Bakuman 11

June 12, 2012

Tsugumi Ohba / Takeshi Obata – Viz – 2012 – 20 volumes

This series. Seriously. I could not put this volume down. It made me laugh. Parts were epic. I had to keep reading, in order to know what happens next. This volume was THE BEST. The entire thing is a game of one-upmanship between Muto Ashirogi and Eiji Nizuma, and the latter is one of the best characters ever. Muto Ashirogi are under a lot of pressure, so they’re less cool with what’s going on, but Eiji is absolutely living for the challenge.

He won me forever when he tore up the pages of his newest chapter and promised to re-draw them with a better story. Seriously. He’s a champion. I was rooting for him more than a little.

But basically, yes. Shujin and Saiko iron out the final kinks in their new series, including the title. It is now Perfect Crime Party. This is revealed in a rather epic way, where you have to turn the page to see what it is after a bit of a lead-up. Then you see the logo before you read the name. The logo is PCP, in the latin alphabet. This made me laugh harder than anything else in the volume.

Iwase is really the one that wants to compete, though. And she fights dirty. She calms down a bit after she realizes what a serious situation Muto Ashirogi is in, but one of the plot twists is truly underhanded. I hated her a little more after her rather epic trick mid-volume, but to be fair, it was a master stroke.

I can’t quite convey what a wild ride this volume is. I had a lot of reservations about this series initially, and probably only kept with it because I’m a huge geek. But this volume gave me pleasure that few other volumes can manage. Watching the two professionals compete, the ways in which they improve their techniques over the other, and watching how the improvements played out, was fantastic. I enjoyed it immensely, and I’m hoping that all the groundwork that we’ve read so far was simply leading up to this, which I can see only getting better if/when the series takes off. I literally can’t wait to read the next volume. I like a lot of manga, but I really, really loved this volume of Bakuman.

This was a review copy provided by Viz.

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