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Welcome back to another review of Bakuman, and the second for me
Credits go to AkAtSuki for scanlating the chapter of Bakuman 24
Chapter 24: Notebooks and Characters
Yujiro is surprised by Eiji newly found enthusiasm toward improving his style and the quality of his work; and that is by attending meetings with Yujiro and by making mangas that will keep the interest of the readers. Even though Yujiro is worried by his promise that Eiji is allowed to cancel one manga if he succeeds and becomes number one in the industry.
Well, it is only natural for him to think this, since it is not fair that Eiji be allowed to cancel something that he doesn't like just because he doesn't like.
And then we get Fukuda's opinion on why the Manga industry, or to be more precise, Jump is not as good as it can be. The problem in the organization of the Jump magazine, as explained by Fukuda, is the order of the mangas.
The most popular mangas are always placed first, and the least popular mangas are always placed last, and logically in between is the medium popular mangas. Thus the general reader will be gently forced (for the lack of a better word) to read the most popular and skip the least popular.
As well, the Mangas that go into weekly or monthly Jump are the most popular in the questionnaires. But the same problem is that the order of to-be mangas are still made in a way that make people read them by peer pressure, which destroys any chance for any other over-looked manga that can be quite epic.
Luckily, The logical solution to these problems is to reverse or to randomize the order of the mangas, which would makes sense, since this way, the most popular, is either left for last or mix in between.
Now we get to the main point of this chapter: the reason why many authors have great ideas for mangas. And the reason is very simple, as they begin drawing simple mangas ever since they are kids, thus their creativity increases and there art style improve greatly. Fukuda and Eiji drew draft mangas when they were kids, and so did Saiko. But he had forgotten that because he left drawing manga ever since his uncle died. And that is where his "gold" mine lies, and also benefits Takagaki, as they are a team of course.
Also, as another development for Nakai, we see further proof of his skill in drawing backgrounds and tones, something that amazes Eiji. As well, he appears to be infected with the love of changing Jump and getting serialized as the three competitors.
Ratings: 10/10. The chapter was great, as it gave more insight on a Mangaka's ordeals, goals and creativity to those who don't know about them, me included.
Predictions: we'll see Mashiro and Takagi formulate plans again, this time to take Jump by surprise and gain more popularity.
Also, Thanks to Raysen_ht for making the point of the order of Mangas in the questionnaires clearer to me
Last edited by Baron Hugenstein; February 11, 2009 at 10:52 PM.
Nice review sarry. Looks like we will have one from you with every chapter.
It was the best part in this chapter for me.Quote:
Too bad for me that I threw my old stuff years ago because I thaught it looked realy lame compared to my skills nowadys and too embarrassing to look at.
Also... you forgot the part about them disscussing the Ecchi and how to attract the readers using it.
Thanks a lot, Shinobi;
I left that point for two reasons:
The first reason is because I felt that it was better to leave it for discussion.
The second is because I was unclear by what that Part of the chapter meant.
Last edited by Baron Hugenstein; February 08, 2009 at 12:19 PM.
Nice Rewiew man, and thanks for using our (AkAtSuKi) scan. So, what we can said? I agree with your rating, 'cause this was an epic chapter. Ye, it was less funny that others, but I love of Fukuda want to change Jump (and I think he is right). I really hate Yujiro characters, and I hope that his careers will end soon xD
Thanks VASSiLi, the scans were great, imo.
Nah, for me, the chapters are funny if they have either Eiji or Takagi
Haha, don't worry, I have a feeling something is coming in Yujiro's path.
Hey Sarry! sorry for the late response
I really liked your review! its simple yet full of insight! its great!
I dont think you got Fukuda's point though... imo, when he said "rotate the order" he was saying that it should change in every edition of jump! Meaning it would be random.
And that part about to-love-ru and ecchi was, imo, a critic to the "questionaries sistem", because its hard for people (especially kids) to say that they like something that most people dont... Many people only vote for *lets say* Naruto, cause all his friends say its the best and they wouldnt want to be the "different one"
And is even harder to say you like something that you "werent suposed" to be reading (like ecchi, or violent manga if you are a kid).
So, the point was: The questionaries aren't a fair way to judge mangas!
I took my reference from this page, middle and top panels:
But I now understand what Fukuda was saying more clearly about that point,
I will edit my Review when i return, As i have to go to school now
Last edited by Baron Hugenstein; February 11, 2009 at 10:44 PM.