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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!!


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 (729d ago)
c.175 by Red Hawk NEO (734d ago)
c.174 by Red Hawk NEO (741d 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 (2070 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.57 / 10.0
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January 14th 2014, 5:24am PST

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JManga (Defunct)
Viz (20 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #467 increased(+17)
Monthly Pos #544 decreased(-20)
3 Month Pos #479 decreased(-47)
6 Month Pos #438 decreased(-15)

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On 4363 reading lists
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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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Great so far   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Lippe-kun
August 24th, 2008, 12:56pm
Liked it very much! The old-style romance, the talks between Mashiro and Tamaki...

I didn't like the Death Note veryyyyy much, but this makes me look forward to read every single day!!
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Hilarious, looking forward to more   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Gynok
August 24th, 2008, 7:42am
After just two chapters i need more lol - great plot and a great twist from this managaka's norm - has great promise, i can only hope it becomes a regular favorite just like death note and has a long run
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Death Note creators' new series shows promise. [Edit: NOT!]   
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
by DarkSlushie
August 15th, 2008, 7:56pm
I hated Death Note but this new series actually shows some promise. And Making-Of type stories seem to be all the rage these day. Let's hope it achieves a nice, long run on its own and not just ride the wave of popularity generated by the mangaka's last project.

[Edit] I take it all back. Three chapters in, I'm already bored to tears. This is a classic example of a series that should have been a oneshot but ended up getting dragged out into 7 volumes. NOTHING HAPPENS IN THIS MANGA! Absolutely nothing!

... Last updated on September 17th, 2008, 6:28pm
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