Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 2, 2010 to Apr 2, 2011
24 min. per episode
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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SynopsisMoritaka Mashiro and Akito Takagi are pretty much foils of each other. Mashiro, an average 9th grade student but talented artist, and Takagi, an overall advanced 9th grader and aspiring writer. After great convincing, Takagi convinces Mashiro to join him in becoming the greatest mangakas Japan has ever seen. Takagi, with his gift of writing, hopes to become a successful mangaka, and Mashiro, with his gift of art, hopes to marry the girl of his dreams, Azuki Miho.
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This is my review for the whole bakuman series. I mean all the three seasons of bakuman which sums up to a total of 75 episodes.
OK so first things first. This was an anime with high ratings here in MAL but don't expect too much about this show if you are new to anime. This wasn't your typical action packed anime, this was an anime about the anime/manga industry. So that's the reason why many loved it(including me). Of course many anime lovers want to know more about manga/anime, how it works on its motherland -- JAPAN.
So we've seen some anime/manga characters that are mangaka(manga artist) or some that talked about it, like on To Love Ru, Ef a Tale of Memories,Aoi Bungaku,Mangaka-san to assistant-san to,Hyouka,Doujin Work etc.. But none of those really explained the industry as BAKUMAN does.I can describe this show(BAKUMAN) as some sort of an encyclopedia(coz of the info) which tells deep explanation about manga/anime industry while following the lives of the two protagonist, with the added spice of romance,school life,hardwork, and friendship.
While watching this show you will know the reasons/answers for the following questions(if you ever thought about it, but i know you do thought of some of these)
- why does the creator(manga artist) of your favorite manga/anime only have 1 or 2 anime?
- how much do they earn from their work?
- why did a certain anime didn't continued?
- why did they omit and edit stories of some manga when it was animated?
- why did a certain manga didn't got an anime adaptation even though its story was really good? And why do some manga got a live action adaptation instead of anime?
For me its a perfect 10, A masterpiece. I know I'm kinda biased coz i really loved this show. But still I listed some of the reasons for rating it like that...below were the reasons
1. To reach your dreams, you just need talent,hardwork and determination. Something like that was always said as we grow. But this anime proved that wrong. In reality it not as simple as how they put it on words, that's not enough, especially in the entertainment industry. But still there's the exception of those so called one in a million GENIUS that defies every fact that we believed.
2. I saw myself somehow in this show. Like on my childhood,elementary and early highschool days, back then, if you looked at the back pages of my notebook it has a lot drawings of anime characters from Yuyu hakusho,dragon ball,slam dunk,trigun,hunter x hunter,rurouni kenshin etc etc. and some characters that I just made up. But I can't guarantee you that you can identify them... hahaha
3. For me, based on my own evaluation its a well written story. From the plot, story progression, and characters. And I want to point out the characters. They say that the characters here were based on real persons from JACK(manga magazine), they resemble their traits. The character introduction and character development was also great. Characters(from mangakas to editors) got their own unique traits that gives them their individuality, characters are not just someone like a friend of the protagonist or some acquaintance of someone. And even at this time, I mean now, I still can remember most of the names of the characters from the mangakas to the editors. Imagine that.. Several months had passed since the 3rd season was aired but I still remember the names of the characters, that's really something, cause I easily forgot japanese names.
4. The story setting. I mean its an anime about anime/manga. Almost everything happened inside their rooms. And this show has a lot of dialogues(ofc its not an action anime). Their battles/competition/rivalries were all about drawings. But it really delivered well. It didn't bored me, and it even gave me the thrill.
5. An anime with that genre to have 75 episodes all in all. I can say that there was really something in this anime that I can't explain here in words. Just try to watch it.
And by the way if you want to know the meaning of the title here's a little spoiler. I think its a combination from BAKUchiuchi and MANgaka. Since the protagonist always viewed mangaka(manga artist) as bakuchiuchi(gamblers). If you have a little knowledge in Nihongo you might hear the term BAKUCHIUCHI a lot on the early episodes of the first season. "Tada na bakuchiuchi"
thank you for reading my review. read more
The definition of Bakuman comes from the two words, Bakuchi Manga, meaning Gambling Manga. However to me, it means something a bit different. When I think of Bakuman I think of: hubris, effort and luck. These are the 3 principles by which the story’s two protagonists live by. Bakuman is a story about hard work and reaching your dreams as well as overcoming the barriers and obstacles you’re faced with in order to succeed. This is my review.
