Another episode about manga. I still can’t bring myself to care.
For me, effective satire has two essential components which these past two episodes have lacked: a) a timely and relevant topic, b) a call to action, and c) a bit of subtlety. Manga readers like novelty and suspense, and are easily bored? Ok, so? Does anyone out there actually disagree with that? It’s a pretty weak satire if your making a point that everyone agrees with. Good satire needs an edge to it, and these past two episodes were blunted since they chose such easy targets.
Besides, what’s wrong with liking novelty and suspense? What’s wrong with wanting to be consistently entertained by the manga you’re reading? I would argue that nothing is wrong with that at all. Readers read manga to be entertained, why shouldn’t they read the most entertaining manga? This whole episode just came across to me as a manga artist whining about how hard his job is. I’m not sure if it even qualifies as satire. A satire is supposed to help encourage readers to improvement. What does this episode encourage its viewers to do? Feel sorry for manga artists? I honestly can’t think of anything else.