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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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cassiesheepgirl's avatar by cassiesheepgirl on Aug 25, 2011
Score 8/10

Weekly Shounen Jump is probably the most well-known manga magazine to Westerners. It has spawned many of our favourite shounen series from Dragonball and Naruto to Slam Dunk and ... read more

roriconfan's avatar by roriconfan on Apr 4, 2012
Score 5.5/10

NOTICE: This review covers both seasons of the show.

Bakuman is the fairy tale of two high schoolers, as they try to become famous mangaka. And I say “fairy tale” and not “story” because it couldn’t be done in a more idealistic and easy-going way. I have been an amateur cartoonist in my teens as well and trust when I tell you that the problems these guys face... read more

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