With everything going swimmingly and the first suggestions of an anime adaptation of Reversi, an opportunity presents itself of a much-needed break for Ashirogi Muto, with Takagi suggesting to Mashiro that he join himself and Kaya as they revisit the place they had their honeymoon several years previously.
Three would normally be a crowd with this kind of arrangement, but it seems that the trio enjoy an alcohol-fuelled but enjoyable New Year break that only serves to strengthen the bonds between them - a perfect fillip for their return to the grindstone and a continued push to make Reversi one of, if not the, flagship title for Shounen Jack.
Just when it seems that things couldn't get any better... things get better, with a formal request to create an anime adaptation for Reversi. The trouble is, Zombie Gun is also on the cards for an adaptation, and perhaps more importantly Hattori is surprisingly torn as to whether the time is right for Reversi to hit the small screen given its creators decision to let it run through to its natural end without padding it out. It's these problems that cause some major conflict for Ashirogi Muto as they learn about the possible adaptation, but by the time they've decided to throw caution to the wind and accept the offer will it be too late for Reversi?
Following a fluffy, idealised New Year break, we now seem to be well and truly in the home stretch of Bakuman, with an anime series well and truly on the cards and all of the pieces falling into place on the proverbial board. The trouble is, our position within the series drains some of the tension from this week's episode as it seems clear which direction it is headed, although it still managed to eke a fair amount of excitement from proceedings by making full use of the fact that we've been vicariously pursuing Ashirogi Muto's dreams along with them for so long now. I hope that these final episodes can apply themselves without feeling too inevitable, to bring a good ending to what has been a great series.