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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!


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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!

30 review for バクマン。 カラー版 1

  1. 5 out of 5

    Raeleen Lemay

    I really like the story, but is this whole series that sexist? Because damn this volume was really sexist.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Bakuman is about the universal story of artistic creation, as experienced through two high school boys trying to become manga successes. Like every high school student, Moritaka Mashiro and Akito Takagi are under enormous pressure to achieve high grades to get into a “good” university then onto a “good” job – but both are uneasy with the prospect of becoming faceless, miserable salarymen. Mashiro loves to draw and his uncle was a moderately successful manga artist with a gag comic, while Takagi Bakuman is about the universal story of artistic creation, as experienced through two high school boys trying to become manga successes. Like every high school student, Moritaka Mashiro and Akito Takagi are under enormous pressure to achieve high grades to get into a “good” university then onto a “good” job – but both are uneasy with the prospect of becoming faceless, miserable salarymen. Mashiro loves to draw and his uncle was a moderately successful manga artist with a gag comic, while Takagi has dreams of becoming a famous manga writer, but he can’t draw. The two eventually team up and set about feverishly creating manga. This is probably one of the best books I’ve read about the act of creation. And it’s by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, the creators of Death Note, so it not only feels genuine but also insightful into what goes into making a hit manga series. Perhaps most importantly, they don’t pull their punches on the reality of what that means. They throw out stats of how few manga creators make enough money to live off on and how difficult it is for anyone who isn’t a bona fide genius to break through with the element of luck playing a large part in achieving what they’re after. Hence the title of the series: Bakuman: a conflation of Bakuchi Manga or Gambling Manga – you’re gambling when you’re creating because the odds are so heavily stacked against you to succeed but you’re still trying anyway. But our heroes soldier on regardless of the stats, taking up Mashiro’s now-deceased manga artist uncle’s studio to create. It’s in this space that we see the real behind-the-scenes of a manga series. Boxes and boxes of unused drafts, storyboards, and rejected final pages that his uncle amassed over his short career, highlighting the fact that for every book published, there are at least 10 others that no-one will ever see that the artist had to make before getting accepted. That and the uncle’s premature death from overwork underscores how much effort goes into creating these comics and what kind of commitment is required to get to the top – essentially sacrificing everything else in order to become good. Bearing in mind our main characters are high schoolers, it’s really refreshing to see a pair of driven, passionate creative young people pursuing their dream in a totally non-cynical way. It’s inspiring and their enthusiasm is infectious. There is a romance element to the story, besides the romance of artistry, and that’s Mashiro’s crush on Miho Azuki, one of his classmates. But this isn’t a romance manga, and the crush is actually another aspect of the creative process. Because, as anyone who’s written a novel, or done anything creative will know, there’s a love of doing the thing inherent in the creator but sometimes what pushes the artist on and on is the focus of someone you deeply care for, and creating that thing for them. Ie. you’re probably creating something that’ll be seen by more than one person but that one person in your mind is the person you’re creating it for – they symbolically represent the entire audience but you only see that one person in your mind. Bakuman is maybe the first book I’ve read that actually addresses this aspect of creative drive outright. It’s crudely the same principle of the carrot on the stick for the donkey, with Miho as the carrot that spurs Mashiro, the donkey, onto becoming a manga success. Once he achieves this, she’ll marry him, she says, though Miho sees something in Mashiro and knows she’s got to offer him something to accomplish the thing that’ll make him most happy: becoming a manga artist, not being with her. Except it’s more than simply getting the carrot (I know I’m labouring this metaphor!) because Mashiro doesn’t know it yet but that’s not the point – in the short term it might seem to be, but the long term goal that he’s not fully aware of yet is what he’s really striving for. Though he needs the possibility of marrying Miho to get him on his way. It’s tricky to explain but I’ve gone through something similar, also at that age, so this book has a lot of resonance for me! Bakuman Volume 1 has its flaws: Ohba references Death Note far too much in the script – it’s cute at first but gets old fast. Also, to be fair, anyone who’s ever contemplated writing a book/has written a book is likely to be aware that this requires an enormous investment of time and effort, so being told that here is a bit redundant. Though you do learn certain things, like that there are numerous reference books totally made up of backgrounds to copy into your comic, and, if you’re a younger reader thinking about taking the plunge, it sets out the challenges ahead of you in a clear, though not necessarily discouraging, way. The best thing about this comic about creation is that it’s so earnest, optimistic, and exhilarating about creating something, anything, that its likely to spur on anyone who’s thinking about becoming a writer/artist to do it. It totally captures the energy of being a teenager who’s just discovered the joy of art and the boundless possibilities it presents, hardships and all – and then impresses that upon the reader, whatever their age. What a fantastic book!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mir

