Bakuman Episode 6: “Carrot and Stick”

Last episode cut us off right when the editor Hattori of ‘Jack’ answers Takagi and Mashiro’s phone call about their first ever manga submission, at the mere age of fourteen. We are now introduced into the world of editors, publishers and the relationships between them and the mangaka. In this episode, though we once again do not see Eiji or even Kaya, which is a bit disappointing, we are introduced to Hattori the editor. I was looking forward to this due to the fact that Hattori is a pretty cool guy, and for the most part he lives up to what he appeared to be in the manga. However, I personally am not too fond of the seiyuu voice as I had imagined his voice to be rather different. It kinda sucks when things like that happens, but I guess it’s not as bad as a complete defecation of the character in certain novel/manga-to-film adaptations (lol Hollywood…).

After their conversation with the editor of ‘Yueisha’ (copyright issues again I see :P ) the duo get quite excited, yet at the same time extremely nervous. Rushing back to their proudly completed debut work, they once again had negative thoughts about each of their own contributions yet adhering to their promise of not commenting on the other’s side.

This episode has a few nice touches including some flashback insight into Takagi’s past, which definitely helps the series with the character development it provides. Another interesting scene would be the reading of the duo’s Two Earths manga.

The episode also closes with a bang, a little something I had already forgotten…which is good! Ah, it’s quite cute XD

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