not getting many new fans until she does a seiyuu picturebook or something.

  2. These people ARE so nice and I like shows with nice people and yet I entirely agree that the romance angle is lame, lame, lame, lame lame. To be honest, the main pair’s squeakyclean “ganbare” attitude was a close second in convincing me to drop it -this from a fan of Hajime no Ippo yet.

  3. Miho’s ridiculously stupid promise

    YOU TAKE THAT BACK, MISTER, OR YOU’LL MAKE HER CRY!!! :-3

    I hope he turns out to be a real dick.

    Not to spoil the potatoes, but you’re not gonna find any dicks in Niizuma maybe the BL section but you’ll definitely find dicks in later Bakuman characters. Oh yesssssss!! 8)

    Maybe he can beat them out for the Tezuka award, steal their girls and have a threesome with Miho and Kaya, and then get Takagi and Mashiro blackballed from Shounen Jack. Now that would make things interesting.

    Hey, wanna create some manga? 😛

    1. you’ll definitely find dicks in later Bakuman characters.

      Never thought I’d say this, but yep. Needs more dicks. 😳

      Hey, wanna create some manga? 😛

      YES! YES! OH GOD YES! :mrgreen:

      1. Weird it a “You’ll always stay a virgin” way (which btw is very bad! Ever heard of a virgin rabbit? I SURE AS HELL HAVEN’T!!!)

        I find the big quotes (which are sexy) colliding with the first words of the quote (which is sexy in it’s own way) is sorta… well, it doesn’t look very appealing. It’s hard to read the quote, so I have to highlight the text just so to see what was written. There’s gotta be a way to push the text more to the right… I think

        (okay, honestly, it’s not that important. I’m just bitter since I use blockquotes all the time 😀 )

        1. You’re just going blind! 😈

          actually good point. I do need to get around to fixing them. looks like the one liners are getting cut off as well.

  4. I think there’s a bit too much dialogue. Rather than them explaining how they feel or write-talk about how their love. They should show it through their hard work. Instead of making their relationship the center of the story, they should make the characters’ dreams and aspirations the center of the story and the love subplot can mold itself around it.

    1. Ha, you sound like Hattori giving advice to JC Staff. “Stop making episodes where nothing happens and people just talk about love. Show it!” It’s like Obata’s chiding the director through the story.

  5. you are right on

    Unfortunately the romance is probably not going to get any better. I’ve read up 100+ chapters of Bakuman… Most of the time I was thinking, why Mashiro and Azuki aren’t totally bored of each other. Their interaction continues to be minimal and drrrrrrrrrryyyyyy.

    Be prepared for disappointment in Bakuman in many ways.

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