Bakuman Episode 3: “Parents and Children”

You might know that I’m not an avid manga reader. I hate books, but I like pretty pictures, so I should be addicted to manga. But most of the time I’m within 2 metres of a TV or a PC…and I much prefer moving pictures. So naturally, I watch a lot of anime. Anyway back on track, I imagine many manga readers must feel what I feel when watching a series of which they have read the manga. It’s a feeling that has both good and bad sides. On one side of things, I’m ecstatic to see these characters that I’ve grown to love actually move and speak. But on the other hand I become critical of things they might change and I found myself impatient having the episode end. “Oh come on, it’s ending and it’s only up to here?!?!” is what I feel.

Rambling aside, the episode picks up where it left us hanging last time with Saiko rushing off to his uncle’s studio with Shuujin. Half the episode was about the studio and the amazing resources they discovered within. It’s pretty cool, feeling almost exactly like an adventure anime with the heroes discovering their quest. They find all the tools they will need to begin their journey: pens, feather dusters, tones, professional set-up and thousands of reference materials such as names (manga drafts), original manuscripts and shelves packed choc-a-block full of series volumes such as Dragonball. With all that ready for them plus both their talents, all they need is a story.

The other half of the episode is about a secret of Saiko’s uncle that the duo uncover hidden in the corner of his life. Not much to spoil, but I still don’t want to ruin anything for those who haven’t read the manga. Pretty much, we learn a significant amount about Saiko’s uncle which is important.

There was a scene where Saiko was speaking with his father, which provided some of the drama moments in this episode. His father seems to be a bit strict and manly, which was hinted towards with the explanation about how his family works in the prior episode. Saiko asks mum, mum asks dad, dad decides, mum delivers the news. Not too different from many families I assume…or maybe just Asians :P And didn’t the father say something like “Men have their dreams” to his wife previously? Hahaha XD Anyway, we can sense a great deal of respect for the father figure but what makes it more interesting is that he allowed his son to chase a dream which most would deem childish. It really lends to the whole ‘destiny’ feel that Saiko starts to feel.

If you’re thinking boy’s-love, you’re on the wrong track.

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If only we could all have that much…

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A nice explanation of the process of submitting a name to an editor

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Wow, that one’s just out of context. Saiko is a man.

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ARGH, I can’t wait! I know the pacing is good, but it just seems slow to me :P I wonder how much they’ll fit into 25 episodes…

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