Well, chapter 71 is out. And I've got one thing to say: Ashirogi got pwned.
Currently accepting bets on how long the marriage will last.
I have a looooooooooooooot of catching up to do with this 'un.
^^I say forever. Bakuman tries to cram in as much realism as they can when it comes to the production of manga (and even take a few liberties with that one), but for the story that surrounds it, it's all very much on the idealistic side.
While Bakuman main plot is pretty interesting, Bakuman couples bored the hell out of me. They are just better not there.
Still, this chapter didn't feel like much happened. Get on with the plot already!
I've certainly seen better couple dynamics, although I've often seen much worse, but I think the romantic relationships in this manga have more value as plot drivers than as focuses in themselves.
Can someone break down what's happened since chapter 66, so I don't have to go on a mini-binge?
Why wouldn't you want to? If you like the manga enough to follow it, isn't it worth reading yourself?
I think if Miyoshi can stick with Takagi since Middle School while he's been doing all this manga stuff, then she can stick with him through marriage. The thing I like about their relationship is that it's somewhat straightforward and boring. Not all romance needs to be drama. Apparently she's okay with him spending almost all his time pursuing his dream, and somehow he's giving her enough attention offscreen to keep her happy.
Another filler heavy comic. Maybe they're biding their time for a Wham Episode?
This chapter is a Crowning Moment Of Funny. All of it! And Niizuma Eiji has cemented himself into the Crazy Awesome status! I could almost hear this song (starting 00:30) when he challenged them to keep up with him! *Points finger* LET'S SEE YOU DO BETTER!!! Such shonen burning spirit!
Nakai getting Flanderized into Fat Bastard was a low point, and I do feel that writing romance just isn't the creator's strong point. Nevertheless it is an enjoyable manga, with serious bonus points for originality in the choice of subject.
I groaned at that very last panel. I don't want to hear about Takagi and Miyoshi's boring marriage. I know it's more realistic and down to earth and all, but seriously, going from Niizuma's C Mo A to domestic crap? Ugh.
We will brawl! In a karate match to the death! If you win, you can marry my daughter! GARRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!
Man that just too much coincidences for me. Do we have a trope for that?
Ooh, we should call it Charles Dickens Syndrome!
Edit: Dammit, I hate lame trope names. It's called Contrived Coincidence. Maybe there should be a Contrived Coincidence Pileup Trope called Charles Dickens Syndrome
edited 11th Feb '10 8:42:00 AM by Roman
I enjoyed this chapter, for what it was worth. It's nice to have a more laid-back feeling chapter once in a while.
Me, didn't like this chapter (in the case that we are talking about 73).
Bit TOO laid back, and hardly any story advancement at all. Oh well, let's hope it's jst buildup towards something awesome. I'd hate to see this series run out of steam.
I thought the later part of it was great, as we can see the tension building up and all. Hattori and Eiji are definitely doing it on purpose.
In the latest chapter, where Hattori asks if Tanto will ever be able to surpass Natural, my first instinct was:
Yes. But only if Cerebus Syndrome happens.
edited 18th Feb '10 9:44:37 PM by Yuen
Even if (and that's a very big if) Tanto could be more entertaining in the long run, thus running longer, it will never be considered the stuff of legends. Gag manga are the things you read for some quick enterainment and then forget about, not the thing you will remember your whole life.
Cerebus Syndrome also isn't much of an option, though. The premise is just too silly to pull it off naturally.
I say they should ditch Tanto and get back to work on something more substantial.
Eh, the hikikomori is probably going to come out with something great when he do another one shot. Hiramaru (Otter 11) was introduced to be some sort of manga genius, now whenever you see his character, you know there won't important things happening plot wise.
Not having read the others, I can't say I was too impressed with Naruto, Bleach or Fairy Tail even to begin with.