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Bakuman。, Vol. 1: Dreams and Reality by [Ohba, Tsugumi]
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Moritaka is hesitant to seriously consider Akito's proposal because he knows how difficult reaching the professional level can be. Still, encouragement from persistent Akito and motivation from his crush push Moritaka to test his limits!

About the Author

Takeshi Obata Takeshi Obata was born in 1969 in Niigata, Japan, and is the artist of the wildly popular SHONEN JUMP title Hikaru no Go, which won the 2003 Tezuka Shinsei "New Hope" award and the Shogakukan Manga award. Obata is also the artist of Arabian Majin Bokentan Lamp Lamp, Ayatsuri Sakon, Cyborg Jichan G., and the smash hit manga Death Note. Tsugumi Ohba Born in Tokyo. Hobby: Collecting teacups. Day and night, develops manga plots while holding knees on a chair.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 148647 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media: SHONEN JUMP; Original edition (June 7 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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this manga is amazing very intersesting. Almost have the whole series
i would recomend this for someone who like a laugh and a bit of romance.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x9bb00d20) out of 5 stars 39 reviews
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bacc8b8) out of 5 stars A fun and promising start to a manga series centering around...well, manga Aug. 1 2010
By Sarah I - Published on
Format: Paperback
Bakuman is a favorite of mine, and I've been looking forward to the release of this first book for a while!

An artist myself, I've always been interested in the creation process of manga, so this series naturally grabbed my attention. Far from boring and pedantic (as some manga about manga are apt to be), it explores the inspirations and aspirations of two friends (and the almost courtly teenage love of the artist of the pair and his hopeful voice actress crush) as they work to accomplish their dreams.

As expected of this author/artist pair (speaking of Ohba and Obata, but you know...), the art and storytelling are pretty, exciting, and funny. Its slice-of-life genre is a relief from all the popular fantasy shounen series.

The translation and printing of the English book are extremely well-done as well, and, as an added bonus, at the end of each chapter they have the storyboards of one or two pages by both the writer and artist, a really fun and awesome treat!
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bacc90c) out of 5 stars A brilliant series and must read by all creative professionals Aug. 6 2010
By M. Kasprzak - Published on
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I absolutely adore this series. I'm a creative professional and small business owner, and pull much of my inspirations from comics, movies and games. I've shipped my own share of "dud" projects, as well as some I truly believe in; I've even had my share of successes too, so I can relate to the thrill of the struggle and the reward. Bakuman somehow manages to condense the process, the technical, the ups and downs, the business, the thrill, the competition, rivalry (that it's positive), life, and the very idea of creating something original in to a body of work that's easy and exciting to read. Sure, it's a Manga and it exaggerates things, but who wants to read about a half arsed effort?

Creative people often have their "staples", timeless favorite works that inspired them. It's especially rare to find something after you've "grown up" that can only be described as EXPLETIVE awesome, and even more rare to find something that resonates deeply. If it was Watchmen or Dragon Ball that lit the fire, Bakuman is like feeding the flame with gasoline in a high oxygen environment. It's a series you'll want to proudly display next to that 2nd extra special Blu Ray collectors edition of Fight Club you bought for "the shelf".

Especially in later volumes, the creators masterfully crafts believable competing series from all the story's authors, especially if you've followed classic or current Jump series over the years. They skillfully suggest tactics, reasoning, and solutions to winning in a chart position race. Like seriously, as insane as it sounds, a businessman or someone in marketing could learn from this Manga. Maybe that's a stretch, but if charting and tactics play a role in your business, you'll be highly entertained. I just can't get over how well the writer knows his market. Tactically, not to mention story pacing and distillation enough for it to be a mass market series. From the perspective of a creator, there's so much meta going on here, it makes Inception look like Dr. Seuss. I cannot praise this series enough.

I can't wait to fill my shelves with the English volumes. But like the serialization meetings in the story, if Bakuman is up for cancellation, please cancel a different series instead! ;) Skip the early results, my survey card has Bakuman in all 3 slots. :D

Thanks Viz!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9baccd44) out of 5 stars A Manga Series About a Manga Series July 26 2011
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When you read the story, you just know that the mangaka duo aren't making any guarantees on the success and happiness of its characters. That lack of a "safe feeling" is what makes this series far more addicting than other Shonen series that cradle me. Also, I've never been a mangaka of Shonen Jump, put the way they portray the inner workings seems EXTREMELY honest and realistic. They go so far as to drop the names of the most famous Shonen mangaka out right now, and even have them currently running in Shonen Jump with our fictional protagonists. At the very least it's the most detailed/educational series I've read about aspiring mangakas so far. I sometimes like to think that I have an understanding of how the world of anime/manga works, but this series has definitely re-educated me.

