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Bakuman, Band 1: Traum und Realität (Bakuman #1)

4.17 of 5 stars 4.17  ·  rating details  ·  10,316 ratings  ·  214 reviews
Er hat Talent, ist fleißig und will es schaffen: Moritaka Mashiro ist auf dem Weg, Japans Manga-Zeichner Nummer eins zu werden! Doch er tut es nicht nur für Ruhm und Ehre, sondern möchte auch das Herz eines Mädchens erobern und damit schaffen, was seinem großen Vorbild versagt blieb ...

Als hätten sie selbst Pate gestanden, erzählen die Death Note-Erfolgsautoren Takeshi Oba...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 2009 by Tokyopop (first published January 1st 2009)
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The Holy Terror
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...more
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.
When Ohba Tsugumi and Obata Takeshi announced that they're working on a new series, the world went all "Yeah!", even I was kind of interested in their new piece because I enjoyed Death Note. It wasn't as phenomenal as everyone says but it was fairly good read. So, now when Bakuman ended I think it's right time to write some short review.

It starts peacefully, Moritaka Mashiro doesn't know what to do with his life and then Takagi Akito tells him to draw manga. After some happenings they finally de...more
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.
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...more
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...more
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 sc...more
I've been curious about Bakuman for a while, but only just got around to it. I was pretty surprised to find that this was a VIZ Shonen Jump title, mainly because they seem to have ditched that extremely lame cover template! Are they actually putting effort into their covers now? (Hint: it doesn't look like it!) Anyway, I liked the cover and the blurb and the general niceness of this thing... if only VIZ could up their game with everything else.

On the whole, this seems like a pretty solid start....more
Había visto este manga pero no me llamaba la atención hasta que uno de mis hermanos me dijo que estaba bastante bueno y al final la curiosidad pudo más.
Decir que me ha encantado es quedarme corta, me ha parecido sumamente interesante el tema que desarrolla; el de que los dos personajes principales quieran convertirse en mangakas y que conforme avanza la historia te van contando aspectos de este mundo no hace más que incrementar la curiosidad por saber cómo se desarrollan las cosas en ese ámbito....more
El Templo de las Mil Puertas
"La serie que reseñamos a continuación es, valga la redundancia, un manga sobre dos chavales que quieren hacer un manga. Bajo esta simple premisa, sin embargo, se esconde una gran historia de sueños de futuro, amistad y afán de superación, de la mano de Tsugumi Oba y Takeshi Obata. El nombre de estos autores os sonará porque son los que nos regalaron la magnífica Death Note. Ahora regresan con nuevas fuerzas y un relato que no es de fantasía (y por esta razón Obata confiesa estar "un poco nervio...more
I usually don’t read manga that doesn’t have some sort of supernatural or magical twist to it, so Bakuman was definitely a change of pace for me. It is done by the creators of Death Note so I figured I would give it a try. It was actually kinda neat.

Let’s start with the art work. I really liked all the different characters. They were really well drawn. Also the backgrounds were very well detailed. I also enjoyed the little storyboards that separated the chapters. After reading about how the boys...more
Well this was new for me. I picked up Bakuman whilst grabbing an issue of JUMP and found myself liking this. When I got home I spent the rest of my evening reading it and loving this first volume.

I liked how you get to know a little about how being a mangaka is like and what it is to become one. The characters are fairly ordinary being that the setting is the real world. But they all have their uniqueness having them stand out. Already you can see who likes who and what relationships are present...more
Amr Ahmed Mansoor
Great manga show you the hard work that mangaka should do to get the manga that we read.
We read the final act but we don't see the work behind the sciene
Great manga and i loved it
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.
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 with no room for any interpretation outside the literal. 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...more
I'm still enjoying this manga. I like how it's not only fun in and of itself, but makes other manga more fun to read.


it seems there are a lot of these try hard and succeed stories and this one is about writing manga so as a manga has a self-referentiality to it. this is further compounded as the authors are also famous for Death Note which was a major manga hit (as was their earlier Hikaru no Go, another try hard and succeed story), and they make references to it and Jump, where it was pub...more

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 ha...more
Apr 17, 2012 Jess rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like shounen manga but that shouldn't stop anyone else from reading it.
I am enjoying this manga very much. I started reading it not long after it had started, not knowing that the people who made this also created Deathnote.

