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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)
v.1 c.1-3 by Viz 3 months ago
c.14 Years Old by Jaimini's Box over 2 years ago
c.13 Years Old by Jaimini's Box over 2 years ago
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Status in Country of Origin
20 Volumes (Complete)
12 Volumes (Bunkoban, 2017, 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: 8.5 / 10.0 (2390 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.47 / 10.0
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December 16th 2017, 3:12am PST



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Viz (20 Volumes - Complete)

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Monthly Pos #983 increased(+106)
3 Month Pos #1287 increased(+57)
6 Month Pos #1335 decreased(-10)

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love it   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Sukets
July 22nd, 2010, 1:18pm
Well.. first, i really enjoy to read this manga...its impressive that came from the same person that made 'death note'.
the plot is really diferent, make's an change of pace for all the manga's on jump, doesnt really have an enemy. the manga itself is just like the manga that the main characters do, an non-jump manga being famous on jump.

It fell like an documentary in manga mode, with a lot of critics for jump, its system of good or bad's mangas, the artwork is really good, really well detailed, lightly remember the art of death note, but more bright.
the characters, is really fun...mashiro and azuki love... its just so pure that usually would make u hate the manga, but i dont know why, doesnt bother me, and i really like it. so...this just prove how good is the author

... The author needs to stop making them start over on a new manga... seriously.

dont you think that this is cause he want to show that being a mangaka is REALLY difficult? cause being an mangaka, even if a lot of people like it, has a lot of prejudice
...and he want to show to how much an mangaka can overcome a lot of his faults in a new plot.

Story 10/10.0
Characters 10/10.0
Artwork 10/10.0
first 10 that i give for an manga

... Last updated on July 22nd, 2010, 1:20pm
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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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This manga makes me smile   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by tarmie
July 21st, 2010, 2:08am
I expected quallity from the duo that made Death Note, and quallity was what I got.
This manga is brilliant, like any good manga it is driven by the chracters and their motivations, and the characters are very likable, the way Shuujin and Saiko interact is dynamic and sometimes hillarious. The romance between Saiko and Azuki is extremely cute and innocent, but still progeresses little by little througout the series.

The story itself is very VERY simple, and in a character driven series like this it has to be. If you don't like the characters or if you prefer series with deep and intense plots then this manga will probably bore you.

The art is as awesome as you'd expect from Takeshi Obata, though the style is completely different from the one used in Death Note. It is very cartoonish and over the top, but it fits the story perfectly and gives it a uniqe look. Tecnically there's as good as no flaws, Obata is extremely skilled.

This manga is for anyone who wants a manga that is otpmistic, cute and completely driven by the characters. Also it gives an interesting peek into the world of manga publishing. smile

... Last updated on July 21st, 2010, 2:08am
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Not my type, but one of my fav   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Ibleda
February 7th, 2012, 8:14am
This is absolute PERFECTION! I'll admit although it's up on my top 5 list, it's not my fav fav. The reason for that is personal taste and nothing else.

Let's say this, my opinion is that this manga exceeded the limits of it's settings with execution. Alot of times mangas have interesting settings, but the mangaka failed to pull that potential out. Bakuman I feel is the complete opposite.

This is my opinion only, but I feel like these types of manga that gives a light atmosphere, is limited in potential. They simply don't leave strong enough impression on you. For example, mangas like God's Child, NANA, and even Death Note, they leave a much stronger impression on you than mangas in the school life genre. Those that focus on the extremes of human emotion, I feel they have more potential to make it right there at the top of my list at least.
However, in Bakuman's case, if not for the limits of the topic and my taste, the execution of the story can only be said to be the best of best. Therefor, it's the most perfect manga I've read probably. It crossed the borders of limits with skill and not potential.

