Dumb and Smart (馬鹿と利口, Baka to Rikō) is the name of the second chapter of the Bakuman manga. It was published in Weekly Shōnen Jump on August 25, 2008.
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The next day, Takagi walks with Mashiro on the way to school and asks him if his uncle was Taro Kawaguchi. Mashiro replies that Taro was just his pen name and his real name was Nobuhiro Mashiro. He died a while back; his parents believe he overworked but Mashiro says he commit suicide. Mashiro backs it up by saying he never married and was jobless for many years.
In the exams, Mashiro can't think properly and asks if he can go to the nurse's office. Then Takagi also goes to the nurse. Upon seeing Takagi, Mashiro says he's been thinking of Azuki. On the roof, Takagi says that he picked him to be the artist for his manga not for his drawing skills, but for his personality. Takagi says that people like Azuki are smart because they're sensible. She has a good personality (graceful and well-mannered) rather than Iwase (another girl) who has good grades but is very arrogant. To this, Mashiro agrees to work with him because they think alike but Takagi asks if his parents are okay with this. His mom at first, does not approve but reluctantly agrees because his father doesn't mind him being a manga-ka. Then Mashiro's grandpa gives him his uncle Nobuhiro's keys for his manga studio.