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Bakuman。, Vol. 1: Dreams and Reality Kindle Edition
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i would recomend this for someone who like a laugh and a bit of romance.
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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!
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
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.
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.
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!
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