Ranked #179


Alternative Titles

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 87837 users)
Ranked: #1792
Popularity: #126
Members: 162,700
Favorites: 3,362
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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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Adaptation: Bakuman.
Sequel: Bakuman. 2
Summary: Bakuman.: Deraman.

Characters & Voice Actors

Mashiro, Moritaka
Mashiro, Moritaka
Abe, Atsushi
Abe, Atsushi
Takagi, Akito
Takagi, Akito
Hino, Satoshi
Hino, Satoshi
Aida, Souichi
Aida, Souichi
Kazama, Yuuto
Kazama, Yuuto


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

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Aired  Oct 2, 2010 to Apr 2, 2011
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Nov 1, 2013
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
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 20, 2011
The true meaning of the title was never revealed, but most speculators believe it's short for 'BAKUchi MANga.' (Gambling Manga). It is a simple tale of two middle school guys setting out to become professional manga artists. The story progresses like any other sports or music anime, where ordinary guys aim for the top, facing many challenges and rivals on the way. However, I consider this to be the greatest shounen/seishun (coming of age) genre anime I have ever encountered, because it analyzes what makes a manga good in a coherent way, and more importantly, it practices what it preaches.

This is a review by EIGHTHSin, read more
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Apr 28, 2015
*This Review Is For All 3 Seasons (75 episodes)*

What does it take to get me to watch a 75 episode anime twice in a six month period? A very good anime. A slice-of-life show based on the manga of the same name 'Bakuman' will entertain any fan of Japanese culture who wants to know more about the process of creating manga.

The Bakuman anime was originally licensed by Media Blasters, but that company has since gone under. Only the first 7 episodes were released on US DVD, and to my knowledge the license hasn't been reacquired and no legal streams exist. While I will always counsel read more
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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. 
reportRecommended by animejnkie
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. 
reportRecommended by Fii
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. 
reportRecommended by johnisnothisdate
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 
reportRecommended by rjingar
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. 
reportRecommended by samonus
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. 
reportRecommended by Stark700

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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