I think that in some ways Bakuman is worse than Death Note in the handling of gender because in Bakuman, the authors don't just indulge in sexist thinking and behavior - they actually attempt to justify it and portray it as a positive thing.
I don't know about your country (Spain, I would guess?) but here in the USA the first volume's due in a couple of months, as Shounen Jump USA did a big push on it. They presumably hope the other awesome bits will make the audience not care about the sexism.
Or maybe they thought that since Death Note did so well, it won't matter.
I like the design of the new assistants. I feel a little pity for Nakai, but he's still a jerk, so nyeh.
Also, "PCP" immediately made me think of the whole 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds is a reference to drugs' thing.
Maybe this is the Death Note fanatic in me talking, but the new assistants somehow look to me like cartoonish versions of Lind. L Taylor and Near.
And I could smell the twist coming as soon as they both introduced themselves.
It's not like I can't respect Lind-expy for his dedication to art, but as someone who wants to get published, his attitude is surprisingly naive in contrast to Near-expy, who doesn't even want to be a mangaka.
I actually like how they're both foils to each other, but right now Near-expy seems more appealing from a reader's viewpoint.
^It was obvious to me that you were being mostly (if not entirely) silly. I know it might be repetitive, but you should Pot Hole things like that with Sarcasm Mode, Blatant Lies, Running Gag, or one of the other appropriate Tropes just to be on the safe side.
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I do agree with the message too, and it didn't feel much like an Author Tract to me.
Also Raw, The sexism, while it does exist, is nowhere near enough to make it unpublishable. Really, stop exaggerating.
... You're overstating it. Iwase's portrayal isn't great, there was that one speal Takagi made a while back and a few offhand remarks scattered throughout. That's hardy enough to make it unpublishable.
"Canada Day is over, and now begins the endless dark of the Canada Night."
If it'll sell, they'll publish. Bakuman, despite the sexism, is still written by the same guys as Death Note, which got its own little goth following. Not to mention I despise the sexism, but I still enjoy this series greatly.
Again, I don't see why "publishable" is even a factor in this discussion. Lots of publishable works are sexist.
Also the fact that it originally ran in Japan; I assume that people there would be more open to this kind of attitude.