Moritaka Mashiro feels as if life is passing him by; with no dreams or motivation, he simply trudges through his day-to-day life. One day, after leaving his notebook behind, he returns to school only to find the smartest guy in class, Takagi, waiting for him. Takagi is happy to return the book, but only on the condition that Mashiro agrees to become a mangaka with him. Though Mashiro initially declines, he soon decides to reconsider when he discovers that the girl he likes, Azuki, dreams of becoming a voice actress. But after promising that she can have the lead role if their manga is ever adapted into an anime, he inadvertently 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. With Takagi writing and Mashiro drawing, does the pair have what it takes to succeed and get their manga serialized?
this manga is very good it is about 2 japanese boys(takagi, and mashiro) who try to become seirialized as mangakas. and if the ratinges was from 1-10 i would give it a 9999999999999999999999999999....ect. it is very dramatic at times and it has comedy, romance, drama,ect it is just a greate mange and i cant wait for the anime i was reading it for hours and hours untill i had to stop and wait for the next chapter to come out each week i read like 20-50 capters a day and i just say you should realy read it im not giving to much info because you should read it for your self and me shocked by every little thing beacause it s a great seiries and i give it a thumbs up
This review is so painful to have to write. I wanted to like Bakuman, I really did. As a manga, it's very high quality. The art is good, the characters (mostly) are good, the premise is good, the story is interesting and - and - and it's the biggest disappointment ever. Let me start off by addressing something; I know standards are different in Japan. I don't care. In Death Note, I thought the sexist portrayal of Misa was used for characterization, to make a point, kind of like an Aldous Huxley character; no, Tsugumi Ohba's just sexist. That's it. Great writer, very sexist. Takeshi Obata is one of the best artists ever. There is nothing fundamentally wrong with his art, but he decided that a more obnoxious style would be funnier, I guess. Didn't work for Rave Master, won't work for Bakuman. Other huge problems with this series; it's rushed, too convenient, the shameless plugs were kind of clever at first but are now just annoying and stupid as all hell, the romance is on fanfic level, the protagonist is an unlikable moron, his love interest is shallower than a puddle, the humor is trying way too hard but failing and the dialog is unnaturally written. Yet - it's good. Bakuman is actually good. No, it's nothing like the masterpiece of manga that was Death Note, but it is interesting and when it's good, it's fantastic. The protagonist's mangaka partner is just great. You can really get behind him and most of the characters are likable. There are so many stupid moments but when they're making manga, it's some of the most entertaining stuff ever. And again, the problem I have with the art is a personal one - it has nothing to do with Takeshi Obata's considerable talent. But. But. But. This is the best you could do after Death Note?
Assuming you did not read the synopsis for this series, here’s the deal: High school student has drawing skills and his classmate wants to make manga with him. Sure, it doesn’t sound too thrilling in comparison to the creators’ previous series “Death Note”, but it doesn’t mean it can’t have relatable scenarios. After reading the series (I got the boxset and recommend you do the same), I came to realize how competitive everything really is, how hard it is to reach one's goal. In addition, I got to learn about the process it takes to make a series and the stresses that come along with it. Because I am lazy, unfunny, and lacking talent, the rest of this post will be bare bones. It truly is a boys’ manga, none of that lame lovey dovey stuff, no tears to be shed over dumb stuff, and no personal issues. It’s all about professional stuff, with characters that I hated at first, but later changed my opinion of them as the series went on, which was a really impressive writing strategy on the author’s part. The stories that the characters in-universe would create were always a joy to read, whenever you could read them, and make me wish some of them were actual series. If you liked ‘Death Note’ and have trust in the creators’ story making abilities like I did, then be sure to pick this series up. It’s well worth it.
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