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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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c.176 (end) by Red Hawk NEO (1073d ago)
c.175 by Red Hawk NEO (1078d ago)
c.174 by Red Hawk NEO (1085d 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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Average: 8.6 / 10.0 (2194 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.57 / 10.0
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March 10th 2015, 2:44am PST



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Viz (20 Volumes - Complete)

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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Scatman27
November 14th, 2008, 5:39am
Bakuman, well.. Where to begin? It's really an intressting manga in it's own way. And yes the author is the same as Death note, but as far as I know Death note and Bakuman are completly different. Even though i've just read the first chapter of DN I think its more like a shounen than Bakuman. So what i think of this manga is that it has a really original story, a manga about 2 highschool lads thats writing manga, on top of that, a little school life in it! ITS BRILLIANT! Im really looking forward to the next chapter, and how its gonna turn out for Mashiro and Azuki smile I strongly recommend this for readers that likes a little rommance in the background.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by monkeyvoodoo
November 9th, 2008, 11:38am
Great characters, great artwork and a great story that progresses well with each chapter but also manages to leave you hanging at the end of each chapter (and thus really eager for the next one).

Smart characters and a sense of urgency in both the plot and the characters' attitudes make for quite the exciting read. The simplicity of the story really speaks to the author's talent -- it's no simple task taking a story about two kids writing manga and making it so exciting the reader can't put it down (or can't believe the chapter ended and has to wait for the next issue). I still find myself surprised with every chapter at how good this is. Highly recommended!

... Last updated on November 30th, 2008, 3:09am
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I had no idea.   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by .Kaii
November 8th, 2008, 7:15pm
That this was by the creators of Death Note. xD But, I enjoyed it all the same. Interesting, and not your cliche shounen manga. Will update more as I read on. =3
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lives up to death note   
Rating: N/A
by elalendi
October 24th, 2008, 4:09pm
It's by the creators of Death Note, so OF COURSE it's going to be amazing. At least according to my opinion, Takeshi and Ohba are doing a totally awesome job once again. I love how informational the story is, really teaches you a lot about mangakas. If you want to be a mangaka in the future then you should definitely read this. Also I think the plot is pretty interesting and original (but maybe there's another plot about making mangas out there, I just don't know about it). The art is of course BEAUTIFUL (this is Takeshi Obata we're talking about) and I like the characters. The sub-plot of Mashiro and Azuki though is a little unnecessary, I think... I mean this is a shounen and not a shoujo, I don't really know why they decided to put that in there. It's also quite cheesy and boring since OBVIOUSLY they both love each other and could totally get married already if it wasn't for their "deal". And the whole thing about how the Mashiro's uncle had been in love with Azuki's mother... I mean that's just creepy.

The chapters are currently really exciting, I can't wait for Takagi and Mashiro to succeed! I'm keeping a close tab on this one!

... Last updated on October 24th, 2008, 4:11pm
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The art of the mangaka is interesting, but the storyline is nothing new.   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by PsychoticEmo
October 11th, 2008, 9:37am
Bakuman splits itself into two separate storylines, a high school romance and a quest to publish a manga. As of chapter 9, these storylines rarely merge together; each chapter contains scenes from the romance story, and scenes from the mangaka story. Mashiro and Azuki have promised to get together once they have both achieved their dreams (mangaka and voice actress, respectively), but that's the only connection the two storylines have. (Most likely, they won't make any progress with their relationship until Mashiro gets his manga published, and I don't know how long that will take.)

The manga concept appeals to me since I personally would like to draw a manga, and Bakuman walks the reader through the struggle of manga-making quite well. I've learned a lot of things about mangaka that I wouldn't have known otherwise.

The love story side-plot is mediocre, and the manga doesn't focus on it much. Nothing original here, although we have established that Azuki's and Mashiro's feelings are mutual.

On another note, I am sick of the underlying themes in this manga. (I'm a bored Japanese high school student living my life with no particular aim? Done to death. Men have dreams that women can't understand? PLEASE.) I still enjoy the manga for the manga-making though.
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by kamishiro
October 6th, 2008, 6:58pm
The story is prety nice , but obata changed, a litle his drawing style , and i dun like it ... the eyes changed a litle and it's bothers me >333<
but i will get over XDD seriously , it's worthy to read ^^
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Good solid manga so far...   
Rating: 8.8 / 10.0
by Pandy91
October 5th, 2008, 6:33pm
So far this manga has been very entertaining, and Obata continues to impress me with his art. The characters are very likeable, and I can't help but cheer for Shujin and Mashiro when they make progress! I'm wondering what'll happen next? Hopefully it won't get stagnated and die off.
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Hetien
September 13th, 2008, 6:16pm
a manga about drawing manga. pretty sweet. try it out, you'll prolly like it. very interesting story and characters are pretty sweet. drawing's pretty good too.
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Rofl, Look at all of the Comments xD   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Aeylis
September 8th, 2008, 5:34pm
At first I thought it was just normal. Good art, original storyline as far as I know. The latest chapters have actually hooked me though. I want to see what happens next! The talent of the Death Note writer/artist isn't a joke.
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Rating: N/A
by canucks
August 26th, 2008, 8:12pm
With only two chapters out, this manga has caught my attention and is moving at a very quick but effective tempo. Premise is similar to G-Senjuu Heaven's Door, and let's see if any seinen qualities turn up later in the development.
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