NOTE: This review covers all 75 episodes of Bakuman.
Contains Minor Spoilers
If I could describe the story of Bakuman in one sentence it would be something like this: Bakuman is a tale about two best friends, Mashiro Moritaka and Tagaki Akito who want to become Japan’s greatest mangakas. Their journey is long and filled with laughter, cheers, tears, courage and romance. The personal lives of our mangakas contain a lot of twists and drama which makes the story more engaging than one would expect. The story is engrossing and so well written that I wish some of the stories and ideas that the characters come up with for their manga were real.
One word, beautiful. Obata Takeshi is an extremely talented artist. His art matches perfectly with the uplifting story and bright atmosphere of Bakuman. Character designs are drawn very realistically however from time to time designs are exaggerated for slapstick purposes, and it actually manages to be extremely funny. The backgrounds are extremely detailed, from the art pens and work desks to the manga posters spread throughout the series. You can even see Mashiro's writer's bump callus from drawing so much. It’s amazing how Obata manages to come up with different art styles for the different manga in the series. Whether it’s dark, gloomy and serious or bubbly and flashy, the art always manages to be entertaining and eye catching.
I enjoyed every single song used in the show, particularly “Blue Bird” by Kobukuro and “Moshimo no Hashi” by nano.RIPE. The voice acting was top notch. All the seiyuus did a fantastic job, especially Morita Masakazu and Okamoto Nobuhiko, who were hilarious and constantly had me rolling on the floor.
Bakuman’s greatest strength lies not in its story, but in its characters. Mashiro and Takagi are fantastic leads that fit the theme of the story perfectly because through them we see the struggles mangakas go through in order to get serialized and the constant battle to keep on being serialized. Both of them care for one another deeply and through ups and downs, together they always keep pushing forward. The supporting cast is one of the most likeable and funniest I’ve ever seen. From the fellow mangakas to the editors everyone felt like they had a purpose and helped contribute to the story. I loved every single character however I felt Niizuma Eiji and Hiramaru Kazuya stood out above the rest. They were eccentric, funny and just plain damn fun to watch. And like I said previously, Morita Masakazu and Okamoto Nobuhiko portrayed the characters perfectly.
Bakuman is one my all time favourite anime. It’s not philosophical, cynical, depressing or about the downfall of humanity. It’s not the anime to end all anime. I just love it because it was so fun to watch. I forgot about my problems for 75 episodes and that’s why I watch anime, to have fun. A great story, beautiful art, a catchy soundtrack and a well developed cast of characters, please give this one a try.
[Reviewed based off all three seasons]
I was recommended to check out this show, and it really was worth every second -- it even made it into my top 5 list. I enjoyed it so much, and I don't know where to begin.
So we follow Mashiro and Takagi as they chase the dream to become the greatest Mangakas of Japan, and boy is it a treat. Never thought I would enjoy it this much nor did I think that I could watch 75 episodes without getting bored. Now for a guy who doesn't read Manga at all you can probably understand that I was kind of skeptical at first. However I finished all episodes in one week, and would’ve finished it earlier if I didn’t have other obligations.
Now going back to what I said above about me not really reading any Manga. Bakuman was not only enjoyable but also very enlightening or informative -- it'll give you a tour into the world of Manga, and you will learn a lot. The story is so well written, and it feels so real. It really felt like the writer was portraying their own lives and world in front of my eyes, and that's probably why it was so good. A story they can easily relate to?
So for some specifics that I liked;
+ Fantastic story, and progression.
+ Some of the greatest characters I’ve seen in a while namely Niizuma Eiji. Hysterical!
+ There was so many great moments were I even felt like standing up in my bed screaming "YOU CAN DO THIS GUYS!" (IRL)
+ Great character development.
+ Romance was satisfying.
+ Sound and music was also good, and most noteworthy -- S1 & S3 ending and S2 OP!
What also surprised me was the fact that we got to immerse into specific stories and manga chapters, and they were even voice acted. This was really well done, and some of the ideas and stories they made were like "oh I actually wanna read/see this!". I mentioned that it was very informative and it really was. You’ll get to learn about; how they draw, how they make storyboards, editors and what role they have in this, endings, adaptions and so on. There are so many things, but they're all explained in a simple manner - I mean even I understood most of it. You'll see how stories and art are affected by things like stress, schedules and willpower. How it's not always up to the author or artist to decide everything -- and that the editors hold great power. An example of this would be not being able to end a Manga when they want and/or creating the perfect ending.
