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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 #527 increased(+88)
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
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Very good manga   
Rating: N/A
by jcm
November 22nd, 2008, 5:53pm
It seems quite biographical, with references to MORITA Masanori, who started working at 15 for Shounen Manga, and the authors themselves.
If you want to understand how to become a great mangaka, read this manga !
Very good story !!!
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Scatman27
November 14th, 2008, 5:39am
Bakuman, well.. Where to begin? It's really an intressting manga in it's own way. And yes the author is the same as Death note, but as far as I know Death note and Bakuman are completly different. Even though i've just read the first chapter of DN I think its more like a shounen than Bakuman. So what i think of this manga is that it has a really original story, a manga about 2 highschool lads thats writing manga, on top of that, a little school life in it! ITS BRILLIANT! Im really looking forward to the next chapter, and how its gonna turn out for Mashiro and Azuki smile I strongly recommend this for readers that likes a little rommance in the background.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by monkeyvoodoo
November 9th, 2008, 11:38am
Great characters, great artwork and a great story that progresses well with each chapter but also manages to leave you hanging at the end of each chapter (and thus really eager for the next one).

Smart characters and a sense of urgency in both the plot and the characters' attitudes make for quite the exciting read. The simplicity of the story really speaks to the author's talent -- it's no simple task taking a story about two kids writing manga and making it so exciting the reader can't put it down (or can't believe the chapter ended and has to wait for the next issue). I still find myself surprised with every chapter at how good this is. Highly recommended!

... Last updated on November 30th, 2008, 3:09am
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I had no idea.   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by .Kaii
November 8th, 2008, 7:15pm
That this was by the creators of Death Note. xD But, I enjoyed it all the same. Interesting, and not your cliche shounen manga. Will update more as I read on. =3
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lives up to death note   
Rating: N/A
by elalendi
October 24th, 2008, 4:09pm
It's by the creators of Death Note, so OF COURSE it's going to be amazing. At least according to my opinion, Takeshi and Ohba are doing a totally awesome job once again. I love how informational the story is, really teaches you a lot about mangakas. If you want to be a mangaka in the future then you should definitely read this. Also I think the plot is pretty interesting and original (but maybe there's another plot about making mangas out there, I just don't know about it). The art is of course BEAUTIFUL (this is Takeshi Obata we're talking about) and I like the characters. The sub-plot of Mashiro and Azuki though is a little unnecessary, I think... I mean this is a shounen and not a shoujo, I don't really know why they decided to put that in there. It's also quite cheesy and boring since OBVIOUSLY they both love each other and could totally get married already if it wasn't for their "deal". And the whole thing about how the Mashiro's uncle had been in love with Azuki's mother... I mean that's just creepy.

The chapters are currently really exciting, I can't wait for Takagi and Mashiro to succeed! I'm keeping a close tab on this one!

... Last updated on October 24th, 2008, 4:11pm
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The art of the mangaka is interesting, but the storyline is nothing new.   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by PsychoticEmo
October 11th, 2008, 9:37am
Bakuman splits itself into two separate storylines, a high school romance and a quest to publish a manga. As of chapter 9, these storylines rarely merge together; each chapter contains scenes from the romance story, and scenes from the mangaka story. Mashiro and Azuki have promised to get together once they have both achieved their dreams (mangaka and voice actress, respectively), but that's the only connection the two storylines have. (Most likely, they won't make any progress with their relationship until Mashiro gets his manga published, and I don't know how long that will take.)

The manga concept appeals to me since I personally would like to draw a manga, and Bakuman walks the reader through the struggle of manga-making quite well. I've learned a lot of things about mangaka that I wouldn't have known otherwise.

The love story side-plot is mediocre, and the manga doesn't focus on it much. Nothing original here, although we have established that Azuki's and Mashiro's feelings are mutual.

On another note, I am sick of the underlying themes in this manga. (I'm a bored Japanese high school student living my life with no particular aim? Done to death. Men have dreams that women can't understand? PLEASE.) I still enjoy the manga for the manga-making though.
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Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by kamishiro
October 6th, 2008, 6:58pm
The story is prety nice , but obata changed, a litle his drawing style , and i dun like it ... the eyes changed a litle and it's bothers me >333<
but i will get over XDD seriously , it's worthy to read ^^
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Good solid manga so far...   
Rating: 8.8 / 10.0
by Pandy91
October 5th, 2008, 6:33pm
So far this manga has been very entertaining, and Obata continues to impress me with his art. The characters are very likeable, and I can't help but cheer for Shujin and Mashiro when they make progress! I'm wondering what'll happen next? Hopefully it won't get stagnated and die off.
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by Hetien
September 13th, 2008, 6:16pm
a manga about drawing manga. pretty sweet. try it out, you'll prolly like it. very interesting story and characters are pretty sweet. drawing's pretty good too.
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Rofl, Look at all of the Comments xD   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Aeylis
September 8th, 2008, 5:34pm
At first I thought it was just normal. Good art, original storyline as far as I know. The latest chapters have actually hooked me though. I want to see what happens next! The talent of the Death Note writer/artist isn't a joke.
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