    This is a semi-autobiographical story by the pair that gained fame with Death Note, depicting how they started working together. While I did not like the characters themselves, I thought the art and storytelling were both above average, especially when you consider that basically nothing is happening except two teen boys going to school and talking about their work plans. And it is *work*. Really hard work that takes a lot of commitment! I'm not sure why this pair was so set on working hard immediately rather This is a semi-autobiographical story by the pair that gained fame with Death Note, depicting how they started working together. While I did not like the characters themselves, I thought the art and storytelling were both above average, especially when you consider that basically nothing is happening except two teen boys going to school and talking about their work plans. And it is *work*. Really hard work that takes a lot of commitment! I'm not sure why this pair was so set on working hard immediately rather than, as they briefly discuss, getting into good high schools and maybe going to college as a back-up plan; however, I do gather from this and a manga I read depicting manga production from the editorial side that once one breaks into the field it is a demanding monthly schedule and not something normally done in addition to a day job the way writing novels is. I liked the inclusion of the storyboards. (Already agreed to get married later, but still too shy to make eye contact.) This is the second manga I read this week that mentions Tomorrow's Joe -- which sadly does not seem to be available in English.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jesse (JesseTheReader)

    I really enjoyed this story and can't wait to continue on with this series! It's nice to be reading manga again.

  5. 5 out of 5

    John Egbert

    Bakuman sucks. I mean, at the beginning of the thing the author states how women are useless attachments to men, only making good wives and polite damsels in distress -- and if you're a smart woman and you know it, you're an obnoxious brat who will never ever get a man. And I used to think book burnings were ridiculous.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Ann

    This manga wins the prize of being the one I hate the most. Let me express why through a few quotes which are drawn directly from the text. These are not jokes. "Azuke isn't calculating, she's just being a girl in the natural way. How do I put it. Azuki naturally knows that a girl should be graceful and polite... and because she is a girl she should be earnest about things and get average grades. She knows by instinct that a girl won't look cute if she's overly smart" "The reason that This manga wins the prize of being the one I hate the most. Let me express why through a few quotes which are drawn directly from the text. These are not jokes. "Azuke isn't calculating, she's just being a girl in the natural way. How do I put it. Azuki naturally knows that a girl should be graceful and polite... and because she is a girl she should be earnest about things and get average grades. She knows by instinct that a girl won't look cute if she's overly smart" "The reason that she's thinking about becoming a voice actress is she naturally chose a dream that many girls have nowadays, and she's just trying to enjoy her life fully as a girl". "That's right, she knows what it means to be a girl. She knows by instinct that the best thing for a girl is to get married and become somebody's wife. ...and until then-no even after she's married she'll remain graceful and polite" "No matter how cute a girl is, you can't really like her is she's utterly dumb, right? The same goes for the opposite. Iwase is pretty good looking, but she's not very likable, is she? She's the smartest girl in class grade-wise, but I don't like how she takes pride in that. That's why I actually think she's dumb". In case you were worried that men were also bashed in this story, don't be, because "Men have dreams that women can never understand". Conveniently, they are also free to be academic without seeming snobby. They can take pride in the things they do well and they don't need to worry about being graceful and polite. I hate the message in this book so much I wish I hadn't begun collecting it for our library, despite its popularity and the several requests for it by tween boys. There is nothing to be gained from young boys or girls reading a message so blatantly sexist and demeaning towards women. I can only hope the majority of them are smart enough to see through this. I won't ever be able to look at Death Note again without thinking about how much I hate this. Rage. Objectively, though, the art was very good. The story was slow and repetitive with little humor but an unceasingly optimistic tone in the face of darker elements such as suicide.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    I've read manga and enjoyed anime for a really large part of my life, probably close to 25 years now. The last few series I've tried though, have made me start to think that I might be growing out of it all, which I suppose happens and can be sad but our tastes change as we age so I assume it's not all that uncommon to suddenly enjoy different things instead. With that being said though, I think I was just picking the wrong stuff. Bakuman has reminded me of why I've always enjoyed this medium. I love I've read manga and enjoyed anime for a really large part of my life, probably close to 25 years now. The last few series I've tried though, have made me start to think that I might be growing out of it all, which I suppose happens and can be sad but our tastes change as we age so I assume it's not all that uncommon to suddenly enjoy different things instead. With that being said though, I think I was just picking the wrong stuff. Bakuman has reminded me of why I've always enjoyed this medium. I love art, I love Japan, and I love a great story with characters I can relate to. I've read the entirety of the Death Note series, which was also written/drawn by both Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, so I was definitely curious to see if they could come up with another smash hit together, especially since Bakuman is entirely fantasy-free. Well, I loved this first volume, a lot. If you've ever been interested in the manga industry at all, you'll get a kick out of all of the insider info that these two mangaka provide. And they don't make up a fake publisher either, which is doubly interesting, so I'm assuming we're getting to see what really goes on behind the scenes at Shueisha, which I find fascinating. Weekly Shounen Jump, the Tezuka Award, various real manga series are all name-dropped, and while this might seem like it's just that—name-dropping—I think it really adds to the authenticity of the story: which is two young men wanting to become manga writers. With Death Note, Ohba and Obata were known for creating multifaceted characters with deep back stories and super intense story-lines with many twists and turns, and you wouldn't think they'd be able to recreate that sort of atmosphere in a slice-of-life type manga, but somehow they've done it. I'm so excited that these two mangaka have brought me back to feeling something towards new manga, when at the most I've just felt apathy. And while parts of the story are a bit over-the-top (I mean, really, what manga doesn't have those parts?) I still really enjoyed this first volume in its entirety. Can't wait to continue on and see how these two young men fulfill their dreams.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Connor