All in all a really great Anime, and I feel like I have to start reading Manga now so that I can appreciate the original work. read more
I won’t be developping on every aspect separately. I am not smart enough or knowledgable enough in the details to give this kind of review. Rather, i’ll just put down my thoughts and feelings about this anime and hope this works for you.
As I watched the very last episode of Bakuman, i realised that this piece of art, that i had watched in a matter of only a couple of weeks for 75 episodes, had made its way to my most favorite animes of all time. But what differenciates a great anime from an unforgettable one?
Its exceptional art, its powerful message and moral and it’s original setting and story are major decisive conditions for me.
It won’t be rare for it, in a single episode, to make me go through a whole range of emotions. From tears of frusteration, to tears of joy, to sudden burst of laughter, to tears of shared pain, to anger, to surprise, to awe, and to tears of joy again.
It will make me think/rethink the way i see certain things.
And coincidentally, it will have a long-lasting impact on my life.
Bakuman is all of that. It had me rooting for the protagonists like i had never done before. It is a tale of perceverance and hard work. It’s about never giving up on a dream. And it’s also about a healthy rivalry and friendship. Although they are going against each other as mangaka, they are all friends who help each other in times of need. It’s a rivalry where, instead of getting down and holding grudges when they lose, they get fired up and more motivated than ever to always do better. It's a friendship for which they will always give their complete trust and support. The morals of this story are pure in their innocent outlook on life and will quickly become something to look up to and live by as the epiodes fly by.
All in all, this is why Bakuman is now one of my favorite animes of all time and should be given a shot by anyone in search of something more than “just an other anime to watch”. read more
Both of them are about people setting goals and trying to achieve them. They are great and make me feel warm and fuzzy inside. You will find nothing like this on american tv.
Very well crafted stories and the characters are well rounded, both very enjoyable stories about working hard for a dream.
Two stories about the dream of two boys and a path to achieve it. A great humor and the atmosphere. Nice characters.
People trying to archive their dreams, making you feel what they feel and cross your fingers for them.
Setting a goal and following that journey to achieve it. Bakuman and Uchuu Kyoudai builds on the foundation of this idea and transform it into a story. In their perspective stories, the main characters have a dream to become something they always wanted to be. Throughout the course of the story, they face challenges and discover just what it takes to fulfill that dream. There is a decent amount of comedy, drama, and realism in both series. The main character relationship have strong dynamics that are often explored throughout both series. Recommended for anyone seeking a realistic show about character development and story emphasis with great writing.
THIS is the absolute same kind of anime. Except Bakuman has a slightly more shounen feel to it, while Uchuu is a bit more inclined to drama. BUT they both have two very close man male characters who try to achieve their childhood dreams. They both have this empowering nd motivational feel to it and have a lot of funny and hilarious moments that bring you closer to the characters. Both deal with main characters competing with other characters for being the best in what they do.
Somehow I found these two anime similar, though the themes are totally different (manga-space); however, if you like this series then you MUST watch Bakuman. (Whether if you liked Uchuu Kyoudai or not, I would still highly recommend Bakuman for you.) They have a similar style of comedy, and most importantly, they tell stories about people who work really hard in order to achieve their dreams.
Both shows show the long and hard way towards a wished carreer, doing this really professionally. No overpowered leads and realistic complications are shown. Also, both shows have really groovy music.
First of all, the art is extremely similar; however, I know people don't watch anime purely because of art. Not only are both anime extremely original, but both are extremely entertaining, with slice-of-life moments that can be both hilarious and dramatic.
Overall, both Bakuman and Uchuu both tell the tale of normal people who decide to pursue their goals rather than wait for opportunity to come to them.
both talking about dreaming and how man can make his dream come truth
Both are about striving for your dreams, in a slice of life realistic anime that is positive and upbeat.
Both are about 'normal' teens who are following the dream to become the best at something.
Both have elements of comedy, romance, slice of life, drama.
Both have great characters (some of them genius at what they do), with lots of friends and rivals.
Characters trying to achieve their dreams with the help of their friends, there's also some romance on the side of each. Also even though Bakuman isn't a sports anime, it has a lot of features particular to the genre, except games are called deadlines.
Both are about young people discovering their passion and striving to achieve their dreams.
Both protagonists are extremely stubborn and absorbed in their own world (manga and karuta)
Anyone who has an strong aspiration of their own will be able to relate to this anime.
