To start things off, the chapter felt much shorter than other chapters, probably due to it being a semi-transitional chapter, as Eiji changes his attitude from a carefree amateur to a more serious and hardworking version of himself.
The Genius...and his buddies..
The chapter continues off where it ended in the previous chapter, Mashiro and Fukuda continue to help Eiji make the fifth chapter of his own hit manga, Crow, more interesting to the audience; in the first couple of pages, we learn of Eiji true relationship with his editor, Yujiro Hattori, who seems to be the trusting and young editor; he gives Eiji his own freedom of not attending any meeting to discuss the progress of any work Eiji does. Yujiro also doesn’t force Eiji to make any names for his chapters or mangas, which angers Fukuda, in a comical sense though.
Personally, It is to be somewhat expected that geniuses are usually carefree and don’t stick to regulations, and this is where Eiji used to fit, but I think that he will learn to be more professional, as two of his main competitors are working for him or rather beside him.
Did he hit his head while apologizing?
Here we see Eiji being mature and more responsible than before, as he agreed to have meetings with his editor, Yujiro, and even write names, which he didn't like doing at all, for they simply have to be redone when the actual chapter is drawn.
This is a glimpse of what actual peer teamwork can do, and that is that it helps the individual in maturing and seeing his work not from his point of view only, but from the audience point of view as well.
The plan to change things for better
I believe I can fly......
Afterwards, Eiji and Co. discuss ways to make the fifth chapter, and consequently, the whole manga much more interesting and better for those who read it. The best way, as they state it, is by giving clichés, cliff hangers, plot twists and the similar literary devices. As the insightful discussion is over, Eiji goes one to do his first name of Crow, the manga, and continues on redrawing the fifth chapter.
This could very well be the transitional phase that will set up the platform for the three competitors in the future, as they are getting to know each other’s strength and ability. Haha, I wish to see Takagi’s surprised face when he knows that Mashiro had been in deep contact with the talented
competition that they faced before and will face later on in the manga.
The bad side of being a Mangaka
However, not everything is perfect, there are those who are able to accomplish the main goals of their careers and those who are unable to do so, and in the process get stuck in a dead-end position. Nakai is a prime example of that; he wasn’t able to gain any grand prizes and editors don’t look at his names. This is what gives the 3D and realistic image of a Mangaka’s life, as well as Mashiro’s uncle, there are those who are unable to climb the ladder of success and consequently they are stuck either making plain names or making tones and background for successful authors.
Experience is one useful merit
However, Nakai's time being an assistant made him an experienced and very quick to draw backgrounds and tones. This is one thing that will, most likely, serve him in the future when he applies for another assistant or even making great names, if
he learns from those who he works as an assistant.
Overall, I rate this chapter 9/10, it was a very interesting chapter, further development the actuality of a Mangaka’s life and developing the stage for a heated rivalry between three talented Managka’s.
We are going to see how Eiji or from he gets his ideas, also we are going to see more of Fukuda's talent in making names.
And Of course, Comments and critics are always welcome