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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

61 topics, 493 posts
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User Rating
Average: 8.5 / 10.0 (2390 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 #682 increased(+10)
Monthly Pos #876 increased(+213)
3 Month Pos #1275 increased(+69)
6 Month Pos #1350 decreased(-25)

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Bakuman Live-Action Film's Premiere Date, Visual Revealed over 2 years ago
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A Manga that can Finally Explain to Manga/Anime Fans How Hard it is to Make a Manga   
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by crazyjap22
January 7th, 2010, 11:48pm
For Complainers:

Like I tell everyone to become a mangaka isn't easy. Coming up with a story and have to draw that suits the story thats not something anyone can do. If you are reading this manga it explains how much work these guys are putting just to entertain us and to make a living. For people who complain about the filler episodes for One Piece, Naruto, and Bleach here's your answer: READ BAKUMAN!

My Opinion:

I know there has been many other mangas that tell a story about mangakas but this one has to be truly the best! Explains every little detail on how mangakas do their job and how they make money and what they do to become number one. It's so popular that many kids in Japan want to become mangakas in the future and they can learn what they have to do by just reading this manga. Not only that it is also going to become an anime in the Fall so that's something to look forward too!
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What the...?   
Rating: N/A
by jxp7962
December 31st, 2009, 7:44pm
Okay, I thought Bakuman was seriously great. It's really interesting, the characters are easy to get close to, and the art is simply amazing. The art is so detailed, and it really amazes me at how much the plot is developed at the same time. I liked Death Note too; the only reason I'm not too big of a fan is because the character Light, was a bit hard to sympathize with and because it was a bit too dark and serious for my taste. But Bakuman is really light and interesting; we finally get to know how Jump works. I was really surprised when I saw how small its fandom was.
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Somewhat unique   
Rating: N/A
by dragon00
November 27th, 2009, 12:48pm
I never read a manga before about how the main characters become mangaka's. It's new kind of manga so the plot isn't predictable at least to me. The story starts out interesting but after chapter 60, it doesn't look as interesting and may be starting to worsen. Hopefully it gets better and fresh like in the beginning of the series.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by gundamcat
November 15th, 2009, 5:17pm
I have read up to the current chapter(61). The whole plot is just amazing. Its a inside view how the magakas work. Also the romance is really good you just want to keep on reading. I am going to read more when it is released.
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Very entertaining to read   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by shagojyo
November 9th, 2009, 7:01am
I have read all the current chapters and it really does make me want more of it. It's fun and exciting to know more about the world of manga through reading this and it has a very informative aspect about what & how the manga world works.

... Last updated on November 11th, 2009, 5:34am
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by RhinoX753
September 29th, 2009, 2:30am
This somehow reminds me of Hajime no Ippo, showing a career of a young boxer/mangaka in lots of details...
I like that story doesn't go at snails paste, art is good also.
Good that this is so much different from Death Note.

Though the only thing that bothers me is that there might be no real climax in the end, but ill have faith in authors.

... Last updated on September 29th, 2009, 2:31am
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Its a fun watch   
Rating: N/A
by Haizhe
August 26th, 2009, 5:26pm
I really enjoyed this manga but the main reason I enjoyed it was the sense of unity between the characters.
The quote "One soul in two bodies" is used a number of times to signify the unbreakable and surreal relationship the two main characters share...
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Rating: N/A
by fictionalscience
August 19th, 2009, 12:15pm
Well, I've only read a bit, and it's pretty interesting so far.
But by chapter 2, I can't help but feel that I've been insulted twice-thrice by the manga for being a female (who doesn't really fit into female gender role or stereotype), hahaha. Makes me feel nostalgic for Death Note (here comes the comparison again), where the female characters are all stupid. Jeez, what's up with this author's machismo? It doesn't make it a bad manga though. I just feel like I need to say it somewhere wink

... Last updated on August 19th, 2009, 12:21pm
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Good for a while   
Rating: 6.0 / 10.0
by jordak
July 18th, 2009, 11:26am
This was okay for a while, but after that got fairly boring. I read about 30 chapters, and i've got to say it got really repetitive. Every chapter was just them worrying that they wouldn't get serialized or that their weird big lipped producer guy wouldn't like there manga. I might pick it up again once its finished, but i doubt it'll be very exciting.
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Pretty interesting.   
Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
by hoshikara
July 13th, 2009, 3:28am
The storyline is actually a pretty standard one for a shounen: abruptly-awakened protagonists trying to fulfill their seemingly impossible aspirations by decimating rivals and social expectations with diligence and slight cleverness--all the while satisfying their male pubescence by dabbling in idealistic high school romances. Basically, a coming of age / "You can do it!" story.

Centering it around the manga-making process, however, is unique, and does set it apart from the other "battle" manga circulating. As mangaka themselves, the topic is furthermore familiar--making it easy to both write about and appeal to the readers with. A very smart choice in plot that leads the reader to thinking that these two themselves are more the "calculating" than "genius" types mentioned.

Of course, it has possible weak points. Time progresses way too quickly and abruptly (although honestly, I appreciate it more than dragginess); the romance aspect of the story is too idealistic (although I think it is probably a jab at stereotypic shoujo storylines); and there are a lot of holes in the story.

All in all though, Bakuman is an enjoyable read, and good to catch up on once in a while to cleanse your palate in-between other series. It'll also increase your appreciation of the manga business significantly.

Oh, and don't compare this to Death Note, because the two are in completely different genres. I think it's rather a good thing, though. Another Death Note-like story from them would be horridly boring and predictable.

... Last updated on July 13th, 2009, 3:30am
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