Bakuman 8 – nose to the grindstone
November 22, 2010
Bakuman episode 8 really picks up the pace, bringing us through the manga production process very quickly, and resolving the Tezuka award. It also had my favorite ending of the series so far.
With their new goal, a submission for the Tezuka prize, in sight, Shuujin takes the lead. Churning out several notebooks full of story ideas, before the pair settle on that “one in a million” that the boys think has a chance at taking the prize.
Whereas this scene gives the impression of layering a guache-like paint over an under sketch (drawn, possibly, with a marker), I’ve seen a similar effect produced by a commercial t-shirt artist. He designed prints by taping several layers of transparent film over a pencil sketch, and painting different colors on different layers. Nowadays it is easy to do such things with computers.
I’m still hung up on this woman who brings them coffee. They must staff a position to act as a servant. I know I have never seen this in an American office setting. I have seen this in other anime like Salaryman Kintaro, where office girls in pink uniforms made coffee and sharpened pencils for the guys who work there. Is Japan still like this in reality? o.0
Saiko and Shuujin get caught up in the excitement of the Tezuka Award contest. When things don’t go as well as they had hoped, both feel crushed at first, but struggle to get back in the saddle, only to find a jackass braying at their failure.
I have to say, Shuujin was fully justified in punching that guy out, because he was defending the honor of another person. I don’t think he would have acted violently if the criticism was made of his writing, so he was not acting selfishly.