He who chases and he who is chased
-> RTS Page for Bakuman 34
**Just a note: I used to translate Bakuman for Shinratensei's scanlations, but the guy who was coordinating it has gone his own path...so I'm not sure if they're doing Bakuman scans anymore. So, until further notice, my Bakuman translations are no longer explicitly for any group! Thanks :)
Thanks c_k for the helping make edits :D much love.
He who chases and he who is chased
Takagi: This Takagi speaking
Takagi: He says “congratulations”…
Saiko: Yes… // YES!!
Takagi: Oh, yes?
Fukuda: I was rejected again!?
Nakai: Oh I understand…
Yujiro: Well, there were 13 stories that were cut down to 7, and it was really really close to being chosen!
Fukuda: I don’t care if I was close! The results are everything! Shit!
Aida: Yours was also in the bottom 7, and there were 4 newbies within that 7, so it was a pretty tough call
Nakai: I see…
Yujiro: They said that all three of your names are good / but, they’re good as one-shots and if they take one wrong turn, your manga can become a simple gag-comedy manga. If you want to do a story-based manga, you need a foundation to build on…
Fukuda: That’s why I proposed to draw it so that it’s a cliffhanger every time!!
Yujiro: Did you say that…? Sorry…your one-shots had good results on the survey so…
Aida: Your artwork was praised very much, especially the backgrounds / the characters were also pretty fitting to the shonen manga style, but the problem was Aoki-kun’s story. So we’re hoping to have her fix it and we’ll try again in the next meeting
Nakai: Yes, please allow me and Aoki-san to try again
Yujiro: So that’s the overall consensus, but let me go over each pro and con with you one by one
Fukuda: One by one? What a drag.
Aida: I’ll let you know the feedback everyone aside from the group leader has written before the meeting
Nakai: Oh, yes, thank you very much
Saiko: A series!!
Miyoshi: Whaah / whaah
Takagi: Cry quietly! // oh / yes / yes / yes // what!? Just give me a second please
Takagi: Saiko / Hattori-san wants to talk to us / about a work space / and an assistant / and the contract amongst other things, so he wants to know where is Yakusa to meet with us
Saiko: Uhhh… // you can tell him this address / it’s a little weird that we already have a work space but let him know we’ll tell him about it tomorrow
Takagi: yes / please come to the address I just told you at 4:30pm / see you then
Takagi: Oh Yeah! I feel like I’m dreaming!
Saiko: I’m so happy I can’t stop smiling
Miyoshi: If it’s a dream I don’t want to wake up // Mashiro, you should tell Miho
Phone: beep / beep / beep / beep
Miyoshi: I want to know her immediate response she’ll send // huh? Where is it?
Saiko: Well, it’s not like she responds immediately all the time. She could be working.
Miyoshi: This late?
Saiko: Or she’s asleep
Miyoshi: This early?
Saiko: Then… / I have no idea
Chief: You’re going to give up this chance?
Azuki: I’m sorry…
Chief: Your current popularity comes from your looks / don’t you get it? // no one wants to publish a photo collection of you because you're a voice actress, it's for your looks // it’s very rare for any voice actress to have a chance like this / I’m not telling you to become a bikini model or anything. Plus, you might get voice acting jobs from this // the job you have now will end this spring / then you won’t have any jobs / but if you publish a photo collection, you’ll get more offers for sure
Azuki: If they’re photos of me doing voice acting jobs…or photos of my private life as a voice actress…
Chief: Don’t be stupid…
Chief: Only voice actress fans would buy that and no one else! / And no one would publish a collection like that!
Azuki: My father saw me singing the ending theme of “Saint Visual Girl’s Academy” and advised against doing jobs like that…
Chief: It should be about what you want, not your parents! / You have to think about the steps if you want to be famous! / That ending theme song was a success! You got an offer like this even though your song was terrible! // Everyone is jealous of you! / I wanted to promote you as a bikini model in the first place! But if you want to be a voice actress, then you can do it after you become a famous idol! // If you reject this offer, know that it will be almost impossible for you to succeed as a voice actress! Nothing in life is easy!
Azuki: I’m sorry, please let me think about it some more… // excuse me
Chief: Oh jesus
Fukuda: Enough with all the details!! I get it! I just have to make one solid storyline and submit it in the next series meeting right!?
Yujiro: That’s right
Nakai: I’m also trying again next time… / I guess it’s better than being rejected completely…
Fukuda: Shit! Another close call! I’m starting to wonder if it has to do with Yujiro’s abilities as an editor!
Nakai: That’s so good for Ashirogi-kun, I wonder if it’s a difference of skill in the character development
Fukuda: No…there was barely any difference in our skills at the time of the Golden Future Cup / It was a strategized victory for Hattori Akira and Mashiro-kun…I guess we could say that we lost to their efforts… // didn’t hear that they drew up 10 names instead of just 3 and they had 5 drafts ready too
Nakai: What? Were they trying to prove that they could do a series while going to school? / that’s what they were plotting…
Fukuda: The chief editor is human; he was probably moved by their efforts and passion. I don’t want to think it was a matter of a difference in skill… / anyway, I’m just impressed by how much their editor pushed them…
Fukuda: Damn Ashirogi!!
Phone: beep / beep / beep
Miyoshi: It’s a response from Miho!
Takagi: No, that ring tone isn’t different
Saiko: It’s Fukuda-san
Fukuda: Congrats Ashirogi-kun! I lost again! I’m so pissed off!! // Alright listen up! I’m going to get approved in the next series meeting! You guys better not be up for election as a series to end by then!
Saiko: Uh…thanks a lot
Fukuda: You better get famous and wait for me to catch up! Got it!?
