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Bakuman is a franchise comprised of 2 anime series, 1 manga series
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Upon many growing email requests for a “Must see before you die Anime & Manga list” I thought I’d go a second round and give a more thorough look into title recommendations for both mediums

Alright so, from weeks of deliberation with my various fellow Otaku brethren on and off the podcast as well as through some extensive research from the likes of ANN, ANIMENFO, ANIDB & MYANIMELIST what I have cooked up here folks is an updated and rebooted list of MUST SEE ANIME & MANGA TITLES…for almost anybody open to the mediums…fanboys and newbies alike!

Now generally speaking these kinds of suggestive lists typically highlight some of the most agreed upon classics most fans would have already known about but let’s be honest here, no matter how impartial and objective you try to be with these things there is always bound to be someone else out there who will find fault or even claim bias on the chosen selection…and that is perfectly fine… fact it would be dumb not to be expected

These kinds of lists should be seen as more of a guideline / gap filler into the best or even possibly the overlooked gems that the medium’s have had to offer and as such it can be very helpful for quite a few folks

I’ve tried to generate this list based in terms of agreed quality first and foremost not just on accumulative popularity which is why some of the more obvious long running shows will not be on this list at all, however for this list I’ve tried to stick with titles that have more or less finished their story run – giving you the opportunity to make your own final open and shut case point about each title…..for the most part

This time around I’ve tried to keep it a little bit more varied in terms of genre and target demographic, ya know, so people can pick out something that may be of a particular taste to em

This list is NOT in any particular order


Neon Genesis Evangelion
Action, Dementia, Drama, Mecha, Sci-Fi, Psychological

Gurren Lagann
Action, Comedy, Mecha, Sci-Fi

Cowboy Bebop
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi, Space

Fullmetal Alchemist 2003 & Brotherhoood
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Magic, Military

Death Note
Mystery, Supernatural, Police, Psychological, Thriller

Samurai Champloo
Adventure, Comedy, Samurai

Samurai X (Rurouni Kenshin: Trust & Betrayal)
Action, Historical, Martial Arts, Samurai, Romance

Action, Adventure, Demons, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Romance, Supernatural, Military

Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Historical, Samurai, Romance, Supernatural

Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Vision of Escaflowne
Adventure, Fantasy, Mecha, Romance

Action, Mecha, Romance, Sci-Fi

Code Geass
Action, Mecha, School, Sci-Fi, Super Power, Military

Eureka Seven
Adventure, Drama, Mecha, Romance, Sci-Fi

Welcome to the NHK
Comedy, Drama, Romance, Psychological

Haibane Renmei
Drama, Fantasy, Slice of Life

Action, Comedy, Dementia, Mecha, Parody, Sci-Fi

Madoka Magica
Drama, Magic, Psychological, Thriller

Action, Supernatural

Adventure, Fantasy

Last Exile
Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Paradise Kiss
Comedy, Drama, Romance, Slice of Life, Fashion

Blue Gender
Adventure, Drama, Horror, Mecha, Romance, Sci-Fi, Space, Military

Adventure, Mystery, Fantasy, Supernatural


Cyberpunk, Science fiction, Thriller

Battle Angel Alita
Cyberpunk, Science fiction, Action

Battle Royale
Dystopian, Thriller, Horror, Alternative history

20th Century Boys
Science fiction, Mystery

Rurouni Kenshin
Action, Historical, Martial Arts, Samurai, Romance

Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Action, Science fiction, Horror, Thriller

Great Teacher Onizuka
Comedy-drama, School, Slice of Life

Eden: It's an Endless World
Action, Cyberpunk

Kare Kano
Comedy, Drama, Romance, School-Life

Action, Drama, Martial Arts, Psychological

Legend of the Strongest Man Kurosawa
Action, Comedy, Drama, Psychological

The Breaker
Martial Arts, Drama, Romance

Mirai Nikki
Action, Psychological, Romance, Supernatural, Survival Horror, Suspense

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
Action, Adventure, Horror, Supernatural, Suspense

Slice-of-life, Comedy-Drama, Romance

Our Happy Hours
Drama, Romance, Slice of Life, Psychological

Action, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi, Psychological

Mystery, Drama, Psychological

Drama, Fantasy, Historical, Romance, Sci-Fi, Space, Supernatural, Psychological

Action, Drama, Police, Psychological, Thriller

Hoshi no Koe
Drama, Mecha, Romance, Sci-Fi

Action, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Yokohama Shopping Log
Drama, Sci-Fi, Slice of Life

Blade of the Phantom Master
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Historical, Supernatural

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I did it again Vicers. I crumbled under the weight of another RightStuf sale. It's a pretty good order but it could have been better if there was more manga in stock that I wanted. Won't be until later this week that I get to the series I got for DCs. I need to get back into manga reviews, too.

