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Moritaka Mashiro feels as if life is passing him by; with no dreams or motivation, he trudges through day-to-day life. One day, after leaving his notebook behind, he returns to school and finds the smartest guy in class, Takagi, waiting for him. Takagi is happy to return the book, but on the condition that Mashiro agrees to become a mangaka with him. Though Mashiro initially declines, he soon reconsiders when he discovers that the girl he likes, Azuki, dreams of becoming a voice actress. And after promising that she can have the lead role if their manga is ever adapted into an anime, he suggests that they get married once they are both successful! Shockingly, she agrees to the proposal and Mashiro and Takagi embark on their quest to become manga artists.

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Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Bakuman. TV 2011 Sequel
Bakuman. (2012) TV 2012 TBD

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Manga Name Year Relation More Info
Bakuman 2008 Original Manga
Name Role
Tomoyuki SHITAYA Character Design
Kenichi KASAI Director
Noriaki AKITAYA Director
Audio Highs Music
Tsugumi OHBA Original Manga Creator

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Chihaya Ayase is a famous beauty at her school, but she’s far from a conventional girl. Three years ago in her final year of elementary school, Chihaya and her friend Taichi became infatuated with the card game, Karuta, after connecting with a lonely boy named Arata Wataya. But when the trio graduated from elementary school, they each went their separate ways but shared one common goal: to excel in the game and meet each other at the national championships. Now, Chihaya is attempting to share her passion for the game by creating a competitive Karuta club at school, but when she reunites with Taichi it seems that maybe she’s the only one with the intention of fulfilling their childhood promise...


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You might say that these series have nothing in common as their plotlines revolve around completely different things - Bakuman centers around young people trying to become manga authors and Chihayafuru is about youth playing karuta. But on the other hand, these shows have plenty of similarities as they both depict young people moving towards their desired goals, steadily improving, competing to become the best, making new friends and meeting new rivals. Both shows create notable tension at some point and fill you with enthusiasm at times, though you have to notice Chihayafuru has very little comedy and romance compared to Bakuman.


Both anime are uplifting and motivational about characters pursuing their passion and constantly aiming to be the best of themselves and in their chosen interest. Although their content and demographic is different the aforementioned similarity gives them an almost identical feel when watching as the same emotions are portrayed in each.


When I was watching Chihayafuru, I related it a lot to Bakuman. The reasons maybe because both of the animes are about a couple or a bunch of people striving for their dreams. They have a goal set in their minds. Especially the leads, both want to meet someone special after they reach their goals which becomes their motivation. 


These two shows stand out to me as being really excellent examples of "feel-good" anime with substance. As in, when you're done watching an episode, you can't help but feel excited about the story. They're also both about young people who have big dreams working to succeed against long odds, with a side of light romance.


If you like getting that warm fuzzy feeling inside or if you're the type of person that loves to root for the underdogs to reach for the stars/achieve the impossible then these two animes are just for you!  Both these animes have:

1.  Main Characters that dare to dream/ won’t settle for anything less then their ultimate goals.

2. Very cinematic storylines and memorable OSTs/Scores that are very beautiful. 

3. Lots of lovable characters (there were times where the secondary characters actually stole the show)

4. Lots of drama, sprinkled with comedy and a bit of romance to spice it up.

If you happen to have come across these before but decided not to watch because chances are you may not know or be interested in the subject matter you'll still care, trust me! 

With both of these animes you can't help but get sucked in and perhaps "shed a tear" or two while watching the characters overcome their hardships just for the chance to reach for their dreams and goals.  If you liked one you'll definitely love the other!


Despite being about two different things, these shows have a lot in common. The characters are extremely passionate and give their all into what they love; playing karuta in Chihayafuru and creating manga in Bakuman. As the story progresses, you'll get sucked in and before you know it, you'll be cheering the characters on as hard as you can as they overcome numerous hardships. Romance, comedy, drama, tears, smiles, and hardwork are all included in both of these series, and I can 100% say that if you liked one, you should definitely check out the other. 

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Death Note

Death Note

Have you ever felt like the world would be a better place if certain people weren’t around? Such grim daydreams might occur when watching the dismal daily news, but on one fateful day, Light Yagami finds that these daydreams can become reality. By pure happenstance, he comes across a black notebook entitled "Death Note", whose text within states that whoever's name is written on its pages will die. With the aid of the death god Ryuk, Light takes it upon himself to rid the world of its corruption, ushering in a new era of purity one death at a time. But as Ryuk foretells, Light's actions will not go unchallenged...

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Bakuman and Death Note aren't so much alike based on what they have, but they would appeal to the same audience based mostly on what they don't have. They're both shounen series' without the stereotypical fights, team of 3-4 people all adventuring and fighting for a similar goal. Both of these are mostly about thinking and intellect to some extent. And instead of wowing the viewer with flashy fight scenes, they both suck you in with wonderfully developed characters.


