Bakuman. (バクマン。) is a Japanese manga series written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, the same creative team responsible for Death Note. It was serialized in the magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump from August 11, 2008 to April 23, 2012, with the 176 chapters collected into 20 tankōbon volumes by Shueisha. The story follows talented artist Moritaka Mashiro and aspiring writer Akito Takagi, two ninth grade boys who wish to become manga artists, with Mashiro as the artist and Takagi as the writer. Some characters resemble real authors and editors of Weekly Shōnen Jump, and many manga titles mentioned in Bakuman have actually been published in the magazine.
An anime television adaptation of the series created by J.C.Staff began airing on NHK-E on October 2, 2010. The third and final season of which ended broadcast on March 30, 2013. A live-action film adaptation was released on October 3, 2015. Bakuman was the seventh best-selling manga series of 2011 and the tenth best of 2012, and had over 15 million volumes in circulation by May 2014. Additionally, it is the first manga released online by Shueisha in multiple languages before becoming available in print outside of Japan.
Anyone who has ever written a novel, drawn a picture, made a movie will tell you the creative process is fraught with blood, sweat and tears. It requires courage to put your name out there, trusted friends who will give you honest critique and advice, and a relentless dream to see your vision through. Courage, friendship and dreams… so why did it take so long for someone to realize the creative process could easily be turned into a manga for Shounen Jump? No worries, because now we have Bakuman, a manga about writing manga that fits the ticket in spades
Following the story of Moritaka “Saikou” Mashiro and Akito “Shujin” Takagi, two boys who meet in middle school and strive to become successful mangaka in the world under the pen name “Ashirogi Muto”, they strive against insurmountable odds to make their dreams come true, and in Mashiro’s case, make a manga so good it becomes an anime so the girl of his dreams Miho Azuki can voice the heroine, and then marry her. There’s nothing complex or challenging about it. The story, at its heart, is pure straightforward Jump ideology, rewarding perseverance and guts tenfold, but its the subtext behind Bakuman that really bring the story to its full potential.
Last Modified: Mar 28, 2016
[Nov 24, 2010] ED1: BAKUROCK ~Mirai no Rinkakusen~
[Jan 26, 2011] Bakuman OST 1
[Feb 16, 2011] OP: Kobukuro – Blue Bird
[Feb 23, 2011] Insert Song: KOOGY – GET UP
[Feb 23, 2011] ED2: Genjitsu to Iu Na no Kaibutsu to Tatakau Monotachi
[Mar 09, 2011] Insert Song: Zettai Shoujo Shugi! / Yoake Sunzen no Symphony
[Oct 26, 2011] ED1: monochrome rainbow
[Dec 07, 2011] OP: Shohei Ito – Dream of Life
[Feb 29, 2012] Insert Song: Crow’s SKY
[Mar 21, 2012] ED2: Sashida Fumiya – Parallel
[Mar 28, 2012] Bakuman OST 2
[Oct 31, 2012] OP1: nano.RIPE – Moshimo no Hanashi
[Nov 07,2012] ED1: sphere – Pride on Everyday
[Jan 30, 2013] ED2: JAM Project – Yume Sketch
[Jan 30, 2013] OP2: Hyadain – 23 Ji 40 Pun
[Apr 03, 2013] Bakuman OST 3
[Jul 24, 2013] Bakuman Character Cover Song Album: UTAMAN