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The current manga chapters are based on the Mangaka's experiences with their last seriesIn Chapter 133, Takagi finally breaks down over the re-emergence of the PCP copycat criminal. By the end of the chapter he decides to put a copycat criminal ""in"" PCP so he can show his opinion on the matter. Meta enough, until you realise that Ohba has ""already"" done this with Death Note! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manga_Murder Reading this, you may think that this is how Ohba uses Takagi as his "voice" - except that he has done the same thing with Near in a Death Note one-shot. Mind Screw or Fridge Brilliance?
The final manga that gains Ashirogi Muto an Anime will be a Poorly Disguised Pilot for the manga author's next mangaAnd if that manga gets an anime, the meta will get even thicker!
The fictional series that were proposed and rejected, as well as some of the ones that were accepted are ideas that one or both of the creators, or people they knew of, tried to submitWhile a some of the proposed names sound like interesting they would make interesting manga series, this idea might shed some insight as to why they aren't making such manga as Money and Intelligence, as well as the way they came up for the reasons why they were rejected. This would also serve to show that an idea that sounds good on paper might not be appealing enough in the eyes of the Shonen Jump editorial staff, or be good enough to make into a manga series. Additionally, they might have based some of the actual series on ones that were rejected to show how they might have gone if they had been given a chance.
The TOs are gunning for Miyano Mamoru like Saiko is gunning for Azuki.Seriously, one of the characters has two voices: "ditzy, shouty ham" and "cold, calculating scorn." I can't think of any other seiyuu who fills those two roles so neatly. Magnificent Bastard who was inspiration of Light and Nanamine. There was also some Gonk with bizarre hair that was source of inspiration for Hattori and Ryuk.
All the manga authors presented, or at least the most important ones, are based on actual Jump mangakas.Since Mashiro and Takagi are Author Avatars for Obata and Ohba it's not a big stretch to assume this. To specify:
The one-shot that isnt, will be a time-skip storyWith big revelations and a Cliff Hanger and the story will shift to a how we got there arc.
As of this writing chapter 153 an upcoming chapter in this arch will be called Weekly and Monthly]] Due to the publishing schedule of Muto's two manga
Universe of new Ashirogi Muto manga, "Reversi", overlaps with Death Note UniverseWell, in both there's supernatural beings who went to humans world following their own interests. What inspired me was definitely this page. This troper will bite his ear if it isn't Ryuk standing behind Schwarz...
Zombie Powder does not exist in this universe.Going with the Alternate History theory that One Piece, Naruto and Bleach all ended by the start of this series because they started earlier, it follows that Tite Kubo never wrote Zombie Powder, or at least was rejected early on. One Piece and Naruto both had pilots with a significant gap between running the pilot and the start of the series, but BLEACH's pilot was shortly before the series started. If, on the other hand, there was no Zombie Powder, BLEACH could conceivably have been written much sooner.
With regards to Tanto, there are a couple of Take a Third Option choices available.Firstly, they could induce massive amounts of Cerebus Syndrome - it's easy enough to do with a crazy inventor - and either they'll find their proper audience niche in time, or the thing will be mercifully canceled. Secondly, if I'm reading it correctly as a Failure Is the Only Option episodic sort of thing, make a plot arc, as short as possible, that makes it so Tanto succeeds. (Though really, I think they'd do perfectly well with pure seinen. It's simply that Jump manga are more likely to become anime.)
Nanamine will be the Big Bad of the series. Muto Ashirogi will write a new manga to challenge him, and after they score higher than him in the rankings, their series will get an anime and Bakuman will end.
Azuki will not initially be cast as the heroine in the pair's AnimeRule of Drama
Azuki will be cast as the main male character of PCPYou never know. She hasn't got much work as a female voice (as far as we can tell), so maybe she's better at boy voices.
Azuki will face some struggles to get the part and result in another ethical dilemmaWhile we haven't seen as much about Azuki's efforts as we have of Ashirogi Muto's, she has had to overcome challenges and competition to progress toward her dream. It's likely that her obstacle will come in the form of 1)Her current assignment interfering with taking on a new role, 2)Her facing stiff competition for the series, and/or 3)Her relationship with Mashiro coming to light (Kawaguchi Taro's death was brought up in the decision to put Detective Trap on hiatus). Mashiro will most likely face an ethical quandary of whether he can (or should) push for Azuki being cast in the role, but Azuki will most likely say that this is something she has to earn herself.
Iwase is being set up for a major fall, similar to NakaiIt's possible that in her anger and desire to overcome Ashirogi Muto (particularly in the wake of Miura replacing Hattori as her editor and PCP getting #1 in the polls), she might go against Miura's suggestions (partly the result of his developing toward giving the mangakas more creative control), and make a critical decision that results in her series being canceled, effectively being taught a lesson about her obsession (although whether or not she learns it is up to her.
