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In which Miyoshi is my Improv Night spirit animal.

In which Miyoshi is my Improv Night spirit animal.

Hey—hey you. You there, Takagi. Yes. I have a good idea for you.

You like Aoki so much in comparison to Miyoshi? Fine. Great. Good for you. Date her instead. She’s meek and quiet and feminine and thoughtful and intelligent, and if I’ve been paying enough attention to character designs, her breasts aren’t half bad either. That’s what you liked about Miyoshi, right? You always complained about how loud and jealous and tomboyish she was—so break up with her! If you like Aoki so much, and you dislike so much about Myoshi, then what the hell is stopping you?

Oh yeah. You’re waiting for her to fix things for you.

Earlier when I read the chapters with the beginning of Takagi and Aoki working together, I kept saying “This ship is poison,” because I just knew that hoping for two creative and passionate people to be together would never work out if those two were him and her. But I’m beginning not to think that this ship is poison—I’m beginning to think that Takagi is the problem. “Toxic” is the wrong word, so “problem” is what I’ll go with, and the tag Problem Takagi.

Hey—hey you. You there, Takagi. Yes. I have a good idea for you.

You like Aoki so much in comparison to Miyoshi? Fine. Great. Good for you. Date her instead. She’s meek and quiet and feminine and thoughtful and intelligent, and if I’ve been paying enough attention to character designs, her breasts aren’t half bad either. That’s what you liked about Miyoshi, right? You always complained about how loud and jealous and tomboyish she was—so break up with her! If you like Aoki so much, and you dislike so much about Myoshi, then what the hell is stopping you?

Oh yeah. You’re waiting for her to fix things for you.

Earlier when I read the chapters with the beginning of Takagi and Aoki working together, I kept saying “This ship is poison,” because I just knew that hoping for two creative and passionate people to be together would never work out if those two were him and her. But I’m beginning not to think that this ship is poison—I’m beginning to think that Takagi is the problem. “Toxic” is the wrong word, so “problem” is what I’ll go with, and the tag Problem Takagi.

It’s funny because you thought he actually cared about Miyoshi more than you and Azuki. It’s funny because you think other guys care about their girlfriends like you care about your promise-girl. It’s funny because he sure-as-shit isn’t lying.

Oh, wait, no, the last one is not a reason why it’s funny…

It’s funny because you thought he actually cared about Miyoshi more than you and Azuki. It’s funny because you think other guys care about their girlfriends like you care about your promise-girl. It’s funny because he sure-as-shit isn’t lying.

Oh, wait, no, the last one is not a reason why it’s funny…

And Miyoshi’s first reaction to the drama: to care about others who are not herself, and the unintended consequences.

And Miyoshi’s first reaction to the drama: to care about others who are not herself, and the unintended consequences.

W-whaaaaaat’s thaaaaaaat now? I-you say it’s hard to get things done on time without an unpaid assistant happily jumping in on any job you’ll give her?

And I just felt like documenting further evidence that Mashiro probably actually cares about Miyoshi more than Takagi does. Mashiro thinks they should pay her for her work, Takagi says “Don’t say that so loud.” Mashiro says “If it’s for the manga… But don’t do anything that will make her cry.” Takagi pays no attention to her, doesn’t notice when they haven’t spoken in over a week, and doesn’t do too much to clear up that misunderstanding that causes her to cry. Mashiro admits her value on multiple occasions, Takagi doesn’t want to be reminded of shit like that.

Guys. I’m sorry. It’s just that Takagi bothers me, and that guys in real life like him exist bothers me too. (I just want the two of them to have a definitive breakup and go their separate ways—is that really too much to ask? I’m not even asking for Takagi to change! I’m just asking for him to get in a relationship that suits him better so he can theoretically learn to value someone personally in a way that he just doesn’t value Miyoshi.)

W-whaaaaaat’s thaaaaaaat now? I-you say it’s hard to get things done on time without an unpaid assistant happily jumping in on any job you’ll give her?

And I just felt like documenting further evidence that Mashiro probably actually cares about Miyoshi more than Takagi does. Mashiro thinks they should pay her for her work, Takagi says “Don’t say that so loud.” Mashiro says “If it’s for the manga… But don’t do anything that will make her cry.” Takagi pays no attention to her, doesn’t notice when they haven’t spoken in over a week, and doesn’t do too much to clear up that misunderstanding that causes her to cry. Mashiro admits her value on multiple occasions, Takagi doesn’t want to be reminded of shit like that.

