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2451 Kayeka13th Apr 2012 12:41:54 PM from Amsterdam , Relationship Status: Brony
World's biggest wannabe
New chapter is up.

Looks like we're headed for a dawwwwtastic ending.
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I did a double take when Aoki called Hiramaru "Kazu-tan". In a good way, of course.

This is shaping up to be a really sweet ending.
2453 Gilphon13th Apr 2012 05:28:12 PM from The Third Sound , Relationship Status: Having tea with Cthulhu
Scum
I was kind of hoping to see some how their relationship actually functioned before the series ended.

Like, They go furniture shopping, and then Mashiro chickens out of buying a double bed, or they avoid eye contact all through the wedding ceremony, or what have you.

But no, it'll probably just end with them properly meeting up before we have a chance to see any of that.
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2454 fillerdude14th Apr 2012 05:41:27 AM , Relationship Status: Maxing my social links
WAFF levels rising.
Awesomebender
Aww....

AWWWWWW

"AND NOW YOU CAN MARRY AZUKI AS THE NUMBER ONE AUTHOR IN JUMP!" AWWWWWWWLIYSTDITSFDKSJYDFSD!!

Aw man this is too cute for me to handle.
2456 Goukenimaru18th Apr 2012 12:17:38 PM from Brazil , Relationship Status: TV Tropes ruined my love life
Spoilerlover
I'm on the edge of my seat for this week's chapter guys, it's the final one!
2457 Kayeka18th Apr 2012 12:37:00 PM from Amsterdam , Relationship Status: Brony
World's biggest wannabe
[up]Really? Good!
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2458 Goukenimaru18th Apr 2012 12:43:27 PM from Brazil , Relationship Status: TV Tropes ruined my love life
Spoilerlover
Yeah, raws are out, anime blogs and news webtsites are posting as they hear about it.

This caught me off guard, yes the series looked like it was on its final moments, but there was no official word that it was ending soon, aside from rumors.

At least Air Gear gave the ultimatum, Bakuman just ends on your face.
2459 Kayeka18th Apr 2012 01:12:03 PM from Amsterdam , Relationship Status: Brony
World's biggest wannabe
Well, there were no special announcements or anything, but like discussed several pages ago on this thread, they finished up all the plot threads. If it wasn't ending this week or next one, I'd probably revolt.
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2460 SKJAM18th Apr 2012 02:29:54 PM from Minneapolis , Relationship Status: Cast away
Great and Powerful
It makes a nice parallel to the Story Within a Story Reversi, doesn't it? "They're seriously ending it?" "Seriously, they ended it!"
2461 Gilphon18th Apr 2012 02:37:59 PM from The Third Sound , Relationship Status: Having tea with Cthulhu
Scum
There's no way it's a coincidence that the series is ending so soon after an arc focusing on them ending a manga that's reached the natural stopping point.
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2462 Clarste18th Apr 2012 02:44:24 PM , Relationship Status: Non-Canon
Three Steps
Although honestly Bakuman didn't come to this point naturally. It's more like they fluttered about pointlessly for several arcs before suddenly deciding that they should get around to the ending already.
The Trope Seeker
It's a bit like Death Note. We all know it had to end sometime and it should end on a nice note.

Well, I won't deny that it was fun reading this whole series. Maybe I'll read it all over again in the near future.
Have you ever danced with tropes on the pale moonlight?
2464 MotorRunner18th Apr 2012 06:37:35 PM from WSA , Relationship Status: Abstaining
A Light In The Darkness
So will I...

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So, any more manga like Bakuman? I hope they do another one.
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2465 Kayeka18th Apr 2012 10:38:40 PM from Amsterdam , Relationship Status: Brony
World's biggest wannabe
I'd certainly be interested in a new manga by these authors, but I don't need another Bakuman.
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2466 MotorRunner19th Apr 2012 01:18:11 AM from WSA , Relationship Status: Abstaining
A Light In The Darkness
I mean, a Slice Of Life.
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2467 Kayeka19th Apr 2012 01:39:26 AM from Amsterdam , Relationship Status: Brony
World's biggest wannabe
By the same authors? I dunno. They seem to be good at this whole 'battles without any actual fighting' theme they got going, as well as writing some strong and likeable characters, but they are weak at writing convincing relationships between those characters, which is a major component of a good Slice of Life.

They could write Bakuman thanks to Write What You Know, but I doubt they could write a SOL that convincing without such crutches.
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2468 burnpsy19th Apr 2012 04:05:01 AM from Ontario, Canada , Relationship Status: Abstaining
The Eternal Fool
Final chapter is out.
2469 Kayeka19th Apr 2012 04:32:59 AM from Amsterdam , Relationship Status: Brony
World's biggest wannabe
Hmm, I was kind of expecting something slightly more.....epic? Adorable? Less shy, more showing off how much they've actually grown up, etc? Eh, whatever, it's a good, natural end.

......Oh, bloody hell. I just can't feel it. After all that work, all that hot-bloodedness, all those years of growing up, we end with a "we never changed"?

I'm just not feeling it. An ending should be something spectacular, something to remember. There is beauty in subtlety, but this is a bunch of much nothing at all.
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2470 fillerdude19th Apr 2012 06:10:07 AM , Relationship Status: Maxing my social links
Aargh.

Don't get me wrong. I actually liked the chapter. It's always nice to see characters get a happy ending.

But there should be more. The emotion here just... fizzled out. I mean, endings don't always have to be grand, spectacular, but I at least expect more substance than this. I'm not even saying they should've shown the wedding, or an epilogue of sorts. I would've been fine with how things rolled this chapter, if it was only executed better.

I dunno, man, I kinda feel let down. Honestly, the RHS proofreader's farewell to this series was the one that actually made me feel somewhat sad to see this end.
2471 Goukenimaru19th Apr 2012 06:50:52 AM from Brazil , Relationship Status: TV Tropes ruined my love life
Spoilerlover
Disregarding the satisfatory last chapter

From a bicycle to a ferrari, from a house to a mansion, damn.
2472 Gilphon19th Apr 2012 07:08:01 AM from The Third Sound , Relationship Status: Having tea with Cthulhu
Scum
Meh. Had all the right plot elements, and but lacked the proper emotional payoff, as others have said. Not a terrible ending, not by a longshot, but not an impressive one either.
"Canada Day is over, and now begins the endless dark of the Canada Night."
2473 Goukenimaru19th Apr 2012 07:08:21 AM from Brazil , Relationship Status: TV Tropes ruined my love life
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[up][up][up]Who knows, maybe there will one or two extra chapters in the last volume published, in July I think. I'm saying this because Death Note also had them.

edited 19th Apr '12 7:08:37 AM by Goukenimaru

2474 fillerdude19th Apr 2012 07:15:54 AM , Relationship Status: Maxing my social links
[up] You mean the wedding or the epilogue? If so, cool.

But still. Like Gilphon said, the right ingredients were there, but the result was mediocre somehow. And that kinda makes it worse, as I can see how better they could have made it.
Nunc specula non gerens!
Uhm... It ended? Just like this? Not that it had to go on any longer, but this was, uh... "low-key" is the only neutral definition I can assign to it. Still, not utter crap like Negima's and Air Gear's endings, so I can be somewhat satisfied.

Now watch The World God Only Knows end as soon as Mercury sprouts her wings.

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