Bakuman 2 – 25 (Fin)

The manuscript for the first chapter of Perfect Crime Club is ready, but Hattori believes the character names and design needs work, as does the title of the manga itself. Ashirogi Muto misses the New Years party to perfect their work, as does Fukuda with a motorcycle shonen one shot that will appear in the same issue. Ashirogi meet their new assistants, Orihara, Moriya, and Shriatori; the latter two get into a debate about why to draw manga.

Takagi finally comes up with the name PCP (Perfect Crime Party), and the team belts out the first chapter. It takes first place in Jack by a landslide, earning more votes than either CROW or +Natural’s first chapters, an encouraging start. Mashiro shows the rankings to his uncle’s grave, but the real challenge has only begun, as the chief editor vows to cancel PCP if it can’t consistently keep up with CROW or +Natural.

First, lets get this out of the way: PCP (the drug) must not be a bug problem in Japan, otherwise, Hattori or someone else would surely have discouraged the use of that particular acronym to title anew manga. That said, this second season was going to end on one of two notes: either PCP took first place, or it didn’t. Victory or defeat. Hope or despair. Thankfully, it took first place, as it was meant to do. What we didn’t expect was for it to win by such a large margin. Nobody did; not even the setback-fatigued authors.

The battle has only begun. The competition is stiffer than ever, with two Niizuma Eiji drawn mangas, one of which is written by a girl who considers Takagi and now Hattori her nemeses. Hell hath no fury and all that. Not to mention Fukuda, who has a much more straightforward mainstream manga about motorcycles that the kids will love.

They also have to contend with a chief editor who is still not happy about Ashirogi quitting Tanto, and even more unhappy that he was rebuked in the vote to allow PCP’s serialization. Moritaka Mashiro is a step closer to making his dreams come true, and PCP has the makings of an anime…but there’s still at least a third season’s worth of tribulations to contend with before that happens. He sure hasn’t made it easy for himself.


Rating: 3.5

Baby, Please Kill Me! – 13 (Fin)

In the final kill – “Of Kill, Me, and Baby,” the latest thing to catch Yasuna’s interest is cop shows on TV. She brings “toy” handcuffs to school and after cuffing herself to Sonya, breaks the key. Sonya finally slips out and cuffs Yasuna to a tree. Yasuna then guesses Sonya’s birthday is near, and arranges a party with Agiri, who must be assembled from three boxes in the right order (when they don’t later on, it’s not a pretty sight).

The crime theme returns when Yasuna learns Sonya is going off to do a job, and tries to stop her. She falls into a trap, but drags Sonya in with her. When Sonya leaps out, Yasuna makes an impassioned plea not to leave her and not to kill anyone else, as it may negatively affect their friendship and disallow her from continuing the hijinx of the last thirteen episodes.

Sonya lowers a rope for her. As much as Yasuna antagonizes and annoys her, Yasuna’s tearful words move her: she doesn’t want things to change. She wants to keep being teased by Yasuna, and she wants to keep hitting her in retaliation. Perhaps not the healthiest friendship, but a solid one nonetheless.


Rating: 3