Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 1, 2011 to Mar 24, 2012
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 8.581 (scored by 34347 users)
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Jun 1, 2012
The first season of Bakuman was great, the story, the characters, the atmosphere fitted perfectly, though It did suffer from pacing problems and could of been adapted better. This time however, J.C Staff has stepped up their game, managing to fix those problems and make Bakuman 2 one hell of a enjoyable anime and probably the best slice-of-life series I've seen yet.
= Story  =
Bakuman starts exactly where it left off from the first season and gets right into the story. I won't say much to avoid spoiling it for people who happen to see this review before watching the first season but this season has a lot more drama and romance, which make for some very intense scenes and memorable moments.
Something, that is unique to the story of Bakuman is how realistic it is. The two main characters aren't always successful and positive like you find in most shonen series and there isn't any shock twists which would be impossible to find in a real life situation, well maybe one.
= Art  =
I never get tired of the art in this series, It's amazing how J.C Staff can make the manga illustrations look so realistic and the amount of detail and effort they put into the backgrounds.
The character designs are nothing special but they don't really need to be, If anything, the only character design I can fault is Shuujin's/Takagi's, It's just that he looked a lot different and a lot better in the manga, though I don't really mind the change.
= Sound  =
I have to admit, I didn't like any of the first seasons OP and ED's that much, though Bakuman 2 has some great ones which really suit the story-lines in this season. The OST remains nearly entirely the same in this season, which is a good thing since it doesn't feel overused yet and suits the anime perfectly.
All of the VA's do a great job reprising their roles and the newcomers fit their parts perfectly in my opinion.
= Character  =
There's a lot more Character development this time around, which is welcomed especially for the minor characters such as Aoki and Nakai, who really annoyed me at first, but then actually became likeable.
The romance side of Bakuman shines through a lot more this time around, which also helped character development a lot, though some of the relationships became a bit boring and repetitive during the the second half of the story.
Bakuman 2 is one addicting ride, the story and the characters really draw you in and makes you want to finish the whole series in one go, which not just any anime can emulate.
If you're a fan of first season, you'll love this sequel, all the spirit and fun of the manga and prequel are maintained in Bakuman's second anime outing, which leaves us eagerly awaiting the third season.
Overall, Bakuman 2 outdoes it's predecessor in every aspect, with faster pacing, a more 'tighter' and entertaining story, great character development with art and sound to top it off. If it wasn't for a slow down during the the latter episodes with the story and characters, I would've considered Bakuman 2 a masterpiece. read more
Oct 15, 2012
* * * S T O R Y * * *
It's rather original and is likely to draw in anyone with an interest in anime/manga. It has some pretty good drama and whatever in it.
* * * A R T * * *
I'd say the "typical anime faces" (such as oAo) they sometimes have kinda lowers the quality of this series. I like that they have some more original types of gag faces, though. The art and animation looks quite nice overall.
Some of the parts where they showed storyboards/"names" were poorly drawn and dull to look at. I think they should've at least had more panels/actions shown so we could see the story, not just hear a narration. Manga is all about the visuals, after all. There were some good moments with the more elaborate manuscripts, though.
* * * S O U N D * * *
I think Mashiro sounds a little too wimpy. The music didn't stand out to me whatsoever. Their relaxed, "everyday" country-ish music is just pretty boring. They live in a city, so why the country bumpkin music? There's other music more appropriately fitting the anime, but none of it is memorable.
* * * C H A R A C T E R S * * *
Yes, yes, people hate Miura. I think Miura was another good display of what the world of manga can be like. He also developed into a decent editor after realizing his flaws. As an obstacle, he created more entertaining points in the series and made the end result all the more satisfying.
Mashiro and Takagi are always developing and learning to see manga from different perspectives. They change in other ways, too, making unexpected decisions as the story progresses.
Other characters develop, other characters stay the same. That's the way life is, including when it comes to a manga artist's aspirations (or lack of).
