GLX reviews Bakuman, Vol. 2.
Story - Tsugumi Ohba
Art - Takeshi Obata
Translation and adaptation - Tetsuichiro Miyaki
Touch-up Art and lettering - James Gaubatz
Moritaka Mashiro and Akito Takagi meet with an editor at Shueisha to talk about the storyboard that they submitted. Partnerships are formed, hours are consumed and smart ass gets his clock cleaned. Still, you might wondering, "So, is the manga good or what?" Hell yes.
Tsugumi Ohba does a nice job informing the reader about the inner workings of the Japanese manga scene, but also does the characters justice. The editors not only get a chance to shine when meeting with Moritaka and Akito, but in their own personal moments. There's a hierarchy to the editorial system, which lends itself to in-house competition. Akira Hattori, the editor that works Moritaka and Akito, not only has his own issues but also a strong sense about what does and doesn't work in a manga. He's also aware of Moritaka and Akito's ages and doesn't want their passions to ruin their academic life.
The main characters deal with love, school and manga. Returning characters grow naturally, while new characters fit nicely into the narrative. Every one of them illicits a response and demand attention from the reader.
Takeshi Obata's art is sharp. The layouts keep the action going at a nice pace, while the characters' emoting livens each panel. Obata's characters and backgrounds have a life of their own. It's similar to the "manga" art style, but it carries its own personality.
For those that've skipped to the end of the review, just know that Bakuman, Vol. 2 is a beast. The creators obviously committed to the comic on an emotional and professional level. For $10, Bakuman, Vol. 2 puts other "important" collections to shame. It's hella good.
8.2* out of 10*
Written or Contributed by: GLX