Enter the teen manga genius Eiji Nizuma!
Writer/Artist: Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata
What They Say
After Moritaka and Akito collaborate on a manga together, they venture to publishing house Shueisha in hopes of capturing an editor's interest. As much potential as these two rookies have, will their story impress the pros and actually get printed?
In Volume 1, Moritaka and Akito aspire to have their own manga series. Though the challenge is compelling, it takes a rival to really spice things up, and Volume 2 introduces that rival: Eiji Nizuma.
Eiji’s quite the contrast to Moritaka and Akito. Whereas those boys do have talent and passion, they are more or less normal teenagers. Eiji, on the other hand, is an eccentric, from the way he looks to the way he treats others. For those familiar with Death Note, he’s the equivalent of L for this series. The interesting thing about this rivalry is its one-sidedness; Moritaka and Akito become almost obsessed with besting Eiji’s work, but Eiji doesn’t know they exist (yet). However, he does the trick in interfering with Moritaka and Akito’s ambitions and driving them to greater efforts.
In addition to introducing Eiji, this volume also fleshes out Akito, whom I’ve decided is my favorite character. We get glimpses of his younger years and home environment, and he gets his own girl problems to deal with. All in all, Bakuman effectively ups the stakes for our aspiring mangakas while further endearing them to the audience.
The boys catch the eye of a Jump editor, thus getting their first break, and throw their all into producing something print-worthy. However, with 15-year old Eiji Nizuma making his series debut, the bar has been set high, and any progress Moritaka and Akito make is overshadowed by Eiji’s success. It’s a roller coaster of emotional highs and lows as Moritaka and Akito strive to prove their talent is on par with that of a genius!