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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 (91d ago)
c.14 Years Old by Jaimini's Box (841d ago)
c.13 Years Old by Jaimini's Box (848d 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 (2389 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 #635 increased(+44)
Monthly Pos #1061 increased(+82)
3 Month Pos #1254 increased(+90)
6 Month Pos #1338 decreased(-13)

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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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A manga about manga, interesting...   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by SimonFearless
August 19th, 2011, 3:42am
After the success of Death Note both Obha and Obata wanted to do something with more comedy.
Guess this is the outcome.
I don't think it's bad. It's a perfekt slice-of-life about what goes on behind the scenes. We can see how every mangaka is working the hardest to make their series a hit. It's really a tiring work and even if you do your best it's still not a guarantee that it will become popular.
So I think this piece is very interesting. The artwork is good and feels real. I like this!
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Very interesting read   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by SunRises
July 3rd, 2011, 4:50am
Well, I guess people expect a lot from this duo after Death Note but I honestly think you shouldn't compare these 2 manga as their genres are different. Though truth be told, when it comes to characters and story-telling, Bakuman is rather weak compared to Death Note. I really really really dislike Light in Death Note but I think he left a much stronger impression on others than Mashiro. I think Mashiro is quite plain for a protagonist. His girl friend, Azuki, too. I like Takagi but at the same time, I think supporting characters are more interesting than him and especially Mashiro. Like Eiji, Fukuda, Hiramaru, Aoki or even Nakai.

Anyways, I really enjoy reading this manga. It gives lots of information about the manga industry which I find interesting. After reading this, I think I respect mangakas more than before. Imo, there're things which the author can't tell us but nonetheless, this manga is still worth reading. Aside from weak main characters, I have other complaints for this manga. First is the art. It's worse in later volumes but even in early volumes, I found nothing special about the art. How should I say it? I don't think the art portrays the characters well. Secondly, sometimes, Bakuman is too wordy. Though I guess this can't be helped given what kind of manga Bakuman is.

I give this a 7.

... Last updated on September 28th, 2011, 11:34am
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Not being DeathNote doesn't mean it's bad   
Rating: N/A
by pinkgoggles
June 26th, 2011, 11:07pm
To be truthful; this series isn't amazing or whatever but I find it quite baffling how people would compare or expect something like DeathNote. Authors aren't one-trick-ponies that can only do one kind of thing and I think this story is quite good. Maybe the romance at the start and the motivations of Saiko is a bit unrealistic but the stress from dropping in ranks, being unmotivated etc are very real and I find myself relating to them a lot because I go through the similar stuff when I go to Art School.

It's definitely something for people who are more interested in the manga industry etc so I guess it has a much smaller target audience than DeathNote but it doesn't make it bad. Give it a try if you're interested in making comics. It also gives you a new way of approaching Shounen Jump series' and how the authors work and under what conditions they create they're stories.

7/10 Rating with +1 for the new insight about JUMP
8/10 Overall
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Rating: N/A
by swimmer1017
June 17th, 2011, 10:40pm
I wasn't expecting another Death Note, but at least something better than most series. This had an interesting idea, but falls into the cliche traps in many other series. Worse of all, it's boring. The art is great, but so what? The story matters most in my eyes and the story in this series fell very short of my expectations. You can drag on a series, but at least make the journey interesting and different. Falling on the whole "fail once, get inspired to overcome this challenge, minor progress and repeat for chapter after chapter" means a low score in my book. I dropped this series and I'm glad.

EDIT: I'm not a huge fan of reading a series about this topic admittedly. If you have interest in the behind of scenes depiction (with really slice of life feeling), then this could appeal to you. The harsh review was more motivated by my expectations based on the previous work of the artist. If I hadn't had those expectations, this would have gathered a decent review. Then again if I didn't have those expectations, I would have passed on the 2nd chapter instead of reading over 100...

... Last updated on June 17th, 2011, 10:45pm
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Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by lyrabela
April 9th, 2011, 10:31pm
I had been putting off rating and commentig on this because it wasn't far enough in yet...and then I ran into a really good part and could't tair myself away. But I have to say around chapter 65 to about 85 things were dragged out and it took all of my concentration not to give up on it. I almost lost hope. But things got much better around 85. I am glad I tuffed it out. though I can see were those chapter help move the story and made it a bit more was a little infuriating and dry. Right now I am going to rate this an 8 but I will update it when I get futher along.
I have to say for the art though its amazing as usual for Takeshi Obota. ^^ (I think I became a huge fan because of Death Note and I have read most of Obota's works since then. biggrin
The story itself is interesting and is better (in my opinion) of other mangas that are about drawing manga.
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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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Mixed feelings.   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by panos
February 12th, 2011, 3:37pm
When i started reading this series i was pretty surprised.It has a theme that is not original if you have read a lot of manga,but the approach on the issue was out of the ordinary.That drew my attention and made me read one chapter after the other.It was also very informative about how the manga industry works and why a lot of serialized manga meet their doom.Now,it hasn't got anything new to offer.Meaningless,pointless competitions between the mangaka without much of a reason.My enthusiasm of waiting for the next chapter as well as my rating has dropped significally.I hope for a decent arc soon.
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Waste of time   
Rating: 1.0 / 10.0
by Mushu
December 17th, 2010, 2:27pm
Don't read it. I got to about chapter 60 a while ago and just quit. It's stupid as hell. This could've been something sick like another thriller+tragedy like death note but the author is looking like a one hit wonder after this.
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not what I expected to be, but it's okay..   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by Vayth
December 12th, 2010, 9:13am
Looking at the name ohba-obata, I expected something great from the duo death note..
well, the story is interesting, and teach me how hard to be in mangaka world XD
the pace is fast (3 weeks in a chapter, sometimes even faster), but that's to be expected. or else, it would be too slow.

but the problem is the art..
at the few first volume, they're still ok.. but the later, it's getting worse.. -_-
at first, I thought obata-sensei changed his arts style because it's a comedy manga, and his realistic art might not suit much.
but as the series goes, it keeps getting worse, and I can't even tell it's the same guy who did hikago & death note..

well, at least the story manages to keep me read this series.. ^^a
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