At first glance, these two series don't seem to have much in common. However, Chihayafuru and Bakuman have quite a few similarities that may be overlooked.
Both series features young people trying to do something exciting for the first time in their lives. In Chihayafuru, it involves Karuta. In Bakuman, in involves the creation of manga. As such, both of these series meets the similarities in which these young people try to fulfill their goals, improving their skill in what they do, and at the same time learn more about themselves. Along the way, they befriend new people and also have encounters with rivals.
Both series features a slice of life feeling that progresses with each episode on how these young people improve on what they enjoy to do.
Both series also features comedy, drama, and slight hints of romance throughout later episodes.
Both series are lighthearted and are appealing in their unique ways. read more
They both have a similar relaxing light feel to them. Both of the main characters are working towards their dreams, both inspired by another male character. All the characters are pretty well done in both anime and all are pretty likeable.
Now you may be thinking what similarities do a card game anime and an anime about making manga have in common?
The answer is pretty simple, in both anime the MCs are aiming to achieve a goal that someone important gave them. However they do not solely experience success, but failures are involved as well.
The general mood in Bakuman and Chihayafuru is pretty relatable while having moments of suspense.
Furthermore the main theme in both anime is the 'From Zero to Hero' process. Starting from scratch, only by working hard you can achieve your dreams.
Similarities in character development.
Healthy rivalry between friends.
Some romance but main focus on the concept (karuto/mangaka).
Idea of wanting to get to the top/ being the best in something.
Goes beyond high school life.
Similarities in ideas of team work, partnership, rivalry, succeeding etc.
Characters entering competitions and working hard to do their best.
Victories and failures.
"master/genius" type characters (< which was my fav part in both (gta love nizuma eiiji <3)).
Overall great plot story concept art and characters.
Both are must watch!
From the same creators as Death Note, Bakuman will certainly not dissapoint you. There are some small similarities in the story, as it's all about reaching your goals, and there is also a lot of rivalry between the characters. If you have an interest in maybe slightly autistic characters (as far as I know it was never really confirmed), Eiji Nizuma from Bakuman makes me think of L from Death Note.
Same authors, and the one of main characters is similar to one main character of Death Note in terms of appearance, intelligence and determination. Both have interesting stories - both have a goal they want to achieve. Death note is a thriller, Bakuman has a story closer to reality.
Both are from the same authors. Both main characters have a similar way of thinking, and determination. Both have little action but great plot. The atmosphere is different since Death Note is more dark and concentrates on mystery, and Bakuman is more light and kinda concentrates in slice of life.
Both series are created by the same author (in original manga form). Although they aren't the same genre the main characters are both very good developed. Both main characters want to achieve their goal although the goals themselves are totally different. The way they handel the situation they come in is very similar, they treat them with pure logic. If you like main characters who are total geniuses and would do anythhing in order to achieve their goals, than these series are for you!
Both are based on original works by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata.
If you've seen either one of them, and not the other, then this other is a must. They're absolutely different: from plot to soundtrack. The one thing they have in common is the fact that this two series are animations of the two and only colaborations (this far) by authors Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. They're both quite good and unique in their own way. In 'Bakuman', you're pulled into the very essence of anime: its original form, manga. On the other side, 'Death Note' has an incredible element of suspense that will draw you into the next chapter without the will to stop.
Made by the same authors and the shonen-battle thing going on with the usual shonen mangas is there without the swords, but wits
Oda and Takeshi's just the best duo out there son
They are from the same writers, that is why they are written in kinda the same style. Okay Bakuman isn't as dark and psychological as death note, so if that is what you've been searching for then you're at the wrong recommendation. However a lot of elements are similar to Death Note.
First of all the story similarities aren't that special, however they both start with their view of live. And though they think they're going to become successful later they both see the life as "a pain in they ass". Later on you see that they both found something that brought excitement to their life. From that excitement a Dream/ideal grows where the protagonist would do everything for to accomplish it!
Then the characters are very alike to. The way both protagonist fights for their dreams/ideals is very alike. But the best part they have in common is there antagonist/rival. L is surely someone special. Well I don’t think that Niizuma Eiji should yield to L. They’re both special in there own way. Just like I like L with his special habits and the way he thinks do I like Niizuma Eiji with his special habits and especially the way he draws. He is so lively when he draws. The way he empathize with the characters while drawing and reading manga. It is so funny to see him read/draw manga! The way he is always correct with anything about manga is just superb. The fact that you like the rival even more than the protagonist(s) (While you still like the protagonist that much) is really a special way to experience a serie. That is a feeling that i only had with those to series.