* * * E N J O Y M E N T * * *
Compared to the Bakuman manga, they cut out a lot of the more technical aspects of planning and writing manga. They kept the "Tanto arc" short and sweet, really. It also feels like they balanced things out so that Azuki would seem like she has more involvement in the series. I know people complained about how small her role was in the manga, so I think this is a good change. It was pretty easy to neglect and forget about her in the manga, but I think it's important to maintain this romantic aspect based on true love.
One thing I didn't like is how they made it sound like panty shots are not only normal, but necessary in the world of manga. Honestly, things like that cause people to label all manga as bad. I think panty shots should've been treated as a cheap way to get votes from perverts, not something a female manga artist should strive to achieve. It's sad to think people would be unable to appreciate a good story unless it had softcore porn in every chapter.
* * * O V E R A L L * * *
Good story, nothing really disappointing (other than the panty thing), satisfying ending. I didn't find this too addicting, but maybe that's just because I read the manga already. This is some quality anime. read more
Apr 13, 2013
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This is the sequel of the first Bakuman which continues the story of Takagi Akito and Mashiro Moritaka; two teenagers who aspire to be mangakas with a popular long running manga serialization that gets turned into an anime. Mashiro in particular wants their career to take off quickly because of a promise he made with Azuki Miho, the girl he'd been in love with since elementary school, that the two of them would marry once they accomplished their dreams as they try to make a name for themselves in the intense business world of manga publishing.
Animation-wise with J.C. Staff at the helm of the much-anticipated anime adaptation, you’d expect some pretty damn good animation. Luckily, the studio delivers fluid movement and great attention to detail.
The art was once again really well done and high quality like its predecessor. The art was quite good throughout each episode. The anime’s art shows a great amount of detail yet still maintaining that slice of life environment in the anime. Something which intrigued me the most, in terms of the art, was the displaying of the stories each manga artist made. By animating the storyline and having a narrator explaining the information in the manga, improved the anime. The character themselves were well illustrated and fluidly animated.
The voice acting was very good for the characters. I felt that the character's representations through their vocal expressions suited them perfectly and portrayed their attitudes and personalities nicely.
Then there's also the OPs and EDs. They're not terrible, but they are definitely boring and I skipped them nearly every time. Granted, it's not a big thing and has nothing to do with the actual story, but for a series that's all about creating stuff the public will like, they sure dropped the ball in this aspect. Overall I didn't find anything too annoying throughout the anime series regarding the soundtrack. It was well presented.
It was nice to see the variety of characters, with their assortment of personalities. They definitely added depth to this anime.
As with the story, this season of Bakuman only touches on its cast of characters and what we learn of them is only the tip of the metaphorical iceberg. That being said, the two central protagonists develop reasonably as they embark on their quest to become published mangaka.
Whether it is Takigi's boldness, Moritaka's determination. the surprising feminess of tomboy Miyoshi, The eccentricness of ingenious mangaka Eiji Nizuma, and some others. almost all characters were well written and had great chemistry with each other. The two main characters go through development as their bonds and determination are tested.
For anyone with an interest in the behind-the-scenes workings of a large manga publication, and particularly when it comes to the shounen genre, I can’t recommend Bakuman enough.
Bakuman season two delivered the same type of feelings and emotions that the first season did. Following Saiko and Shujin through their life as they pursue one of my dreams has been wonderful. read more
Nov 11, 2011
If you enjoyed Bakuman Season 1 then you MUST See Bakuman Season 2, anyone who enjoyed Bakuman Season 1 as much as I should agree with my rating of 10 for season 2.
Some anime's are good, and their second seasons are just a drag, but with Bakuman, season 1 was great and season 2 is even better! The story continues from season 1, even after season 1 I wanted to see what happened next and I still feel the same now in season 2 at episode 6.
Unlike many anime's Bakuman is realistic. It shows many hardships throughout the story that the characters go through, just when things get better a new tragedy occurs. It really says something about real life, the realistic plot is one of Bakuman's greatest traits and it helps as get into the story even more when we feel the hardships as the characters feel them.
