Ranked #169


Alternative Titles

English: Bakuman.
Japanese: バクマン。


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


Score: 8.371 (scored by 99,973 users)
Ranked: #1692
Popularity: #128
Members: 187,048
Favorites: 4,038
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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


Kasai, Kenichi
Kasai, Kenichi
Director, Storyboard
Akitaya, Noriaki
Akitaya, Noriaki
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Watanabe, Jun
Watanabe, Jun
Sound Director
Hashimoto, Hiroyuki
Hashimoto, Hiroyuki
Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation

More episodes Episodes(8/25)

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
3 Parent and Child
Oya to Ko (親と子)
Oct 16, 2010
4 Time and Key
Toki to Kagi (時と鍵)
Oct 23, 2010
5 Summer and Storyboard
Natsu to Neemu (夏とネーム)
Oct 30, 2010

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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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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Jun 18, 2015
[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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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 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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