Manga Review: Bakuman V 17 by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata @shonenjump @vizmedia


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This was a great volume! Nanamine learned absolutely nothing after being trounced by Muto Ashirogi in the last volume. Nothing! He is so arrogant and overbearing, and he immediately passes the blame for his failure on to others, which is just what losers do. Now he’s back with a vengeance, and he’s taking no prisoners!

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Manga Review: Bakuman V 16 by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata @shonenjump @vizmedia


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Eiji finally ranks number one in the reader surveys, and he reminds Yujiro of his promise to allow him to cancel a series currently running in Jump. Whoa. Eiji gets a more diabolical rendition, and I was worried that he was turning down the path to the dark side. But, thankfully, no, he just wants to assert complete creative control over Crow, and he’s willing to push himself to the limit to get what he wants.

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Manga Review: Bakuman V 15 by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata @shonenjump @vizmedia


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With Nanamine’s series tanking, he’s getting desperate. He lies to the remaining members of his consultation team, telling them that the series is ranking higher than it is. With failure immanent, he devises a sure-fire way to beat Muto Ashirogi. Just steal their storyboards and submit the same story!

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Manga Review: Bakuman V 14 by by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata @shonenjump @vizmedia


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Akito and Mashiro finally have to face something they haven’t in the past. A villainous rival. New guy on the block Nanamine is a calculating, cunning foe, and though he initially was inspired by Muto Ashirogi, his cavalier approach towards creating manga rubs the guys the wrong way. Offended by both his attitude and his creative process, Moritaka and Akito throw down the gauntlet. They are going to crush Nanamine, and show him how wrong he is about manga!

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Manga Review: Bakuman V13 by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata @shonenjump @vizmedia


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Akito and Shiratori continue working on Loveta and Peace, while Mashiro struggles to come up with a one-shot for the Super Leaders Fest. Both members of Muto Ashirogi learn that they have a real weakness; because they have done basically nothing but create manga since middle-school, they have very few real life experiences to draw on. This becomes a bit of a liability, because it stifles their creativity. They can’t produce engaging, believable stories because they have so little to base them on.

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Manga Review: Bakuman V 11 by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata @vizmedia

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Forget everything I said about Yamahisa! He has taken poor Ryu and made him a hostess club deviant.  Some of the female manga artists don’t help matters much, pointing out how weird he is. Right in front of him. With his new woman rage burning bright, he vows to make True Human even better, while showcasing the two-faced women in his life. Since he doesn’t get out much, he really doesn’t have much interaction with women to fall back on, so it is so unfortunate that Hiramaru’s tea party didn’t go as planned. For either artist. Yoshida and Yamahisa will do anything to keep their artists working, and they are having mixed results.

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Manga Review: Bakuman V 10 by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata @shonenjump


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Bakuman has become one of my favorite series. Like One-Punch Man, it didn’t wow me from the beginning, but gradually earned my love. By volume 4 I was hooked, after wondering if I should continue on with a somewhat boring series about two middle school kids who vow become famous manga artists. While there was a lot of info-dumping at first, the series has settled into solid storytelling, with solid character growth for most of the characters. The women still don’t have much depth, but I guess I can’t have everything.

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Manga Review: Honey So Sweet V 7 by Amu Meguro @shojobeat


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When Nao realizes that Miyabi has a crush on Onise, at first she dismisses the other girl as harmless. She trusts Onise, and she knows that she doesn’t have anything to worry about. But when Miyabe invites herself to the festival with Nao and her friends, she starts to feel the sting of jealousy. Is her relationship with Onise really safe from interference from Miyabi?

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