As I read this series I get an overwhelming feeling that this mangaka duo are channeling a lot of their experiences from trying to get Death Note (specifically) published in Shonen Jump. They even reference Death Note (as a series) several times in the first few pages, it's almost as if they want to plant that seed in the reader's mind so they make comparisons as they read on. Also it's interesting to note that the author Tsugumi Ohba is unknown to the public. Ohba's real identity (and gender) is a closely guarded secret.

This series is GREAT! It blows away all other series with stories about characters aspriring to make it in the manga/anime industry. If you don't believe me on how great this series is, look at how highly it's ranked in Japan. My little review here is a pathetically small drop in the bucket of all the praise that is out there for Bakuman.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9baccd2c) out of 5 stars Different (for me) and the reason I'm going to subscribe to Shonen Jump. Aug. 26 2013
By Kathryn E. Fox - Published on
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I have read a lot of manga but nothing like this one. The story and style are not like anything else I've read. There are several excellent reviews already and I am seconding their recommendation to purchase. I have made it to volume 8 and am now waiting for the next few to continue reading.

Two classmates decide to team up and create manga for Weekly Shonen Jump. The added goal is to try to get their own anime by age 18 (they're 14 at start).

I think it's aimed more at boys (no surprise) and could be of especial interest to anyone interested in the magazine manga process. It spends a great deal of time laying out the way the editors work, contract and pay (within the series), and most especially the writing process to published. Though fiction, I found it very interesting as an idea and continue to enjoy reading. Looking forward to making it to volume 20!

Edit: I've made it to 10 and just wanted to add a bit. If you're wondering whether to purchase this because you have limited shelf space or you're saving your dollars for those special series that can be reread. This is one. It's worth it. Enjoy! I wish I had got these last year when I first came across mention of it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bcbf204) out of 5 stars A great manga series by the creators of Death Note ~ Oct. 13 2012
By Christopher Barrett - Published on
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The story isn't really that original. I've read a manga about an individual creating manga (A Zoo In Winter), by Jiro Taniguchi, and liked it very much. The difference is that A Zoo in Winter is a more 'grown up' style of story. Bakuman is a decidedly more juvenile style of story, and being created for Weekly Shonen Jump (read mostly by youths and teens), one understands the reasoning. Whereas Tanigichi's manga focused on an adult working as a manga assistant for an established creator, Bakuman follows two youths as they attempt to submit a manga series for publication in Shonen Jump.

What I find interesting is the style of this manga. Though it is obviously on a youth appealing slant, it does have a lot of complex themes and very realistic actions taken by the characters. Takagi is a top student, though he aspires to write manga instead of enter the business world. Mashiro is an aspiring artist, his uncle had previously been a published manga author whose manga was adapted into an anime before he passed away. These two 3rd year Junior High boys (age 14) are attempting to have a manga series published before they graduate high school. They set their sights on a major manga publishing prize as the first true test of their talent.

The series is based partly on the life of the two authors (who made it big with Death Note). But the series doesn't gloss over the hardships such a life entails. There are frequently references to long nights and lack of sleep, mentions of manga creators who dropped dead from overwork, and the inconsistency of the pay and publication of even noted manga artists. The boys specifically mention several prominent series published throughout the years (such as Dragon Ball, Tomorrow's Joe, and others). They also mention Mashiro's uncle, who struggled to make ends meet, despite having an anime adaptation. It seems that the authors do point out that a manga creator can't live their life one that one big hit, but must continue to produce and submit work.

Interspersed throughout the story are the real life struggles of these two beyond manga creation. Takagi even has his grades slip and discusses attending a lower ranked high school in order to work with Mashiro (who is an average student) more closely. There are struggles with family matters as well as the usual conflict that students encounter during school. Also worked into the story are a few interesting romantic angles. The romance seems a little odd and contrived, but it works for the series.

The style is definitely geared towards teens, but even as an adult, I appreciate the honesty of the series. The creator's don't sugarcoat the lifestyle in the least. The boys try and juggle school, the manga, romance, friendships, and editor critiques, often not very well. It has that same 'hip' style as many modern manga without getting into the 'hip-hop' style of modern Japanese manga. These guys aren't out spray painting manga graffiti or dancing to techno music. They're focused on creating manga, and even create a science fiction piece as their first submission.

I wouldn't really recommend this as a first manga read, since it really does appeal to those who might have a little more familiarity with the genre. It's a great series for anyone interesting the behind the scenes manga life. Even those folks who have ever had curiosity of publishing would get a kick out of this. It's a great look into not only the life of a manga creator, but also the life of Japanese youth in an uncertain Japanese economy. It sounds like it could be boring, but the series is actually quite interesting and entertaining. Viz has performed their usual bang up translation job, and the English words work in the Japanese wording shaped bubbles (which are more vertical in style). The story is engaging, even for an adult. The actual artwork is very good. So I heartily give this five stars!