Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 6, 2012 to Mar 30, 2013
Producers: J.C. Staff
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or olderL represents licensing company
Score: 8.751 (scored by 22737 users)
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Apr 2, 2013
Ahh, Bakuman once again returns as the third installation of this trilogy, known as Bakuman 3. It's amazing how this show can still keep it together after several years. The series is written and illustrated by Tsugami Ohba, who is known for his famous work Death Note. In contrast though, the series does not give off psychological impressions but rather follows a slice-of-life style of presenting its story. The series has achieved universal success with its manga predecessor and likewise, I find that the third and final installation manage to keep it together once again.
The series follows two best friends, Moritaka Mashiro and Akito Takagi. Collectively known by their pen name, Muto Ashirogi, the duo hopes to make a name for themselves by getting serialized in the Weekly Shonen Jump. With a little hard work, motivation, determination, and luck, they might just be able to do just that.
Like its previous predecessors, Bakuman 3 presents itself as a slice-of-life style series. Dreams are hard to make into a reality but we can clearly see that Muto Ashirogi hopes to do so. It follows their youth lives in a natural way as opposed to normal teens. Most teens often think about their future and dream jobs later on in life but at only 9th grade, the duo Muto Ashirogi has already began to climb that ladder to success. It's not easy though as becoming a manga artist is a very stressful way of life. In fact, Moritaka already knows this with the unfortunate circumstances of one of his family relatives. It even strived him away from thinking about the dream in the beginning. Furthermore, there is competition. Becoming a manga artist is a lot harder said than done. In fact, it can be compared to climbing the world's tallest mountain, winning an Olympics gold medal, or achieving a world record in the Guiness Book. Okay, I'm probably exaggerating a bit here but you get the idea. It is not easy.
Surprisingly, Bakuman 3 incorporates many ideas from the art of manga creation itself. It presents to viewers how manga is made with the ideas, how to get the material published, and how the industry works directly with many of its episodes. It looks hard and definitely requires a lot of effort. Yet at the same time, watching this series makes the career seem fun and exciting. In fact, it's that much exciting when Muto Ashirogi gets recognized for their work at various circumstances. In a way, Bakuman adapts its series of manga-in-manga but in a way that makes it look like a lifestyle.
The slice-of-life continues to exist just like its previous predecessors. It follows the duo in their every day live mixed in with comedy, drama, and romance. The drama part comes from Nakai who continues to linger his ways of going after Aoki despite their previous encounters. It doesn't stop there though as a love triangle ensures between him, Aoki, and Hiramaru. It's two guys and one girl in a triple threat. As silly as it sounds, the love triangle plays more of a progressing role for Aoki as she makes her stand and point known.
With the dramatic romance part aside, the technical part of Bakuman 3 also comes into play with some controversial events. In fact, Ashirogi Muto gets some unprecedented media attention after some unfortunate events. The duo wanted to make a name for themselves but not in the way that they see it this time. It gets a bit complex and even causes stress to the duo for their dreams. Forget dreams, it's more like a nightmare now after such an event. It should be no surprising though as the author of the series wants to visualize what manga artists needs to deal with in the real life. It's realistic in many senses from this case as becoming a manga artist is never easy. There are challenges every day whether it's competition, scandals, overworking to meet due times, and bringing out ideas to audiences in its finest form. The imaginations that manga artists comes often requires extensive thoughts and planning as well. I personally found that the ideas used by Ashirogi Muto is a bit repetitive and even borrowed from themes used by the real artist/illustrator of Bakuman. In other words, although the series' manga ideas are fun to read, they often lack a bit of uniqueness or set themselves differently from others. It's often hard to present ideas when so many others exists beforehand but overall, I only considered the ideas that Ashirogi Muto came up to be....average.
Fortunately, I find Ashirogi Muto and their way of working to be quite interactive and fun. Often when working together, the duo seems to have more fun than expected with their ideas. It's not in a workaholic way in which the duo tries to be the very best or earn cash but rather to do what they enjoy in while hoping to achieve success. Even when the duo are arguing, the dialogue is presented in an entertaining way. The words spoken by the characters are colorful and often or not, becomes an inspriation for their ideas. These ideas are transformed into their product for the world to see. Of course, success isn't easy to come by especially with competition. Major supporting characters as Eiji are obstacles for Ashirogi Muto and they must overcome him to achieve that success.