In what might be the final arc of the series, Mashiro will run up against his parents' deadline of college graduationHis mother never completely gave up on wanting him to quit manga, only going along with it because of his father and grandfather. She might suggest that his series isn't doing well enough to live on, or that it won't be an easy matter to get another series after the first one, and Mashiro convincing her to let him continue might take more effort than before. Given that he's already in college, and not quite as close to getting serialized as he thought (he'd initially planned to get an anime by 18), it's possible that the deadline will come into play.
There's going to be serious consequences, similar to when Kaya found out about Akito meeting Aoki, when the deadline for competing with Eiji comes to lightIn Chapter 93, Kaya is shown as not knowing about the deadline (she believes 6th is good enough), it's unlikely Moritaka's mother would have let him quit college if they knew he might be canceled in less than six months, and it's also unlikely Moritaka told Miho about it. The main question is whether they'll be more angry with Ashirogi Muto for keeping secrets, or their editor for putting this condition on them (the editors seem to find this unfair, since it would mean canceling PCP even if it's popular.
Perfect Crime Party will get canceled, but get brought back due to popular demand.In Chapter 93, Hattori thinks that PCP is popular, and the editor shouldn't end a series just because it can't compete with Eiji's series, which may result in the readers demanding its return if it gets canceled. The main characters and Hattori seem a bit too certain that the arc will enable PCP to pass Eiji's series in the rankings, and this might be what unexpectedly goes wrong. This outcome might also go hand in hand with the ending of the Akechi arc of PCP, in which Akechi gets outwitted, but he and the PCP acknowledge each other as rivals.
Eiji will use his right to cancel one series on Rabuta and Peace.Given his reaction to the manga in the latest chapter, it's a possibility.
PCP is going to somehow get an anime in the endPCP has the most focus, the most insight on the characters and plot, and the most buildup (it's manga that has everything that the duo learned in it, their best effort on their last chance to get serialized). While the anime is unable to get a sponsor, that could potentially be resolved somehow, possibly based on the series' popularity. Since Hattori notes that an Ashirogi Muto manga would have to be planned from the beginning for an anime to get an anime, and that it typically isn't possible to do so, it's less likely that they would make a fourth series, and perhaps even less likely that they would permanently separate in order for Mashiro to get an anime.
Eiji will use his right to cancel one series for one of his own series.Considering one of the greatest controversies surrounding JUMP is their policy of not allowing authors to end their stories if they're really popular, perhaps he'll use his to end his series on a high note (rather than let it be dragged on and on into mediocrity). After all, once you hit #1, where else is there to go? Would possibly double as a Take That by Ohba and Obata towards JUMP.
Mashiro is not going to write the new one shot with Takagi.He's going to draw it with Iwase or Aoki.
The final manga in the series will be the titular Bakuman, and will be about a superhero that eats things to power up.Bear with me here. I was reading the One Piece wiki's page on the Baku Baku no Mi, the devil fruit that the character Wapol ate. Apparently, Baku is the sound of chomping. If Baku means chomp, Bakuman could mean Chomp Man. Maybe.
The anime will conclude at the time Detective Trap first gets serializedThere's roughly one or two chapters per episode, 25 episodes in all, and they get serialized in Chapter 38. Neither the ending nor the official website seem to show characters such as Hiramaru, Miura, or others who debut after the main characters first get serialized.
Nanamine is going to have a spectacular Villainous Breakdown when his manga goes downhillAppearance-wise, he seems like an Expy of Light Yagami, especially in his more smug and devious moments, and he seems quite full of himself and his way of doing things. Given that Mashiro warned him that his tactics would eventually backfire, and given that the story suggests that editors and writers cooperating on a series is ideal, he will ultimately meet his downfall, and thus lash out at one or more of the following:
Nanamine will go down pretty damn fast, one of the reasons being his secret can't stay a secret for long.Once he actually gets started with his series, he's going to need actual drawing assistants to keep up with the workload. Fifty people online aren't going to be able to help with that. Whoever he gets would have to be pretty stupid not to notice his true nature when having to be around him so much. And Nanamine being such an unlikable asshole, his assistants would be quick to complain.
Nanamine will eventually reach a point in his story where he loses his "edge"Similar to the above, the point of Kosugi being the 51st is that he would be a tiebreaker. Eventually the entire 50 people will be split between two ideas, and Kosugi will figure out which one is the one that could bring the manga down, and will take that chance.
Nanamine will eventually alienate the best of his help
Nakai will deliberately make his art slightly worse in order to have Nanamine fail more easily.He seems opposed to how Nanamine does things, so throwing a minor wrench from the inside may be a good way to deal damage to him.
