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Title: Bakuman
Author: Ooba Tsugumi & Obata Takeshi
Number of Volumes: 20
My Rating: 4/5

Summary: When Mashiro and Takagi are in 9th grade, they make a pact with Azuki, the girl Mashiro has a crush on. She will become a famous seiyuu and they will become famous mangakas, and when their manga gets made into an anime, she will play the heroine. And when that day comes, when their dreams come true, Mashiro and Azuki will get married. The manga spans the next eight years and follows their manga career through its ups and downs.

Review: I love Obata's art with a passion. He is one of my favorite artists, maybe my top favorite, and I have enjoyed previous series he's illustrated, including his previous collaboration with Ooba, Death Note. Which I originally read when I was a pretty uncritical reader and totally did not notice the gobs of misogyny all over the place.

Unfortunately, Bakuman is also filled with misogyny and practically every chapter had me gnashing my teeth for some reason or other. Maybe because it's a realistic series, but it bothered me a lot more in Bakuman than in stuff like Naruto or Bleach, which I know are often just as horrible. I don't know, it just felt different to me to see Kaya, Takagi's girlfriend/wife try to find her own dream to follow before quickly giving up and cheerfully declaring that her dream was to see Azuki, Mashiro, and Takagi fulfill their dreams! And then have much of her screentime be when she's cleaning their studio. (And that's just one of many examples...)

And yet, despite all that, I still enjoyed it. I loved the behind-the-scenes look at Weekly Shounen Jump and the manga industry in general, and I loved seeing all the manga everyone came up with in the series (one of them actually did get a single chapter posted as a bonus in one issue of Jump, but there were a lot that I wished were real manga!). There are also some really awesome characters, especially Niizuma Eiji. And as much as I rolled my eyes at Mashiro and Azuki's ~pure romance~, I couldn't help but root for them at the end.

Jumpenings

Feb. 25th, 2010 02:50 pm
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That's my new word for "Jump happenings".

1. Bleach: Wonderweiss OMG! Yet at the same time, I'm glad he appeared, because I was not down with Yamamoto's plan to kill himself as well as all the captains, lieutenants, and vizards! DDD:

2. Naruto: Okay, so Sakura chickened out on killing Sasuke. I find that totally believable and not something to diss her for. I am just thankful that my fears that she had really joined Sasuke were not confirmed. And we have Naruto to the rescue! Now what will happen? I think Sasuke should die because I'm tired of him. Really, he is just so not interesting anymore.

3. Bakuman: To my surprise, I have been enjoying the recent arc. For one thing, I am always glad when Takagi and Mashiro don't do as well as they think they should, because they annoy me. XD Also it has more Hattori, and more Hattori makes everything better. I am not looking forward to more of Iwase's crush on Hattori, though, because it's not going to go well and it's just going to be used as another example of how stupid girls are.

4. Hunter x Hunter: I don't even really like this series, but I'm translating it, so I have to follow it. One of the things that bugs me is so much of it is just a few illustrations with a shit ton of narration slapped over it. I don't know if this is because the author is ill all the time and this makes it easier for him to keep up with the series rather than taking endless hiatuses or what, but it doesn't really make for a good manga.

5. Psyren: I haven't read this week's chapter yet because I'm not translating it anymore. :( That makes me sad, but the group I was doing it for is dropping it and I certainly don't have time to scanlate a weekly series on my own.

6. One Piece: Hiatus, boo! :( Back next week, yay!

7. Speaking of Bleach, I read yesterday about the plagiarism thing. Kubo responded on Twitter (I squeed that he has a Twitter, I admit), "正直似てるかどうかより、ジーン・シモンズの息子が漫画家ってことのほうが気になる…。" which translates as "To be honest, I'm more concerned with the fact that Gene Simmons' son is a mangaka than whether or not he copied me..." XD I laughed out loud reading that, because that is pretty much just what I was thinking, too.