    Wow I loved the references to other manga, especially this teams manga, Death Note. There was one thing about stereotypical masculinity that was a little iffy for me, but overall I really loved this first installment. On to the second one!

  9. 5 out of 5

    K. O'Bibliophile

    Average 14-year-old Moritaka doesn't expect anything out of life. His classmate Akito semi-blackmails him into helping Akito with his dream of becoming a manga artist, re-awakening a desire that Moritaka had forgotten. The thing about this manga is that it's very, very, VERY Japanese. It is very interesting to see the process that Japanese manga goes through--certainly Americans don't get a lot of information about that and manga fans will be interested to know how it differs from the Average 14-year-old Moritaka doesn't expect anything out of life. His classmate Akito semi-blackmails him into helping Akito with his dream of becoming a manga artist, re-awakening a desire that Moritaka had forgotten. The thing about this manga is that it's very, very, VERY Japanese. It is very interesting to see the process that Japanese manga goes through--certainly Americans don't get a lot of information about that and manga fans will be interested to know how it differs from the American scene. But so much of the story is based on uniquely Japanese things, I feel that it's just boring. For example, at 14 and in their last year of middle school, the boys have to take entrance exams for high school, which can determine their future. So when at 14 Moritaka decides he wants to be a manga artist, he has to make a big announcement to his parents and grandfather and get their approval. Which just seems...weird. Most annoying, and what really jolts me out of enjoying this, are the boys' attitudes. [Akito on why Azuki, the main love interest, is actually smart and a good person:] Azuki naturally knows that a girl should be graceful and polite, and because she is a girl, she should be earnest about things and get average grades. She knows by instinct that a girl won't look cute if she's overly smart [...] She knows by instinct that the best thing for a girl is to get married and become somebody's wife, and even after she's married, she'll remain graceful and polite. And she does all that without calculation, so she's a hundred time smarter than Iwase, the girl with the best grades in class. ...Iwase is pretty good-looking, but she's not very likable, is she? She's the smartest girl in class grade-wise, but I don't like how she takes pride in that. That's why I actually think she's dumb. That's right, they come right out and say that the obligatory love interest is the perfect girl because she's average and feminine and that those smart girls--ew, who wants those? The reason this manga attracts attention are the names behind it: it writer-and-artist duo that also did Death Note. Like Death Note, it's written well and have nice, detailed art. However, like Death Note it also has an overabundance of type--the wordiness worked well in Death Note because the characters of that series were playing mind games and had to think out everything. However, this series is lighter, and it really needs to work more on SHOWING and not TELLING.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    Bakuman is one of the closest things manga has to a YA novel. Sure, plenty of mangas focus on teenagers, but this is one of the only one I've seen that are focused on exploring characters and what it's like to be a teenager. A YA reader myself, that makes me far more comfortable with the manga, more like it's close to home. Combined with the fact that Tsugumi Ohba, the same person who wrote Death Note, was responsible for this one, I knew, going in that I'd love this. It helps that I also liked Bakuman is one of the closest things manga has to a YA novel. Sure, plenty of mangas focus on teenagers, but this is one of the only one I've seen that are focused on exploring characters and what it's like to be a teenager. A YA reader myself, that makes me far more comfortable with the manga, more like it's close to home. Combined with the fact that Tsugumi Ohba, the same person who wrote Death Note, was responsible for this one, I knew, going in that I'd love this. It helps that I also liked the anime. That's always a useful indicator. Probably the best part is the characters. The characters here are just as human and multi-fractured as they were in Death Note, but with more of a contemporary touch. The characterization here doesn't have the same morbid and serious tone as Death Note; Ohba allows himself to have a lot more fun here. That makes the characters a lot more appropriate for the genre. I was worried that Ohba wouldn't handled that transition well when I went into the anime, but I was pleasantly surprised. It couldn't have been done better. Moritaka is a very realistic and relatable protagonist, as was Akito. We don't see a lot of secondary characters in this volume, so those are the only two that are properly fleshed out, but Ohba is still definitely skilled at what he's doing. The artwork is pretty good as well. I'm not an artist, so I have very little insightful to say here, but I will say this: I feel like Obata's style is more suited to fantasy than to contemporary fiction. The drawings aren't bad - the character designs feel appropriate, and whatnot - I just feel like there's missed potential for Obata. That said, I still enjoyed the artwork - I could always tell what was going on, and Obata did a great job of capturing the characters and their emotions. And, of course, I can't forget the story. The premise of manga about making manga is fascinating, and Ohba's milking it for all its worth. Not only do we get information about how manga is made (the rough drafts of the story provided at the chapter breaks were particularly interesting), but we also get lots about the boys' attitudes of going into the manga business. We see how Moritaka is worried about making