On the more dramatic side, Bakuman 3 also introduces what some fans may see as a real antagonist in the form of Toru Nanamine. He represents the antithesis of Ashirogi Muto. On the surface, he looks like a fun and outgoing guy with a chill personality. However, deep down he is seen as a hot-tempered, manipulative, and an individual who is willing to do absolutely anything to achieve success. The construction of his character makes him an antagonist by the way he compete against Ashirogi Muto because he even relies on underhanded tactics to ensure his assumed victories. To him, making manga is about winning and being the best in contrast of Ashirogi Muto who wishes to achieve their dreams.
Bakuman 3 does seem to continuously adapt a slow pace. Furthermore, the many dialogues used between the characters often gets dull, lacks flavor, and dragged. The seemingly antagonist Nanamine is also easy to predict by viewers as the villain by the way of his actions. It's not hard to see him as a two-faced individual who wishes to become the best even relying on iniquitous tactics. These tactics of course doesn't always go the way he wants to.
The artwork of the series remains intact compared to its previous seasons. J.C. Staff adapts the anime based off of the manga and does a fit job in making its artwork intact. And of course, because this is an anime series based on making manga, the artwork created by the various artists themselves also are presented artistically well. The artwork in fact is edgy but gives off that realistic look at the series from the outside. In the inside, the manga and characters' designs gives off a natural sort of look. It looks realistic and doesn't look too flashy, not that it needs to be anyways. There is no fan service and fans shouldn't be surprised at this considering it's NHK network known for airing lighthearted series.
For the soundtrack department, everything seems to remain the same. Both the OP/ED song for the first and second half depicts on a montage of the main characters. Some of the soundtrack does to be repetitive but still retains its natural vibrations. It balances it out with the general lighthearted outlook of the series.
Overall, Bakuman 3 is a pleasant series for me and I think for fans, especially those who've watched the previous predecessors. Even if you don't like the idea of making manga, the series makes it interactive with its extensive dialogues, competitions, and characters' interactions. And of course, some of the manga ideas themselves can be entertaining. It's not easy making dreams come true but Ashirogi Muto sure has great hopes. They're climbing that ladder of success and opening doors to imaginations. read more
Nov 8, 2012
The story is still great with the usual pacing style of the previous seasons. There's just something very addicting in the pacing of the story, it feels like no second is wasted at every episode. Each one brings something new to the story, good news and more hurdles at the end of the episode. The cliffhangers really get you excited to watch the next episode too. The plot twists are still the same as ever, they seem pretty petty and weak for an anime but they're realistic and you can really relate to them because they fit the slice-of-life genre very well.
Art is still the same, it's different but it's neither bad nor good. It doesn't stand out and that's actually what makes it fit for it's genre. Bakuman isn't about flashy art, dramatic music and all that glitter. It's good as it is. Though the quality drops at times, it doesn't really affect the viewing enjoyment.
The sound is like the art, it's the same.. not bad and not good. The OP is decent and the singer's voice is kinda weird but it doesn't really bother me. The EP is good, nothing to say about that. No objections about the sound really.
Characterization is the same and still good. Same goes for character development, in fac there's actually a little bit of character development as soon as the first episode.
Bakuman is still addicting as ever, that's all I need to say.
Overall, the quality didn't drop one bit. It's basically an extended Season 2, which was already perfect in my point of view. It's as interesting as ever and I don't think it needs any improvements at all. Any plans to change some things up 'for the better' would've backfired on them. Bakuman 2 and 3 is one of the best Animes I've seen.
Apr 2, 2013
Apr 2, 2013
what i really loved in this season was the work of " Ashirogi Moto " and the great challenges between theme and Niizuma . and i think the serie of bakuman was one of best series i've ever watched until now .
Mar 6, 2013
*contains minor spoiler*
"Once upon a time there was an anime called Bakuman, At that time, many anime that doesnt give any positive values or any good things. and thats when Bakuman rises and give a hope about how anime must giving encouragement to our generation for working hard and achieve our dreams"
Bakuman 3, is the third season of Bakuman or the last season of Bakuman. Bakuman as we know is some of catch-your-dream anime that have inspiring many people, including myself on how we must to pursue our dream. As we know, in this year there was two catch-your-dream anime that have been released, beside Bakuman there was Space Brother. The two high quailty anime that have so many positive values that we can get from both anime.
