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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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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)

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Weekly Pos #449 increased(+35)
Monthly Pos #544 decreased(-20)
3 Month Pos #479 decreased(-47)
6 Month Pos #438 decreased(-15)

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Story about how manga gets made   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by HoneyDippedLemons
February 7th, 2014, 11:15am
We all like to read manga, but we never think about how it's made and how much effort was put into it. Well this manga is exactly about that and it changed how I read other mangas.

Although there is romance in this I thought the mangaka showdowns (especially the one between Ashirogi Mutou and Eichi) were a lot more interesting. And for the Mashiro-Azuki romance I didn't care at all. For me they were just two people who liked each other because they both had a loose screw in their heads (and Azumi's helmet haircut annoyed me to death...). The other romances were fine.

I liked how the mangakas in this were both friends and rivals at the same time. There's a lot of characters in this, a lot of them I loved, most of them I liked and some I wanted to stab in the forehead with a fork (*cough cough Miura cough*). My favorite was Yoshida though.

This is why I like manga so much, it can take some completely normal and boring element from daily life (like someone doing their job) and it makes it so interesting and engaging.
I'd recommend this to experienced readers, because to manga beginners it might seem long and draggy.
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Splendid and fairly Unique!   
Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by Fantasier
October 2nd, 2013, 9:21pm
Yet another manga from OHBAxOBATA (Death Note). I know what to expect when these two are together: a superb manga with superb art and superb story.

Obata's art here in Bakuman is marvellous, surpassing some of his past work including Death Note. The art style changes slowly and soundly as you go through the series. Although I like the style in the first chapters, which I think is more detailed and real, the late style of the manga is still amazing. Bakuman's story forces Obata to inevitably draw some different styles of manga art, which he does very well, showing his true talent of drawing.

Bakuman's story is just what I expect from Ohba. I love how it pulling romance and manga together. Despite being quite an unreal relationship, the series has a great part of love story. Every romance part is beautiful, and kind of cute. It might seem boring seeing the theme of 'let's grow up together and fulfill our dreams!', but it is so classic and emotional; Bakuman proves that with its story from the first to the end.

Every arc of the story has an appropriate gap between one another. Dramas are very well presented, and they are what make this story engaging; it focuses not only on manga work, but also relationships--both as best friends and lovers.

Bakuman is also the very first manga which tells readers how hard it is to get serialisation and keep being in SJ, and how the vote matters this thoroughly. Although there may be manga's about mangaka before, none of them was able to do this job as well as Bakuman; that's why I'm saying it's fairly unique. The story involves quite many mangaka. And here what is talented about Ohba is that he or she can produce many kinds of stories to be used as Bakuman mangaka's manga; they are all interesting and likely to be serialised if they are actually made.

The only thing that seems to annoys me is the ending arc (the very end I mean--maybe two last chapters or around that). I think it's somewhat too fast, making it not as good as it should be. It also give a feeling of the manga being forced to end a bit too quickly. The end parts should be longer, and the last chapter can be more beautifully ended with other kinds of scenes.

And the same for Death Note goes here, 'wall of texts' style appears in Bakuman; don't hate it and you'll find this very satisfactory.

... Last updated on October 2nd, 2013, 9:25pm
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Start strong but...   
Rating: N/A
by Sagiri_chan
June 20th, 2013, 9:17am
I was a few month ago when I bought the last volumn of Bakuman. I didn't feel so excited. I just thought that I had to buy it to complete this series. Reading this volumn didn't make me feel any better. It was just the same old pattern with the expected happy ending.
Today, I re-read the first two volumns of the series. They was so engaging that I forgot to study for the exam tomorrow. This series had a really strong start. A manga about manga, a close look into the industry, a realistic plot,.. everything was novel and brilliant. I didn't recall that it was this good. I finally realize that the following volumns, especially those last ones, went down a lot compared to its strong start. Some arcs were too long and somehow ridiculous, even repetitous at some points.
However, I still strongly believe that Bakuman is a good manga. Not only did it bring you enjoyment but also a deep knowledge about manga industry.
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Could have been perfect   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Glad-kun
June 3rd, 2013, 7:36pm
This manga is a victim of its biggest weakness. The combination of its strength and parts that were all over the place.
It is wordy. Lots of text. Which is great for engaging parts but it makes more boring parts downright painful some times.
And with the way it went all over the place even losing the track of main supportive cast... 20 volumes of the wordiest manga I remember. Could've easily lost 5 volumes.
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Everything Miura touched turned to shit. Painful and frustrating arc. Too long and fruitless.

