Bakuman 22

In hindsight, I didn’t really expect anything to come out of “Team Fukuda” protesting the fact they’ll have to compete against a celebrity, namely Koogy. Remembering what the chief editor told him that all manga need to be is “interesting”, Mashiro decides he’ll face Koogy anyway. If Koogy wins, so be it; it will be a hollow victory forged from his previous success as a rock star; not necessarily because he has the superior manga.

As to that: when everyone’s plans to make the contest fairer are deflated, they all decide instead to have a collective name-reading and critique. They choose Niizuma’s place as the venue, and he joins in as a neutral voice. Naturally, everyone thinks their own manga is the best, but when Aoki first blurts this out, she kinda sounds like a bitch. This shouldn’t be a meeting to determine whose is the “best” (that’s for the readers/editors to decide anyway), its about sharing suggestions, like Fukuda, Nakai, and Mashiro did with Niizuma’s “Crow”.

That can’t really happen here: everyone’s poured so much of their souls into their own works, it’s impossible to contribute to mangas they’re competing against, however much constructive criticism they may harbor within. To offer too much assistance would be to risk torpedoing one’s own chances.

Meanwhile, Miho is progressing along her rather odd lfiepath of becoming a seiyu. I like how Miyoshi is more honest than kind when it comes to critiquing Miho’s singing ability; I myself find it a bit lacking compared to say, Maaya Sakamoto’s. Still, however silly it seems for her to cosplay and perform in Akiba, it’s all for the dream. Rating: 3.5