Ranked #166


Alternative Titles

English: Bakuman.
Japanese: バクマン。


Type: TV
Episodes: 25
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 2, 2010 to Apr 2, 2011
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
L represents licensing company


Score: 8.371 (scored by 92220 users)
Ranked: #1662
Popularity: #129
Members: 171,218
Favorites: 3,544
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Moritaka 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.

(Source: ANN)


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Characters & Voice Actors

Mashiro, Moritaka
Mashiro, Moritaka
Abe, Atsushi
Abe, Atsushi
Takagi, Akito
Takagi, Akito
Hino, Satoshi
Hino, Satoshi
Niizuma, Eiji
Niizuma, Eiji
Okamoto, Nobuhiko
Okamoto, Nobuhiko
Hiramaru, Kazuya
Hiramaru, Kazuya
Morita, Masakazu
Morita, Masakazu


Akitaya, Noriaki
Akitaya, Noriaki
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Kasai, Kenichi
Kasai, Kenichi
Director, Storyboard
Watanabe, Jun
Watanabe, Jun
Sound Director
Sokuza, Makoto
Sokuza, Makoto
Episode Director

More episodes Episodes(2/25)

# Episode Title Aired
1 Dreams and Reality
Yume to Genjitsu (夢と現実)
Oct 2, 2010
2 Dumb and Smart
馬鹿と利口 (Baka to Rikou)
Oct 9, 2010

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Nov 1, 2013 9:02 AM
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 read more
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Apr 22, 2014 4:00 PM
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 read more
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Jun 18, 10:49 AM
[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 read more
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Feb 13, 11:48 PM
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 read more
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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. 
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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. 
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this show also revolves around creating manga
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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. 
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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. 
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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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