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Translations: Gintama 507 (2)
Credits go to AkAtSuki and Tsuchikage for Scanlating and translating the chapter
Sorry for posting this late, I wanted to make sure I hadn't forgotten anything
Jealousy and Love.
Hmm, this chapter doesn't have much information, so the review might be somewhat short.
The rush for the info
Run Forrest, Run
An arc finishes and another more exciting begins, Saiko is rushing towards his home to find his old drawn mangas, his "gold" well.
The suspicion begins
A new, perhaps nasty climax is about to begin
But as any other manga, there is meant to be a climax or a conflict, and that it coming very soon. As Saiko was learning some things that he had forgotten, Takagi was spending his time, or most of his time with his girlfriend Miyoshi. Thus Takagi was not spending much time on the name.
Another "Gold" mine
This is both good and bad; since Takagi has been writing another type of stories, he must have gained new experience and a new better style. As well, he would have found a source that he can base some of his elements or stories on.
Planting the seeds of disaster
But, the bad news goes to Miyoshi, as she has already gotten news from companies, yet she can't write as good as Takagi, which intrudces a major problem in almost every field, and that is Plagiarism. This could very well land Takagi and Miyoshi in a pool of fire, in the future of course.
Doubt and Jealousy
On the other side of the situation, Saiko begins to doubt Takagi, and even wonder if Takagi is actually serious or just fooling around. However, a look from afar, the reader can tell that Saiko might be misunderstanding the situation and taking unnecessary action.
Borders and Limits are being set....
Mentally, Saiko issues an ultimatum to Takagi, 'either have a name by the end of the break, or I am working on my own'.
A heated argument or splitting up, that's the two roads that this manga is heading this arc. Even though it is a simple misunderstanding on Saiko's part, I think both artists will remain together, as they both complete each other in terms of writing names and drawing the panels.
....A mental standoff soon to come
But the ironic part is that fact that both Mashiro and Takagi are preparing for a mystery manga, for sure it is foreshadowing their next hit on Jump, and a subconscious proof that they are thinking on similar tracks.
Also, we get some more development, if you can call it that, from Mashiro and Azuki, and it seems that they will remain a distant couple throughout both their carriers.
But to add to the element of perhaps incompatibly, Takagi's relation with Miyoshi is the opposite, where they hang out most of the time, if Takagi isn't working on manga. Surely the signs of mistrust are beginning to show.
Rating: Another 10/10, this chapter builds suspense, and emotions in readers' hearts and minds.
Prediction: The next arc will be messy and perhaps nasty, but it will be fun to watch.
Off topic Note : Takagi is like Kira re-incarnated, hehehe, I was sure Ohba Tsugumi & Obata Takeshi will return him, in any form
Last edited by Baron Hugenstein; February 16, 2009 at 10:30 PM.
First of all, thank you for doing every week nice reviews, and for using our scans for they. As you said, I agree with you: this was a nice chapter, but nothing of special (my rating about it is 6/10). However I don't understand the lack of communication between the two guys. Why Saiko doesn't meet Shujin in four weeks?
Thanks a lot VASSiLi
TO answer your question: Saiko wanted to see if Takagi was as serious as Saiko is about being a Mangaka. So he gave Takagi the break time as a test to see if Takagi indeed has the interest and enthusiasm needed to continue into the next challenge/step.