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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Score: 8.361 (scored by 63114 users)
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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.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Bakuman.
Sequel: Bakuman. 2
Summary: Bakuman.: Deraman.
Characters & Voice Actors
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 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.
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"
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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.
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.
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 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 have the same warm feeling of achieving a goal. The goals are totally different, but they both have the main characters as friends who will try their best to achieve their goals
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.
Both of these series are very inspirational anime. While Bakuman focuses more on a career Chihayafuru focuses on a hobby.
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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