money, about having a good life and doing what he loves at the same time, which will ring true to anyone who's ever thought of writing for a living. It certainly did for me. You'd think this story would get kind of slow, but the pacing skills we saw in Death Note haven't abandoned Ohba. He does a great job of moving things a long so that we see just enough of things to keep an interest, but not so much that the plot drags and we get bored. So why the four star rating you ask? The misogyny. The goddamned misogyny. Alright, so it's common knowledge that Death Note is pretty sexist. There's that infamous "You're just my fiance now" scene, the only important female character is fueled by her love for a boy... you probably know about all that. However, Death Note never got as bad as this. Take a look at a scene that I thought I was hallucinating as I first read it: Moritaka: Azuki isn't that smart, is she? She seems to study a lot, but her grades are just above average. Akito: She's probably just pretending to study. Moritaka: Pretending? Akito: The real dumb students are the ones who take perfect notes in class, ask the teacher questions, study at home, but still get low grades. [...] Azuki isn't calculating. She's just being a girl in a natural way. Moritaka: Huh? I don't get it. Explain. Akito: How do I put it? Azuki knows naturally that a girl should be graceful and polite, and because she's a girl, she should be earnest about things and get average grades. She knows by instinct that a girl won't look cute if she's overly-smart. [...] The reason she's thinking about becoming a voice actress is she chose a dream that many girls have nowadays, and she's just trying to fully enjoy her life as a girl. She doesn't feel any pressure like we do about our future and whatnot. Moritaka: Because she's a girl? Akito: That's right. She knows what it means to be a girl. She knows by instinct that the best thing for a girl is to get married and become somebody's wife, and until then - no, even after she's married - she'll remain graceful and polite. And she does all that without calculation, so she's a hundred times smarter than Iwase, the girl with the best grades in our class. No matter how cute a girl is, you can't like her if she's litterly dumb, right? [sic] The same goes for the opposite. Iwase is pretty good-looking, but she's not very likable, is she? She's the smartest girl in class grade-wise, but I don't like how she takes pride in that. That's why I think she's actually dumb. Holy fuck. I mean, holy fuck. So, apparently, to be smart as a girl, it's not about having actual intelligence or making good grades. No, to be smart as a girl, you have to do what's expected of you as a girl, so that boys will like you. That's what's really smart; just do whatever it takes to marry a good man. And if you're like Iwase, who actually makes good grades and tries to make something of herself, she's dumb, because she's not sucking up to men. That is extremely sexist. I don't think I've ever seen anything that offensive to women that was professionally published in this century. It's possible that Ohba doesn't actually believe this, and he's just writing it because it's what teenage boys would say, but teenage boys wouldn't say that! I am a teenage boy - nobody I know actually believes that, and if someone said that to me, I'd probably hit them. I really hope the sexism doesn't keep you from reading this manga, although I suppose I understand if it does. Despite what I just said, this is actually a really good manga, with interesting characters, great artwork, and a good story. However, I do like the anime better than the manga - the story feels more complete, the artwork is a little better, and it makes the conversation I quoted above a lot less painful (although still not great). Nevertheless, I still recommend this manga, even in spite of its flaws. A new and improved version of this review can be found on my blog.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Artemy

    Bakuman is a story about two high school boys who decide to create manga together. It's from the same guys who did Death Note, which I thought was stupid as hell, so I was glad to find out that Bakuman is a better story. The creative process is really cool to see in detail, and all the inner workings of Japanese manga publishing provided an interesting insight into the industry. Unfortunately, the book also features a REALLY annoying and cheesy romance storyline, and the two protagonists often s Bakuman is a story about two high school boys who decide to create manga together. It's from the same guys who did Death Note, which I thought was stupid as hell, so I was glad to find out that Bakuman is a better story. The creative process is really cool to see in detail, and all the inner workings of Japanese manga publishing provided an interesting insight into the industry. Unfortunately, the book also features a REALLY annoying and cheesy romance storyline, and the two protagonists often spew various sexist remarks which... wasn't great, let's just say. If you check out other reviews here on GR, you'll see more detailed examples, and that is a 100% valid criticism that bothered me, too. Maybe it's the cultural difference between Japan and the West, maybe it's just the 14 year old boys' worldview (due to their lack of, y'know, brains), but the fact remains the same — this manga pushes some really sexist shit on its readers. So yeah, that and the annoying romance are the biggest threats to my enjoyment of the series so far, but I am willing to give it a chance and check out the next volume. I would much rather just have a story about two guys nerding out and creating manga together, though, because that's where Bakuman truly shines.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jess 📚

    3.5! I really enjoyed the story, the characters are great! But there is so much sexism in this manga! Not a fan of that aspect, but I enjoyed everything else.

