I’ve written before about how motivating and inspiring the pair Shuujin and Saikou it is for me and their dynamic relationship with fellow mangakas. While those two elements are still present throughout the third installment of Bakuman, the vibe I’ve been getting the most can be described in one word – Positivity.
I don’t think anyone of the characters in this series could have accomplished what they did if they did not have a positive mindset, the positive attitude, and with positive criticism. This is especially true when it comes to Ashirogi Muto. And when I say this name, I meant the three characters whose name were used in the pen name formulation.
The first time Azuki Miho appeared on the series, I didn’t really think much of her. There isn’t anything to think about, really. At the time, she just seems like a plot device that bring together Shuujin and Saikou. She’s the reason why the formidable pair was formed. However, as the series progress, it became clear that she’s not just some girl one half of Ashirogi Muto falls in love with. Azuki Miho is quite the remarkable character.
She was very firm in her decisions. Once she made up her mind on something, no one can stop her. She doesn’t even listen to Mashiro and follows what she thinks it best for herself, her happiness.
I especially like her honesty and bravery when it comes to her career and private life. I’m sure it’s easy to falter, coming under pressure from hardcore fans and her management. Any mistakes can jeopardize her career. Despite that, Azuki Miho has been consistently marching to the beat of her own drum in a good way. What matters the most isn’t what other people think, what matters the most is the dream she shares with the one she loves.
Nothing changes that.
Mashiro Moritaka & Takagi Akito
Initially I wanted to write independent scenarios to best describe their positive characters since they are both very different person. However, since they are practically glued together and share similar aspirations when it comes to their work, I might as well group them as one.
They sure came a long way since the first two seasons. From amateurs fighting for a spot in a weekly comic magazine to respected mangaka whose presence can no longer be ignored. These two have set a positive example of how hard work and persistence pay off. Ever since their debut and first serialization, Shuujin and Saikou had certainly matured and are less impulsive. I like how they took their time to figure out what their next manga would be and what’s the best setting for it.
When they found out their current work, Perfect Crime Party (PCP), wouldn’t be able to realize their dreams, they didn’t rush off to start another new series. At this point, I find that they have absolute confidence in their skills and understand their strengths and weaknesses. Their discernment of their own situation has increased as well. It shows a positive attitude towards a greater success.
Shuuji and Saikou often throw ideas back and forth at each other and is never shy about voicing out their opinions, especially Saikou. His professionalism, or rather, perfectionist self, wouldn’t let Shuujin does anything less than is expected of. In addition, having an archrival in the highly respected and widely popular mangaka Niizuma Eiji to provide criticisms throughout their career has boost their confidence and determination. This sort of constructive criticisms often will only produce highly desired results.
Sure, these three characters had shown doubt and anxiety throughout their journey to realize their dreams. But who wouldn’t? As positive as we can be, there are times it’s necessary to take a step back and look at the things as they were and as they are, to figure out our next best step.
The third season wasn’t as intense as the first two mainly because most of the characters, the mangakas, has established themselves in the manga world. So there’s isn’t some kind of intense, good competition among rivals as seen in previous two seasons. They’re still there, just not as much. However, I’d say what’s intense this season is the highlight of the works of the characters. An instant draw away from Bakuman’s world. It’s as if Ooba Tsugumi and Obata Takeshi are telling us they’re capable of writing many high class series just as intense.
Let me end this by saying, I’d highly recommend Bakuman to anyone who’s looking for something exciting and intense! 75 episodes, but totally worth the time.