Saturday, March 31, 2012

Bakuman: Volume 4: Phone Call and The Night Before

by Tsugumi Ohba (story) and Takeshi Obata (art), 194 pages

Can the boys really achieve their goals alone? Their editor, Hattori, sees the big picture and tries to help them work things out. With another shot at earning a series on the horizon, they can't afford to wait. Meanwhile, Mashiro's girlfriend Azuki struggles to follow her voice-acting dream, too.

Yay, finally the boys are on to something that doesn't feel like a sell-out! I hope Azuki has the same luck, as her chosen industry is riddled with pitfalls and horrible compromises of its own that are worse than anything the boys have run into. Plus, while the boys have Hattori, she doesn't have the sincere support of someone on the inside who's looking out for her. Be strong, Azuki! And would you and Mashiro get over this silly not-talking-till-we-succeed business and just call one another on the phone like normal people instead of relying on nothing but text messages and passed-on information from your mutual friends? *sigh* Silly teenagers.

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