Stumbled upon Takeshi Obata x Tsugumi Ohba’s latest cooperative work, Bakuman just now. If they sound familiar, it’s because of a certain black notebook.
Well, unlike their previous work, Bakuman is a manga about drawing manga. The story beings with Mashiro Moritaka, a 9th grader who is dragged to become a manga-ka by his fellow classmate, Takagi Akito after he discovers Moritaka’s artistic talent. Initially hostile to the idea, a series of events involving him confessing to his crush, another fellow classmate Azuki Miho makes him change his outlook and he begins to take the challenge of becoming a manga-ka with gusto.
It’s quite an interesting title, because the pair kept a lot of literary devices used in Death Note, like the overtly long and detailed dialogue as well as analytical procedures which makes for a gripping read, despite the subject matter. I’ve probably never seen the intricacies of the manga world being discussed in such serious light before, and Bakuman sure does that well while managing to keep my interest flowing as they are doing it. It’s certainly a real eye-opener and I believe both the authors are pouring out their life’s experience in to the manga’s story as well, haha.
Takeshi Obata’s art is always very much pleasant to the eye, with an intricacy to the art rarely seen in shounen-genre manga perhaps with the exception of Akamatsu’s Negima. Admittedly, I love, I died from moe for his design for Azuki. Traditional, graceful and mostly of all, long, black hair, which I’m pretty sure is a tribute to the old-school beauties in manga. Not to mention the mom is hawt as well.
I think the ringlets are fine.
Personally though, I think Azuki’s character a bit too idealized, as well as her mother’s, but, eh, it’s a shounen manga, so who am I to complain about it. Nevertheless, still doesn’t change the fact both mother and daughter are equally hawt.
Currently, scans are up to chapter 7 and are available from SleepyFans. Great, now I’m totally hooked to another WSJ series.