  13. 5 out of 5

    David Schaafsma

    The authors of Deathnote do all of us a favor in creating the behind the scenes story of manga work, manga artistry. Valuable, interesting, funny, gets to the nitty gritty of survival in a "career" that barely ekes out a living for most artists (is this true of most of the arts, that it takes so much dedication and then there is almost no chance with all the competition that you will succeed? I think so). But this is great stuff, and fascinating to read it with Death Note, as I did this week. I The authors of Deathnote do all of us a favor in creating the behind the scenes story of manga work, manga artistry. Valuable, interesting, funny, gets to the nitty gritty of survival in a "career" that barely ekes out a living for most artists (is this true of most of the arts, that it takes so much dedication and then there is almost no chance with all the competition that you will succeed? I think so). But this is great stuff, and fascinating to read it with Death Note, as I did this week. I need to write more here about this really good story. Sam Quixote's review is the one to read here to appreciate what's going on here. Finished rereading it for my class and I liked it even more the second time. Good to pair with Death Note, (as it is a fictional story about the making of Death Note!). It's both informative and entertaining about the personal lives (girlfriends) of young manga-ka, the industry, the politics, the ruthless competition.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Olivia (Liv's Library)

    I loved every second of this! Romance, art, friendship, heartache, humor... what more could you want?

  15. 5 out of 5

    Marianna

    Rating: 2 out of 5 stars First off, I want to say that I LOVE the art and character designs. They're really phenomenal, and I can't praise them enough. I think that Takeshi Obata is quite possibly the best manga artist out there. I also think that the story is cute...to a point. But the issues with this series so far are hard to overlook. First of all, the story's not really all that interesting or gripping in the way it's told. The plot feels so very slow. I know that realistically, deciding to become a manga artist/storyt Rating: 2 out of 5 stars First off, I want to say that I LOVE the art and character designs. They're really phenomenal, and I can't praise them enough. I think that Takeshi Obata is quite possibly the best manga artist out there. I also think that the story is cute...to a point. But the issues with this series so far are hard to overlook. First of all, the story's not really all that interesting or gripping in the way it's told. The plot feels so very slow. I know that realistically, deciding to become a manga artist/storyteller is a process, and it's fun to hear about it from authors who can speak from experience. But this is fiction, and in fiction you have to trim the fat. It felt like this volume dragged the process on forever. The subplots involving Azuki and her mother didn't really feel relevant to the story and just added to the meandering pace. But the worst thing is how blatantly sexist this volume was. Understand, I am NOT the sort of person who goes into things looking for any sort of discrimination. I'm a little willing to let things slide if the story is good, or if it's just a few characters who act discriminatory. But in this world, no truly smart females seem to exist, and only males are shown to be able to aspire to greatness. To have the two main leads have a really long discussion about how women are 'smart' if they play dumb, how they ought to know their place as good, quiet wives, and claim that the most intelligent girl in the class is 'snobbish' because she takes pride in her own accomplishments...that's really just awful. And very much a double standard. Goodness knows the male characters are encouraged to be proud of what they do... I know Death Note is accused of being sexist, and I don't know...the thing about sexism in Death Note is that it isn't portrayed as something good. Light's misogyny isn't shown to be something to aspire to. And the other characters in Death Note seem to treat women fairly well, so I never got a vibe that the creators themselves were sexist, just that they had created a character who was. This is different. The main character's mom ends up saying this statement, which is portrayed as a revelatory comment and treated as true and correct by the narrative: "Men have dreams that women can't understand." I know it's true in Asia that more traditional roles for men and women are encouraged, but this is a new level I'm not accustomed to...I've seen plenty of awesome portrayals of women in manga (shounen included) before, so I don't understand this, especially given how recently Bakuman came out. Just why was any of the sexism necessary?

