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Moritaka Mashiro (Saiko), with his superb drawing skill, is invited by his writing genius classmate Akito Takagi (Shujin) to tread the difficult path of the mangaka!! His sights are set on his naive yet earnest joint dream with Miho Azuki, who is aiming to become a voice actress!! Saiko and Shujin team up as writer and artist, aiming to be serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump, make a hit, and then release an anime. They bring their manuscripts into editors and set off on the road to becoming pro manga artists!! This is a new-age story of manga success!!

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It's not easy to become and live as a mangaka, as Mashiro Moritaka knows from his late uncle. At 9th grade, while trying to keep up with reality, school and then a normal job, he left his notebook with a sketch of Azuki Miho, a girl he likes. Takagi Akito, a first-rate student found it and tries to convince Mashiro to draw a manga with his story. Mashiro doesn't like the idea and declines. Takagi, however, sticks to his dream and found out that Azuki wants to be a voice actress and has already gotten a good reply from a production company. Takagi then brought Mashiro to her house and told her his dream... Mashiro then tells her that he will write a manga with Takagi and will ask Azuki to voice their anime. Out of confusion, Mashiro asks her if their dreams become reality, will she marry him? She says yes, only if their dreams become true, and not otherwise!! Now, the lives of wannabe mangakas begin!!!

Nominated for the 3rd Manga Taisho Award (2010).


Related Series
Otter No. 11 (Side Story)

Associated Names
Bakuman - Giấc mơ họa sĩ truyện tranh

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c.14 Years Old by Jaimini's Box (11d ago)
c.13 Years Old by Jaimini's Box (19d ago)
c.176 (end) by Red Hawk NEO (1269d ago)
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20 Volumes (Complete)

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Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1

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Bakuman by Mangaka714

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Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (2237 votes)
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Not good ...   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by Dickegrobe
May 30th, 2015, 4:41am
I've only seen the anime, so I might be referring to something else entirely (but from the glimpses I got, I do not think it deviates much from the manga other than being maybe a wee bit more compact in some places).

Originally, I wanted to rant about how unbelievably annoying, shallow, dumb and whatnot Bakuman is, but Textualpoacher already mentioned most of it, I guess.

Let me add - this work is so full of sports/battle shounen manga (basically the same thing) stereotypes that you could say it actually is one. All the crap that manga kiddies must love so much ...
# suberbestest rivalfriends;
# excessive use of superlatives (like, how almost each new approach of the MC must and, for sure, will absolutely with no doubt beat their eternal super-suberbestest rivalfriend Eichi ... and then won't);
# beating enemies and recruiting them as future superbestest rivalfriends (like the tea-sipping manga girl that - for no apparent reason - looses the bit of (arrogant) personality she has in the beginning and turns into ... nothing; or like that guy doing manga with a think tank of dunno-how-much-people)
# humongous amount of (mainly, but not exclusively, male) shallow pride oozing out of every pore ...
it's all there! Yayyyyyy!

I'm not sure if this is anime-exclusive thing or if it's the manga as well, but ... At some point, ALL characters develop the habit of saying certain things - perhaps meant to be slightly more meaningful, deeper, funnier, whatever than the rest - with one eye closed. Really, ALL OF THEM. A-N-N-O-Y-I-N-G. I am as peace-loving and inoffensive as one can be, but I really wanted to smack that stupid look out of their faces, hard.

What's else to say? Oh, in all fairness, the work has its good points as well: Hiamaru and his editor are funny, Kaya (Kaya? ... the girl with big tits) is kind of likeable (although a bit generic).

... Last updated on May 30th, 2015, 4:41am
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Interesting take   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by nail80
September 20th, 2014, 12:26pm
Textualpoacher brings valid arguments to the table. What sells most isn't always the best, and winning in literature is something that simply does not exist. But I also think that manga is a different battlefield compared to regular literature. While it doesn't exist the struggle to compete when you are writing a story, it can be different when every week is a matter of keep working or getting fired.
But that isn't the focal point of the story. The focal point of the story is the hardwork, the dedication, the grind to get the job done. I like Bakuman because it shows you that it's not all fun and games. Those two guys struggled, worked plenty of hours a week and it payed off. It was very interesting to see how the industry works and what goes into creating a manga, there were plenty of things I didn't know. The thought process was also interesting.
The only fault in Bakuman is the romance department. That was one of the worst couples I've ever seen and totally irrealistic. Azuki Miho was probably one of the most apathic females I've ever seen in manga and she brought the quality of the story down. We hardly ever saw her or knew anything about her and we were supposed to care?
Overall a very solid work despite its minor flaws that is meant to inspire others, I recommend it highly!
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Well this is a hot mess   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by Textualpoacher
September 10th, 2014, 8:59pm
If you look at the manga within the manga, you will see that they--much like the sad existence of Bakuman. itself--are premises, not stories. Anything semi-interesting in it is dark-and-edgy tryhard. Look at Nanamine's outsourced project. The high schooler killing high schooler thing is extreme for extremity's sake. Ashirogi remark that it's not terribly original and boasts bland characters but the real problem with the Nanamine's manga is the voyeuristic and sadistic glee of it. An omnipotent speaker deals out death sentences on a whim? For God's sake, and who dies first but the bullies and the hypocrites. The manga plays right into the sociopathic and righteous tendencies of angry young boys, not "lays bare man's ugliness." It's gauche. It's clumsy. It's also creatively bankrupt.

