Bulk Update: Arakawa bridge^2 5, Bakuman 6, Hakuouki 16
November 8, 2010
This post contains remarks about Yakuza, manga authors, and the Shinsengumi. Arakawa under the Bridge^2 episode 5, Bakuman episode 6, and Hakuouki Hekketsu-Roku episode 16.
Arakawa bridge^2 5
My favorite part of Arakawa this week was the story of Billy and Jacqueline. Little did we realize but the couple have a very dramatic backstory.
Billy and Jacqueline’s love was never meant to be. Unfortunately there are 100 Kokucho-kai goons surrounding him. The Kokucho-kai are the biggest gang in the Tokyo area. Or maybe the biggest gang with bird heads. Anyways, Billy crossed the line when he ran off with the boss’ woman.
Just as Jacqueline slips into a kimono (and gets a heavier-lined drawing style), Billy arrives as promised.
Billy always has such dramatic and OTT lines. 😄
In addition to the story of Billy and Jacqueline’s love, there was a story about a mangaka.
The character previously introduced as the captain of Earth Defense Force, turns out to be a manga artist who is sick of working on moe-moe series. The best bit was the make-over he gave the twins.
Now lets turn to a series entirely about mangaka.
In Bakuman 6, the meeting with the editor occurs. Despite their worries, the reaction is quite favorable. The boys get the editor’s email address (not his phone number), and their manuscript will be submitted to the monthly contest.
That’s not to say the editor didn’t have criticisms. Still the pair are happy that they received a favorable reading, and they vow to do better next time.
Things aren’t looking well for the Shinsengumi. This week they lose another key member.
As if things weren’t bad enough, we discover that the rasetsu warriors are using up their life force at an accelerated rate. This revalation plays directly into Kondou’s fateful decision.
When they discover themselves surrounded, Kondou orders all troops (including Hijikata) to escape as he buys time, by turning himself in. This is almost certainly the last we’ll see of Kondou-san.
Hijikata questions the meaning of his life up to now. He tries to push Chizuru away, but she refuses to part from him. It seems pretty clear that this is the final pairing.