Ranked #123

Bakuman. (Manga)


Alternative Titles

English: Bakuman。
Japanese: BAKUMAN。 バクマン。


Type: Manga
Volumes: 20
Chapters: 176
Status: Finished
Published: Aug 8, 2008 to Apr 23, 2012
Authors: Obata, Takeshi (Art), Ohba, Tsugumi (Story)
Serialization: Shounen Jump (Weekly)


Score: 8.531 (scored by 37607 users)
Ranked: #1232
Popularity: #13
Members: 64,050
Favorites: 7,087
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Bakuman follows the story of high school student Moritaka Mashiro, a talented artist who does not know what he wants to do with his future. One day, Mashiro draws a picture of Miho Azuki, a girl he is secretly fond of, during class but forgets the notebook at school. He comes back to find that his classmate Akito Takagi is waiting for him with his notebook. Takagi tries to convince Mashiro to become a manga artist for his stories, leading to Mashiro's disagreement, citing his late manga artist uncle, who died from overworking.

Takagi incites Mashiro to meet with Miho Azuki, Mashiro's crush, and tells her the two plan to become manga artists. In response, Azuki reveals her plans to be a voice actress. Mashiro proposes to her that they should both marry when Azuki becomes a voice actress for the anime adaptation of their manga. The two then start creating their manga, under the pen name Muto Ashirogi, in hopes of getting serialized in Weekly Shounen Jump.

(Source: Wikipedia)


Bakuman. was published in English by VIZ Media under the Shonen Jump imprint from August 3, 2010 to August 6, 2013. A 20-volume boxed set was released on October 1, 2013.

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Jul 9, 2010
Shounen Jump. When we think of the famous boy’s manga company, titles such as “Bleach”, “Naruto” and “Gintama” usually comes to mind. Most of which are of the ‘battle’ genre. Bakuman is no different; but instead of picking up their swords to rush off to battle, Akito Takagi and Moritaka Mashiro are picking up their pens to rush for their deadlines. A story of making your dreams come true, fighting for the one you love and overcoming the many obstacles that stand in your way – all of which that can adhere to your typical shounen title. Only that it is not your typical shounen read more
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May 27, 2015
I could write a ten page review about this series, but I won't. Here are just a few things to note:
-This manga is about manga.
-It's by the creators of Death Note.
-It is WORDY. This is great if you want to prove to your friends or family that manga can have the same merits and require the same brainpower as an actual book, but not good if you are like me and you want to finish your manga as quickly as possible.
-There are lots of characters in this series. This is good, and it provides a lot of material for fanfiction writers and shippers, but read more
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Apr 19, 2012
Anyone who has ever written a novel, drawn a picture, made a movie will tell you the creative process is fraught with blood, sweat and tears. It requires courage to put your name out there, trusted friends who will give you honest critique and advice, and a relentless dream to see your vision through. Courage, friendship and dreams... so why did it take so long for someone to realize the creative process could easily be turned into a manga for Shounen Jump? No worries, because now we have Bakuman, a manga about writing manga that fits the ticket in spades

Following the story of Moritaka "Saikou" read more
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Jun 2, 2015
“I think life and manga are the same. You’re given a certain amount of time for both. It’d be a week for a weekly manga. And it’d be until you die for your life. You have to do your best job possible within that given time. That’s why you can’t cut corners. It’s the same for both your life and with manga. If you want to do a good job, you need to have conceit and luck . . . but the most important thing of all . . . is hard work.”

“Also stamina, will-power . . . and last but not least, guts!”

Don’t give read more
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Similar stories, students wanting to be the best at something (Go for Hikaru no Go and Manga for Bakuman). They have rivals that are better than them, though the main characters practice a lot to reach their dream. Even though the stories are about Go and Manga, there is a lot of character drama in each.

Takeshi Obata does the illustrations for both manga series. 
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Koimoku is Bakuman with less detail on the manga creation process and more boobs. In spite of being an aggressive loser, the lead quickly finds himself with a harem as busty manga editors battle it out for his talents and inspire him by getting naked/letting him touch their boobies.

My favourite aspect of Koimoku is how a career woman walks around with her tits exposed, acts like a ditz and offers the lead ANYTHING he desires for the puposes of inspiration. The hooker the lead uses for first impressions of his work is realistic, also. 
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Both are ealistic stories about fulfilling your dreams. In both cases there are some "tests" that the main characters have to pass and the hardships that occurs that motivates you to start doing something yourself and not to give up. What is more both mangas present high educational value about the field it concerns (Manga-magazine in case of Bakuman and Space-industry in Uchuu Kyoudai). The only thing is that Uchuu Kyoudai is more powerfull. If you liked Bakuman you will certainly love the other one. 
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