Ready for 25 more episodes of our favorite Shounen Jack duo, Ashirogi Muto?!
Season 2 ended with the glorious news that Ashirogi Muto’s third weekly manga, Perfect Crime Party, debuted with the number one ranking among the readership votes. It was a joyous occasion and one that marked the first time in their career that their serialized manga did better than their rivals with its debut.
I enjoyed how they handled this episode. The manga drama often carried much of the suspense in the series for each of the previous two seasons, but drama surrounding Saiko has always been one aspect that has never failed to please.
Saiko’s girlfriend, Azuki, was faced with the difficult choice of auditioning for the lead role of the competitor’s manga, +Natural, also running in Shonen Jack. Should she choose to voice the role, she may be unable to voice the role that Saiko has set aside for her. Should he, as her boyfriend, offer her moral support as she undertakes a role that would no doubt further her career, or should he suggest she not take the risk? I found it to be a difficult choice and one that I too would struggle with.
Needless to say, Saiko nor Azuki were able to decide on what to do to resolve their issue. Waiting until the last minute, she reaches the conclusion to not audition. Saiko, on the other hand, decides that she shouldn’t audition as well, and runs in like a knight in shining armor and takes her away to safety with cute hand-holding. It was lovely and, as Eiji said, cool. This was a part that I really loved in the manga. The scene felt less fast-paced than the manga did, but managed to provide excellent Eiji moments and even highlight Iwase’s anger as both stood by and watched as the scene played out.
Iwase must be commended for her performance this episode. Her attitude towards her competitors is memorable and has set the stage quite well for the competition that she, the writer of +Natural, has with her peers in the same magazine. Will she be able to best the skills of Ashirogi Muto with their new hit manga? Perhaps, since +Natural is getting an anime after all, and anime typically boost manga ratings.
Bakuman 3 is off to an excellent start and will be an anime worth following this season. I can’t even begin to imagine what new situations and issues will arise for Ashirogi Muto, as well as those around them. With a new serialized manga, can they finally get their anime and dethrone Eiji?
GO Rating: 4/5
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