Guys. I’m sorry. It’s just that Takagi bothers me, and that guys in real life like him exist bothers me too. (I just want the two of them to have a definitive breakup and go their separate ways—is that really too much to ask? I’m not even asking for Takagi to change! I’m just asking for him to get in a relationship that suits him better so he can theoretically learn to value someone personally in a way that he just doesn’t value Miyoshi.)

yuriiko:

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…This… this is bad.
You know why this is bad? This is bad because I just love it way too much. Absolutely. I absolutely love the idea of the two of them together.
Now, full disclosure, I already wrote a long post about my change of heart towards Miyoshi, how I started out hating her, and came around to not hating her because of her selflessness and dedication (oh, she can still be plenty self-absorbed, but during serialization she did nothing but give nonstop). Contrasting to that is me not seeing Takagi as a good boyfriend—he took advantage of her selflessness and shot down his partner anytime Mashiro spoke up for her (equal wages for equal labor, etc.).
At the end of that post was me saying that I actually hoped that the two of them would break up, having learned what they could from each other, and go on to grow as people more.
And this. This is fucking poison in that hopeful picture. You know why? Because this is a beautiful, pearly, wonderful picture of what could be. Two creative people with so much to teach each other and the possibility of common passions. But there’s no way in hell I think I’m going to get this. What I see coming from this is a hurt Miyoshi, Aoki in shame, and bastard Takagi maybe learning something maybe.
TL;DR: I ship it and it will only hurt me, and I have reasons why.

…I ship these two too.
well, damn -runs away-

Well, I haven’t read the end yet. I just really, really, really feel like this ship is sympathetic poison…

yuriiko:

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…This… this is bad.

You know why this is bad? This is bad because I just love it way too much. Absolutely. I absolutely love the idea of the two of them together.

Now, full disclosure, I already wrote a long post about my change of heart towards Miyoshi, how I started out hating her, and came around to not hating her because of her selflessness and dedication (oh, she can still be plenty self-absorbed, but during serialization she did nothing but give nonstop). Contrasting to that is me not seeing Takagi as a good boyfriend—he took advantage of her selflessness and shot down his partner anytime Mashiro spoke up for her (equal wages for equal labor, etc.).

At the end of that post was me saying that I actually hoped that the two of them would break up, having learned what they could from each other, and go on to grow as people more.

And this. This is fucking poison in that hopeful picture. You know why? Because this is a beautiful, pearly, wonderful picture of what could be. Two creative people with so much to teach each other and the possibility of common passions. But there’s no way in hell I think I’m going to get this. What I see coming from this is a hurt Miyoshi, Aoki in shame, and bastard Takagi maybe learning something maybe.

TL;DR: I ship it and it will only hurt me, and I have reasons why.

…I ship these two too.

well, damn -runs away-

Well, I haven’t read the end yet. I just really, really, really feel like this ship is sympathetic poison…

(via futou)

There’s something interesting here that has to do with mingling art styles and story keys in a manga about writing manga.

You see, typically the stories are by Takagi, featuring love-interest heroines. Then Mashiro draws them, and they typically feature heroines based off of his lovely Azuki, and heroes looking similar to himself.

Then we have this developing plotline with Takagi talking to Aoki, who talks about becoming a teacher. Then, in the manga they’re writing, there’s a teacher figure who is stacked fanservice-bait modeled after Aoki.

It is a contrast. When Mashiro models a girl, she doesn’t have to be fantastic, but she has to be someone he wouldn’t mind his future wife portraying for the screen. When Takagi’s writing takes inspiration for a girl, it’s a bit more exploitive.

There are reasons for my dislike of Takagi. I’m not saying he’s a bad writer—I’m saying there is evidence behind him being bad at women in general.

There’s something interesting here that has to do with mingling art styles and story keys in a manga about writing manga.

You see, typically the stories are by Takagi, featuring love-interest heroines. Then Mashiro draws them, and they typically feature heroines based off of his lovely Azuki, and heroes looking similar to himself.

Then we have this developing plotline with Takagi talking to Aoki, who talks about becoming a teacher. Then, in the manga they’re writing, there’s a teacher figure who is stacked fanservice-bait modeled after Aoki.

It is a contrast. When Mashiro models a girl, she doesn’t have to be fantastic, but she has to be someone he wouldn’t mind his future wife portraying for the screen. When Takagi’s writing takes inspiration for a girl, it’s a bit more exploitive.

There are reasons for my dislike of Takagi. I’m not saying he’s a bad writer—I’m saying there is evidence behind him being bad at women in general.

Last panel is important enough to share and save.

Last panel is important enough to share and save.