WARNING! This video contains explicit language. Also, this video is not edited in any way.

-Will McQuigg ( sotyfan16) is your everyday anime/manga enthusiast. You can also find him on Twitter ( bildo_88).

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The News

After HalberdierV2 and MohsinMan99 informed me about the Sket Dance X Gintama crossover back in October, I find another crossover: Sket Dance and Bakuman.

According to the sources below, Sket Dance and Bakuman will have 3 episodes for the crossover, 2 in October and 1 in November. It's already past October, and there is no release dates for these episodes. Not much is said from both creators or producers who are going to make these crossover episodes possible. Plus, Gintama X Sket Dance crossover episodes already occurred in September 26 and 29.

**I have no idea if the crossover for both Sket Dance and Bakuman will occur. I'm hoping for it since they did announce to do it.

Please see Dochaus's report and the Sket Dance and Gintama Differences.

For those who do know Bakuman

Bakuman is about a young teenager, Moritaka Mashiro, who thinks he can't be a manga creator/ mangaka due to his mother's disapproval, disinterest in life, and his lack of confidence in his drawing skills. When he meets Akito Takagi, Akito rekindles Mashiro's dreams of becoming a manga creator and marrying his crush, Miho Azuki. Akito and Mashiro team up to become the best and to serialized their first show.


Moritaka Mashiro
The artist whose dream is to have his own series and to marry his sweetheart.
2. Akito Takagi
The smartest guy drops his ordinary career goal to make a successful manga and anime series with Mashiro.
3. Miho Azuki
Her dream is to become a talented voice actress for a leading role in an anime.

For those who do know Sket Dance

Sket Dance is about a club, SKET Dan, that has trio of students who help their classmates solve their problems. The S.K.E.T. in SKET Dan stands for Support, Kindness, Encouragement, and Troubleshoot.



Bossun is the leader who solves dire problems with his concentration ability; he's is a killer marksman with a slingshot.

Hime Onizuka

Hime is the powerhouse of the team; she is only female member with a wicked field hockey stick. Don't be fooled by her pretty appearance.

Kazuyoshi Usui

Switch is the anime Otaku and computer whiz who invents inventions and formulate strategies.

Here's the copy of the Japanese website's Article

「週刊少年ジャンプ」(集英社)連載の人気作品を原作としたTVアニメ、NHK Eテレ『 バクマン。』とテレビ東京系『 SKET DANCE』 がコラボすることが10月3日発売の「週刊少年ジャンプ」で発表されました。放送の日程は10月に2回、11月に1回で詳しい日時は発表していません。ま たコラボの内容に関しても一切触れておらずベールに包まれたままです。次の発表は10月24日発売の「週刊少年ジャンプ」にてコラボのカギを握る人物が発 表される予定です。

『バクマン。』は、「週刊少年ジャンプ」で2008年から連載されている大場つぐみ・小畑 健原作の作品です。内容は、一握りの者にしか得られない栄光を手にするため、険しい”マンガ道”を歩み、プロのマンガ家になる決意をした二人。高い画力を 持つ真城最高と、文才に長ける高木秋人がコンピを組み、新たなマンガ伝説を創る成功物語となっています。2010年よりNHK EテレにてTVアニメ放送が開始され2011年10月1日から第2シリーズが放送開始されています。

『SKET DANCE』は、週刊少年ジャンプで2007年から連載されている篠原健太原作の作品です。内容は、生徒達が学園生活を円滑に送るためのサポーター集団、 ボッスン、ヒメコ、スイッチの三人からなる開盟学園・学園生活支援部、通称「スケット団」が舞い込む依頼を解決していく、時には笑えて、時には真面目な痛 快学園群像劇です。2011年よりテレビ東京系にてTVアニメ放送が開始されています。


If anyone can read this, please inform us. I wanted to see if there were any information that the English version was missing.