  16. 5 out of 5

    Soraia Ferreira

    Around the World in 52 Books: 21. Something borrowed ------------------------ I decided to start reading more manga as my brother owns quite a lot and he has this entire collection so here we go! As for the story, it sounds really promising and I'm really excited to carry on reading. This first one was a bit slow for my taste but I understand it, as it is the foundation of the story. I liked the characters fine, we'll see how they develop, and as for the art it's really simple but Around the World in 52 Books: 21. Something borrowed ------------------------ I decided to start reading more manga as my brother owns quite a lot and he has this entire collection so here we go! As for the story, it sounds really promising and I'm really excited to carry on reading. This first one was a bit slow for my taste but I understand it, as it is the foundation of the story. I liked the characters fine, we'll see how they develop, and as for the art it's really simple but I really like it! My favourite part of the story is how inspiring it is and how it encourages you to chase after what you want to do no matter what!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    So not for me. You know, I'd really liked Death Note, so normally I would have been all over a manga by the same writer. But Ohba switched gears here, dramatically, going from a dark fantasy with some interesting things to think about to... a light contemporary manga with super-shallow romance? Ok. The main character here has teamed up with a classmate to write manga. I guess we're supposed to be getting something like a behind the scenes look at the process, and I suppose it isn't inaccurate. It jus So not for me. You know, I'd really liked Death Note, so normally I would have been all over a manga by the same writer. But Ohba switched gears here, dramatically, going from a dark fantasy with some interesting things to think about to... a light contemporary manga with super-shallow romance? Ok. The main character here has teamed up with a classmate to write manga. I guess we're supposed to be getting something like a behind the scenes look at the process, and I suppose it isn't inaccurate. It just isn't terribly insightful. There's nothing in here that a regular reader of manga wouldn't have already known or guessed at, so there's nothing really learned. And then there's the shallowest of shallow romances, between the main character and a girl at school he's never spoken to. In their first "convesation" (if you can call it that) he announces that he'll write a manga and asks her to voice the lead if it ever gets made into an anime... and then they'll get married. Until then, they'll only speak by text and email. And he doesn't get her email or phone number to text her. So how exactly is this supposed to work? I guess we're supposed to be impressed by the "purity" of their feelings. I'm just bored by the concept, and think it should be doomed to failure. Frankly, the whole book was boring to me. What a shame.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ariel

    I LOVED THIS! I have slowly been easing into the world of Anime, and so logically (as I am a person who enjoys reading) I have just barely touched into Manga, and so honestly, I can't really judge Manga. This is the second Manga I've read. I have no base for comparison, I don't have enough experience to make an educated review.. HOWEVER, I do know how I felt about it personally, so that's what I'll talk about. I liked that this was manga without magic or supernatural events (I thought I LOVED THIS! I have slowly been easing into the world of Anime, and so logically (as I am a person who enjoys reading) I have just barely touched into Manga, and so honestly, I can't really judge Manga. This is the second Manga I've read. I have no base for comparison, I don't have enough experience to make an educated review.. HOWEVER, I do know how I felt about it personally, so that's what I'll talk about. I liked that this was manga without magic or supernatural events (I thought they all had paranormal elements!), and that the characters are going through real life issues. I liked that this is a Manga about Manga - I loved learning more about the Manga world and culture! I loved how ridiculous this got at times.. some of the scenarios where really exaggerated and impossible, but they were fun! There were a few messages in the manga that I didn't agree with (for example, multiple different characters kept saying that super smart people are unlovable) but I took it all with a grain of salt. This is from a different culture and it's just a fun story. I can not wait to pick up the next volume, and to eventually pick up Death Note which is from the same two "geniuses" ! ;)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    Yay! I'm really enjoying this one! This is the story of two young boys (14) that decide to team up and become famous manga creators. As well as a strange but interesting romantic subplot. I'm still not accustomed to the seemingly out of place over the top reactions by characters. They frequently make me wonder if I missed something or misunderstood something but I had that feeling far less often reading Bakuman than I did reading Ouran. Volume One ends in an awesome cliffha Yay! I'm really enjoying this one! This is the story of two young boys (14) that decide to team up and become famous manga creators. As well as a strange but interesting romantic subplot. I'm still not accustomed to the seemingly out of place over the top reactions by characters. They frequently make me wonder if I missed something or misunderstood something but I had that feeling far less often reading Bakuman than I did reading Ouran. Volume One ends in an awesome cliffhanger, so I'm off to start volume two!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Aaron James

    I got to about 80 pages and got frustrated. That's when I started skimming. I tried really hard but I couldn't take it anymore. This manga was strong on the heteronormativity and anti-feminism. It was rude and degrading to females and I really couldn't take it anymore after 106 pages.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Victor *My Friends, You Bow to No One*