Anyway Bakuman 3, continue the story from when PCP got a first place in the first chapter. Like the previous season, Bakuman still interesting to watch, but in this season, Bakuman is more less problem. We can call this season is the time for Ashirogi Mutou for "picking the fruit" that they have made . If we have saw the struggle in the previous season then in this time they're focussing on how to get anime adaptation.
There isnt any much different with the pacing style in this season, Bakuman 3 still keep the slow paced, with this pace they make every episode is totally worth it, there isnt any episode that wasted or not important. Importantly, they have a good management on how to attract the viewers, there is, make the CLIFFHANGER ending in every episodes. Well played bakuman, well played.
If we comparing this season with the previous season in art section, you will find nothing. from 2010 until 2013, there isn't any improvement or any much difference with the art quality. J.C Staff still keep with some poor drawn. But of course art is not their prominent section that makes bakuman is interesting. Yes, the art is dull and looks old. But now i am sure, anime without a good graphic still can be amazing especially when the story is amazing, they cover the shortfall of the art.
Again, there isn't any much different with the sound section if we're comparing from season 1 or season 2. But not like from the art, the sound section is still awesome, from the seiyuu itself or from the OP or the ED. In the OP we have two opening until now (episode 22), its Nano.ripe with "Moshimo no Hanashi" song and Hyadain with "23:40". Both song was really awesome, since i am a fan of Nano.ripe i love the first opening, its sweet and really raise the mood. and for the second OP, it was decent.
For seiyuu's voice i dont have any problem with this, since the seiyuu for the main lead (Mashiro and Takagi) was really an expert, they both (Abe Atshuhi and Hino Satoshi) have many experience as the main lead in another anime. and more the sound quality isn't drop.
What makes bakuman is interesting beside the story? the CHARACTER of course!. In this season, you will see a LOT of development between each character even the LOVE development for some characters. Furthermore, the characterization was still the same from the previous season. So, not much to say.
OVERALL and ENJOYMENTS (9/10)
Bakuman is one of few anime that can make me sit quietly and enjoy the series for the whole days. I am not exaggerate, it was true. I have recommend this anime on several people (who isnt really addicted to anime) on my college and they said they were really enjoy this series and they said they can watch this anime for a whole days. and its same for me too, this anime was amazing and i would recommend this series to anyone.
Mar 17, 2013
Let's give some clear examples. Nakai is meant to be a tragic and despicable character, which is great because it makes his realistic in this shounen world full of generic and plain characters: he gives his dream up just because he wasn't loved by Aoki. A frustrated man, Nakai reappears until Nanamine's arc, now as an obese and gross person, always harassing women. After Nanamine's utter defeat, Nakai finds himself lost once again, so his only option is to sell portraits in the streets of Tokio. He then is mocked and humiliated by a group of shallow and bitchy girls, becomes violent against hostess in a club and then, drunk and devastated, runs to Aoki's house just to beat her. In this anime, however, half of Nakai's personal drama was just cut off. He was turned just into a ridiculous character without depth. The same can be said about Shiratori Shun and its forgettable and brief appearance, or Shizuka, the non existent hikikomori addicted to hostess club mangaka.
One of the greatest moments in the manga is Azuki's arc because it's a great critic of the idols market. Those girls are they are bound to be incarnation of young men's fantasies, pure, untouched, flawless and unreal women. As soon as one of them shows a bit of humanity (that includes, of course, having feelings for a man), she is condemned and bashed. Shortly after otakus find out that Azuki has a boyfriend she becomes target of criticism and hate. While talking with her fans, someone asks her if she's still virgin (which, in the anime, was censored) and they call her a slut. While many people have criticized Ohba's female characters, he turns Azuki into the one who has to fulfill Ashirogi's dream, the one who has to overcome the last challenge by showing that idols are human, that they doesn't have to ask permission to love or to express what they really are as women. But this anime just turned all this into two or three mutilated episodes.
