by Tsugumi Ohba
Illustrated by Takeshi Obata
Part of the Bakuman series
Is Moritaka and Akito's newest rival also their greatest fan?!
The duo is asked to judge a manga contest and the best entry reminds them of their own creations.
But who is this mysterious new artist and what are his controversial methods of creating manga?
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 192 pages, chiefly Illustrations
- Publisher: Viz Media, Subs. of Shogakukan Inc
- Publication Date: 27/09/2012
- Category: Manga
- ISBN: 9781421542904
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Review by Shimmin
This volume focuses entirely on the ar- of a new -rival, an old fan of Muto Ashirogi (the protagonists) who wants to follow in their footsteps. Apparently friendly and outspoken, he turns out to be rather less candid that he seems. In fact, he's taken Muto Ashirogi's calculated artistry and taken it to a whole new level, using a whole range of dubious methods to garner attention and create his stories; for him, professional pride is just a conceit that gets in the way of success. Muto Ashirogi, and his editor, are appalled by the idea, and an artistic war breaks out between him and Muto. I particularly liked the interplay of emotions here - the artists won't reveal his secret out of honour, while his inexperienced editor is crushed into compliance, under the threat of losing a promising artist (and internet sensation) to another magazine. I also loved the slick and entirely believable way that Tohru's own methods and behaviour slowly sabotage his early success, without the story getting moralistic about things.