And the second half is the guiltiest of going all over the place
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Villain? Seriously? Ok, the first Nanamine arc was good. The second one was ridiculous.
Completely lost the sight of their goal, ideas like Mashiro learning to draw faster lead nowhere, Kaya and Azuki almost disappear and their goals only get mentioned as a reminder that they are actually there.
Shota with a dog disappears. Would've loved to see him working with Aoki. They had such a fitting characters.

Tempo(manga time per volume) is inconsistent and some of the stretched out periods overstay their welcome.
Still 8. Might be to generous though.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Otrunyte
April 17th, 2013, 3:40pm
Greatest piece of story-telling ever created. It may be an exaggeration for lots of people, but no matter what I read, what I watch, nothing captivates me to the same extent that Bakuman. does. To those of you who find aspects boring, I understand that it requires patience and I understand that there are parts that are repetitive... name any Shonen manga in which there aren't, but the only time you'll be wasting on this masterpiece, is the time taken when flicking from one page to the next. This is more than a ten. This is the kind of story other Mangakas aspire to.
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Good to the end   
Rating: N/A
by Winddancer
November 21st, 2012, 6:20pm
I rather enjoyed shounen manga that wasn't typical battle or harem genre.
Characters were good for most part, especially mangakas were all great with some depth.
Art was from pretty good to excellent, most because i like the style.
I felt story as too short (i wish epilogue to be published someday) but better quit when you're ahead
and not dragging series meaninglessly.
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Is there other manga like this one out there?   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by phuong_nguyen93
November 17th, 2012, 10:12am
Is there other manga like this one out there? I mean this manga focus on shounen manga in Shounen Jump, I'd like to see how it works in shoujo manga industry too biggrin
But anw, this one is just AWESOME!
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Saying a lot and saying nothing   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by blackmokona
June 19th, 2012, 1:04am
What the first volumes had was excitement -- I will always love the scene in which editors and authors face off. The latter half tried to hold on to the momentum with limited success.

Bakuman endevoured to talk about writing, but without anything worthwhile to say, and beyond the reality of the current manga publishing industry, nothing interesting either. By the double digits volumes Bakuman has resorted to character posturing and tired speed lines. Dialogue suffer the same dilemma, saying a lot while actually saying nothing.

When they stop being underdogs, how do you make readers continue to root for them? Not by demonizing others is a good step. Focus on character development, maybe, because *there was none*.
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A Master Piece   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by saxenas1
May 12th, 2012, 8:41am
If I could give more than +10 rating I would. This is a 11 or 12 easily. Maybe a bit too much text and too little humor? But its amazing for what it is. Example: Noblesse is pretty amazing and you can read it again and again. However at the same time its a bit superficial (shallow in content), Bakuman blew me away. I have read 400 mangas and this one left me content. I don't think I can read a manga again in the future without referencing it to Bakuman.

to conclude, READ IT. smile

... Last updated on May 12th, 2012, 8:41am
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Rating: N/A
by Verix
March 17th, 2012, 9:28am
Part 1:
It tells you a lot about how hard someone has to work to get serialized in a magazine, and how it all happens. The characters are awesome and their thoughts, ideas and actions seem very natural. The romance is cute. There's lots of text, but that's kind of the intention of this manga, to tell you all kinds of things along with the plot development.

Personally I didn't get hooked on the anime, but with the manga it's easy to skim through chapters when you feel like it. It's definitely interesting, the manga making process; but also the deep friendships, blooming romance and the connection between those two. Either way both manga and anime are pretty well executed, I can only recommend you to give it a go and read it (or watch the anime).

One of the most incredible things about this manga is that the introduced characters (bar temporary side characters) so far are very very likeable, and all have different characters, traits and dreams.

Part 2:
Going to be honest here. The MOMENT the manga starts focusing on romance: Takagi love rectangle, Nakai love triangle etc. (starts mid ch. 60-ies), it goes terribly downhill in my opinion. It's not where the focus should be. Making manga, having hardships & breaking through, ups and downs when being serialized etc., the sweet blooming love between Mashiro & Azuki: perfect. But stupid and LONG WINDED drama isn't needed here. I struggled through but found that from then on there was a definite decline..

... Last updated on March 18th, 2012, 11:19am
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