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Japanese: BAKUMAN。 バクマン。
English: Bakuman。
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 20
Chapters: 176
Status: Finished
Published: Aug 11, 2008 to Apr 23, 2012
Genres: Comedy Comedy, Drama Drama, Romance Romance
Theme: Otaku Culture Otaku Culture
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Serialization: Shounen Jump (Weekly)
Authors: Obata, Takeshi (Art), Ohba, Tsugumi (Story)


Score: 8.381 (scored by 8211482,114 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #2262
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #50
Members: 173,206
Favorites: 11,070


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Despite being a talented artist, middle school student Moritaka Mashiro is unsure about his future, accepting that he will simply lead a normal life. After seeing one of Mashiro's drawings in class, Akito Takagi—an aspiring writer—insists that they write a manga together. But Mashiro is hesitant—his uncle, a mangaka, had died from overworking just a few years prior. However, when Mashiro hears that his crush, Miho Azuki, aims to be a voice actress, he becomes determined to create a manga that can be adapted into an anime for her to star in. Reciprocating Mashiro's feelings, she agrees to get married once they have both achieved their dreams.

Bakuman. chronicles Mashiro and Takagi's successes and struggles in their attempts to be serialized in Weekly Shounen Jump and become famous mangakas. Will their gamble pay off, or will they join the countless number of failures?

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Bakuman. was published in English by VIZ Media under the Shonen Jump imprint from August 3, 2010 to August 6, 2013 and again in a 20-volume box set on October 1, 2013. The series was also published in Brazil by Jbc from August 2011 to April 2013; in Poland by Waneko since May 20, 2016; in Russian by Azbooka since June 1, 2016; in Mexico by Panini Comics Manga; in Spain by Norma Editorial, and in Argentina by Editorial Ivrea.

The manga was adapted into a live-action movie released on October 3, 2015.

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Aug 11, 2023
I love the look at artistic passion and ambition in Bakuman, two young manga artists desperately wanting to fulfill their dream and make wonderful art in the process. It's powerful seeing two artists who are so keen to improve their skills, to master their artform and to do it side-by-side, their fates intertwined. This is the best aspect of Bakuman, and the manga excels whenever it leans into this and finds the excitement in seeing artists make breakthroughs in the understanding of their craft.

Major credit also to the insight Bakuman offers into the manga industry, seeing the process you have to go through to become ...
Apr 20, 2023
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (5/176 eps)
I remember seeing ads for this one in my other shonen jump mangas growing up so I figured I'd give this one a shot. The premise really resonated with me. I loved writing stories and even now I still draw my own comics. So I got the first volume and gave it a shot.
And yall I was SO BORED. There was just nothing really going on. The plot was super slow, none of the characters were that interesting, and just overall it didn't captivate me the way other manga has. I will say the art style was really nice; very crisp and gorgeous detail ...
Dec 16, 2020
Bakuman is a series often given recognition as a realistic tale that explores the manga industry in-depth. If we're to take this as its core premise, then the manga is a fundamentally flawed one.

To explain why, the first volume's premise alone captures the core faults of its story with this supposed "realistic" story having about as many plot conveniences as a fairy tale (obviously, minor spoilers ahead). The protagonist, Moritaka, decides to pursue being a mangaka in order to win the affections of his school crush Miho. On its own, that's not bad, but then plot conveniences and contrivances pile themselves together one after another. ...

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