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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.176 (end) by Red Hawk NEO (1074d ago)
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c.174 by Red Hawk NEO (1087d 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

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Bakuman by Mangaka714

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Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (2194 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.57 / 10.0
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Is there other manga like this one out there?   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by phuong_nguyen93
November 17th, 2012, 10:12am
Is there other manga like this one out there? I mean this manga focus on shounen manga in Shounen Jump, I'd like to see how it works in shoujo manga industry too biggrin
But anw, this one is just AWESOME!
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Saying a lot and saying nothing   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by blackmokona
June 19th, 2012, 1:04am
What the first volumes had was excitement -- I will always love the scene in which editors and authors face off. The latter half tried to hold on to the momentum with limited success.

Bakuman endevoured to talk about writing, but without anything worthwhile to say, and beyond the reality of the current manga publishing industry, nothing interesting either. By the double digits volumes Bakuman has resorted to character posturing and tired speed lines. Dialogue suffer the same dilemma, saying a lot while actually saying nothing.

When they stop being underdogs, how do you make readers continue to root for them? Not by demonizing others is a good step. Focus on character development, maybe, because *there was none*.
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A Master Piece   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by saxenas1
May 12th, 2012, 8:41am
If I could give more than +10 rating I would. This is a 11 or 12 easily. Maybe a bit too much text and too little humor? But its amazing for what it is. Example: Noblesse is pretty amazing and you can read it again and again. However at the same time its a bit superficial (shallow in content), Bakuman blew me away. I have read 400 mangas and this one left me content. I don't think I can read a manga again in the future without referencing it to Bakuman.

to conclude, READ IT. smile

... Last updated on May 12th, 2012, 8:41am
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Rating: N/A
by Verix
March 17th, 2012, 9:28am
Part 1:
It tells you a lot about how hard someone has to work to get serialized in a magazine, and how it all happens. The characters are awesome and their thoughts, ideas and actions seem very natural. The romance is cute. There's lots of text, but that's kind of the intention of this manga, to tell you all kinds of things along with the plot development.

Personally I didn't get hooked on the anime, but with the manga it's easy to skim through chapters when you feel like it. It's definitely interesting, the manga making process; but also the deep friendships, blooming romance and the connection between those two. Either way both manga and anime are pretty well executed, I can only recommend you to give it a go and read it (or watch the anime).

One of the most incredible things about this manga is that the introduced characters (bar temporary side characters) so far are very very likeable, and all have different characters, traits and dreams.

Part 2:
Going to be honest here. The MOMENT the manga starts focusing on romance: Takagi love rectangle, Nakai love triangle etc. (starts mid ch. 60-ies), it goes terribly downhill in my opinion. It's not where the focus should be. Making manga, having hardships & breaking through, ups and downs when being serialized etc., the sweet blooming love between Mashiro & Azuki: perfect. But stupid and LONG WINDED drama isn't needed here. I struggled through but found that from then on there was a definite decline..

... Last updated on March 18th, 2012, 11:19am
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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).
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
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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