Almost all the characters in Bakuman are very well developed, we understand them enough to feel what they feel on screen. I find when things start going well for a particular character I'm smiling, and when things start going bad I get concerned and can't even stop watching to go to the bathroom because I want to see things get resolved!
Well the art is a little different from other anime's but by no means does that make it bad, but rather good. I especially like the art within the art-that is the art that the Mashiro (the protagonist) draws.
The sound is great, it really helps bring the audience into the story and characters though I don't notice as much as I notice other things in the anime, I'm sure that is because of my inartistic brain, I do however know that the sound is what controls the moods of the story.
I enjoy this anime a lot and I believe you will too, as long as your not a violence loving maniac. I would give it a try, and if your not hooked by the first episode I'll be quite surprised.
Oct 22, 2013
bakuman the first season earned a 10 from me and the 2nd season does the same it did nothing wrong (in my opinion) and makes the series a must watch for any anime watcher the 2nd series adds a few new characters and some new hurdles for are 2 young manga artist to go through but just to go over a few select things that just made this series addicting to me was the addition of the new editor they got and how he was at ends with the protagonists and I myself could not decide if I liked him or disliked it changed so much! and then the growth of the relationships and romance im just a sucker for that stuff as well as great comedy from kazuya and me being a huge aoki fan now all this is to watch this series the 2nd season does not lose any spark that the first made and from what I see most people think it improves what the 1st did read more
Oct 9, 2011
I'll skip right to the interesting part, this series has totally sucked me in. The first season was all fantastic and really something else the whole way. Luckily, this isn't something that's about to change. It's actually on the contrary, these two episodes have made their way and are actually starting to already top their predecessor.
Although I can't judge the whole book by it's cover (it's only like 40 minutes of something to watch right now) but these minutes have made an huge impact on me. Both times I've been having a stomach-ache because I've actually started worrying about the characters so much, felt their joy and just enjoyed following their story. All have been done in such a wonderful compound I can't really describe it, and yet I try.
My only worry at the moment is that my expectations are rising through the roof and beyond which may damage the rest of the series. Most certainly I'll be able to keep my cool and enjoy the rest of it which hopefully goes by the high standard that these two episodes have put up. read more
Mar 27, 2012
Now I have heard from countless people who haven't watched this series that the only reason they won't watch it is because all it is is about writing manga and that there is no way something a brief description of the general premise they read once could possibly leave out details. By the way they will also tell you that LOST is only about a bunch of people living on an island for 6 whole seasons without anything interesting happening. It's people like this who deserved to be slapped across the face (with the actual Bakuman manga for added irony), forced to sit down and watch this show as it is nothing like that.
The story continues from the exact moment Bakuman left off where their awesome manager Hattori was switched around with Miua; a short, chubby man who thinks simply getting the job is all you need so they shouldn't have their sights aimed any higher afterwards. Because no one filled this guy in on the entire reason Mashiro decided to start writing manga this series starts to take a bad turn as his lack of skill leads them back to the drawing board. Eventually this turns around for them and he finally starts to learn a thing or two about inspiring people and they get back on track. Fortunately for them Hattori gets off his prideful ass and helps them like a pal which gets them to the top yet again.
Now aside from the new pathetic manager of theirs (I really hate him) there are lots of other things interesting about the series. One of them being the character Hiramaru. Now we got a glimpse of his at the end of the first season as someone who randomly picked up a manga and thought it was a simple thing to do and proves his point. He came off as a really serious character who would prove yet another hurtle for our duo to leap. In this season, however, he is one of the biggest dumbasses who ever lived. He is a lazy bastard who thought that manga would take no effort at all and all he would have to do in life is eat and sleep because work is such a drag. This ultimately backfired on him as his manga was so good he got instantly serialized and now has to work on the weekends too. He is, however, absolutely hilarious and shows that this series can continue to make new and interesting characters who don't share the same personality as everyone else.
