Welcome to the Perfect Crime post. Oh crap, it’s no longer Perfect. Ashirogi is under the gun only having one more chance to at least match the work of both Crow and +Natural. I won’t lose to this post, but I may lose to my hunger as I haven’t had breakfast today.
Mashiro and Takagi finally submit their Perfect Crime Club storyboard early in the episode. The story is pretty simple, but I’m somehow confused by it. Nonetheless, their confidence is running at an all time high, confirmed by the disgusting Miura. Miura, with his new-found motivation, even tells his other author, Takahama, that there’s no way his storyboard can compete with Ashirogi. Way to go.
We briefly see both Nizuma and Fukuda, now very aware of Ashirogi’s serialization situation. That’s about it as far as supporting appearances go in Episode 23. Regardless, everyone else appearing in the episode serves to build up the viewer’s confidence that the new Ashirogi title will surely pass serialization. Right? Don’t get your hopes up.
Mashiro heads over to Takagi and Miyoshi’s for Christmas dinner and dessert. They’re so adult! Miyoshi brings out a cake made by Azuki specially for Mashiro. They have chicken. They talk about their continued struggle over dinner and wait for the phone call. So much of the show is spent watching characters on their phones, I’m surprised they haven’t slipped in a telecom sponsor by now.
A bulk of the episode is spent inside the Shounen Jack offices. Miura and Hattori wait outside while the editorial board decides whether or not to go ahead with serialization. Again, not only does it have to be fit for print, but it has to be able to “win” against Nizuma Eiji’s work. They deliberate deep into the evening, where they ultimately take a majority vote. Guess who gets the final deciding vote? You’re right. Guess which way he votes? You’re correct once again! You have not lost.
Miura has pretty much the same reaction to everything Ashirogi creates and quite honestly, I’m tired of looking at his face. Seriously though, what would warrant the termination of a Shounen Jack editor? Hasn’t he surpassed the vast levels of incompetence required for firing, just in his handling of the Ashirogi titles alone? Can his fat ass.
Sort of a boring episode, with all the stress of the editorial meeting feeling completely forced. Maybe it felt that way, because it was pretty much a copy & paste of other meetings we’ve seen previously. No real surprises here. The chief editor is a tool bag who needs to shave that silly stache. I’m down to spouting insults at 2-D characters because there’s not much more to say. Plus it’s fun.
Let’s make some predictions on next week’s show, by way of the preview. Uh, was that a preview of next week or a recap of this week? It looks like our good-guy editors looking all distressed along with other stuff we’ve seen this episode.
Here’s how I’d like the show to end. Ashirogi’s new title ends up getting serialized. Then the two come into the office and take a giant crap on the chief editor’s desk. They make a new story about a chief editor who continually makes bad decisions and a fat blustery editor who runs every title into the dirt. It’s a gag/action/romance manga, which the invigorated Ashirogi brings to a rival magazine. They’ll never lose again.