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The plot begins when Moritaka Mashiro, a junior high student, forgets his notebook in class. His classmate, Akito Takagi, notes Mashiro's drawings in it and asks him to become a manga artist to his stories. Mashiro declines, citing his late manga artist uncle, who died from overworking. Takagi incites Mashiro to meet with Miho Azuki, Mashiro's crush, and tells her the two plan to become manga artists. In response, Azuki reveals her plans to be a voice actress. Mashiro proposes to her that they should both marry when Azuki becomes a voice actress for the anime adaptation of their manga. The two then start creating their manga, under the pen name Muto Ashirogi, in hopes of getting serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump.

Nominated for the 3rd Manga Taisho Award (2010).


Related Series
Otter No. 11 (Spin-Off)

Associated Names
Bakuman - Giấc mơ họa sĩ truyện tranh

Groups Scanlating
A3S Scans
Franky House

Latest Release(s)
c.14 Years Old by Jaimini's Box (130d ago)
c.13 Years Old by Jaimini's Box (138d ago)
c.176 (end) by Red Hawk NEO (1388d 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

61 topics, 493 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (2269 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.57 / 10.0
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Last Updated
January 31st 2016, 2:01pm PST



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English Publisher
Viz (20 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #629 increased(+156)
Monthly Pos #941 decreased(-63)
3 Month Pos #923 decreased(-68)
6 Month Pos #594 increased(+80)

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On 4328 reading lists
On 1273 wish lists
On 3639 completed lists
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Bakuman Live-Action Film's Premiere Date, Visual Revealed 299 days, 13 hours, 6 minutes ago
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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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What the...?   
Rating: N/A
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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Rating: N/A
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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