There is also the ever-increasing bond between Mashiro and his love to be. A particular scene that occurred when Mashiro wound up in the hospital because he forgot humans need to sleep every so often if they want to live was one of the most touching scenes I've seen in an anime (in the romance regard, and believable ones don't come very often for me I assure you) in a long while. Character development is one thing but the ability to make two characters develop together when they almost rarely see each other is a talent in itself. This was also written by the guy/gal who wrote Death Note, or so I have heard, so amazement is to be expected.
Now there was one thing about this season I didn't like and it's the fact that by the end of it they're right back where they started only this time with the chief editor threatening to fire them if they don't continue to be better than the kid who yells at birds and turns paper into top-selling manga at the rate that Jesus turns water into wine. The difference is that I don't like wine, but I do like manga so if Jesus is having problems competing with the guy you know your in for a hard time.
I also didn't like how it seemed the only real reason fatass was made their manager was so the story didn't progress too far and they can get other things done like marriage and almost dying before the whole point of the show concludes.
Now another thing I find that I enjoy is the shows tendency to make fun of fat people. First there is the manager who fucks up t=everything they've accomplished and doesn't go to hell for it until after he makes up for it by becoming semi-decent at doing his job. Oh and the reason I said hell is because I would think being taken from two nice kids who inspired you to do more with your career and being put into a group consisting of a child who forgot to take his Ritalin and a complete bitch whose first words to you was a threat to sue, a group I might add that was founded by your replacement, is a pretty shitty way to go. The other fatass whose name eludes me did a complete opposite of our previous fatty by going from a guy we were able to respect to a complete and total douchebag . He claims to love Aoki more than anyone else yet when she comes and asks him for help he tries to force her into a relationship which leads to him leaving the show out of guilt. Personally I'd like to roll them down a hill and see who can climb up to get the victory bucket of fried chicken first.
One last thing I'd like to bitch about isn't the shows fault at all and it was an issue that had me left with teary-eyes several weeks in a row and that would be the fucking subs. Why the fuck does it take you 5 days to sub a god damn anime which can usually be done by subbers in an hour or two. I did my research and it turns out you bastards subbed everything elce on time so why this? Please don't sub Bakuman 3 and leave it to someone else unless you can learn to pick up the pace or give us an excuse as leaving us in the dark doesn't get you anywhere.
All in all this show is an amazing show that deserves all the respect it has from fans. I give this show a 9 out of ten. I don't like giving hardcore calculations as numbers don't justify the value of ark, and THIS IS ART. Now someone edit the last moment of the series for me to have Mashiro's uncle's ghost standing next to ghost obi-wan and ghost yoda while that ewok victory music plays because tht would be badass! read more
Apr 2, 2012
Bakuman 2 continues the story of Mashiro(Saiko) and Takagi's(Shujin) dream of becoming a manga artist. While in last season we find out their manga Detective Trap is getting serialized but now they have a new editor-- Muuta-san and Hattori is no longer helping them. At the New Year Party, we see everyone here XD but we find out there is a new manga artist Hiramaru Kazuya. He used to work for a business company but now got into manga and already has it serialized. His Manga Otters 11 is very popular. Saiko and Shujin has another rival they must defeat in order to reach their goal ( besides Nizuma Eiji, Shinta Fukuda, Ko Aoki.....) read more
Apr 6, 2013
The story is continued literally from the last minute of the first series, so there's no need to refresh your memory too much. A vast majority of the characters also appear again, with a few new characters that aren't too shabby, either.
Okay, staring off with the story: The main thing that I respect about this story is that it's realistic - it's not always predictable, the heroes will not always win, and when they do, it's after a lot of sleepless nights, constant working, and a strict refusal to give up no matter what. Takagi and Mashiro are very inspiring individuals, so it's not difficult to get sucked into the story and root for them.