The second source is a website in Japanese. Sorry about that.


Team W.I.K.I. Nation

*If I confused you, I'm sorry. There was not enough information to explain.

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This new anime season brought about a good number of titles (eleven to be precise) that I decided to try out for myself, some being highly anticipated titles among fans for this season. Some I chose to drop for one reason or another, some I’m not sure how to judge and others that I’m already looking forward to seeing what transpires with them. From slice-of-life titles to a comedy about brawling for discounted bentos, here are my thoughts thus far of 11 anime titles that started up this season.

1. Fate/ Zero

Having watched my way through Fate/ Stay Night and heard that the animators behind the Kara no Kyoukai movie series were going to animate this series, Fate/ Zero was definitely on my radar for titles I chose to seek out being the prequel to Stay Night. And thus far, the series hasn’t disappointed me. Ufotable hasn’t disappointed in the visuals department as Fate/Zero sports some impressively detailed scenery shots and sporting clean-looking character designs, a vast improvement over Stay Night. There hasn’t been much to see in terms of animation highlights for the series thus far since the first two episodes have been used to introduce the Masters and Servants, though there are moments such as the summoning of Servants and the shocking finale to episode two. The first episode notably ran for nearly 50 minutes introducing most of the Masters and their backgrounds. It also introduced a few of the prominent characters from Stay Night when they were children (Rin and Sakura) showing how they were brought up within their families. The series shows itself as being darker than Stay Night with some nasty and disturbing scenes shown at points in the first two episodes, including one which reveals a shocking element to Sakura’s past. I see this title being my definite choice for this season.

2. Bakuman 2

Considering I found the first series to be somewhat enjoyable despite my issues with the eccentric character behavior and Mashiro/ Azuki’s love developments, I decided to press on into seeing Bakuman’s second season. While the series does introduce some new characters in the form of a new editor and staff working for Mashiro and Takagi, the series is more or less the same in terms of what I liked and disliked from the first season. While it still believably explores the challenges faced by Mashiro and Takagi to be successful manga-ka, it’s still stuck with the over-the-top character behavior and believability stretching developments of Mashiro and Azuki’s “we won’t get together until we’re famous” relationship. Considering I’ve gotten used to these two unnecessary elements to the show, I guess this will be another title I’m sticking with, though I’m not too latched on it.

3. Kimi to Boku

This slice-of-life series is different in the fact that rather than focus on a circle of friends who are high school girls, it focuses on boys. However, this one felt very dull to watch compared to the typical energetic and chirpy moe gals you would expect from the opposite sex. The four boys focused on in the series have deadpan voice acting from their seiyuu, the humor is very dry and I couldn’t get any sense of mood coming from it whatsoever in the first half of the first episode I seen before I chose to just ditch the series all together because it was actually boring the hell out of me, which is a rarity considering titles I typically drop annoy or frustrate me due to being too formulaic or rushed for their own good.

4. Tamayura – Hitotse

This season’s slice-of-life series focused on four high school girls and their everyday activity. It seems Japan is still milking the daylights out of this genre to pander to the otaku crowd. And embarrassingly enough, I got fooled into Tamayura because of the first episode’s bittersweet mood from main gal Fu lamenting over the loss of her father before moving away. My perceptions of the first episode were mixed considering the musical selections tried to ham up the mood in their forced attempt to make me feel something towards Fu’s situation yet I pressed on with the series anyway. Unfortunately in the second episode, I realized what I had walked into. From what I seen in the first half of the second episode before dropping the series, the typical elements of this type of anime are still around: hit or miss comedic delivery from bizarre behavior from the characters and focusing on the everyday interactions between the girls who have their archetypal quirk that has been done to death in enough anime I’ve seen. Thanks, but no thanks!

