GLX reviews Bakuman vol. 3.
Credits & Solicit Info:
Writer - Tsugumi Ohba
Translator and Adapdation - Tetsuichiro Miyaki
Artist - Takeshi Obata
Touch-Up Artist and Letterer - James Gaubatz
Reads R to L (Japanese Style) T audience.
Average student Moritaka Mashiro enjoys drawing for fun. When his classmate and aspiring writer Akito Takagi discovers his talent, he begs Moritaka to team up with him as a manga-creating duo. But what exactly does it take to make it in the manga-publishing world?
"I want to be popular!"
Popularity is a bitch.
It's hard to obtain and even harder to maintain it. For now, Moritaka Mashiro and Akito Takagi are in the business of obtaining it. In another great volume of Bakuman, popularity is a main desire within the manga - but an air of perversion haunts the world of Bakuman.
Really, Moritaka and Akito end up perverting their craft not by abandoning their desire for success, but by changing their craft in order to achieve it. Various manga editors and creators are quite the admirers of the duo's previous craft, yet the two press on for glory. It's a sad fate, but one that the boys seem to be making their way out of by the end of the volume. There's also a sexual perversion present. Miho Azuki is caught in, since she blindly won a role for an anime program based on her looks. It's really not her fault, but that of a higher up with the company that produces the program. In a different scene, one of Eiji Nuzuma's art assistants remarks that Shonen Jump should add posters and pinups of half-naked girls.
Art-wise, Takeshi Obata turns in the quality work that readers have previously expected from him. Expressions, backgrounds and anatomy are wonderfully handled under Obata's care. James Gaubatz's contribution to the manga deserves a tip of the hat as well. His touch-ups to the art cleanly change the Japanese text on the original art to English text.
If you haven't figured it out from my previous reviews, let me spell it out for you: Bakuman is a great series. It's been a consistently solid series that makes a huge chunk of the comics market look like dreck. The creators are on a roll and you're doing yourself a disservice if you miss out on this.
8.1* out of 10*
Review by: GLX