The art is another aspect of this series that I thoroughly enjoyed - the characters are all very distinct-looking (I'm sure a lot of you have seen series' where every character essentially has the same face with a different eye-colour...), and their facial expressions, bodies etc are pleasing to the eye. The humour comes across exceedingly well with the character design; there are several instances where characters display exaggerated reactions that will make you laugh out loud. It's pretty much the same as it was in the first series, so no quality is lost.
For some reason, the familiar soundtracks that would play behind some scenes made me feel comfortable. I'm not sure if it was because I like the anime so much, but the sound worked, and it fit really well with the general mood of the series. The opening and end themes didn't stand out to me, but I didn't dislike them either.
There were only a couple of characters that bored me, and I really didn't like one character, but at the same time, that character's role was essential to the duo's evolution as manga creators. Also, it's interesting to see how characters from the first series have grown up, it almost feels like you've known them personally forever; you can see the subtle differences between how they were in high school compared to when they age a few years.
The characters really bring the show together.
When the pair got bad news, I would exclaim, "No!" despairingly, and if they did really well, I'd smile and sometimes go, "This anime...!!" The series is amazing at drawing people in, even people like me who - as I mentioned - have no serious interest in manga.
It fired me up and I often couldn't wait to see the next episode, so I managed to finish it all in three days.
Watch the second series, you won't regret it. read more
Jul 6, 2012
This series really gets me going it's a wonderful anime and it doesn't matter how long it is either. Now the story is a good story and I can see that is has gotta better since season 1 in the way that they added more to it and more characters but then again there was those embarrassing lovey dovey moments but since they also go with the main story plot it's ok.
I give art a 8 because it isn't the best i have seen but I do like how in some part of the story when the characters get serious or excited the art will change.
I think the sound was good and even for the little laughing senses in the ending episodes were on point.
The characters were very good my favorite new characters would have to be Kazuya Hiramaru and his editor. These two were very good since they both are pretty funny also Hiramaru is very lazy but jumps everywhere in the story so it's good to see a new character move around in the story.
But yes I really liked this anime and if you have seen the first season I would suggest you see this one.
On a side note I liked how they finish this anime every season and leave it where you fell like its complete.
On another side note I think it would be nice if they could also do the manga that they mention or that they were doing in the anime in real life because I feel myself wanting to see how some of these turnout but anyways hopefully this review wasn't too bad.
hope you like this anime.
^_^ read more
Dec 30, 2011
The first season had made me a complete fan of not just Bakuman, but more of Ashirogi Muto. As a normal fan, meaning seeing the chars as not part of an anime but as real life humans, I felt joy and excitement as well as suspense, nervousnous, and disappointment along with the flow of the story.
The second season, simply put... it's Miura style. I bore with it until the 12 episode, but I hate Miura. The second season is just like him. They make you angry, they keep you smiling dumbly, but does not surpass an above average hatable anime level. In other words, nothing TOO bad about it, but a big disappointment compared to the first season. I cannot feel the emotions alongside the characters anymore. But still, leaving all that aside and ignoring detestable Miura... leaving the fans personal opinions aside, it's a good anime. But that is LEAVING all that aside.
Art I liked it overall. I don't usually like those puffed up lips and that hairstyle as well as I always hate FATNESS! But, somehow I bore with it. Of course, I didn't like those parts but, the rest made up. HOWEVER! Nothing compared to the previous season again. I mean, the art looks pretty much the same, but still the first season I could ignore all ugly guys cause they were not hated. They can be usefull, they know manners, they know how to keep themselves together without pulling hind legs. But... the second season I could bear with it but I can not ignore it. Unlike the first which I only noticed near the end.
Sound... well, it's find isn't it? Honestly I don't know. It sounds fine... but sound is the one thing I know nothing about.
Character, well... I prefer the previous season again. Reason of course a large part is alot of hated characters are put in the second season, but that's just 90%. I don't like the fact that Saiko gives in so easily. Even though first ep in season one was VERY embarrassing, however the rest of the story made up or rather overpassed it. And besides... I didn't hate any char in that season = =
Enjoyment. Yea, it goes to the bottom. I mean, I hate it. But other then I hate it I found it enjoying too. It's not that it sucks but just that I detest it. Simply put, I enjoyed it when I hate it so I dropped it reluctantly and most likely picking it up reluctantly again.
