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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 4 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

User Reviews
Bakuman by Mangaka714

61 topics, 493 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (2396 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.47 / 10.0
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Last Updated
December 16th 2017, 3:12am PST



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English Publisher
Viz (20 Volumes - Complete)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #494 increased(+121)
Monthly Pos #839 increased(+156)
3 Month Pos #1128 increased(+170)
6 Month Pos #1343 decreased(-18)
Year Pos #1300 increased(+43)

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Bakuman Live-Action Film's Premiere Date, Visual Revealed over 2 years ago
End of Bakuman over 5 years ago
Should I pick this up again? over 5 years ago
169 over 5 years ago
Reversi over 5 years ago

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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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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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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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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 wish...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by blueshadows
December 12th, 2011, 8:29pm
I wish they would let us read some of the manga that they make in the thing, because they sound awesome (some of them do).
Spoiler (mouse over to view)
like Reverse or however you spell that? epicness. i want to read that!!
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by TraRobins
September 25th, 2011, 7:15pm
I like this series and thought that it was a good idea and definitely something new. The romance is cute, though unrealistic. Every character is their own and that is a good thing. But, I wish the relationship between Shuujin and Miyoshi didn't revolve around Azuki and Saiko. It takes away from the story itself and makes you want to stop reading. And around chapter 50, the reader begins to focus more on character relationships than the story itself. You can completely forget that the story even has Azuki or the relationship between Shuujin and Miyoshi, evn though they are MAJOR characters. It's good, but it requires patience
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De ja vu   
Rating: N/A
by delilahloveme
August 23rd, 2011, 3:13am
I have really loved this manga but there are definitely boring sections in it . I have just read ch 143 144 and have gotten de ja vu for the hundredth time. I wish the structure of the arcs would change from the eternal manga battle style. Mix it up with something else to keep the manga fresh
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