Niizuma: he’s just like Ashirogi-sensei that one time…
Saiko: Please keep your series going until we catch up to you with our own
Niizuma: Let me congratulate them too
Fukuda: I’m putting Niizuma-kun on
Niizuma: Congratulations Ashirogi sensei // I’ve been keeping up my series as promised // I’m happy that we can now compete and I won’t lose! Zukyuun!
Saiko: Yes / We believe that we got this far thanks to you, so we can’t wait to work alongside you
Niizuma: Same here
Fukuda: Hey hey you series authors, I’m jealous
Nakai: They’re rivals…
Fukuda-kun, let's get our series serialized for sure next time!
Fukuda: Yeah duh!? We can’t be losing to these kids
Fukuda: And if you don’t work hard, Princess Aoki will dump you cold!
Nakai: We’re not dating or anything!
Fukuda: But you are going after her! Hehehe
Nakai: AHAHA yeahhh well…hahaha
Takagi: Fukuda-san and Nakai-san were rejected but they’re laughing…
Azuki: It’s so late… / 10:00pm already…
Mail: “Suspicious Detective TRAP” has been selected to become a series!
Azuki: A series! Yes!!
I’m home! I have to respond to this quickly
Mom: You’re home late. Mina is already sleeping so keep it down
Azuki: Ok, I’m sorry
Mom: Did you reject the photo collection job?
Mom: Then why do you look so happy? You left the house so gloomily this morning.
Azuki: It’s doesn’t involve you, mom
Mom: But it does involve “shounen Jump” and “akamaru jump” that was on your bookshelf
Azuki: Don’t look at the stuff in my room
Mom: I love “jump,” you can at least let me see that! // By the way, that one-shot by Ashirogi Muto that’s in both magazines... / your dreams are packed into those mangas too, don't they?
Azuki: Did Kaya tell you?
Mom: Nope, I haven’t heard anything
Azuki: Then why do you know just from… / oh…
Mom: I know who you like, Miho
Azuki: I’m taking a bath and going to bed
Mom: but you haven’t eaten yet
Azuki: I don’t want anything
Mom: Do you ever see him, Miho?
What are you saying mom, it’s weird for you to say that // he’s just a friend…and even if I did like someone I have my own way…
Mom: Right, sorry / I was just worried that you’re doing the same thing I did
Azuki: The same thing…?
Mom: I once really liked someone from my junior high school / but the most I could do was right him a letter asking him how he was / and we exchanged letters for many years, but it ended with just that
Azuki: Only letters… // that’s weird…
Mom: If you continue to avoid seeing the other person, they will begin to think that maybe you don’t like them all that much
Azuki: I won’t think that and even if that happens, I would keep on believing in him… // it’s not like that mother // we’re not like that
Mom: Very well / sorry if I butted in
Azuki: I know we’ve always said it’s nice to act like friends and I think we have a pretty good relationship going
Mom: Oh, I’m glad
Azuki: But there are probably very few high school girls that tell their mothers about their love life
Mom: Even you?
Azuki: Even me…
Mom: Oh, what a shame… // but I will always be here for you if you ever want to talk and if you want to do the photo collection, I’ll work on convincing your father
Azuki: Thank you // goodnight
Azuki: I have to send Mashiro-kun an email
then you won’t have any jobs! //know that it will be almost impossible for you to succeed as a voice actress! // If you continue to avoid seeing the other person, they will begin to think that maybe you don’t like them all that much
Miyoshi: Ok, I’m leaving now
Takagi: I’ll walk you home
Saiko: Mail from Azuki…
Mail: Congratulations! My dream to be a voice actress, your dream to be a mangaka – both of our dreams came true!
Saiko: Both of our dreams came true…?
Miyoshi: What? Congrats, I love you? Right? // Wow a smiley, how rare…that’s odd // “our dreams came true”…?
Miyoshi: Is Miho saying she wants to see you?
Saiko: I don’t think so…?
But wait…back in junior high // she smiled when she saw that message
Message: Once we switch seats we might start exchanging emails. When I become a mangaka we’ll get to be with each other all the time, even if Azuki-san isn’t a voice actress!
Takagi: You’re right that it’s a message unlike her / wasn’t the plan to get married when your dreams came true? But the dream is for our series to become an anime and have her do the voice of the heroine right?
Miyoshi: But you can’t guarantee that you’ll get an anime and even if you do, that’s not for years ahead / but their dreams have come true to some extent so they should be allowed to see each other / isn’t that what she’s saying?
Takagi: Don’t say it’s not guaranteed we’ll get an anime!
Saiko: No, we promised to see each other only after the anime and her doing the voice
Miyoshi: What if you’re the only one sticking by that!?
Saiko: But Azuki probably thinking the same thing
Miyoshi: “probably”? You’re not even sure! It’s getting annoying, you should just call her and ask her since you ARE allowed to talk on the phone! / you guys spoke the other day too!
Saiko: That was just a spur of the moment…
Miyoshi: This is a good moment too…whatever you’re already writing your email
Mail: Our dream is for our manga to become an anime and for you to do the voice of the heroine, right? Just checking…
Miyoshi: Wow, fast as usual!
Mail: Yes! I was just so happy that I sent a confusing message maybe? Sorry (lol)
Miyoshi: Alright, I’m leaving, you guys can email all night
Takagi: See yah
Saiko: but this message is odd too…Azuki…
Saiko: I must be over thinking it, Azuki always says what she’s thinking
You guys wait, I’m leaving too
The following day
Takagi: Wow we did a good job cleaning! / now they can come any time they want to
Saiko: Miyoshi won’t drop by or anything right?
Takagi: Nope, don’t worry // he’s here! Right on the dot, that Hattori-san is so punctual
Saiko: Who’s this!? // why did he bring someone!? Is it because there’s a lot to be discussed about the contract…?