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

May Contain Spoilers

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.

And, back to Akito and Mashiro. They are desperate to make Perfect Crime Club the perfect Jump manga. They know that this is their last chance. Having earned a reputation for being troublesome creators, the editor in chief will only keep their new manga running if it places higher than +Natural or Crow in the surveys. What they don’t know is that Hattori has been given a firm deadline for this accomplishment. If they don’t have better survey results by chapter 25, it’s bye bye Shonen Jump! And worse, the first five chapters don’t count! Sasaki is going to knock those survey results right out of the park, because any new series should get good results in the beginning of the run. Wow! This guy is not playing around.

This was a fun installment because Eiji and Iwase kept one-upping the guys. Eiji wants Muto Ashirogi to be the best they can be, so he has pulled off the kid gloves.  He is tough! Eiji is a manga genius, and he thrives on the challenge of his self-proclaimed rivals. Just seeing what he came up with, as Mashiro and Akito give it their all, too, was such a blast. When Iwase gets in on the action, watch out!

One thing I didn’t like was that Miho decided to not do an audition for the +Natural anime. The heck? Just because Iwase and Eiji are Mashiro and Akito’s biggest rivals, she decided to turn down the role. Really? Mashiro knows that he and Akito have to reach a certain level of popularity or their series will be canceled. An anime for PCP might never be on the horizon. But he and Kaya don’t want Miho to pursue this opportunity? That just made me mad for Miho’s lost opportunity. It’s not like she’s up for what is going to be a sure fire hit anime every day.

Nitpick aside, I really like how the series is progressing. Things aren’t easy for Mashiro and Akito, and it’s looking like they might strike out again with their new series.

Grade: 4.25 stars

Review copy borrowed from my local library

About the book:

By the creators of Death Note! The mystery behind manga-making revealed!
Reads R to L (Japanese Style), for audiences rated teen. 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?
With Hattori, their former editor helping out again, Moritaka and Akito do everything they can to make their new series the best it can be. Moritaka works on the character designs while Akito tries to come up with the perfect names for the characters and the series itself. But when it debuts in Weekly Jump magazine, can it take the top spot?!