What did I read (and finish) this week? Look below to find out!
Bakuman, Vol. 1: Dreams and Reality by Tsugumi Ohba (2009) – Bakuman (which variously stands for “gambling manga” and “dreaming manga”) is about two teenage boys, Shugin and Saiko, who decide to team up and become manga artists – partially to fulfill their “man’s dream” and partially so that once they become successful Saiko can marry the love of his life, Azuki. This volume is about the two of them teaming up, Saiko teaching Shugin about the industry, and Saiko getting out of the depressive funk he was in following his manga artist uncle’s death a few years ago. I friggin’ love this series.
Bakuman, Vol. 2: Chocolate and Akamaru by Tsugumi Ohba (2009) – In this volume, Saiko and Shugin start to seriously create their own managa, working on the storyboards and final draft to show an editor, Hattori, at Shonen Jump. Although Hattori admits that they’re talented, it’s still not enough to get them serialized or even win any of the awards. They also have to contend with Eiji Nizuma, a 16-year-old prodigy who’s racking up the awards and about to be serialized. Meanwhile, Saiko and Azuki cement their relationship by exchanging emails and encouraging each other. It’s very cute.
Shokugeki no Soma (Food Wars!/Soma’s Cooking Battles) by Yuto Tsukuda (2012 – ongoing) ch. 145 – The cooking battle between Eizan and Soma heats up, though the judges all think Soma can’t possibly defeat Eizan (and so they won’t even try his food), but Soma has a trick up his sleeve.
Ansatsu Kyoushitsu (Assassination Classroom) by Yusei Matsui (2012 – ongoing) ch. 165 and 166 – The kids try to come to Koro-sensei’s aid but are quickly captured. It looks like things are bad for Koro-sensei (How will he possibly get out of this trap?), but Karasuma-sensei gives the kids some covert intell – and it seems like Koro-sensei has something planned. These chapters are dragging a bit, but it’s still really interesting.