Nanamine's series will be canceled on November 28.Yeah, it seems a bit soon for me too. I want to kick this guy around for a while. But a) his scheme is already showing cracks worthy of the early fourth act of Macbeth; b) the TO team is working overtime to rehabilitate November's image; and c) even given the above points, making the cancellation a nice birthday present for Azuki is still too soon.
By Chapter 125 or 126, Nanamine will find a way to turn his deteriorating situation around.Hopefully, this will not involve listening to Kosugi. I like to subscribe to this theory because dammit, Nanamine is too awesome a villain to waste. But given that he's in week five of ten, ten being stated in chapter two as the minimum period in which a series can be canceled, there's still some legwork the story has to do before it gets to that point. Can it not involve some kind of unexpected plot turn?
Miho's father will refuse to let Moritaka have her.I mean, seriously. She's a rich dude's kid, if I'm not mistaken. Why let a mangaka marry his daughter? For bonus points, the dude concedes because he either: A) Knew Mashiro's uncle, or B) Gives some additional stupid requirement and sees him actually try to do it.
All authors the manga has been following will be serialized in JUMP at the same time at the end of the manga.It just makes sense.
The manga won't end after Mashiro marries Azuki.It'll become a pure ratings fight for an arc, ending with either a full-on deadlock, or Eiji becoming the top mangaka in JUMP and cancelling Bakuman himself using his one series cancellation reward for continuing after the main plot's been resolved.
Nanamine will kidnap one of the Ashirogi team when stealing PCP's storyline doesn't workSeeing how he's already having a villanous breakdown, when he loses against Ashirogi in their storyline battle he will finally and completely lose it. Stealing the storyline won't work, so he'll steal either Mashiro or Takagi instead, forcing PCP to go on hiatus while 'What is required...' will hug all the fans, or so Nanamine will think. Personally, seeing how Mashiro is the uke (for lack of a better word) in the bromance relationship, he's the one who'll most likely be the victim. Though as fun as this might be, Bakuman doesn't seem to be that kind of dramatic manga so this might never happen, but one can always hope.
Manga will end with Mashiro, now sucessfull nad popular mangaka married to Azuki, telling his story to his assistant and his best friendWho are also known as Takeshi Obata and Tsugumi Ohba.
Nakai and/or Nanamine will Heel-Face Turn at the end of this arcNakai, at least has shown unease and disgust at Nanamine's method, and his memories of the managakas may result in this. OR, Kosagi will finally be able to get through to Nanamine after the series gets cancelled.
At some point, Mashiro and Takagi are going to submit the story in which a guy tries to cheat on as many girls as he can at once for serializationTakagi came up with it it in Chapter 12, in the same meeting in which he proposed the basic idea for "Money and Intelligence," and Hattori noted that there would be people interested in that kind of story. Five in-universe years and 101 chapters later, he mentioned it again after reviewing their results in the Love Fest. It's not entirely implausible that they'll consider it again, since they tried resubmitting Money and Intelligence while trying to get a work that could compete with Eiji.
Sunglass Pitcher will be the work that gets Ashirogi Muto an anime.It makes little sense that they completely forgot about it. Mashiro thought it was better than The Two Earths, and yet they still made The Two Earths.
The bank break-in will skyrocket PCP's place in the rankings.After all, there's No Such Thing as Bad Publicity. (Unless you're in charge of authorizing an anime adaptation, alas.)
Eiji will cancel PCP.Just look at Chapter 131.
PCP will End
PCP will go on hiatus
Toru Nanamine's current plan will kill PCPI personally love it but there story's stalled
PCP will get an anime after it endsLike Death Note
Nanamine is actually a terrible mangakaall of his methods are to distract us from the fact that he cannot write a manga. Draw yes, writing no;. He's never shown being able to do one without serious help.
Mashiro will die.The constant references to Ashita no Joe, including it being Mashiro's favorite series, are foreshadowing his eventual fate. Mashiro already overworked himself into the hospital. He will continue to push himself to improve both PCP and Reversi. Reversi will get popular enough to get an anime and Azuki will voice the female lead. Having achieved their dreams, Mashiro and Azuki will get married. Their happiness will not last. Mashiro will overwork himself on Reversi and die happily, knowing that he achieved his dream. Takagi will be unwilling to continue Reversi without Mashiro and will end it. He will refuse to work with any other artist, and because of this, he won't be able to get another work published. Out of work and depressed, Takagi will get divorced and spend his days drinking. Meanwhile, Miho will give birth to a son. The son will take after Mashiro and become manga artist. Inspired by him, Takagi will recover and become a writer once more, and together he and Mashiro's son will create Shonen Jump's greatest manga.
