As a child, Moritaka Mashiro dreamt of becoming a mangaka, just like his childhood hero and uncle, Tarou Kawaguchi, creator of a popular gag manga. But when tragedy strikes, he gives up on his dream and spends his middle school days studying, aiming to become a salaryman instead. One day, his classmate Akito Takagi, the school’s top student and aspiring writer, notices the detailed drawings in Moritaka’s notebook. Seeing the vast potential of his artistic talent, Akito approaches Moritaka, proposing that they become mangaka together. After much convincing, Moritaka realizes that if he is able to create a popular manga series, he may be able to get the girl he has a crush on, Miho Azuki, to take part in the anime adaptation as a voice actor. Thus the pair begins creating manga under the pen name Muto Ashirogi, hoping to become the greatest mangaka in Japan, the likes of which no one has ever seen. – My Anime List
Based on 14 review scores:
Overall, Bakuman is my all time favorite anime. This anime tells us that to reach our dreams you just need talent, determination and constant hardwork. I actually got lost in the world of Bakuman when I was watching its 75 episodes, and that is why I watch animes. For me, its a Masterpiece.
The Hollywood News
BAKUMAN really is the kind of show that makes you want to be more creative. Its attitude and style is enough to inspire and keep you selecting that ‘Play All’ option, disc after disc. The only down side is a subtitle track that is rife with grammatical and spelling errors, but not to the extent that they don’t make sense. If you’re looking for something that is a little calmer, but just as addictive as any action series, then this is certainly a show that needs to be seen.
By far, this is some of the most interesting stories I’ve ever watched. The story telling was smooth and intriguing to follow as Ashirogi Muto fight their way to the top, bringing you in on the adventure. How the anime even teaches you things about the manga and anime industry. Even some of the supporting characters are lovable to an extent and you just know they’re their, not just as supporting characters. I can say it’s better than Soul Eater or FMA, whether it is or not I recommend this to ALL anime watchera and manga readers alike! The show is also seperated into 3 seasons, so this is a review of all seasons combined.
The Outer Haven
A great slice of life anime that showcases the journey of two teenagers in becoming successful manga artists.
Anime Manga Craze
A great cast of characters, great character development, great character relationships, great animation, and a great experience overall. If you like the slice-of-life genre, you’ll especially like this and I highly recommend that you watch this. The story was very enjoyable and you get to learn more about the manga and anime industry. Aside from certain parts of the manga cut out from the anime and awkward character designs of the first season, I still enjoyed this anime as it was faithful to the majority of the manga.
Bakuman is on the same level as Welcome to NHK and Mushishi as one of the best slice of life anime I have seen. If you like Bakuman then check the other two as well. None of these anime will disappoint you. I highly recommend Bakuman to everyone.
So far, so good. Bakuman looks like an enjoyable anime to watch as far as artistic abilities and a simple romance on the side. I can’t wait to see what Moritaka and Akito do as a manga artist/writer pair, as well as Azuki’s progress as a voice actress.
My Anime List
‘Bakuman.’ is the “mainstream among mainstreams” in terms of shounen anime, but has the dreams, the inspiration, the depth, the entertainment value, and of course, the laughs and tears unmatched by any other. It also has the uniqueness in being a manga about manga and an anime about anime. In terms of contribution to the industry, this easily ranks among the most significant series to be aired in this century so far, and I have enjoyed every minute of it.
Even though i finished the manga, I’m still excited to watch the third season of this anime! The story follows the lives of Moritaka Mashiro and Akito Takagi as they strive to be manga artists. I would have given this anime a 10/10 but only one problem the plot twists are pretty weak compared to Death Note but despite this it is still amazing! I highly recommend you to watch this, you won’t regret this if you are an anime fan! You will learn a lot about manga. I became inspired to draw because of this series, I’m not very good but I won’t give up. This anime taught me that I can always improve, even when I think I’m the best, I can still become better. Two thumbs up for this anime!!!
Anime B & B
The show fulfilled my expectations and succeeded in both pleasing and surprising me. As a casual reader of manga, I was able to get a better idea of the mangaka world, and a such, have a greater appreciation for the works that I read. I am also a huge fan of coming-of-age tales, and I like that this one goes outside the fantastical realm that is so popular in shounen anime and manga. I’m definitely going to keep up with this and watch the second season, which I believe will air during the 2011 Fall season.
Bakuman is an anime for manga fans. It homes in a specific audience and gives them all they could ask for and more when it comes to exploring the manga industry. As for a story in and of itself, Bakuman is a passionate journey of identity and dreams. These two young mangaka dream big and in the quest to accomplish those dreams they find themselves. It is a classic tale if there ever was one and Bakuman does a solid job at it. While there is some issues with this series that can be hard to overlook, if you are interested in manga and the industry for it, this will prove to be well worth the watch. Bakuman is a solid anime series, but an even better manga industry exploration.
The Nihon Review
By no means is Bakuman a failure as an anime adaptation; it is certainly worth a look into, for it is very decent indeed when it is playing to its strengths. At the same time, there is definitely room for improvement, and it yet remains to be seen if it does improve, given that the series ends on a cliffhanger ending, with the promise of a sequel to come.
Huge amount of entertainment marred by a sloppy translation.