... Now, biased time over lol. This manga always catches me by surprise, totally unpredictable and never lets you down. You think one way and it'll turn out not the other way but one you never dreamed of. Keeps you on your toes reading. This is probably a huge reason to the below mentioned too, having to be able to just drop all the thinking and predictions and follow the plot. With that said, this is definitely a very standard shounen manga, with the fact that it's under slice of life and doesn't focus on physical fighting. I find this a very refreshing change. There's nothing wrong with stereotypes, they just have a whole bunch of replicas. I'm sure there was a day when we all enjoyed the very basic and run-of-the-mill mangas. The problem with that though, every manga is pretty much the same once you swap out the character names. However, in Bakuman and other rare cases, they give you the very basic and standard shounen, in a new way. I do love shounen, but it's hard to find one that doesn't bore you out.

Another thing, as someone who came from watching animes first, I do enjoy very much how well Bakuman leads our emotions. I cooled down a lil after dropping season 2 and picking up the manga, but it's definitely one of the best in that area. Yea... basically means I'm a huge fan of Ashirogi Muto. There's many who says the main characters are on the weak side, but I have to say I argue against that. Sure, they do have a bit of a more realistic and um... less aggressive? personality. I gotta say, that's a huge reason to my love for them. (Not that I don't love the others as well.) I feel they fit Bakuman perfectly, and a large part to keeping the manga original in a way.

Again... there's probably people with different thoughts, but for me, these types of manga just aren't taste. But I still love it enough for it to be in my top 5. It's my opinion, nothing more nothing less.

(One thing to mention to all those Bakuman haters out there, yes, you rare few. Stop judging a manga for what it's not. You don't like shounen? How did you get here then = =.)

... Last updated on April 8th, 2012, 1:49am
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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.
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
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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Very realistic   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by maine12329
January 7th, 2012, 7:00pm
I think it takes a lot of skill and class for a mangaka to make something in the Slice of Lice genre so interesting. I really enjoyed Bakuman and felt that the arcs and chapters were well-paced. Although I found myself hating on people like their antagonist, I guess it was also intended.. 'though I really prefer liking antagonists in manga since I like a lot.
I gave it a 10 rating because it's been a while since a manga has got me this engrossed and captivated
If you're looking for a tragedy/thriller, please look elsewhere! This manga is the brightest, happiest work ever, even if the mangaka in the manga are writing 'dark' stories
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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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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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Like it   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by MySwirl
August 22nd, 2011, 10:12am
When I started to read this manga I immediately fell for it. I don't think it's just about "looking behind the scenes" but also a moving story about friendship. The weak point is the romance because it's rather unrealistic and boring and I don't think such a thing would motivate anyone to draw manga, its the passion you have for manga. I also draw manga so I think it's a good work (the best work about drawing manga I've read so far) but I also like their relationships and the side-characters are very funny (maybe even more interesting than the protagonists theirselfs). I enjoy reading this work.

BUT: don't compare this one to Death Note! There is no point in doing so because a mangaka is not suited for only one kind of story, remember that! Death Note may be created for a huge audience and many people like it passionately but please recognize that Bakuman is also great in its area. Ohba/Obata didn't create a one-hit-wonder with Death Note because Bakuman is great as well but different. I mean, it was also made into an anime so I think there are many people who doesn't draw manga who like it ;-)

Give it a try. It's worth it. Death Note was great but this one is also recommendable!

... Last updated on October 16th, 2011, 12:20pm
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not for everyone   
Rating: N/A
by trade
March 22nd, 2011, 7:07am
To start off, this is not your normal manga. It's unique in that it allows us manga readers to see what goes on behind closed doors. The characters are more or less standard with the exception of the main rival as well as the occasional recurring side character. The story is what you come back for, it's not an action packed "will they make it out alive?!" kind of story, so don't expect that. Rather the chapters often end with a cliffhanger ending of finding out where the main characters scored with their readers.

Gives readers insight into the manga industry and the way things REALLY work

Enjoyable characters for the most part

Nice little side romance plot line

Very natural and realistic feeling

Very text heavy, some chapters have more space for speech balloons then actual manga

Slighty repetitive.

Very slow at points, there are chapters that, while necessary to the story, you forget 15 minutes after reading them.

overall, it's probably around a 5-8 depending on how much your actually interested in the manga industry and how big a fan you are of action packed sword swinging manga. This is not for everyone.
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