5. Phi-Brain: Kami no Puzzle

There are many times where I can take Anime News Network’s word on watching a title I originally never planned to see because they had positive impressions of the show’s first episode (Mawaru Penguindrum being the most recent case). However, Phi Brain is a rare case where I didn’t find myself on the same page with ANN regarding possible interest in the series. The premise for it seemed like something pulled out of a shounen series focusing on male lead Daimon solving seemingly impossible and life threatening puzzles from a secret society while having a special power that allows him to challenge the group. From what I seen of Phi Brain’s first episode, the premise was hard to take seriously and the ways in which puzzles were solved by Daimon were contrived enough where I was reminded of seeing how Detective Conan went through its routines of mysteries getting solved. I don’t think I can put up with said antics for a whopping 25 episodes thus I ditched Phi Brain after seeing its first episode.

6. Chihayafuru

As unusual as the premise sounds, Chihayafuru’s focus on Chihaya’s interest in the obscure Japanese card game of karuta is a fairly original one that I’m enjoying. In a way, the series reminds me of Hikaru no Go in that it focuses on how a real-life game influences the growth of the characters connected to it. Thus far, the series explores the past of Chihaya as a grade school student where she develops a bond with poor transfer student Arata and his commitment to karuta inspires her to be more active and interested in the game. I’m looking forward to seeing how things further develop with Chihaya’s interest in karuta.

7. Persona 4- The Animation

Apparently based on a Playstation 2 RPG game, I’m normally cautious of approaching anime adaptations of video games because of how sloppy or mediocre said titles can be as they assume the viewer has played the games and they don’t bother elaborating on details of the game to new fans. Fortunately for Persona 4, that vibe hasn’t affected me thus far as this series is doing a solid job at taking its time to build up its plot and introduce prominent characters thus it made the series approachable for me. From what I’ve made out of events thus far, a serial killer is killing their victims through the creatures present in a parallel dimension through televisions where three high school students find themselves tasked with tracking down the culprit while making use of avatars called Personas to aid them in fighting the creatures of this dimension. The visuals to the series are a bit of a mixed bag where scenery and character designs look sharp with a great amount of detail in most shots, though the quality tends to drop in far shots with characters and when they are in battle within the “TV world”. Also, the narrative style for the series did get a bit confusing for me at points with the show getting in the habit of switching around its time frame at differing points throughout both episodes. Still, this is one of the better anime adaptations I’ve seen of a video game series thus far and I’m willing to press on with how things work out with Persona 4.

8. Mirai Nikki

Another of this season’s anticipated titles considering I’ve heard folks frolic for the manga adaptation of the series, I decided to check out Mirai Nikki to see what made it tick. In a way, this series reminded me of Deadman Wonderland in terms of the kind of mood and premise it wanted to convey with a youth unwillingly thrust into extraordinary circumstances, being gritty and not bothering to explain much about how the situation came to be. However unlike Deadman Wonderland, the first episode of Mirai Nikki doesn’t rush its developments to toss its lead Yukiteru into the hell of Deus Ex Machina’s twisted game as it takes its time to introduce his character in the first half of its first episode and give viewers a taste of how the show will be within its second half with the encounter of a serial killer also involved in Deus’ twisted survival game. While I was still wondering how Yukiteru became acquainted with a powerful being like Deus, at least Mirai Nikki didn’t leave me fuming over rushing Yukiteru into Deus’ game without providing much explanation over the events after the first episode like Deadman Wonderland did with quickly throwing Ganta into the prison. For now, I plan to stick with this series.

9. Ben-To

If you’re looking for an original comedy to dive into this season, look no further than Ben-To. Taking me by surprise within its first episode, the series features the unusual premise of high school students brawling over discounted bento boxes at a supermarket. The characters are your typical archetypal bunch within a high school series with the clueless newcomer student (Yo), the timid and energetic girl (Hana) and the seemingly quiet and reserved girl (Sen). However, the execution of the comedy in this series is clever and bizarre with characters taking the bento brawling seriously and turning the typical “student struggling to live on his own” plot device topsy turvy. I can definitely consider Ben-To as my comedy title of choice for this season.

