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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 (137d ago)
c.176 (end) by Red Hawk NEO (1387d 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 (2269 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.57 / 10.0
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Last Updated
January 31st 2016, 2:01pm PST



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Viz (20 Volumes - Complete)

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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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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by tsunade666
June 19th, 2009, 6:56am
This is THE ONE!

I just read the first chapter and it send chills down my spine. Its sooooooo INTERESTING I'm so excited to read more. I recommend this one sooooo HIGHLY! I like this better than the orange ninja and emo deathgod.
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by seraimes
May 12th, 2009, 12:49pm
It's kinna interesting. Not the same mind blowing experience as Death Note but nonetheless interesting in it's own way. I don't think it can last over 10 volumes though. It's very slow paced. There's no climax or intense scenes. Hopefully they don't drag it out. I kinna want them to complete this series fast and move on to another awesome manga like DN.

... Last updated on May 12th, 2009, 12:49pm
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For aspiring Mangakas, READ THIS!   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Lanz16
April 1st, 2009, 1:57pm
I was stumble upon to this series that I never expected that behind of this wonderful Manga is the creator of Death Note!

Lolz! XD

Anyways, this story really relates one of my dream: being a Mangaka (except for the Romantic situation! bigrazz).

The story is really good, the characters are well designed, and I like how it portray an aspiring Mangaka. smile
Every chapter of the story makes you ask for MORE and its very exciting to read!

A highly recommended to read! wink
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I love this   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by sakirol
February 28th, 2009, 2:51am
Ohba and Obata are freaking amazing. They've managed to make another unique series. But a fair bit of warning - this is completely different from Death Note. Don't expect anything remotely similar to Death Note from Bakuman. They're just different.
The slice-of-life tag is no joke.
You WILL find Bakuman boring if you're just looking for action or fantasy, but you'll love Bakuman if you're looking for a chill everyday life series. Just enjoy it. You won't find another series out there about manga. smile

... Last updated on September 11th, 2012, 5:33pm
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Simply love it and Rooting for Azuki and Mashiro   
Rating: N/A
by dark mage
December 18th, 2008, 12:43am
I really love this manga as it gives an insigt to a mangaka's life and how the manga industry works. The storyline is really unique and unlike some people I really love the romance background. I really like it when shounen has a little bit of romance in it and its really interseting to see if it would work out between Mashiro and Azuki or if his love will fail just like his uncle. All in all I hope the group scanllating this manga is doing a fabulous job and I thank them for picking up this wonderful manga.
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Its exciting   
Rating: N/A
by Romashk
December 17th, 2008, 8:56pm
Hehe... finally, a manga that tells more or less truthfull story about manga making process. Usually it's poor helpless sole of an author who wants to become famous in one go and a deadline-fobic editor.
Two highschool kids aming to become someone of their dreams- thats more of an interesting plot already.
Bit rough on the romance, but it's not done yet.

Oh!!AND I finally know the answer on my "WTF", when I heard about "Mx0" and "Double arts" being cancelled. smile
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I like it :D   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by making_mooz
December 13th, 2008, 2:20am
I personally like this manga because unlike the majority of JUMP manga, it's not a battle/sports manga. It's really interesting for a storyline, and I'm actually surprised at the amount of information the author gives you about manga-making. I am a little tired of the whole "genius" thing, but I think the "man's dream" and "bored teenager" is definitely going to be incorporated into a modern, realistic drama, since that's one of the major themes in Japanese life as of this moment. Hell, the bored teenager thing applies to all of the students who are stuck on the stupid road to 1. get good grades, 2. go to college, 3. get a job. It's nice to read about someone who's trying to achieve a dream, especially when you don't think it's possible for you. It's like they're living a dream for you :3
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Not super amazing.   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by Kratos330
December 12th, 2008, 8:33pm
I've read through the latest chapters and well to be honest this series disappoints me. I admit the manga making part is something interesting and all but in the end it didn't have that hook that i was looking for. The art is superb I'll give it that but i feel that it is just a tad boring. I don't have the excitement nor am I having the urge to just re-read the series from the beginning, which I usually do for school life type storylines.

The concept is interesting but the romance in it is stereotypical and just overused (too mutual). I think a twist like Tamaki dying would be very interesting and let Mashiro grow on his own would be great, a bit cruel but great. I don't find it that funny as well. I find the art style does not give the jokes their full potential. It looks too serious.

All in all I think I'll keep reading until something big in it happens and decide whether to drop it there or not.

(edit: Dropped.)

... Last updated on July 3rd, 2009, 1:38pm
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