And of course we have a last and necessary lecture: even if this anime was so mutilated it’s still over the average, which says a lot about how great Bakuman is. read more
Jun 16, 2013
I have never worked as hard as during the time I watched Bakuman, it makes you really ambitious and makes you want to reach your dreams in life. Bakuman is truly a masterpiece, just like Death Note. Everyone, watch Bakuman and reach for your goals!
Apr 3, 2013
yes it actually does. In this final season the to protagonist get their giant breakthrough as number one and satisfying it is to watch, lots of challenges meet them.
the story this time seemed better than Bakuman normally is, which there is one reason for: the awesome pacing. this time around they go much faster through stuff in a way that makes it much more dramatic and exciting, definitely an improvement over the second season.
well not much to touch here, the art is not up at the same level as fate/zero of course but, the art style is good and simple and fits Bakuman perfectly.
music in Bakuman i definitely over average, the soundtrack is well made and fits perfectly in. the opening and endings also fits very well and sounds good and is quite catchy
You will enjoy this very much and get addicted.
Overall this is a awesome anime with some awesome idea's and with all three seasons this is a masterpiece. read more
Nov 14, 2012
Now on to the anime adaption, I loved the first 2 adaptions of this series. They did it very well, with out cutting stuff out to help there show. Now, when Bakuman season 3 came out, I was excited to see the stuff that's been going on in the Manga (I pick them up monthly with the speed up Viz is doing). So far the show is doing good, but out of nowhere there starting to cut out ALLLLLLOOOOT of crap from the manga. Now I know some of the stuff isn't useful but to go from the START of Bakuman Volume 13 to almost the END of Volume 13 in just one episode? No, that was not cool at all.
Besides that the anime adaption is doing good with the music just hope they start slowing down the pacing when it comes to volume 14-16 read more
Mar 24, 2013
The mastermind behind this anime was none other than the famous Death Note creator. The story it self is a masterpiece ,IMPACT,PASSION,DEVOTION,TEARS . A truly story of Life !
The story itself is original and fresh,a story about how 2 protagonist make their way to archived their dream to become popular cartoonist(Mangaka) the concept was so simple yet the story telling was good.This story only the one who in touch deeply with manga can write out not by other!
In addition , this anime not centered only to manga but the life of teenage also included such as relationship ,study and obstacle in life.
The art was cool , you will notice the line art of the character was so detail , how they present the story is unable to describe through writing . See it your self and compare to other work you will see the art is top notch in this anime.
I would recommend you to read the manga after you finish the anime because the anime skip a lot of story if you really love this show . Somehow i got a feeling that this anime indirectly told the life of the creator .
In a nut shell this anime was not simply for everyone,but anyone whose NEVER watch or have a negative review for this show i think you did not DESERVE to call your self an anime or manga lover!
Aug 16, 2013
I liked the fact that this season, we were introduced with tough rivals an situations that seemed to be very formidable. I was just amazed on how the duo managed to deal with those. The duo sure did mature and they were more capable of handling situations compared to their middle school selves.
When watching an anime, actually, art is really not an important aspect for me, at least not the most important. Bakuman. always had a good art in my opinion. But then again, I'm not that particular when it comes to the art.
The character development was superb and in my opinion, well thought of. For someone who have watched the previous seasons, it was nice seeing the characters grow and on how they establish their relationships with each other.
There were times that I couldn't stop laughing. There were times that I felt the intense situations. There were times that I was just genuinely happy because of the romance. This is something that you wouldn't encounter frequently.
A VERY GREAT ANIME EXPERIENCE. read more
Nov 4, 2013
let me first start off by saying that this is a GREAT 3rd season it has everything we love about the first 2 season coming back with a few more people introduced but I could not give the season a 10 not that a 9 is bad but I think that the series just did not have that overwhelming factor that I could not ignore to love and push it to a 10
the first season flawlessly introduces all the characters and starts the build up of tension and relationships and the 2nd season having the relationship conflicts and the new editors and more characters growth then the 1st or 3rd season and the 3rd season just didn't have anything that was completely magnificent it has a satisfying ending and a good story....a great story not a masterpiece read more
Feb 11, 2013
What I liked the most about this anime was that it depicted the business of drawing manga from within. I mean there were many nuances like telling the wievers how the editoring deparment of Shounen Jump works. The process of working on new manga series, the work of the authors, their assistants, their editors, etc.
