Yes - GO HIRAMARU.
No - REJECTED.
No - He's got no ring. D:
No - Ferris wheel is out of order (comedy option)
Nizuma is still better there is no way they are going to get more votes than him.
Shizuka is one of my favorite side characters in Bakuman, and I do believe he was important, though perhaps not to the plot. Like Nakai, I feel Shizuka was a character readers could relate to, specifically in Japan. I rooted a lot for Nakai, because he was an older, overweight guy who lacked confidence who wanted a manga career and a girlfriend. I hoped he'd overcome the odds and become successful, but well....
I rooted for Shizuka for the same reasons. I think a lot of hikikomori types in Japan who read Jump could have been inspired by him, to try and become something beyond a recluse. He also fell into the trap of craving hostess attention and overcame it, but then we never saw him again. There was something in Charaman I believe that hinted Shizuka would eventually join Team Fukuda, but so far it hasn't happened.
Perhaps it was too much to hope that Shizuka would come out of his shell and become friends with the other mangaka, and for Nakai to overcome his vices and for Shiratori to stay on as a top mangaka when he didn't have much story experience. I think Bakuman is realistic in this sense but I always prefer happy endings.
If Bakuman would be a Seinen, than RL-based characters like Nakai, Shizuka and Shiratori would have a chance. However not in the Shounen category. C'mon, the only reason Nanamine lost twice, wasn't because his method was bad, but because this is a Shounen and in Shounen manga, good always beats bad.
That isn't nessicarilly true. Sometimes the bad guys beat the good guys.
Bakuman is far from realistic. It is an over the top caricature of Weekly Shounen Jump (and people related to it) with a lot of romantic and idealistic elements in it.
Allot of elements would also distract it. It wouldn't be as comedic as it is now if it were a seinen. Heck, maybe it would be even funnier - but I feel that nudity and a vulgar way of speaking would be much more controversial and affiliated with a seinen genre. The romance aspect would be inclusively detailed - which would deviate from what this story was supposed to be about. Topics on Lolicon, Hentai, Yoai, and Yuri - would be totally detailed and the main characters may secretly indulge themselves in those kinds of things just because the nature of a seinen permits them to.
Also, a seinen version of Bakuman may be very disrespectful towards real mangaka or editors - talking about the life problems or stating puns that may seem secretly offensive and vague enough to be allowed. They may also talk about how some 'foreign' (manhwa, manhua, US comics, etc.) are lame compared to manga.
I don't know if Bakuman being a seinen would be legendary or not, but I do know it would have less young readers. And there wouldn't have been an adaptational anime as quickly as we see it now.
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Ohba needs to stop trying to draw things out. The last arc was a disgrace, so he should be trying to make this arc exciting, not another slow, anti-climatic mess. I imagine that the next few chapters will be a direct repeat of what we've just been through. Sort of like the second Nanamine arc.
Finally we see the ashirogi overcome niizuma
Interesting turn of events. If they're going to be published in a new magazine, that means they'll be working with another editor. They might have gotten a new one for Reversi anyways, given that Hattori already works on a number of projects. It does make sense to put this series in a new magazine. We've seen a few great series move from Jump to SQ in the last couple years. D-Gray Man, Prince of Tennis (as Shin), etc. Putting them in a place where they can do bigger chunks of story at once, without worrying about rankings every week, is the best thing for the duo. I wonder if this will be how they bring Koogy back into the picture. He went over to a monthly magazine and was never heard from again. I miss his vulgar manga Colorfusical.
I hated seeing Eiji acting so down this chapter. But whatever he pulls out next is going to be incredible, you can tell.