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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!!


Related Series
Otter No. 11 (Side Story)

Associated Names
Bakuman - Giấc mơ họa sĩ truyện tranh

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Latest Release(s)
c.176 (end) by Red Hawk NEO (727d ago)
c.175 by Red Hawk NEO (732d ago)
c.174 by Red Hawk NEO (739d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
20 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1

User Reviews
Bakuman by Mangaka714

60 topics, 492 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (2069 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.57 / 10.0
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Last Updated
January 14th 2014, 5:24am PST

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JManga (Defunct)
Viz (20 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #469 increased(+4)
Monthly Pos #526 decreased(-2)
3 Month Pos #477 decreased(-45)
6 Month Pos #445 decreased(-22)

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On 4362 reading lists
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Not my type, but one of my fav   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Ibleda
February 7th, 2012, 8:14am
This is absolute PERFECTION! I'll admit although it's up on my top 5 list, it's not my fav fav. The reason for that is personal taste and nothing else.

Let's say this, my opinion is that this manga exceeded the limits of it's settings with execution. Alot of times mangas have interesting settings, but the mangaka failed to pull that potential out. Bakuman I feel is the complete opposite.

This is my opinion only, but I feel like these types of manga that gives a light atmosphere, is limited in potential. They simply don't leave strong enough impression on you. For example, mangas like God's Child, NANA, and even Death Note, they leave a much stronger impression on you than mangas in the school life genre. Those that focus on the extremes of human emotion, I feel they have more potential to make it right there at the top of my list at least.
However, in Bakuman's case, if not for the limits of the topic and my taste, the execution of the story can only be said to be the best of best. Therefor, it's the most perfect manga I've read probably. It crossed the borders of limits with skill and not potential.

... Now, biased time over lol. This manga always catches me by surprise, totally unpredictable and never lets you down. You think one way and it'll turn out not the other way but one you never dreamed of. Keeps you on your toes reading. This is probably a huge reason to the below mentioned too, having to be able to just drop all the thinking and predictions and follow the plot. With that said, this is definitely a very standard shounen manga, with the fact that it's under slice of life and doesn't focus on physical fighting. I find this a very refreshing change. There's nothing wrong with stereotypes, they just have a whole bunch of replicas. I'm sure there was a day when we all enjoyed the very basic and run-of-the-mill mangas. The problem with that though, every manga is pretty much the same once you swap out the character names. However, in Bakuman and other rare cases, they give you the very basic and standard shounen, in a new way. I do love shounen, but it's hard to find one that doesn't bore you out.

Another thing, as someone who came from watching animes first, I do enjoy very much how well Bakuman leads our emotions. I cooled down a lil after dropping season 2 and picking up the manga, but it's definitely one of the best in that area. Yea... basically means I'm a huge fan of Ashirogi Muto. There's many who says the main characters are on the weak side, but I have to say I argue against that. Sure, they do have a bit of a more realistic and um... less aggressive? personality. I gotta say, that's a huge reason to my love for them. (Not that I don't love the others as well.) I feel they fit Bakuman perfectly, and a large part to keeping the manga original in a way.

Again... there's probably people with different thoughts, but for me, these types of manga just aren't taste. But I still love it enough for it to be in my top 5. It's my opinion, nothing more nothing less.

(One thing to mention to all those Bakuman haters out there, yes, you rare few. Stop judging a manga for what it's not. You don't like shounen? How did you get here then = =.)

... Last updated on April 8th, 2012, 1:49am
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Very realistic   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by maine12329
January 7th, 2012, 7:00pm
I think it takes a lot of skill and class for a mangaka to make something in the Slice of Lice genre so interesting. I really enjoyed Bakuman and felt that the arcs and chapters were well-paced. Although I found myself hating on people like their antagonist, I guess it was also intended.. 'though I really prefer liking antagonists in manga since I like a lot.
I gave it a 10 rating because it's been a while since a manga has got me this engrossed and captivated
If you're looking for a tragedy/thriller, please look elsewhere! This manga is the brightest, happiest work ever, even if the mangaka in the manga are writing 'dark' stories
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I wish...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by blueshadows
December 12th, 2011, 8:29pm
I wish they would let us read some of the manga that they make in the thing, because they sound awesome (some of them do).
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like Reverse or however you spell that? epicness. i want to read that!!
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by TraRobins
September 25th, 2011, 7:15pm
I like this series and thought that it was a good idea and definitely something new. The romance is cute, though unrealistic. Every character is their own and that is a good thing. But, I wish the relationship between Shuujin and Miyoshi didn't revolve around Azuki and Saiko. It takes away from the story itself and makes you want to stop reading. And around chapter 50, the reader begins to focus more on character relationships than the story itself. You can completely forget that the story even has Azuki or the relationship between Shuujin and Miyoshi, evn though they are MAJOR characters. It's good, but it requires patience
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De ja vu   
Rating: N/A
by delilahloveme
August 23rd, 2011, 3:13am
I have really loved this manga but there are definitely boring sections in it . I have just read ch 143 144 and have gotten de ja vu for the hundredth time. I wish the structure of the arcs would change from the eternal manga battle style. Mix it up with something else to keep the manga fresh
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Like it   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by MySwirl
August 22nd, 2011, 10:12am
When I started to read this manga I immediately fell for it. I don't think it's just about "looking behind the scenes" but also a moving story about friendship. The weak point is the romance because it's rather unrealistic and boring and I don't think such a thing would motivate anyone to draw manga, its the passion you have for manga. I also draw manga so I think it's a good work (the best work about drawing manga I've read so far) but I also like their relationships and the side-characters are very funny (maybe even more interesting than the protagonists theirselfs). I enjoy reading this work.

