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November 29, 2012

Anime Review: Bakuman. 2

The story of manga creation continues with Bakuman. 2. It never fails to entertain and inform the audience the happy and sad moments of manga creation and how it affects our very lives.

Bakuman. 2Synopsis:

After the decision to serialize Moritaka and Akito has been made, they are introduced to Miura, their new manager. At first, the two thought it was a joke, but Hattori gives them a pep talk before leaving. While Miura doesn't seem like a bad person, he is given to rudeness and seems to be worried about the duo's future. In addition, the duo are given three assistants to work on their manuscript, and with the assistance of Ogawa, an experienced assistant, their work progresses well. 

At the start of the new year, Moritaka and Akito both attend Shonen Jack's New Year Party. There, they meet Hiramaru Kazuya, said to be a genius of a whole different level from Eiji.

Review:

After watching this anime, you feel give slightly more respect to the hardworking people that draw manga because they love it. Not only that, the anime itself gives us a realistic view into the preparation, commitment, revision and refinement of manga by hardworking enthusiasts that want to get there work out there for our enjoyment. That said, Bakuman. 2 continues the excellent story from before and gives us more insight into the progress from amateur to professional manga artists. The story here adds more complications and twists with the introduction of a new manager, Miura. Although relatively new to the editing office and with some experience in handling manga projects, Miura tries his hardest into helping the duo with their serialization. And so, as the series progresses, many failures, emotional moments, complications and resolutions are made. There are also new rivals to compete with so it is one eventful year for Moritaka and Akito.

The art was once again really well done and high quality. The art was quite good throughout each episode. The anime’s art shows a great amount of detail yet still maintaining that slice of life environment in the anime. Something which intrigued me the most, in terms of the art, was the displaying of the stories each manga artist made. By animating the storyline and having a narrator explaining the information in the manga, improved the anime. The character themselves were well illustrated and fluidly animated.

The voice acting was perfect for the characters. I felt that the character's representations through their vocal expressions suited them perfectly and portrayed their attitudes and personalities nicely. The theme songs also suited the anime really well and brought excitement to each episode. I did not find anything annoying throughout the anime series regarding the soundtrack. It was just well presented.

The series continues to uncover more about Moritaka and Akito. However, it felt like Miho has been left out of the spotlight. Although Miho does have a few moments in which her relationship with Moritaka progresses but other than that, she felt too much of a side character here. Of course, this doesn't really matter as the story is totally focused about the failures and accomplishments of the manga artist duo. Other than that, we see more interaction between them and other manga artists such as Eiji, Kazuya, and plenty of other characters.

In the end, it was very well done and entertaining to say the very least. The story was well presented and kept me engaged the whole way through. The art and sound quality was excellent and I had no issues at all. If you watched the prequel, then you definitely must watch Bakuman. 2. The final series of the trilogy, Bakuman. 3 is currently airing so for those who have finished 1 and 2, it is time to see what will happen in 3.

STORY: 9

ART: 8

SOUND: 9

CHARACTER: 8

ENJOYMENT: 8

OVERALL: 8

Google Drive update brings more features

Google Drive
If you are the person that edits spreadsheets whilst on the go, you would be please to hear of this new update to the Google Drive app. The latest version of the app on the Android platform allows you to do just that. The new update introduces some new features that should make your life much easier.

Previously the editing of spreadsheets were limited to a slightly unappealing web-based UI, with this new update, spreadsheets have gotten their own UI, complete with the ability to zoom, directly edit formulae and resize and re-style cells.

There are also a few minor changes, like the ability to maintain formatting when copying and pasting within Docs, and the ability to add home screen shortcuts to specific files or folders.

  • Edit Google spreadsheets in new native editor
  • Edit contents of tables in Google Docs editor
  • Formatting is maintained when copy/pasting within Google Docs
  • Single tap to enter edit mode in Google Docs editor
  • Add a shortcut to Drive files/folders to your homescreen for quick access
  • Send Link now supports copying link to clipboard

Two Hatsune Miku Dancing Videos Fascinate Vocaloid Fans

MMD (MikuMikuDance) is not only tool to create dancing videos of Hatsune Miku and other vocaloid characters. Two new videos recently posted in the web have amazed vocaloid video watchers by their uniqueness and cuteness. The first video "Kami Miku Nekomimi Switch Odottemita" was created by Miro using paper collage technique. The creator made 2,000 paper Mikus and spent 7 months to create the video. The video has been viewed more than 140,000 times at Nico Nico Douga in only 6 days. The second video "Doll-type robot dances 'Miku Miku ni Shite Ageru'" was made by Rozen Zebet using a highly-realistic 60 cm dancing robot doll "Arisa" in Hatsune Miku costume. 
Which dancing Miku is your favorite?

"Kami Miku Nekomimi Switch Odottemita"

"Doll-type robot dances 'Miku Miku ni Shite Ageru'"
Source: cruchyroll

Karneval TV Anime's 1st Promo Streamed

Karneval, supposedly the next "big" fantasy, action and mystery anime in 2013. Let's hope the promotions aren't just all `talk' and the final product doesn't disappoint, like with Arcarna Famiglia, K or Magi.

The official website for the television anime adaptation of Touya Mikanagi's Karneval manga added the first 36-second promotional video on Tuesday. Voice actors Hiro Shimono (Nai) and Hiroshi Kamiya (Gareki) narrate the video.


The website also updated with details about a February 10 "Opening Performance" event in Tokyo, as well as additional character profiles.

The original manga follows Nai, a naïve boy searching for someone important to him, with only an abandoned bracelet as a clue. He encounters the pickpocket Gareki when the two meet in a strange mansion. Soon they find themselves part of a setup, becoming wanted criminals by military security operatives. When all hope seems lost, the two are introduced to none other than the country's most powerful defense organization, "Circus."

Eiji Suganuma (Kodomo no Jikan, Mashiroiro Symphony - The color of lovers, Ninja Cadets, Sasameki Koto) is directing the series at Manglobe (Deadman Wonderland, Hayate the Combat Butler: Can't Take My Eyes Off You, Mashiroiro Symphony - The color of lovers, Ergo Proxy) and Touko Machida (THE IDOLM@STER, Lucky Star, Amnesia) is handling the scripts. Toshie Kawamura (Yes! Precure 5, Smile Precure!,Mashiroiro Symphony - The color of lovers) is serving as the character designer and chief animation director for the series.

The television series is scheduled to premiere this spring, and the manga's 10th volume shippped last month with an anime preview DVD.

Source: ANN