Bakuman 62

Nov. 13th, 2009 04:50 am
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Some of my comments in my previous Supernatural post made me remember I was going to talk about Bakuman. The most recent chapter has FOUR female characters in it. Quite amazing for Bakuman. And yet, do you know what the theme of the chapter was? "Wimmins! Crazy, amirite!?" The whole time I was reading, I was thinking of this comic. I could just imagine Ohba Tsugumi saying "bitches, man!" as he wrote it.

If you want more details... (Even if you don't follow the series, you should read this rant anyway. I've given context so hopefully it's understandable, and man, after having written this super long rant, I just want someone to read it!) )
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1. I got my Jump scans pretty much on time last night, and both Naruto and Bleach were pretty short, so that made up for the fact that Bakuman was super long. (Three pages were sketches of the characters' manga, and each page had four of the mini manga pages, so there were essentially nine pages extra to translate. Argh!)

Oh, speaking of Bakuman... Very vague spoilers, but mostly fail discussion. )

2. Brizzly seems pretty cool for using Twitter via the web (I always use the web interface anyway). One nice thing it does is it unpacks shortened links (which on Twitter is almost all of them). I think it's new yet, though, because it seems a little glitchy (even more so than Twitter, which is already plenty glitchy itself).

3. I love this Wondermark to death.

4. It got warm again yesterday (I knew I would jinx it!), but it wasn't bad (nto as muggy maybe) and it still got nice and cold at night.

5. [personal profile] anatsuno pointed me to this call for submissions to a supernatural gay erotica anthology. She was thinking of a story I actually hadn't written ([personal profile] helens78's Jude/Ewan vampire fic; not a surprising mistake, since like 90% or more of the Jude/Ewan fic out there is indeed written by me), but I do have a formerly-LotRiPS one with a ghost that might fit. It's more horror than erotica, despite containing sex, so I don't know. But it's also a story I've already origified (apparently I actually submitted it somewhere three years ago, according to the date on the file) so all I had to do was send it in. The #1 reason I don't try harder to get published is that looking for places to submit stuff is a huge pain in the ass, so the fact that the story was already ready to go, and ana did the work of finding the call for submissions for me made it easy. :D It's only $25-30 if it gets published, but like I said, I didn't have to do any work, and $25 is better than $0.

Bakuman

Sep. 4th, 2009 03:22 pm
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I hear people complain about the misogyny in Death Note a lot, but to be honest, I didn't really have a problem reading it. I hated the way Misa was portrayed, and I'm sure there was skeevy stuff with the reporter, but it's been so long I don't remember. So it could be that I just wasn't reading as critically at the time or that it was stuff that didn't push my buttons in the same way the stuff in Bakuman does.

But oh my God, Bakuman. I like the story of struggling mangakas and would probably still follow it even if I wasn't scanlating it, but. Almost every chapter makes me want to stab Oba Tsugumi in the face and the most recent one, chapter 52, was particularly egregious.

Spoilery rant. )

If you're going to comment about how none of these things are problematic or sexist and I'm reading too much into it and being unreasonable, go ahead, but don't be surprised when I don't answer your comment.
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Naruto: I'm really liking Nagato's story. I can't wait for the next chapter (which I guess is in two weeks because of Golden Week) to see what happened to turn Nagato into Pain (obviously Yahiko dies, but I want to know the details). /spoilers

Bleach: Back to everyone's battles on Earth. Kinda boring. :-/ I'd rather see Ichigo & co. vs. Yammy. /spoilers

Bakuman: Noooooo! I can't believe they got a new editor. I've been worried about it ever since it was brought up a couple chapters ago, but I thought maybe Hattori would just be worrying for nothing. Waah! I love Hattori. This new guy seems okay, but it's not the same. Hattori's been working with them for so long! /spoilers

D.Gray-man: Fuuuuck. Kanda is some sort of superweapon type thing? Does this mean he's not human, period? Or he was a human who was experimented upon? This is not the time to break indefinitely, argh! /spoilers

(Highlight each for spoilers.)

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