While the story subjects are entirely different, it helps to add that both Bakuman and Death Note are created by the same storywriter/artist (Ohba/Obata) and therefore get the same feel and pace from each story by how the characters act and react to circumstances around them. Similar humor, albiet Bakuman's is much more exaggerated and lighthearted.


Deathnote and Bakuman both share a similar or near exact art style and deep/thought provoking themes. This of course makes sense due to the fact that they are written and drwan by the same author in their manga forms. Another great thing about both is how well they follow the original plot of their mangas. They are both well planned/executed anime series. If you liked deathnote you'll love bakuman and vice versa, they may be very different however they are both very much the same.


Yes Bakuman and Death Note are not similar at all. But they have the same author and artist. Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. Those two are geniues at manga and anime.


Same mangaka and writer so the art work is much the same too also you find out answers of death note in Bakuman since it's slightly based on the authors as well as I loved them both lol! <3


They're both by the same manga author and you can tell with the intruiging and unique plots, the art style, and the characters. They're very different genres, but both still have the same feel.

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Comic Party

Comic Party

This show is centered around Doujinshi (Fan Manga). Kazuki is a senior in high school, who doesn't really know what to do with his future. His friend Taishi drags him into the world of Doujinshi, where he tries to make and sell his Doujinshi to the masses and learn what it really means to be a real Doujinshi artist.

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Both shows are about people who make manga. And both shows have romance elements. If you like one you will probably like the other.



Both animes are about making manga. If you enjoy stories about mangaka then these are both must sees. Comic Party is about creators of doujin and a little more of a comedy; Bakuman is about two guys trying to make a mainstream manga series. If you like one you might like the other.



The anime and manga are both about mangaka, and their struggle to reach their goals, and make their dreams come true.

Comic Party is only different because it switches between artist styles.

Doujin Work

Doujin Work
  • TV (12 eps x 14 min)
  • 2007

Najimi Osana's goal is to make a fortune in life, but in reality, she hasn't been having much success in her job. Tsuyuri, a doujin artist and a friend of Najimi, takes her to a convention to help her sell her doujin; and after learning that her childhood friend Justice is a very successful doujin artist, Najimi declares that she will make her fortune by creating doujins of her own. However, Najimi has never created anything close to a doujin before, and will struggle through many difficulties. Together with Tsuyuri, Justice, and Sora, they will work together for Najimi’s sake to gain fame and fortune in the doujin market.

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While both are about the production of manga, one being professional and one being fan made, both are serious takes at following your dreams (sometimes ill concieved, scatterbrained dreams); dreams about fame, love and making money through the love of visual arts.

Higly recommended for everyone who has a dream.


Both shows are about people who are striving to make it big in the manga world. Bakuman does it for the love of manga where doujin work wishes to make lots of money from it. Either way their journey is going to be hard without help from friends who are already in the world of making manga themselves. Both are pretty funny and have great characters. If you ever had the drive to succeed in something check either of these titles out. They are sure to please.


These series each start out with characters getting roped into drawing/writing mangas and then goes from there. With a mix of humor and hard work in each of them, the main character(s) go from just messing around with making manga to becoming very serious about it. Although Bakuman is focused more on the professional aspect of making manga and Doujin work is mostly just at the doujin level, if you like watching about the process of making manga, these fit well together.

Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo

Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo

Sorata Kanda has a real problem - he just can't say no to the cute face of a kitten! However, his lovely strays have finally landed him in trouble, as his dorm doesn't allow keeping pets. Given an ultimatum to get rid of the cats or move out, Sorata makes the mistake of standing up for himself and finds himself exiled to Sakurasou, the home of misfits the school doesn't know what to do with. Yet the more he spends time there, Sorata sees they all have their own incredible talents. None, however, enthralls him more than the latest arrival: Mashiro Shiina, a world class artist who is seemingly incapable of feeding or clothing herself! Since none of the other residents have a shred of responsibility, the onus of 'Mashiro Duty' falls to Sorata; what will become of Sorata and his latest stray, and will he ever achieve his goal of escaping Sakurasou?

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While Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo has a bit more of a love triangle relationship than Bakumanboth are very similar in the characters drive to be the best at what they do. They both focus on the manga, anime industry as a profession, but Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo has gaming as well. They both give you a great feeling of giving your all and doing your best to strive for your goals.


Both of these shows are about doing everything it takes to achieve a dream.  Some people are naturally talented whicle others have to fight for every success, but there is more behind these people than appears on the surface, and both of these shows highlight that beautifully.  Both shows have unlikely, accidental friendships that develop into deep relationships (romantic and platonic), but they emphasize how much people can care for each other and learn from each other.  Sakurasou has more romance and comedy, while Bakuman is much more technical about how the manga world works, but each of these shows is much more than they appear to be and are both enjoyable and fulfilling.


I'm certain. If you find Sakurasou or Bakuman interesting, you should the other, too. Both anime are about chasing dreams and working hard to make it true.

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