Saturday, April 14, 2012

Bakuman: Volume 6: Recklessness and Guts

by Tsugumi Ohba (story) and Takeshi Obata (art), 171 pages

Just before an important deadline, Mashiro collapses! How will the change in circumstances effect the future of the series, just when it is taking off?!

You get so caught up in the woo-hoo of success (just like the boys) that unexpected setbacks throw you about as much as they do the characters. As they argue back and forth, you can't decide who's argument holds the most water: Mashiro should rest! no, he should work! Who's right? I'm so glad I'm not in a position to have to be one of those decision-makers. This world may be idealized for the sake of narrative, but it's realistic enough that the boys go from moment to moment, having to deal with the issues at-hand and never able to sit on their laurels and relax for long.

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