That's what was the main theme of this series for me. I'm sure that everybody who has ever read Weekly Shounen Jump manga wondered: "How do they actually do that? How much are the artist paid? How do you become a manga magazine associate?"
That's the point: All of that questions have already been answered in the two previous series. Now the author has just to put the plot to an end. And he does that with using mainly the theme of rivalry. Rivalry between manga artists has become a main subject of the anime.
You may like it or not. I have to admit that hearing Mashiro and Takagi shouting "We can do it! Let's work hard on it and beat everone!" ten times per episode makes me tired of it. I wish they showed more of romantic themes and Ashirogi Mutou's mangas (they still show some scenes from their mangas, but it's too little).
Anyway, if you watched the previous seasons then you have to watch the third season anyway. Just to see where the story eventually goes and if Mashiro will finally got married.
And if you didn't - you should! read more
Jan 27, 2013
Nizuma Eji I have to say would be my most favorite out of the manga authors there because well he's a genius at most. Ashirogi is also my favorite in the series. I've watched all three seasons and don't want to see this series end.
I recommend people watch it.
Jan 30, 2013
Story - 7
The story continues immediately from the previous season. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to go anywhere with it. It holds to the same themes of enduring friendship, perseverance (which is a fantastic thing in moderation), and love that lasts forever. Thee only thing that really changes is the adulthood factor the takes place in this season, which shows their maturity as adults and in relationships and in viewing younger people or noobies to their field of work. Unfortunately, this does not play well with this series as it effectively takes away a lot of the emotional connectivity with the audience and the youthful spirit of thee show. Even the idea of their manga creation gets played down and is less creative which is a significant part of the show, simply to make more room for unnecessary plot devices.
Art - 6
I may be being a bit harsh with giving this section only a 6, but it was one of my biggest qualms with this season of the series. Effectively, they have changed the quality of their art and humor by try to convey it completely through the facial expressions of the characters even going so far as to change the person's personality in the show completely in order to fit the "comical" value they are trying to get across. This has always been one of my least favorite things about anime. I know there are some people who love this facet of anime, and I appreciate that, but in my personal opinion it does not support the facets of this show. They also don't go anywhere at all with the art and are not creative in an way. about what they could do with it.
Sound - 9
The music and sound in this series is amazing and although the music never changes really, they do well with fitting the music and sound effects to the situation the characters are in. The only thing that has gone downhill and this is simply my personal opinion is the opening and closing music.
Character - 8
The characters really make this show, and they still have the same basic tendencies that we all love and know. Development, although skewed at times has changed them in ways that are enjoyable or understandable and the introduction of new characters that are fantastic gains to the series have really supported this show in a great way. The only qualms I have are with previous stated facts.
Enjoyment - 6
I find this season so far to be bland and quite cliche. Not much more I can say, although i can appreciate the growing up factor it is definitely not a bad thing but it just doesn't do anything. The art changes have really thrown me off and reduced my enjoyment from a 9 to a 6 which is a lot when it comes to me. (6's according to me are watchable time passers)
Overall - 7 read more
Apr 3, 2013
The premise is amazing! It's just the execution I don't like. I feel like this show could have been condensed into 25 episodes possibly, but is instead spread out onto 75.
People drawn a bit different from typical anime, and for me, it just doesn't work. I really don't like the art style at all but it is something you get used to after a few episodes, especially when the series is this interesting.
Ok opening and ending songs and the voice actors are fine at what they do.
Ok. I know people in Japan probably feel very different about how life should be over there, but It's really hard to imagine not talking to the girl(very much) you are in love with for almost 10 years and then marrying her. It's just a crazy thought for a rational person and there are a few cases in this show where I feel like thought processes in these characters minds have been flipped backwards.
I found the most enjoyment out of finding out all about the manga world. I had no idea that the manga we read is so influenced by the people who read it. It almost turned me off to manga that is serialized at all. But then again you always get gems in any medium. Anyways it'll always be in the back of my mind that Manga as an art-form is a product of not only the author/artist but also of the assistants, editor, editor-in-chief, and the fans who read it.
Not a bad show in the least, but does require a bit of patience. read more