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Description
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).

Type
Manga

Related Series
Otter No. 11 (Side Story)

Associated Names
Бакуман.
バクマン。
爆漫王。
วัยซนคนการ์ตูน
食夢者
食梦者
바쿠만
Baku-man
Bakuman
Bakuman - Giấc mơ họa sĩ truyện tranh
Bakuman。

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Latest Release(s)
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c.175 by Red Hawk NEO (922d ago)
c.174 by Red Hawk NEO (929d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
20 Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?
Yes

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

User Reviews
Bakuman by Mangaka714

Forum
60 topics, 492 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (2152 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.57 / 10.0
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Last Updated
July 17th 2014, 2:28am PST


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Year
2008

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Licensed (in English)
Yes

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

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #569 increased(+64)
Monthly Pos #546 decreased(-112)
3 Month Pos #418 decreased(-81)
6 Month Pos #346 increased(+12)

List Stats
On 4353 reading lists
On 1219 wish lists
On 3270 completed lists
On 261 unfinished lists
On 540 custom lists

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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

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... 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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Eh..   
Rating: N/A
by Enternalfir3
July 2nd, 2010, 2:57pm
The idea of the manga is pretty new/different but the plot is really bothering me.. I enjoyed this up to chapter 2, then it went downhill... It seems like the author/mangaka is intensionally making all these useless events to make this more suspenseful but I found those attempts to be boring... I really wish the plot was more focused... The author needs to stop making them start over on a new manga... seriously.

The characters are okay, but I feel some which should be important are left for minor roles..
The art is pretty good though.
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recommended   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by eynit
June 27th, 2010, 4:54am
this is one of the very few series that i'm following (along with One Piece and Kimi ni Todoke) and i have to say, i absolutely love this authors work. his art is incredibly good as it suits my style. i think the main reason why i enjoy this series is because i'm interested in drawing myself, and this manga is, after all, about drawing and stuff~
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boring   
Rating: N/A
by cherrykookie
June 21st, 2010, 11:17pm
i'm a fan of takeshi obata's drawings thats for sure. i love the details and everything.
the first few chapters got me hooked- i thought it was funny and interesting, however unfortunately i quickly loss interest. the pace is much too slow for my liking and the romance is mediocre.. the girl's character is completely flat. too bad it had lots of potential but just fell flat and boring.
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Awesome   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Chibiheaven
May 15th, 2010, 11:15am
I have to say, when I first looked this up... I didn't think I'd like it. I was totally hooked after the first chapter. I think it's really interesting to tell the story of mangakas', and I honestly want to know what's going to happen! smile

Recommended. I can see there are some haters... but every series has to have a few.
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Shounenman   
Rating: N/A
by intemango
February 7th, 2010, 5:11am
I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy this series, but even more so if I admitted this series couldn't have been so much better, the same kind of feeling I had when I read Death Note, though this series is truly more similar to Hikaru no Go (hard for anyone to miss that).

At the moment only chapter 71 has been out, the story has been dragging on for quite a while. But if it's the author's wish to make the readers anxious for the duo to get back on the right track, with the original editor, and their original style, then I must say the author has done a wonderful job, and as such it's unfair to rate the series now.
One thing is for certain though, the romance bit is a little superficial, more like just some kind of device to get the main plot moving. It fluctuates between being funny and being lame, but is always far-fetched, unattended and shounen-ish.

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It could stand to be a more satisfactory read if they hadn't chosen to stick to the mainstream or wasted their time fooling around with dumb generic shounen. They only care about popularity and fulfilling their own desires. Yes, they've pretty much never written a series for the sake of art, something that will still be remembered for its merits many years later. Maybe it should be expected since the mangakas in this series loved Dragon Ball and To Love-ru best, plus this IS shounen jump we're talking about, and the manga itself is shounen.
If this series is about them coming to their senses then this series has got me good, making me really expect something from the characters. If not, well it was an epic waste of my time. That's just my $0.02.


... Last updated on February 7th, 2010, 5:20am
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Strong start, but in a slump   
Rating: 7.5 / 10.0
by VinManAgent11
January 25th, 2010, 3:07pm
The process of manga creation is probably of interest to anyone with a greater-than-average interest in manga itself. Bakuman's focus is ostensibly, about that process (which differs greatly from the production of mainstream comics in the U.S.), but thankfully goes deeper than that. You get some insight into the differing motivations for creating manga (love, money, popularity, boredom, etc.) through the interaction of some eccentric and varied caricatures, which progressively evolve into more complete characters (again, thankfully).

Bakuman is an easy-going read, in my opinion. The art is solid (albeit non-consistent—it’s sort of like Obata can’t get used to his adopted “lightweight” style, and doesn’t know exactly what to eliminate to sell the style 100%). The story is lighthearted, and overall enjoyable. You wanna see the protagonists succeed, get the girl, etc. Redundant critique of clichés aside (you have to expect them in shonen), that doesn't excuse it from dropping off into some formulaic plots and twists.

Basic pattern is as follows: Our heroes want to get serialized in Shonen Jump, present new series to editor, meet with editor’s critique/praise/flat-out rejection. If “critique,” revise with protagonists reading manga of some vague genre and some library books to get new ideas to make the manga better. If rejected, all of the above plus some dejected dialogue and heavy moods. If praise, 2 chapters or so of sweat droplets and pacing (can you picture one of those “follow the arrow” diagrams yet?). At this point, either the manga succeeds in getting serialized, or doesn’t. It’s fun at first to see the protagonists win and lose, but it’s starting to strike like clockwork. Yes, I understand these are the tenets of crafting tension, but really…when will things start moving?

My other main concern is the complete preoccupation with “getting popular.” Yes, I know Mashiro wants the manga to get popular enough to warrant an anime, and then marry his voice-actor wannabe bride-to-be, but honestly, the pandering to demographics is startling (which might be a subtle and intentional poke by the authors…I mean, did you see how awful Tanto’s character design is? Heart-head?). Considering Takagi’s talents in crafting off-beat stories, it’s a shame to see his talents wasted in “battle manga” and “funny scenes.” Hopefully the time comes when they snap out of their short-sighted ambitions and go back to dark, cult manga (feels soon…perhaps 3-4 chapters if all goes well with Hattori’s master plan). Now, considering Takagi’s new grasp on humour, perhaps the new project will combine a sinister plot with some black comedy, and strike an unexpected chord with a mass audience.

I’m obviously still hooked. This is mostly nitpicking. There are many series far worse, and with better starting premises than this. So, even with some predictable things going on, Bakuman has remained pretty damn fresh after 70 chapters.

... Last updated on January 28th, 2010, 12:17pm
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A Manga that can Finally Explain to Manga/Anime Fans How Hard it is to Make a Manga   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by crazyjap22
January 7th, 2010, 11:48pm
For Complainers:

Like I tell everyone to become a mangaka isn't easy. Coming up with a story and have to draw that suits the story thats not something anyone can do. If you are reading this manga it explains how much work these guys are putting just to entertain us and to make a living. For people who complain about the filler episodes for One Piece, Naruto, and Bleach here's your answer: READ BAKUMAN!

My Opinion:

I know there has been many other mangas that tell a story about mangakas but this one has to be truly the best! Explains every little detail on how mangakas do their job and how they make money and what they do to become number one. It's so popular that many kids in Japan want to become mangakas in the future and they can learn what they have to do by just reading this manga. Not only that it is also going to become an anime in the Fall so that's something to look forward too!
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