Overall... well I thought of an 8 but considering how I hate it? A 7 was the most I can go for. However it def deserves a 7, and prob an 8 for those who don't take anime seriously. But comparing as always, it's not worth an 8 if you think how great the first season is.
Those who want to know more despite anything else after watching the first, yea go ahead and watch this too.
Those who want to leave a beautiful and perfect image and can bear with knowing there's a second season? Quit it, you'll find out soon the difference and get disappointed.
Those who want a beautiful image but can't help but want to know more... just like me, I'll wait for third season. Who knows? They might fire off Miura and get someone proper again. Ah and that fatty two timer too. I don't hate him but I absolutely don't like him. read more
Oct 1, 2012
This season is very much alike the first season, both in content and quality. They are so alike that I think some people will complain that it's TOO alike. I am not one of those people.I loved the first season, and I loved the second season just as much. I marathoned it in two days and I never got sick of it. In fact, despite having a very satisfying conclusion, it left me wanting more.
The biggest minus is that it can at times be a bit childish and cheesy. Mainly how some "inspirational" speeches are handled. It's because of those sort of scenes and sequences that make me unable to recommend this to anyone who isn't already an anime fan.
Full review here:
http://kenikkiscorner.blogspot.se/2012/10/bakuman-2.html read more
Apr 25, 2012
Sep 22, 2012
"Parents use to say "Manga will make you stupid." But manga gradually came to be recognized as having cultural value
That's why I think you should draw a manga with content and quality that you wouldn't be ashamed to say has cultural value
But since we don't have the ability to do that we have to draw it with popularity in mind.
I think it's okay for anyone to draw manga like that in accordance with their abilities."
Wow! that single quote made me drop the score from a 7 to a 4. I was thinking about giving it a 7 and giving it good reasons why. But after mashiro said this and with absolutely no protests from the other characters. I lost respect from him as a character and this series. I even lost respect for the manga author for writing something like that.. This could be a mis translation from the fansubbers so I don't know if its legit or not. I generally find nothing wrong with the main character doing commercial art, im fine with that. Its just the way he said it just reek of self-esteem issues. Why in the hell would I want to follow a story with a main lead not believing himself. In a way he is no different from another particular 30 something side character. Both just as equally pathetic. remember when that side character(Nakai I believe?) screamed "Im comfortable being a assistant." Yea... same thing, and yet he gets the most flak from everybody, while Mashiro gets ignored
He never changed since season 1/episode 1. He still have inferiority complexes about his work and his rivals. always doubting, always rewriting(which may do more harm then good.). And when we finally witness some growth from him he shoots himself in the foot with his insecurities. I'll tell you this much, If a manga author in the real world said something like the quote above. would you read his/her manga? If you would then I feel sorry for you.
I did however enjoy the growth from the the other characters especially from Aoki and Muto Ashirogi's Editor(who I believe received the most out all the characters.) The show can have its funny moments. I thought the parts with Izuma and Hattori was funny. I liked the first season even though its completely over the top and unrealistic at times. Its just that after what Mashiro said and the nonchalant attitudes afterwards, You just get the feeling that you're just wasting your time. They are never going learn that racing towards rankings and popularity is a dead end. Even though they spent the WHOLE DAMN SEASON trying to write the manga they want. And when the fail they blame talent not their attitude and contradictions they keep making over and over again. I guess its sort of realistic, since there are alot of aspiring artist like this. But trying to make this into a shounen about manga is just going to cause more tragedies since its coming from a big time manga author.
You think that im going alittle to far from just one quote from a episode. But this quote is all you need if you want to watch/read this series or not. If dont mind this you will probably enjoy this. But Hattori was wrong, they are never going to surpass Nizuma. read more
Feb 19, 2012