    I am a fan of the anime Death Note but had no idea that this was written by the same creators. I didn't realize this until I caught a glimpse of a review when I was updating my progress on goodreads. That explains why there are a few references to the manga Death Note. This is a story about two middle school kids, Moritaka and Akito, that aspire to become the greatest manga artists ever. I enjoy a lot of different mediums of drawing like charcoal, pencil, watercolors, digital art, and I am a fan of the anime Death Note but had no idea that this was written by the same creators. I didn't realize this until I caught a glimpse of a review when I was updating my progress on goodreads. That explains why there are a few references to the manga Death Note. This is a story about two middle school kids, Moritaka and Akito, that aspire to become the greatest manga artists ever. I enjoy a lot of different mediums of drawing like charcoal, pencil, watercolors, digital art, and how artists go about creating their pieces. This story was right up my alley, but I'm not sure if this would appeal to those that want or are looking for a more dramatic story. There are no sword fights, casters of magic or ghosts but I still enjoyed this story. Moritaka is resigned to live a normal life, no matter how painful he imagines it to be. He realizes this will entail him getting into a good high school, a good college and then a good company to work for. This isn't what he wants. Then a classmate, Akito, makes a proposal that Moritaka initially dismisses but then promises to consider, knowing deep down inside that he will refuse. Ultimately he decides to team up with Akito to create manga. There is a love interest for Moritaka that fuels his desire to become a successful manga artist and it's cute. I did have travel back in time to remember what it was like to have trouble speaking to girls and was surprised that 1. I remembered and 2. the creators were able to capture some of the pain. It may be hard to believe but there was a time when I was young if I saw a girl I had a crush on outside of school, I'd pretend I didn't see her. Nowadays I do everything short of hitting her with my grocery cart to get her attention. More than a few times I found myself laughing out loud at the main characters' histrionics. The over the top facial expressions and yelling for no apparent reason. I would love to immerse myself in that culture and language to see what is lost in translation. I recommend this even if you don't normally read manga. It's a cool story about creating manga, a cute romance that doesn't overwhelm and the graphics are well done. Again, I especially like the exaggerated expressions. I will be continuing with the second book in this series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Katja

    Fascinating behind-the-scenes slice of life of what it means to be a mangaka. I think there are enough good reviews out there about this series already so I don't need to put my two cents in, just a feminist side note: I was pretty annoyed by the way women were portrayed in this first volume, I wouldn't go so far as to label it sexist, but it seems that the ideal (Japanese?) woman is modest, shy, doesn't talk a lot, cooks, cleans and is, of course, cute and pretty. Phew. Talk about being stuck i Fascinating behind-the-scenes slice of life of what it means to be a mangaka. I think there are enough good reviews out there about this series already so I don't need to put my two cents in, just a feminist side note: I was pretty annoyed by the way women were portrayed in this first volume, I wouldn't go so far as to label it sexist, but it seems that the ideal (Japanese?) woman is modest, shy, doesn't talk a lot, cooks, cleans and is, of course, cute and pretty. Phew. Talk about being stuck in the 50ies. If you apply the Bechdel test it completely fails, there is just one conversation between two girls and of course they talk about the two main male characters (duh). I don't want to transfer my Western beliefs too much on Japan (many of our societies still have huge amounts of work to do when it comes to misogyny and sexism after all, Agent Orange in the White House is proof enough as is the rise of right-wing radical parties all over Europe), but there are manga out there where women are NOT portrayed in this Puritan world view. Aaanyway, apart from that the series is really fascinating and gives a detailed view behind the scenes of artists and industry alike.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Celine