BUT: don't compare this one to Death Note! There is no point in doing so because a mangaka is not suited for only one kind of story, remember that! Death Note may be created for a huge audience and many people like it passionately but please recognize that Bakuman is also great in its area. Ohba/Obata didn't create a one-hit-wonder with Death Note because Bakuman is great as well but different. I mean, it was also made into an anime so I think there are many people who doesn't draw manga who like it ;-)

Give it a try. It's worth it. Death Note was great but this one is also recommendable!

... Last updated on October 16th, 2011, 12:20pm
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A manga about manga, interesting...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by SimonFearless
August 19th, 2011, 3:42am
After the success of Death Note both Obha and Obata wanted to do something with more comedy.
Guess this is the outcome.
I don't think it's bad. It's a perfekt slice-of-life about what goes on behind the scenes. We can see how every mangaka is working the hardest to make their series a hit. It's really a tiring work and even if you do your best it's still not a guarantee that it will become popular.
So I think this piece is very interesting. The artwork is good and feels real. I like this!
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Very interesting read   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by SunRises
July 3rd, 2011, 4:50am
Well, I guess people expect a lot from this duo after Death Note but I honestly think you shouldn't compare these 2 manga as their genres are different. Though truth be told, when it comes to characters and story-telling, Bakuman is rather weak compared to Death Note. I really really really dislike Light in Death Note but I think he left a much stronger impression on others than Mashiro. I think Mashiro is quite plain for a protagonist. His girl friend, Azuki, too. I like Takagi but at the same time, I think supporting characters are more interesting than him and especially Mashiro. Like Eiji, Fukuda, Hiramaru, Aoki or even Nakai.

Anyways, I really enjoy reading this manga. It gives lots of information about the manga industry which I find interesting. After reading this, I think I respect mangakas more than before. Imo, there're things which the author can't tell us but nonetheless, this manga is still worth reading. Aside from weak main characters, I have other complaints for this manga. First is the art. It's worse in later volumes but even in early volumes, I found nothing special about the art. How should I say it? I don't think the art portrays the characters well. Secondly, sometimes, Bakuman is too wordy. Though I guess this can't be helped given what kind of manga Bakuman is.

I give this a 7.

... Last updated on September 28th, 2011, 11:34am
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Not being DeathNote doesn't mean it's bad   
Rating: N/A
by pinkgoggles
June 26th, 2011, 11:07pm
To be truthful; this series isn't amazing or whatever but I find it quite baffling how people would compare or expect something like DeathNote. Authors aren't one-trick-ponies that can only do one kind of thing and I think this story is quite good. Maybe the romance at the start and the motivations of Saiko is a bit unrealistic but the stress from dropping in ranks, being unmotivated etc are very real and I find myself relating to them a lot because I go through the similar stuff when I go to Art School.

It's definitely something for people who are more interested in the manga industry etc so I guess it has a much smaller target audience than DeathNote but it doesn't make it bad. Give it a try if you're interested in making comics. It also gives you a new way of approaching Shounen Jump series' and how the authors work and under what conditions they create they're stories.

7/10 Rating with +1 for the new insight about JUMP
8/10 Overall
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Rating: N/A
by swimmer1017
June 17th, 2011, 10:40pm
I wasn't expecting another Death Note, but at least something better than most series. This had an interesting idea, but falls into the cliche traps in many other series. Worse of all, it's boring. The art is great, but so what? The story matters most in my eyes and the story in this series fell very short of my expectations. You can drag on a series, but at least make the journey interesting and different. Falling on the whole "fail once, get inspired to overcome this challenge, minor progress and repeat for chapter after chapter" means a low score in my book. I dropped this series and I'm glad.

EDIT: I'm not a huge fan of reading a series about this topic admittedly. If you have interest in the behind of scenes depiction (with really slice of life feeling), then this could appeal to you. The harsh review was more motivated by my expectations based on the previous work of the artist. If I hadn't had those expectations, this would have gathered a decent review. Then again if I didn't have those expectations, I would have passed on the 2nd chapter instead of reading over 100...

... Last updated on June 17th, 2011, 10:45pm
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