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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 (730d ago)
c.175 by Red Hawk NEO (736d ago)
c.174 by Red Hawk NEO (742d 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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User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (2073 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.57 / 10.0
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January 14th 2014, 5:24am PST

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English Publisher
JManga (Defunct)
Viz (20 Volumes - Complete)

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Weekly Pos #490 decreased(-6)
Monthly Pos #544 decreased(-20)
3 Month Pos #479 decreased(-47)
6 Month Pos #438 decreased(-15)

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Rating: N/A
by d3m0naras
June 6th, 2011, 12:50pm
Waste of time
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by Mushu
December 17th, 2010, 2:27pm
Don't read it. I got to about chapter 60 a while ago and just quit. It's stupid as hell. This could've been something sick like another thriller+tragedy like death note but the author is looking like a one hit wonder after this.

I think a lot of people disagree with this maby you should try to read it till the end
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by lyrabela
April 9th, 2011, 10:31pm
I had been putting off rating and commentig on this because it wasn't far enough in yet...and then I ran into a really good part and could't tair myself away. But I have to say around chapter 65 to about 85 things were dragged out and it took all of my concentration not to give up on it. I almost lost hope. But things got much better around 85. I am glad I tuffed it out. though I can see were those chapter help move the story and made it a bit more was a little infuriating and dry. Right now I am going to rate this an 8 but I will update it when I get futher along.
I have to say for the art though its amazing as usual for Takeshi Obota. ^^ (I think I became a huge fan because of Death Note and I have read most of Obota's works since then. biggrin
The story itself is interesting and is better (in my opinion) of other mangas that are about drawing manga.
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not for everyone   
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by trade
March 22nd, 2011, 7:07am
To start off, this is not your normal manga. It's unique in that it allows us manga readers to see what goes on behind closed doors. The characters are more or less standard with the exception of the main rival as well as the occasional recurring side character. The story is what you come back for, it's not an action packed "will they make it out alive?!" kind of story, so don't expect that. Rather the chapters often end with a cliffhanger ending of finding out where the main characters scored with their readers.

Gives readers insight into the manga industry and the way things REALLY work

Enjoyable characters for the most part

Nice little side romance plot line

Very natural and realistic feeling

Very text heavy, some chapters have more space for speech balloons then actual manga

Slighty repetitive.

Very slow at points, there are chapters that, while necessary to the story, you forget 15 minutes after reading them.

overall, it's probably around a 5-8 depending on how much your actually interested in the manga industry and how big a fan you are of action packed sword swinging manga. This is not for everyone.
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Mixed feelings.   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by panos
February 12th, 2011, 3:37pm
When i started reading this series i was pretty surprised.It has a theme that is not original if you have read a lot of manga,but the approach on the issue was out of the ordinary.That drew my attention and made me read one chapter after the other.It was also very informative about how the manga industry works and why a lot of serialized manga meet their doom.Now,it hasn't got anything new to offer.Meaningless,pointless competitions between the mangaka without much of a reason.My enthusiasm of waiting for the next chapter as well as my rating has dropped significally.I hope for a decent arc soon.
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Waste of time   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by Mushu
December 17th, 2010, 2:27pm
Don't read it. I got to about chapter 60 a while ago and just quit. It's stupid as hell. This could've been something sick like another thriller+tragedy like death note but the author is looking like a one hit wonder after this.
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not what I expected to be, but it's okay..   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Vayth
December 12th, 2010, 9:13am
Looking at the name ohba-obata, I expected something great from the duo death note..
well, the story is interesting, and teach me how hard to be in mangaka world XD
the pace is fast (3 weeks in a chapter, sometimes even faster), but that's to be expected. or else, it would be too slow.

but the problem is the art..
at the few first volume, they're still ok.. but the later, it's getting worse.. -_-
at first, I thought obata-sensei changed his arts style because it's a comedy manga, and his realistic art might not suit much.
but as the series goes, it keeps getting worse, and I can't even tell it's the same guy who did hikago & death note..

well, at least the story manages to keep me read this series.. ^^a
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Rating: N/A
by skyarsalan
December 4th, 2010, 10:25pm
I would have given it a 10 at first, but now...

Well, for one, the story is a whole crap load slower than before
The art IS HORRIBLE now. Read it your self, the quality of the drawings are crap compared to the first couple of volumes. I can hardly tell it was drawn by the guy who made death note, it just makes the series look rushed and the author lazy, even if that is not true.

For the guy under me. Your an idiot, what do you think standard issue manga characters are? That's right,they are in every manga, only in this one, the character is not obsessed with fighting. Another thing, the author did not take the easy way out, the easy way out would be make something like death note or make a fighting manga, as those hardly ever take any thinking to make, just patience.
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Not worth your time   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by N0X
October 15th, 2010, 3:26am
Total worthless manga. One of the worst I ever read, and that's saying something. So the guy behind Death Note decides to take the easy way out and just draw a manga about... drawing manga. Wow, talk about making it easy for yourself. The characters are all standard-generalized shonen stereotypes. A weak main character who grows and overcomes his weaknesses and with his strong-personality friends eventually makes it into the manga-drawing business. Predictable and total garbage for anyone interested in actually interesting plot and characters. I would give it a 0, but unfortunately, I can't.

... Last updated on October 15th, 2010, 3:27am
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love it   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Sukets
July 22nd, 2010, 1:18pm
Well.. first, i really enjoy to read this manga...its impressive that came from the same person that made 'death note'.
the plot is really diferent, make's an change of pace for all the manga's on jump, doesnt really have an enemy. the manga itself is just like the manga that the main characters do, an non-jump manga being famous on jump.

It fell like an documentary in manga mode, with a lot of critics for jump, its system of good or bad's mangas, the artwork is really good, really well detailed, lightly remember the art of death note, but more bright.
the characters, is really fun...mashiro and azuki love... its just so pure that usually would make u hate the manga, but i dont know why, doesnt bother me, and i really like it. so...this just prove how good is the author

... The author needs to stop making them start over on a new manga... seriously.

dont you think that this is cause he want to show that being a mangaka is REALLY difficult? cause being an mangaka, even if a lot of people like it, has a lot of prejudice
...and he want to show to how much an mangaka can overcome a lot of his faults in a new plot.

Story 10/10.0
Characters 10/10.0
Artwork 10/10.0
first 10 that i give for an manga

... Last updated on July 22nd, 2010, 1:20pm
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This manga makes me smile   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by tarmie
July 21st, 2010, 2:08am
I expected quallity from the duo that made Death Note, and quallity was what I got.
This manga is brilliant, like any good manga it is driven by the chracters and their motivations, and the characters are very likable, the way Shuujin and Saiko interact is dynamic and sometimes hillarious. The romance between Saiko and Azuki is extremely cute and innocent, but still progeresses little by little througout the series.

The story itself is very VERY simple, and in a character driven series like this it has to be. If you don't like the characters or if you prefer series with deep and intense plots then this manga will probably bore you.

The art is as awesome as you'd expect from Takeshi Obata, though the style is completely different from the one used in Death Note. It is very cartoonish and over the top, but it fits the story perfectly and gives it a uniqe look. Tecnically there's as good as no flaws, Obata is extremely skilled.

This manga is for anyone who wants a manga that is otpmistic, cute and completely driven by the characters. Also it gives an interesting peek into the world of manga publishing. smile

... Last updated on July 21st, 2010, 2:08am
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