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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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Latest Release(s)
c.176 (end) by Red Hawk NEO (1075d ago)
c.175 by Red Hawk NEO (1080d ago)
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

User Reviews
Bakuman by Mangaka714

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User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (2194 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.57 / 10.0
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Last Updated
March 10th 2015, 2:44am PST



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English Publisher
Viz (20 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #672 increased(+24)
Monthly Pos #856 decreased(-18)
3 Month Pos #743 decreased(-80)
6 Month Pos #731 decreased(-112)

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On 4341 reading lists
On 1240 wish lists
On 3422 completed lists
On 266 unfinished lists
On 564 custom lists

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What the...?   
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by jxp7962
December 31st, 2009, 7:44pm
Okay, I thought Bakuman was seriously great. It's really interesting, the characters are easy to get close to, and the art is simply amazing. The art is so detailed, and it really amazes me at how much the plot is developed at the same time. I liked Death Note too; the only reason I'm not too big of a fan is because the character Light, was a bit hard to sympathize with and because it was a bit too dark and serious for my taste. But Bakuman is really light and interesting; we finally get to know how Jump works. I was really surprised when I saw how small its fandom was.
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Somewhat unique   
Rating: N/A
by dragon00
November 27th, 2009, 12:48pm
I never read a manga before about how the main characters become mangaka's. It's new kind of manga so the plot isn't predictable at least to me. The story starts out interesting but after chapter 60, it doesn't look as interesting and may be starting to worsen. Hopefully it gets better and fresh like in the beginning of the series.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by gundamcat
November 15th, 2009, 5:17pm
I have read up to the current chapter(61). The whole plot is just amazing. Its a inside view how the magakas work. Also the romance is really good you just want to keep on reading. I am going to read more when it is released.
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Very entertaining to read   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by shagojyo
November 9th, 2009, 7:01am
I have read all the current chapters and it really does make me want more of it. It's fun and exciting to know more about the world of manga through reading this and it has a very informative aspect about what & how the manga world works.

... Last updated on November 11th, 2009, 5:34am
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by RhinoX753
September 29th, 2009, 2:30am
This somehow reminds me of Hajime no Ippo, showing a career of a young boxer/mangaka in lots of details...
I like that story doesn't go at snails paste, art is good also.
Good that this is so much different from Death Note.

Though the only thing that bothers me is that there might be no real climax in the end, but ill have faith in authors.

... Last updated on September 29th, 2009, 2:31am
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Its a fun watch   
Rating: N/A
by Haizhe
August 26th, 2009, 5:26pm
I really enjoyed this manga but the main reason I enjoyed it was the sense of unity between the characters.
The quote "One soul in two bodies" is used a number of times to signify the unbreakable and surreal relationship the two main characters share...
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by fictionalscience
August 19th, 2009, 12:15pm
Well, I've only read a bit, and it's pretty interesting so far.
But by chapter 2, I can't help but feel that I've been insulted twice-thrice by the manga for being a female (who doesn't really fit into female gender role or stereotype), hahaha. Makes me feel nostalgic for Death Note (here comes the comparison again), where the female characters are all stupid. Jeez, what's up with this author's machismo? It doesn't make it a bad manga though. I just feel like I need to say it somewhere wink

... Last updated on August 19th, 2009, 12:21pm
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Good for a while   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by jordak
July 18th, 2009, 11:26am
This was okay for a while, but after that got fairly boring. I read about 30 chapters, and i've got to say it got really repetitive. Every chapter was just them worrying that they wouldn't get serialized or that their weird big lipped producer guy wouldn't like there manga. I might pick it up again once its finished, but i doubt it'll be very exciting.
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Pretty interesting.   
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
by hoshikara
July 13th, 2009, 3:28am
The storyline is actually a pretty standard one for a shounen: abruptly-awakened protagonists trying to fulfill their seemingly impossible aspirations by decimating rivals and social expectations with diligence and slight cleverness--all the while satisfying their male pubescence by dabbling in idealistic high school romances. Basically, a coming of age / "You can do it!" story.

Centering it around the manga-making process, however, is unique, and does set it apart from the other "battle" manga circulating. As mangaka themselves, the topic is furthermore familiar--making it easy to both write about and appeal to the readers with. A very smart choice in plot that leads the reader to thinking that these two themselves are more the "calculating" than "genius" types mentioned.

Of course, it has possible weak points. Time progresses way too quickly and abruptly (although honestly, I appreciate it more than dragginess); the romance aspect of the story is too idealistic (although I think it is probably a jab at stereotypic shoujo storylines); and there are a lot of holes in the story.

All in all though, Bakuman is an enjoyable read, and good to catch up on once in a while to cleanse your palate in-between other series. It'll also increase your appreciation of the manga business significantly.

Oh, and don't compare this to Death Note, because the two are in completely different genres. I think it's rather a good thing, though. Another Death Note-like story from them would be horridly boring and predictable.

... Last updated on July 13th, 2009, 3:30am
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are you cereal?   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by revilenigma
July 1st, 2009, 12:47pm
The main characters are despicable imo, all they ever care about are votes and getting an anime and not on making a good manga, just so one of them can get married on some ridiculous unbelievable deal that he made with a classmate he never talked to.

The art is usually uninteresting as it is mostly just characters screaming at each other through the phone.

If you like a manga where all anybody does is scream voting statistics at each other, then this is the manga for you. It represents everything wrong with WSJ.
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