10. Guilty Crown

My watch of Guilty Crown’s first episode gave me vibes of Code Geass and I’m not sure if this is supposed to be good or not thus far. Essentially, you can think of the show’s setup in the first episode as running on a template of the latter: corrupt foreign government takes over Japan, terrorist group is committed to halting foreign occupation, clueless and unassuming male lead gains superpower from a female partner to off enemy threat, male lead becomes involved with terrorists to oppose the foreign presence in Japan. The mood of Guilty Crown is more dismal, less focused on mechas and nowhere as over-the-top compared to Code Geass yet it is coming across as unoriginal. On the other hand, this series offers up perhaps the best overall presentation you can expect of TV anime titles this season with its high quality visuals, fluid and intense battle scenes and great musical selections with female character Inori singing a powerful ballad at a couple points in the first episode. Yet with a premise that I’ve seen done before, I’ll have to give this series a few more episodes to see it does anything different to determine if I will get latched on it or not, especially as this is one of a good number of titles this season that will run for 20+ episodes.

11. Un-Go

On the surface thus far, Un-Go appears to be your typical mystery anime featuring a self-contained case of the detective solving a murder mystery with multiple suspects possible and narrowing down clues to determine who the culprit is. However, the series offers up a few hints that it may be more than it seems on the surface considering the unusual behavior and ability of Shinjuro’s assistant Inga and hints of some tragic events that occurred within the near-future setting that Un-Go is set up in. Like Guilty Crown, I’ll also be giving this series a few more episodes to see where it goes and see if I gain any interest in it.

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That's right. I'm an addict....
 Go Team Fukuda!!
 Go Team Fukuda!!

It started with the anime. I was so enthralled by the story. It felt like I was home within the fictional creation. The characters popped out at me along with the animation. And the comedy was simple, normal, and classic. I would wait with so much anticipation for each episode. Once the new year started I began gathering the manga. I now have all 6 volumes currently released in the US. However, that was not enough. The fact that I just bought Vol. 5-6 and read them first out of all my recent purchases (and have yet to read any of the others) didn't cut it.

I knew what I had to do. I had to have more and there was only one way to do it. So I went to the internet. It was pretty easy to find a site that had up to the most recent chapter scanned. From there I started reading where Vol. 6 left off. I have become so entranced by it. Shujin is like my kindred spirit. I'm not an artist so I can only come up with stories. I'm ok with that. But before I knew it I was reading everything on every page. I've hardly been paying attention to anything else. Hours at a time would pass and I'd only have a volume's worth covered. But that's fine because I want to absorb every detail I can. I can expect nothing less from the duo behind Death Note.

I'm on Chapter 127 of the 143 currently out. None of this reading has been in vain, though. I've grown to have a number of questions that I would like to research and write an article for. But my thoughts are pretty mush right now since this is my second blog of the day. I'll see if I can get an LOL article done later. Peace!

-Will McQuigg ( sotyfan16) is your everyday anime/manga enthusiast. You can also find him on Twitter ( bildo_88).
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 You jealous yet?
 You jealous yet?
BAM! As many of you know, Borders is going out of business. Also, some of you may remember that I said I was going to make manga my priority this year. The above picture further proves I'm doing what I said. I got 8 of the above manga at 30% off and 1 at 25% off (because I bought it last week and RightStuf didn't have it). In fact, 30% off makes the manga cheaper than RightStuf before tax and only a couple cents more afterwards. So if y'all are a bit like me and really want the stuff in your hands instead of waiting a couple days I suggest going to your nearest Borders store and picking up what you want/can before they run out!

On to the good stuff now. My manga collection after this purchase totals 58 volumes. 4 of the volumes in the picture complete 2 series, which brings me to a total of 4 complete manga series (all of which don't have an anime) that tally to 23 volumes. All right, all right, all right! I'll tell you what I exactly got.

In the front row are Vol. 2-4 of B.Ichi (complete). In the top-left corner are Vol. 6 of BioMega (complete), Vol. 2 of Toradora, and Vol. 5 of Ultimo. Aaand in the top-right corner are Vol. 5-6 of Bakuman and Vol. 3 of Fairy Tail. That about does it for me. Look forward to me talking about these and other great manga and anime in upcoming Dunce Cap episodes. I can't wait to read Bakuman because it will be the first time I've read a manga further than its anime (that is ongoing).