If you want non-mainstream, you talk about loneliness and depression, not--not whatever this is, and that's why Bakuman. and any of its manga within the manga cannot ever be non-mainstream. By the way, this obsession with non-mainstream is also grating on my last nerve.

Because okay, by the last half (third?) of the series, Bakuman. has been mired in this unfortunate bullshit about writing the best manga in the world, OMG. That's not the poi--you can't even do it like that--I can't even--you gauge it by volume sales WTF THAT'S NOT HOW YOU DO IT. This and the obsession with being non-mainstream I can only attribute to a crisis of identity. Bakuman. is basically standard battle shounen manga fare, disguised as this manga industry insider thing, but in other battle manga, you win when you've beaten everybody else. In writing, when do you win? Do you do it by outselling everyone else? But the most popular thing is rarely ever also the best, so they also have to be non-mainstream. But, maybe the problem was Ashirogi having a goal in the first place, because Bakuman. purports to be about writing, and there's no goal in writing. There's the process, and that's it. You don't "beat" your rivals. If Bakuman. knows anything about rivalry in literature, it would know that literary rivalries are carried out in barely-or-not-at-all veiled attacks, conceiled in the works themselves. Writers form allegiances based on philosophical agreements and it's a competition of ideologies, not sales, not really. There's a really tone-deaf moment in the middle of the series when the editors discuss whether or not PCP can "beat" Nizuma Eiji's manga, and in the course of it not only implicitly equate popularity and quality, but also say that PCP is the best thing they have ever read. The only thing illuminating about the industry to come out of it is that the people inside the industry are prone to hyperbole.

Here Bakuman. loses track entirely, because the goal of Ashirogi is nebulously defined and because Bakuman. doesn't have meaningful character development to fall back on. Part of the identity crisis, I think, is the Ashirogi brand. Consider this, how does any of Takagi and Mashiro's life experience play into their work? Or, does their having literally no life experience impede their ability to write any meaningful story? Or, does their utter lack of personality impede Bakuman.'s chances of having a meaningful ending?

The first time I remember being inspired by Bakuman., I think, was when they talked about changing Jump. They never do that, because in reality Bakuman. is as stagnant as Jump is itself. A big arc about defying authority boils down to a mangaka wanting to work himself to death and the editors not enabling that behavior?! They flirted with jumping ship to another magazine for one minute and one second, but that pays off no tension whatsoever because OMG they don't get to fulfill their dreams exactly the way they want to fulfill it? Those stakes are absolutely meaningless and terrible, moreso for that fact that they don't follow through with it.

Bakuman. is not courageous. It doesn't evolve beyond its premise--manga about manga! We'll get married when an absurdly specific condition is met! Even though there's some interpersonal stuff in the middle of the frantic story, Bakuman. never quite earns those emotional beats, especially the romantic ones. The camaraderie between the mangaka, I buy, but the central romance? Blergh. I want the camaraderie to be tested. I want Ashirogi to outstrip the others so far that it engenders jealousy--and not just from the ugly characters. I want them to have clash of ideals and integrity. I want Bakuman. to want to be better than it is.

... Last updated on September 10th, 2014, 9:01pm
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by BobbyWibowo
June 8th, 2014, 1:48am
This was amazing. The plot about being a mangaka is just pretty strong. Things are explained in details, yet it felt like reading a pretty light story. The romance was pretty good as well. Well, loved it!
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Worthless? Crap? LOL   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by twistedlogic
May 18th, 2014, 9:49pm
I think that Bakuman was great and incomparable to Ohba x Obata's other works, namely Death Note. It's refreshing, inspirational and not too dramatic. It's well-paced and not too cliche though it can be repetitive sometimes. It's not your typical shounen. The romance may be boring and unrealistic for most but the story makes up for it(IMO).
Also, I know that each and everyone of us is entitled to their own opinion. But I think that calling any work, in which someone put blood and sweat to make, crap or worthless is very rude. Empathy is much appreciated. I don't really have anything against you guys so don't kill me, alright? Peace! dead
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Story about how manga gets made   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by HoneyDippedLemons
February 7th, 2014, 11:15am
We all like to read manga, but we never think about how it's made and how much effort was put into it. Well this manga is exactly about that and it changed how I read other mangas.

Although there is romance in this I thought the mangaka showdowns (especially the one between Ashirogi Mutou and Eichi) were a lot more interesting. And for the Mashiro-Azuki romance I didn't care at all. For me they were just two people who liked each other because they both had a loose screw in their heads (and Azumi's helmet haircut annoyed me to death...). The other romances were fine.