    Bakuman is a contemporary manga series written by Tsugumi Ohba, of Death Note fame. Although it took me a second to adjust to the fact that this series does not contain shinigami death gods, I was quite excited to see how Ohba would handle a non-supernatural storyline. Moritaka and Akito are two high school boys, both incredibly clever. Doing well in school is Moritaka's plan - good school, good job. But then Akito proposes to write a manga together, and it forces him to reconsider his life goals. What doe Bakuman is a contemporary manga series written by Tsugumi Ohba, of Death Note fame. Although it took me a second to adjust to the fact that this series does not contain shinigami death gods, I was quite excited to see how Ohba would handle a non-supernatural storyline. Moritaka and Akito are two high school boys, both incredibly clever. Doing well in school is Moritaka's plan - good school, good job. But then Akito proposes to write a manga together, and it forces him to reconsider his life goals. What does he really want? Just like Death Note, Bakuman is filled with gorgeous tight art. The mangaka has an excellent sense of space and the points of view make this manga an absolute pleasure to read. The characters look like individuals without being clownesque and the dialogue does not take away from the visuals. To me, this might be the best looking manga I have read so far - there is something about those clean lines that appeals to me. As for the content of the story, I am not entirely convinced. For me the largest barrier in enjoying Bakuman is a cultural one. Everything in this manga oozes competitiveness and a drive to perform within the work atmosphere. They have to study! They have to get into a good school! They have to get a good job! If they don't, their lives might as well be over! Their single-minded obsession with having a successful career was hard for me to stomach. In Dutch culture, it is hard work that is deemed praiseworthy, not being able to get to a certain level. The constant teleology of having to "make it" felt alien to me and made it hard to relate to the story in a meaningful way. In the same line, Bakuman expresses some ideas on strength and weakness that I fundamentally disagree with. While not necessarily the opinion of the author, one character implies that committing suicide is a sign of "weakness". Japan is still very traditional in their gender roles, which again, found its expression in this manga, where a girl is apparently considered unattractive because she's proud of being smart. Overall, all these elements made me feel pretty blah about the story. On the upside, I really did like the two main characters (though I did find it rather questionable that they are such boy geniuses). Their journey to becoming mangakas is fascinating, and their antics made me laugh several times. Right now I feel like this manga can go either way for me - either I'll turn to love it, or the cultural barrier will prevent me from ever becoming truly attached to the story.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    My girls love manga. I've never been too interested, but because this one is dealing with creating manga and a peek into the publishing world of a popular manga magazine, and because a friend enjoyed it, I'm trying the series. I like the art and the inside look - however fictional or non-fictional it may be - of manga publishing, but I don't like the author's attitude toward women - or at least his characters' observations about women (ie. girls know that it is better to be cute than smart and a My girls love manga. I've never been too interested, but because this one is dealing with creating manga and a peek into the publishing world of a popular manga magazine, and because a friend enjoyed it, I'm trying the series. I like the art and the inside look - however fictional or non-fictional it may be - of manga publishing, but I don't like the author's attitude toward women - or at least his characters' observations about women (ie. girls know that it is better to be cute than smart and a really smart girls will not try to get too good of grades in school in order to be more cute). It's kind of interesting/funny, as I believe this is "shonen" manga (if I'm not mistaken) which is aimed at boys. So, while there is a romantic sub-plot, the romantic characters have decided not to speak to each other (or even get to KNOW each other) until they have each achieved their respective career dreams and then... they will get married. Riiiiiiggghhht. Perhaps this plot will mature as the 14 yo characters mature throughout the series (let's hope so), but at present, it seems to be a shy, adolescent boy's fantasy of ending up with the cutest girl in school wanting to marry him, but he doesn't actually have to talk to her...EVER. hahahaha! I'm making my way through the 2nd and then 3rd books in this series, trying to give it the benefit of the doubt, but I must admit at this point, there is quite a bit of doubt. I know, perhaps, I need to suspend my disbelief a bit more to enjoy the story, but quite often I'm finding myself shaking my head.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Yue

    No doubt, this mangaka can not only draw superb, but narrate a well-pace story as well. It was like watching an anime (exactly the same as Death Note). The background and the facial and body expressions of the character are detailed. Besides, I always wanted to know more about the life of a mangaka, who are artist that suffer a lot too. At least, from what I read from the side-notes in any manga. The only thing I am not fan is how the girls/women are portrayed, here as well as in Gant No doubt, this mangaka can not only draw superb, but narrate a well-pace story as well. It was like watching an anime (exactly the same as Death Note). The background and the facial and body expressions of the character are detailed. Besides, I always wanted to know more about the life of a mangaka, who are artist that suffer a lot too. At least, from what I read from the side-notes in any manga. The only thing I am not fan is how the girls/women are portrayed, here as well as in Gantz. Not only how they are drawn (too doll-pretty) but like they are not really relevant to the story. But that is just my personal thought. And it is impossible not to compare Mashiro with L, they look the same. Mashiro is L but with Sebastian Michaelis' hairstyle :D

  26. 4 out of 5

    Noha Basiouny

    So as a way to motivate myself to read early this year, I started with this book despite the fact the I have already read it once before! But I just can't get enough of manga especially any series by these two author and artist. This series tells the story of two middle school students who team up to become manga creators. The art is amazing as usual and the story is good. I love the persistence and motivation the book is filled with! Yet, I have no clue about how things will turn out So as a way to motivate myself to read early this year, I started with this book despite the fact the I have already read it once before! But I just can't get enough of manga especially any series by these two author and artist. This series tells the story of two middle school students who team up to become manga creators. The art is amazing as usual and the story is good. I love the persistence and motivation the book is filled with! Yet, I have no clue about how things will turn out as there are still 19 books until the end so let's see!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Ingenue

    WHEREFORE the random interlude monologuing about how truly smart and good women adhere to traditional gender roles? Most of the story is charming, and I will follow/have followed Obata's adorable artwork through worse writing than this, but I can still do without the casual misogyny.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Samaira

    Bakuman is a blatantly sexist, and chauvinistic manga series that perpetuates and reinforces gender inequality. The misrepresentation of female characters in manga exemplifies the patriarchal society of Japan. I absolutely abhor it!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Irwan

    Beautiful graphics, strong and nerdy themes. Just clicks for me!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Katie (Kitkatscanread)

    story didn't grip me but still enjoyed. guys who like to draw will like this.

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