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How you enjoyed the second episode of the second season of Bakuman will probably depend on how important a part of the story you think the highly unorthodox romance between Mashiro and Azuki is.

There was a pattern in the first season, where manga-heavy eps tended to be followed by romance-heavy ones.  So far it holds up here, as next week looks like we’re back to the business side of things.  But the main focus here was on Mashiro and Azuki, and I know this pairing didn’t appeal to everyone.  I rather liked it for the sheer oddness of the relationship – the both of them being romantics to a fault.  And I do mean fault – they whole notion that they wouldn’t see each other until after each was successful in their respective dreams was carrying purity to the point of absurdity, especially before Azuki moved a long train ride away.  But in a sense, I sort of admire them for their stubbornness.

Of course, this type of relationship inevitably leads to problems for teenagers, and while the series doesn’t really worry over the most obvious one (sexual frustration) it does spend some time chewing on the subtler ones.  The crisis this time is instigated by Miho’s agency putting pressure on her to do a photo book, an idea about which she’s naturally ambivalent.  Her response – to tell Mashiro that she’d want him to see her naked before she posed in a bikini – was a novel one, and I was really hoping he was going to take her up on it.  But this being anime and teens actually having sex being almost unheard of in the mainstream, of course he didn’t – and in the end it sort of brought them closer together.

So what do you think about her putting so much weight on his opinion in making her decision?  Well, at least Mashiro was honest and I can’t fault him for that.  Fact is she clearly didn’t want to do it anyway, and I think he knew that.  I was also a bit bemused at the notion of Takagi being so horrified that Mashiro would actually miss a day’s work to go and see Miho.  Frankly, considering that Takagi has earlier bailed on Mashiro for weeks while he was supposed to be working on names and spent most of that time with Miyoshi – not to mention the fact that he can see his girl whenever he wants – I think Takagai had a lot of gall to call Miho and get her to stop Mashiro from going to see her.  Their partnership has never seemed an even one to me, but that’s just me.

As a writer with no artistic talent whatsoever it pains me to say it, but it really seems like the artist half of a mangaka pair has the worst of the deal.  Once the writing is done, the writing is done – if Takagi wants to slag off and be with Miyoshi, no biggie.  But the entire team of assistants’ work schedule crumbles if the artist doesn’t stay on track.  It’s the artist who faces most of the stress of the deadlines, that’s for sure.  And even if the writer wants to help, there isn’t a whole lot he can do.  At least in this case Mashiro has a very capable lead assistant in Ogawa taking care of him, but man – the tension in that studio was unbearable, even as a viewer.  Things were sure livelier with Niizuma-sensei and his assistants!

Am I nuts, or was that KOOGY I saw in the preview?  Hmmm – back to try and buy his way to success as a mangaka again?

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  1. j

    while I do feel the relationship here seems crazy, it is actually kind of sweet to see them grow closer to each other even without seeing each other, and the faith they put into each other. I wouldn't mind the story spend more time on the romance side of things…

    and yeah, I think I saw KOOGY as well… along with what I think is the cold yet smart girl from their middle school maybe?

  2. Z

    Nope, it's another girl. If you look closely at the previous episode so does she show up at the party as she is seen stepping out of a car at least.

    As for the reaction of Takagi about missing a day, so don't they have time for that with a serialisation. It's only because they are working as a duo that they even have time to go to school, but they still have zero time to spare. But the next episodes should make this very clear.

  3. f

    im sorry I dont buy the romanticism couple of miho and mashiro. All this episode served to remind me was that mashiro is doing this for nothing except the sole express purpose of getting it on with miho.

    Truly, the one glaring message I have gleaned from watching a little over a season of bakuman was that the effort and the work necessary to achieve the tentative and fragile goal of being serialized as mangaka is immense. Given how seriously they portrayed the manga business, I find it incredibly disingenuous and absurd the notion of risking missing deadlines and a serialized manga for a crying damsel was. All of the sudden, I was reminded from season 1 how hard mashiro pushed for serialization, selling out to mainstream to achieve number 1…..all this…..for a girl… whose idea of an intimate moment is a cold shoulder.

    I enjoy the realistic portrayal of the pressures behind the life of a mangaka, but this episode seriously reinforced how much I dislike the main couple and the forced dramatics with the emphasis on romance.

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