Mashiro and Azuki's wedding
Kazuya Hiramaru is bipolar.Think about it, he gets extremely depressed and lethargic for weeks unable to do almost anything without constant nagging, then something happens and he has so much energy that he more than makes up for time lost. He seems to get more Hypomanic episodes than Manic ones though. Also people with the disorder are very creative and Otters 11 is supposed to be one of the more unique mangas in the story.
Miho is a genderbent Mashiro and Bakuman is really an elaborate 'get in touch with your feminine side' manga.A friend pointed out how similar they look in this panel and I cannot unsee. Also worth noting: Mashiro - S, A and R = Miho.
Hiramaru's romance oneshot will be his next series
The chauvinist subtext will be fixedLook, the women in the story aren't getting anything done. At some point the authors have to notice that their manga is sexist. Crowning Moment Of Awesome ensues, in which the women will save the men from a desperate situation. Or there will be a women VS men manga battle situation, and the men will be overwhelmingly defeated and forced to become slaves. Or something.
The mystery mangaka from chapter 115 is MoriyaWe haven't seen much of him for a little while, and the snippets we saw fit his style: Very dark, almost too dark for Jump; and rather preachy (Tell a lie AND YOU DIE).
The manga the main characters will write that will become an anime is the Bakuman manga itself.If they think about it long enough, they may realize that their lives are interesting enough to be a manga and write Bakuman, causing an infinite loop just for the sake of it.
Kaya is pregnantFrom the most recent New Year's party Saiko finds out that Shujin and Kaya are considering having children, though Shujin backs off on the idea after realizing that they might need more money before deciding to bringing a baby into the world. In chapter 130 Kaya gets a fever and it sticks even through chapter 131 (near the end of 130, it was suggested she was faking to skip the reunion when Shujin noticed Kaya made a sudden improvement). Cue Shujin asking her what she would do if they had a kid who started imitating PCP in response to the PCP copycat robbing a bank. And just before he asks her she notes how she suddenly feels dizzy again. This troper has done her homework by checking the internet (and asking her nurse cousin); getting a fever is one of the possible symptoms of pregnancy, besides the common unusual cravings, nausea, and fatigue. It is a likely possibility that Kaya is indeed pregnant, especially since the couple considering the idea of raising a child has been brought up again. This troper sees this as an opportunity for the TO team to show how having a job in the manga industry affects family life, as juggling child raising and manga writing can get very challenging. Plus this troper would think of this as an interesting and awesome plot development.
Mashiro and Takagi will ultimately be forced to take a break from manga for some reason or anotherIn chapter 113, Mashiro and Takagi look back on how they haven't necessarily had a normal young adulthood, and they should perhaps realize that it may be a few more years before they get an anime. In Chapter 130, Mashiro considers at what his classmates are doing and what while he is working hard on manga, and while he's satisfied working hard toward his dream, there's a part of him that feels left out. Perhaps if PCP gets canceled (by virtue of losing popularity or Eiji intervening) or goes on hiatus (if Mashiro and/or Hattori become concerend enough about how Takagi's faring), it might give him some him to enjoy himself a little, and it might give Takagi a chance to come up with an idea that will become popular and get an anime; they might take it the same way they took Detective Trap getting canceled, but ultimately see it as beneficial.
Eiji will use his right to cancel one series on PCP.He's the kind of guy who would realise that Mashiro needs an anime to get married. As it is, PCP seems to be a series that will go on a long time. He's probably realised that Mashiro is trying for a second series, but he doesn't feel that the quality would be that good. By cancelling PCP he'd give them a blank slate to create an anime worthy manga. Alternatively, being ridiculously Genre Savvy having recognised that Mashiro has the eyes of a hero, he has cast himself as the villian and will act accordingly.
The manga that will take Eiji's first place at the last chance will be Aoki's
It will be a tie between Crow and PCP.And true to manga rivals, Eiji will be a good sport and keep Crow running.
At least one of Nanamine's contributors, whether the anonymous ones or the paid ones, is a minor characterWhile we only see the faces of three of the contributors, it's not entirely unreasonable that someone we've heard about before might have posted, since thousands of people commented on Classroom Of Truth. Possibilities include Suzuki and Saito, Ishizawa, Iwase's friend from middle school, and any of the other minor characters outside the manga world.
Eiji Niizuma is the reincarnation of Kilgore Trout.Eccentric-yet-undeniably brilliant artists with little regard for social etiquette? Check. Seemingly clairvoyant abilities to predict human nature and/or manga popularity? Check. Lifelong compulsion to simply produce work, with little importance to its actual popularity/social consequences? Check. Affinity for birds? Check, check, check.