The big news this week: Masahiro finally emailed Miho. I suppose in the world of Bakuman we have to consider this progress on the Masahiro/Azuki front.
I've rarely seen an anime generate as many complaint posts as this one does. It makes me wonder - if you hate it that much why are you still watching it? I'll rarely stay with a series I'm not enjoying past three or four episodes. Since the lack of development in the main romance is the biggest source of venom, maybe this will quell it a bit.
As slow as that romance develops, things are moving pretty damn quickly on the manga front - which is unavoidable I suppose if you're actually trying to tell a story with a narrative. The boys decided to come up with a pen name - Ashirogi Muto, actually dreampt up by Miyoshi - to avoid complications at high school. Of course most high schoolers would love to have the fact that they're nationally published mangaka well-known, especially to the girls, but that's their choice. "Next" is published and we get our manga lesson for the week - there are two sets of results for the questionnaires, an initial quick take and the "real deal" the detailed results that generally decide who gets syndicated. The boys come in first in the quickie and are so enthused that they write three more names for "Money and Intelligence", hoping for serialization - but when they slip to third in the real deal (behind Niizuma of course) Masahiro is so distraught that he refuses to show off the names to Hattori and tears them up.
|Seriously - lose the jacket...|
At last, looks like we'll get some real screentime with Niizuma next week - it's long overdue. It'll be fascinating to see Masahori and Takagi wrestle with this decision of art vs. commercialism - I hope the story makes the case in favor or staying true to your vision.