I liked how the mangakas in this were both friends and rivals at the same time. There's a lot of characters in this, a lot of them I loved, most of them I liked and some I wanted to stab in the forehead with a fork (*cough cough Miura cough*). My favorite was Yoshida though.

This is why I like manga so much, it can take some completely normal and boring element from daily life (like someone doing their job) and it makes it so interesting and engaging.
I'd recommend this to experienced readers, because to manga beginners it might seem long and draggy.
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Splendid and fairly Unique!   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by Fantasier
October 2nd, 2013, 9:21pm
Yet another manga from OHBAxOBATA (Death Note). I know what to expect when these two are together: a superb manga with superb art and superb story.

Obata's art here in Bakuman is marvellous, surpassing some of his past work including Death Note. The art style changes slowly and soundly as you go through the series. Although I like the style in the first chapters, which I think is more detailed and real, the late style of the manga is still amazing. Bakuman's story forces Obata to inevitably draw some different styles of manga art, which he does very well, showing his true talent of drawing.

Bakuman's story is just what I expect from Ohba. I love how it pulling romance and manga together. Despite being quite an unreal relationship, the series has a great part of love story. Every romance part is beautiful, and kind of cute. It might seem boring seeing the theme of 'let's grow up together and fulfill our dreams!', but it is so classic and emotional; Bakuman proves that with its story from the first to the end.

Every arc of the story has an appropriate gap between one another. Dramas are very well presented, and they are what make this story engaging; it focuses not only on manga work, but also relationships--both as best friends and lovers.

Bakuman is also the very first manga which tells readers how hard it is to get serialisation and keep being in SJ, and how the vote matters this thoroughly. Although there may be manga's about mangaka before, none of them was able to do this job as well as Bakuman; that's why I'm saying it's fairly unique. The story involves quite many mangaka. And here what is talented about Ohba is that he or she can produce many kinds of stories to be used as Bakuman mangaka's manga; they are all interesting and likely to be serialised if they are actually made.

The only thing that seems to annoys me is the ending arc (the very end I mean--maybe two last chapters or around that). I think it's somewhat too fast, making it not as good as it should be. It also give a feeling of the manga being forced to end a bit too quickly. The end parts should be longer, and the last chapter can be more beautifully ended with other kinds of scenes.

And the same for Death Note goes here, 'wall of texts' style appears in Bakuman; don't hate it and you'll find this very satisfactory.

... Last updated on October 2nd, 2013, 9:25pm
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Start strong but...   
Rating: N/A
by Sagiri_chan
June 20th, 2013, 9:17am
I was a few month ago when I bought the last volumn of Bakuman. I didn't feel so excited. I just thought that I had to buy it to complete this series. Reading this volumn didn't make me feel any better. It was just the same old pattern with the expected happy ending.
Today, I re-read the first two volumns of the series. They was so engaging that I forgot to study for the exam tomorrow. This series had a really strong start. A manga about manga, a close look into the industry, a realistic plot,.. everything was novel and brilliant. I didn't recall that it was this good. I finally realize that the following volumns, especially those last ones, went down a lot compared to its strong start. Some arcs were too long and somehow ridiculous, even repetitous at some points.
However, I still strongly believe that Bakuman is a good manga. Not only did it bring you enjoyment but also a deep knowledge about manga industry.
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Could have been perfect   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Glad-kun
June 3rd, 2013, 7:36pm
This manga is a victim of its biggest weakness. The combination of its strength and parts that were all over the place.
It is wordy. Lots of text. Which is great for engaging parts but it makes more boring parts downright painful some times.
And with the way it went all over the place even losing the track of main supportive cast... 20 volumes of the wordiest manga I remember. Could've easily lost 5 volumes.
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Everything Miura touched turned to shit. Painful and frustrating arc. Too long and fruitless.

And the second half is the guiltiest of going all over the place
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Villain? Seriously? Ok, the first Nanamine arc was good. The second one was ridiculous.
Completely lost the sight of their goal, ideas like Mashiro learning to draw faster lead nowhere, Kaya and Azuki almost disappear and their goals only get mentioned as a reminder that they are actually there.
Shota with a dog disappears. Would've loved to see him working with Aoki. They had such a fitting characters.

Tempo(manga time per volume) is inconsistent and some of the stretched out periods overstay their welcome.
Still 8. Might be to generous though.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Otrunyte
April 17th, 2013, 3:40pm
Greatest piece of story-telling ever created. It may be an exaggeration for lots of people, but no matter what I read, what I watch, nothing captivates me to the same extent that Bakuman. does. To those of you who find aspects boring, I understand that it requires patience and I understand that there are parts that are repetitive... name any Shonen manga in which there aren't, but the only time you'll be wasting on this masterpiece, is the time taken when flicking from one page to the next. This is more than a ten. This is the kind of story other Mangakas aspire to.
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