(Grade 8 and up) PCP has become a popular series, one that even rivals Eiji Nizuma’s “+Natural,” which means that Takagi and Mashiro get to keep working for Jump. However, their fellow manga creators make for some formidable competition; Fukuda and Takahama both have new series that are just behind PCP in the rankings, and Aiko Akina is more determined than ever to outdo Takagi. Still, when PCP is optioned for both a drama CD and a novel, it seems to Mashiro that the dream that he and Azuki share is just about to come true…until Hattori drops an unexpected bombshell.
SPOILER ALERT! Going into this volume, I already knew that PCP wasn’t going to get an anime, and I was (somewhat unreasonably) pleased with myself for guessing why: PCP isn’t violent or sexual, but it shows kids engaging in sub-legal activities and pranks, and as Shujin and Saiko themselves witness in a park one day, kids actually imitate PCP, which is exciting for the series’ creators, but a potential liability for Jump, which makes it unlikely that it’ll ever get an anime. Like our heroes, I wasn’t thrilled with this decision, but it did inspire Mashiro and Takagi to both work harder at improving their skills separately so they can create another series together. In the next volume though, apparently this is going to cause some strain between them…
In this volume, two of my favorite moments involved Kaya, who says at one point, “Oh, that’s right! I forgot I was married.” Takagi: “EXCUSE ME?!” Later, she calls her husband by his nickname too, which I thought was just adorable. “Bakuman” continues to be a great series full of likeable characters, realistic situations for up and coming manga creators, and great humor, plus just the right touch of romance. I say this after reading ever volume, but once again, I can’t wait to get the next one. (4.5 out of 5 stars)
- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; Original edition (July 3, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 142154136X
- ISBN-13: 978-1421541365 (Source of Publication Data: Amazon.com)