Takagi decides to back Mashiro’s decision to redo their entry by changing the story a bit, and back at Eiji’s studio Fukuda and Nakai are also doing what they can to improve their work, while Aoki tries to make her story more suited for a shonen magazine. Koogy on the other hand is more preoccupied about giving interviews and hasn’t even started yet.
Despite just coming home, Mashiro quickly heads back to the studio as his grandfather reminds him not to forget about the people supporting him, and when he gets there he and Takagi quickly get back to work. At the same time Fukuda and Nakai continue to work hard as well, as Nakai implements Aoki’s changes and is determined to do the best he’s ever done.
Mashiro and Takagi manage to complete the manuscript before the deadline and waste no time heading over to see Hattori, on the train ride over there they wonder whether every week could be like this and start to jokingly talk about how they’re in it for money and girls. Not that far away, a certain salary man overhears them and takes them seriously, deciding to give it a shot himself. When they get there, Hattori just wishes that they had told him that they were doing some changes and looks back on how far they’ve come.
Eventually the Golden Future Cup kicks off with Fukuda’s Kiyoshi Knight and the changes that he’s made make Mashiro and Takagi worried about just how well it will do, with Kaya surprised by just how fast the results are processed. Upon seeing the early results for it, Yujiro thinks about just how good it would be to have both Eiji and Fukuda serialised, but is still worried about the other entries. At this point Koogy hasn’t even started yet either.
When the final results come in, Fukuda is given the go ahead to prepare for serialisation and when Nakai goes to inform Aoki of this, she tells him that how well the others do doesn’t concern her. After this Ashirogi Muto’s Detective Trap comes out, with Azuki specially picking up a copy while Mashiro feels that his art is sub par, this changes though when she tells him how well she thought he did. Following this, Mashiro and Takagi get the go ahead to plan for serialisation as well, and Koogy finally finishes his entry just before the deadline. When the final results come in, Detective Trap is revealed to be tied with Kiyoshi Knight.
Hideout Door follows this and Mashiro, Takagi, and Kaya are amazed at just how beautiful Nakai’s art is, something he could possibly keep up if it were serialised. Eiji ends up giving Nakai a congratulatory rain of confetti on his accomplishment, however Fukuda is starting to doubt whether he can really beat him and Aoki, especially after Aoki had implemented what he had said about it before. Nakai and Aoki also end up being given the go ahead to prepare for serialisation as well, for which being able to compete with everyone like this has Nakai overjoyed. Koogy’s Colorfusical comes out shortly after this and ends up being an incoherent mess, showing that Koogy intended to rely on his fans all along.
After the airing was delayed last week, this episode ended up being pretty good and even though most of the first half of the episode consisted of montages to show that everyone was still doing their best. It was made up for by the return of another aspect that gives us an idea to what each entry was about. Above all else though, one of the best parts of this episode was simply the brief cameo for Hiramaru Kazuya.
Hiramaru’s brief appearance was something that really caught me of guard, as while he’s my favourite character in the series I still didn’t expect him to appear until at least the second season. But what was really interesting about this was how it chose to have Mashiro and Takagi be the ones who inadvertently got him onto his path as a mangaka through the fake promises of riches and women. Anyway, with his editor Yoshida already being voiced by Takehito Koyasu, I’m eagerly looking forward to the future antics between them in the struggle to actually get Hiramaru to draw something.
For what they were, the work montages in this episode really weren’t that bad, as while at first glance they may have just served to show everyone competing with the others to do better, it also served to show something else. That while everyone was working night and day to make their entry better, Koogy was more preoccupied with giving interviews and posing for the camera instead. Something that nicely set him apart as the one to beat, as if the contest were to be decided by how much effort the participants were putting into their work, he would have come dead last.
Another part of this episode that was great to see was the return of the technique that was used to further detail the first thing that Mashiro and Takagi had wrote together, the Two Earths. Where by panning from panel to panel with the text being read aloud we were able to get a better idea of just what the entries were about, showing us just what the characters had been talking about when they praised them for either being funny, suspenseful, or simply beautiful and just what their fears were about. If anything this really was the kind of technique that the anime was made for, and even though we only saw a few panels for each entry it was still great to see it again.
While everyone suddenly being given the go ahead for serialisation may have ruined any weight that winning the Golden Future Cup had, as a way of transition for the characters it was still kind of nice to see. Serving to give them that step forward from being amateurs to actually having something serialised in a fairly popular magazine, opening the gates to a bigger stage for them to compete on and another way to do it. Also giving Mashiro and Takagi another step forward to their goal of getting an anime adaption for one of their works.