-Will McQuigg ( sotyfan16) is your everyday anime/manga enthusiast. You can also find him on Twitter ( bildo_88).
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Good afternoon Anime Vice! And for some of you, good night or good evening or good morning. It's Manga Monday and that's exactly what today's Dunce Cap is about. Armed with another 5 volumes, I'll take take you on an exciting journey of imagination. The volumes themselves are: Bakuman Vol. 2-4 by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata ( Viz Media), Claymore Vol. 2 by Norihiro Yagi (Viz Media), and Fairy Tail Vol. 2 by Hiro Mashima ( Del Rey)! Watch, learn, enjoy!

WARNING! This video contains explicit language. Also, this video is not edited in any way.


Please feel free to provide suggestions for an anime or manga for me to talk about and I will do my best to oblige. Also, if you are curious about anything discussed in this-or previous-episode(s) don't hesitate to ask me for more information/opinions.

Last episode: Sea Creatures and Zombie Don't Need Liquor!

-Will McQuigg ( sotyfan16) is your everyday anime/manga enthusiast. You can also find him on Twitter ( bildo_88).
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So last week I put up a blog asking people to vote on what I should dedicate the month of June to here on Anime Vice, what series should I try to fill in as much as I could during this month. And I got some good suggestions, but most of the votes went for Bakuman, which works out well considering that the series's first season just wrapped up last week. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this series, it's the latest hit coming from the brains behind Death Note, Takeshi Obata and Tsugumi Ohba. It follows two young aspiring mangaka, Akito Takagi and Moritaka Mashiro, who dream of creating a popular manga series that will get turned into an anime. It's a series about following your dreams, facing your rivals, and pursuing true love. For a great breakdown of the series read my buddy Wales's review of the series here.  
For those of you wanting a quick intro here's a breakdown of who you need to know.  

Moritaka Mashiro

 Moritaka Mashiro
 Moritaka Mashiro
A young artist who wants to become a mangaka so that he can create an anime that his girlfriend Miho can do a voice in. Once he's achieved this dream they'll get married, which is the real dream of both of them. However it's hard for him to take this leap and dedicate himself to this life, because his uncle was also a former mangaka who worked himself literally to death trying to create a successful series. 

Akito Takagi

Akito Takagi
Akito Takagi
  A child prodigy who is a brilliant student, but wants nothing to do with the academic world, but chooses rather to dedicate his life to writing manga. He  teams up with Moritaka Mashiro and they become the manga team of Ashirogi Muto. He focuses on writing more dark series with anti-hero protagonist, which contradicts his light hearted and goofy attitude. 

Miho Azuki

 The girl who Mashiro has been in love with ever since he was a kid, she also shared these feelings for him but neither of them could bring themselves to say this. It wasn't until Akito spilled the beans to Mashiro that Miho's life long dream was to be a voice over actress that they finally got together. Now they have promised that they will one day marry as soon as Mashiro creates a manga that becomes an anime and Miho does the voice for it. However in order to encourage each other to do their best to achieve this, they have also promised not to actually see each other or talk to one another except through email and text message until this day comes.

Kaya Miyoshi

 Miho's best friend and Akito's girlfriend, she is the one to thank for Miho and Moritaka getting together more than anyone. She serves as the cheerleader for everyone in this series, doing everything she can to get Moritaka and Miho together, or to get Akito and Moritaka published, she is a ray of sunshine whenever things at the office get stressful.

Akira Hattori

 Akito and Moritaka's editor at Shonen Jump, he is the one to thank for most of the success those two have had. He serves as a father figure to the two as he teaches them about how best to use their talents and the way to create a winning manga. 

Eiji Nizuma

 Every protagonist needs a rival and Eiji serves that roll in this series. He is a gifted mangaka who doesn't even have to think about how to create a series, going as far as to draw a manga chapter on the spot without even thinking it out. He's very eccentric and childish, however even though he serves as a rival to the protagonist he also serves as a friend to them, constantly wanting them to do their best.

There are dozens of other great characters who I will be filling out, so for the rest of this month every day I'm going to focus on updating something about the series, whether it be adding more pictures, creating new pages, or just filling out what we already have. So I hope the rest of you enjoy this and give this great new series a try.
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