I tried looking at this and thinking where to crop it, but there is nowhere. This… just this…

This ship will poison me, because I sympathise with Aoki, and this ship will poison her. Because Takagi is fantastic and thoughtful and interesting and intelligent and charasmatic and has common interests which he is passionate about… but he has a girlfriend, and doesn’t understand what sort of afftect words like he says here have.

And that last panel… Oh my God, that last panel. I remember what that last panel feels like. I’ve spent so much time in that last panel.

THIS SHIP IS SYMPATHETIC POISON.

I tried looking at this and thinking where to crop it, but there is nowhere. This… just this…

This ship will poison me, because I sympathise with Aoki, and this ship will poison her. Because Takagi is fantastic and thoughtful and interesting and intelligent and charasmatic and has common interests which he is passionate about… but he has a girlfriend, and doesn’t understand what sort of afftect words like he says here have.

And that last panel… Oh my God, that last panel. I remember what that last panel feels like. I’ve spent so much time in that last panel.

THIS SHIP IS SYMPATHETIC POISON.

When your best friend is always the one to consider your girlfriend before you: you are boyfriending wrong.

When your best friend is always the one to consider your girlfriend before you: you are boyfriending wrong.

This entire conversation is golden.

Iwase is a perfect foil for Aoki, the perspectives they bring are amazing, and I would just love to use some legit literary criticism to look at her perspectives, get a little New Historicist in her face about the history of novel and manga writing, and so on. (Because I’m a junior and she’s a freshman who thinks too highly of her own work and opinions.)

This entire conversation is golden.

Iwase is a perfect foil for Aoki, the perspectives they bring are amazing, and I would just love to use some legit literary criticism to look at her perspectives, get a little New Historicist in her face about the history of novel and manga writing, and so on. (Because I’m a junior and she’s a freshman who thinks too highly of her own work and opinions.)

So, is that a pen in your pocket, or are you just happy about manga?

So, is that a pen in your pocket, or are you just happy about manga?

And I’m giggling maniacally after finishing chapter 61 of Bakuman…

You know why?

Because Takagi…

…And Aoki…

…And Iwase…

…Aaaaaaand maybe Miyoshi…

…All at the same place, at the same time?

Heh heh… heh heh ha… heh hahaha hahahahaha ah ha ha ha hehehehehehehehee… BWAH HA HA HA HA HA HA HAAAAA.

My literal reaction was the laughter and the phrase, “Life’s a bitch.” It’ll be like seeing the consequences Mako never ever suffered in LOK.

…This… this is bad.

You know why this is bad? This is bad because I just love it way too much. Absolutely. I absolutely love the idea of the two of them together.

Now, full disclosure, I already wrote a long post about my change of heart towards Miyoshi, how I started out hating her, and came around to not hating her because of her selflessness and dedication (oh, she can still be plenty self-absorbed, but during serialization she did nothing but give nonstop). Contrasting to that is me not seeing Takagi as a good boyfriend—he took advantage of her selflessness and shot down his partner anytime Mashiro spoke up for her (equal wages for equal labor, etc.).

At the end of that post was me saying that I actually hoped that the two of them would break up, having learned what they could from each other, and go on to grow as people more.

And this. This is fucking poison in that hopeful picture. You know why? Because this is a beautiful, pearly, wonderful picture of what could be. Two creative people with so much to teach each other and the possibility of common passions. But there’s no way in hell I think I’m going to get this. What I see coming from this is a hurt Miyoshi, Aoki in shame, and bastard Takagi maybe learning something maybe.

TL;DR: I ship it and it will only hurt me, and I have reasons why.

…This… this is bad.

You know why this is bad? This is bad because I just love it way too much. Absolutely. I absolutely love the idea of the two of them together.

Now, full disclosure, I already wrote a long post about my change of heart towards Miyoshi, how I started out hating her, and came around to not hating her because of her selflessness and dedication (oh, she can still be plenty self-absorbed, but during serialization she did nothing but give nonstop). Contrasting to that is me not seeing Takagi as a good boyfriend—he took advantage of her selflessness and shot down his partner anytime Mashiro spoke up for her (equal wages for equal labor, etc.).

At the end of that post was me saying that I actually hoped that the two of them would break up, having learned what they could from each other, and go on to grow as people more.

And this. This is fucking poison in that hopeful picture. You know why? Because this is a beautiful, pearly, wonderful picture of what could be. Two creative people with so much to teach each other and the possibility of common passions. But there’s no way in hell I think I’m going to get this. What I see coming from this is a hurt Miyoshi, Aoki in shame, and bastard Takagi maybe learning something maybe.

TL;DR: I ship it and it will only hurt me, and I have reasons why.

It’s funny because I never just let potentially homoerotic things you say go by.

It’s funny because I never just let potentially homoerotic things you say go by.