Then one last thing. They are both freaking exciting to watch, though they don't has any (real) fights. That is why i think that these series has expanded the shounen genre.
this show also revolves around creating manga
bakuman makes shounen manga while gekkan shojou nozaki-kun makes shoujo manga
also both series have romance, slice-of-life, and comedy as their genres
Both of them telling you the knowledge about Manga or Being Mangaka.
While Gekkan Shoujo focus more on the Romance Comedy,Bakuman is give you more depth of how being a Mangaka
Bakuman is similar to this show in that it has romantic elements mixed with a cast of outrageous characters with a connection to the manga industry.
Both anime are about making manga and both of them are somewhat shounen-like with romance
Both are anime about people who aspire or are manga authors, however Nozaki is much more comical; there are lots more laughs in Nozaki than Bakuman.
Both series feature a heavy emphasis on Mangaka (Manga Authors) and the aspects and processes required in the Manga industry. Both are very enjoyable for those who are curious about the process, or even wanting to create a Manga of their own (though, neither teach you how to do so, but shed light on how it works)
Nozaki-Kun is a bit more Romance and Comedy based, but Bakuman has a good share of romance and comedy as well. Both have the protagonist working towards a love interest, and that aspect of the plot comes in to add a break form the focus on creating Manga.
Bakuman is a much longer series, and does have a heavier Manga emphasis, but each series is very similar in their ballence of Romance and Comedy within each plot.
Both have characters that publish manga.
Both have a large and colorful cast of characters.
Romance subplot (that doesn't really go anywhere).
Both series involves the main protagonists who wishes to follow their dreams of becoming a professional manga artist and making a name for themselves. At the same time, they discover more about the world with their friends and more about themselves.
Both series are lighthearted and has good comedy, drama, and romance.
Both series also has some emotions in some of the episodes that are realistic.
Both revolve around high school characters trying to achieve their dreams and both contain romance between multiple couples. While Bakuman is more focused around achieving the dream of the characters, Sakurasou focuses more on the romantic aspects of the character relationships. Both are excellent "coming of age" shows.
Both anime series feature perseverance, inspiration, romance and art.
- Both shows are about chasing dreams and having passions.
- Both shows have main characters who are aspiring to be a successful mangaka.
- Coincidentally, both are named Mashiro (Male in Bakuman, female in Sakurasou)
- Both shows are animated by the same studio : JC Staffs
- There are romance and comedies in both shows, although both also have the realistic and serious moments
- Both shows has hyperactive eccentric genius characters as well as the normal ones
The relation between deciding on what you want to do with your life and how you are going to do it, plus the romance aspect, I think these anime fit quite hand in hand together.
Both series teach about the creation of some of our favorite types of entertainment and the struggles that come with them. Bakuman focuses on the creation of manga, while Shirobako tells us about the development of anime. As such both are a must watch for every anime fan, but are also a good introduction for anyone unfamiliar with the genre.
Both portray about the work of manga/anime industry. The course of the show teaches the step by step of this work. But bakuman has romance, and Shirobako not.
Bakuman focuses on how it is done manga and Shirobako focuses about anime.
Day to day happenings within the Japanese entertainment industry. Both start as highschoolers and their friend(s) having the dream to "make it big" in the business. Both share the laughs and toils of the experiences by a vast cast.
Only difference is that Bakuman has a romance subplot while Shirobako is more of a "slice of life".
Both Bakuman and Shirobako give us a detailed overview of the manga/anime industry. Both shows have common themes of friendship and hard work.
*Both animes shows how difficult it is to make the manga and anime that I download for free whenever I want.
*Both animes shows the characters trying to make their dreams come true.
Opening Theme#1: "Blue Bird" by Kobukuro (eps 1-24)
#2: "Genjitsu to iu Na no Kaibutsu to Tatakau Mono Tachi (現実という名の怪物と戦う者たち)" by Yuu Takahashi (高橋優) (ep 25)
Ending Theme#1: "BAKUROCK ~Mirai no Rinkakusen~ (BAKUROCK 〜未来の輪郭線〜)" by YA-KYIM (eps 1-13)
#2: "Genjitsu to iu Na no Kaibutsu to Tatakau Mono Tachi (現実という名の怪物と戦う者たち)" by Yuu Takahashi (高橋優) (eps 14-24)
#3: "Blue Bird" by Kobukuro (ep 25)
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