Music Monday turning.. a new leaf?
Well, I’m not one for saying what might suit the season, but nonetheless, I set out to search amongst my now meagre collection of music (and songs I remembered from the ghost of a music collection that was) for something that fit my condition of ‘uplifting’ which I wanted for the occasion. Ignoring the weight of much too heavy headphones digging into the sides of my head, I braved the oncoming headache to bring you ‘Monochrome Rainbow’ by Tommy Heavenly6, currently being used as the ending song to Bakuman 2.
As much as I like the series this song comes from, I picked the song for what it was, not because it was attached to a great series and it twinges my feelings of nostalgia when I hear it (though it possibly does that too), which was why I picked it over the other choice I had in mind. ‘Monochrome Rainbow’ was one of those songs I immediately liked and I hope you enjoyed listening to it to, despite differences in music taste – well, you know the drill.
Onto the series it comes from: Bakuman as a whole is a unique insight into the comings and goings behind the scenes of popular (a) manga magazine(s), at once from the artists’ point of view, but also delving into the perspectives of assistants and editors, the higher ups and of course the family along with the usual dash of romance in the bag. It makes one appreciate how much work goes into manga, and how much of a struggle it is for artists to really make it big and create that hit that they have been dreaming of.
It also takes us along a journey of thought: not any story will make it big. There may only ever be one gem among the hundreds of story ideas and drafts, and even then, it’s revision after revision; and then yet more revision based on results if you ever get that far. I for one admire the tenacity and the well of creativity behind such a tireless effort in the search of that elusive gem. Bakuman not only teaches us about the experiences of making manga or the process of manga and gives you the knowledge to understand the system, it serves as a prime example by practicing what it preaches.
And hey, given it’s the holidays, I definitely think Bakuman is worth the watch, especially for all you artists and prospective artists out there, or even just to further appreciate the manga and anime that we devour on a daily basis. Now you even have the time to watch it… well, when you’re not supposed to be spending it with family. It’s an interesting look into the manga world (and if any of you are watching Sekaiichi Hatsukoi, this is very very different).
On the arty note, keep your eyes peeled closer to the middle of the week! New content coming up!