The story follows two young males who team up in order to follow their dream, to become the number one mangaka in Jump. We follow their hardships trying to juggle schoolwork with manga and the competition between them (Ashirogi Muto) and their quirky rival Nizuma Eiji, a mangaka genius that is also a huge fan of their work.

I found that the thin...more
Jack Ferreira
Coming from someone who hasn't read a whole lot of manga I was kinda let down by this. I did enjoy the Death Note anime and manga (though I'll admit I think the anime was an improvement on the manga) so I thought I'd try this one.

The one major flaw with this story is that everything keeps falling neatly into place, there is never a moment when a character needs to overcome any hardship or challenge. All they do is decide to create a manga... so that's what they do and by the end of this first vo...more
Federiken Masters
Dec 08, 2010 Federiken Masters rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Todo el mundo.
Recommended to Federiken by: El nombre de sus autores.
Una historieta que habla sobre cómo hacer historietas y va desgajando el proceso creativo con minuciosidad, pero lo hace de un modo tal que logra entusiasmar en cada capítulo, y con un tomo ya se nota que estamos frente a un futuro clásico, y una guía de referencias para todos los que queremos vivir de la historieta (aunque yo más bien vaya subsistiendo con ella), pese a sus puntuales metidas de pata, más evidentes en el aspecto romántico de la serie que en el creativo. Bakuman es un "shonen" ad...more
Edit: Jan 2014 There are a few things I want to address that didn't even cross my mind in my original reaction to Bakuman.

#1 - Apparently, this is by the same guys that did the Death Note series, which is surprising to say the least. Death Note is held up pretty highly among fans of darker manga and Bakuman feels more like a freshman project. Also, the change in tone is ridiculous. To go from Death Note to this is not something you would expect, or necessarily want.

#2 - There's been some talk a...more
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. I...more
Douglas Cootey
First of all, the art in this series is top notch. I am often in awe at the competence of Takeshi Obata. Secondly, the characters are engaging. The transition of the main character, Moritaka, from slacker to dedicated mangaka was handled convincingly by Tsugumi Ohba. The story may not appeal to everyone, however. This is a drama about two middle school boys who decide to become manga professionals. Sometimes the technical details of the craft can slow the narrative down. For a graphic artist suc...more
Deandre Walker
Bakuman is one of the best mangas I've ever read. It's about a boy named Mashiro Moritaka who is in high school trying to figure out what to do with his life. Somewhere in the middle of the story, he leaves his notebook at school and there waiting for him was another student named Akito Takagi. Akito then tells mashiro that he looked in his book and found out that he can draw,so then Akito wants mashiro to become a manga artist, But mashiro wasn't so sure if he would work on a manga with the sma...more
Ruba AlTurki
Chapters: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7.
Two students Moritaka and Akitoone one in a genius in writing stories (Takagi Akito) , and the other is a genius in drawing (Mashiro Moritaka),they decide to bet on publishing their own manga before the age of eighteen, better yet , they want their manga to become anime !
they're betting on their future and destiny .Moritaka and Miho (the girl he loves) promise not to see each other till they make their dreams come true and marry each other afterwards.,Miho is revealed by...more
Anthony Rodriguez
I really enjoyed it! Finished it in one day! Great start to my Manga reading!
Bakuman is a wonderful manga and amazing art. Also im very in love with Ohiba's work and when I found bakuman I was immediately sucked into it. Teenagers trying to become manga artist in high school. Every otaku images getting there own seires or anime.(dont yall lie, all you otakus out there) (I actually want to get my own manga and when I found this I was like: O-O its possible OH MY GOODNESS....) . But they went for it take this gamble(but not at first). Becoming a mamga artist is a gamble. (<~...more
Dath Pinith
Bakuman by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, both also know for writting the series Death Note. Bakuman is a story about a highscool student Moritaka Mashiro, who was talented in drawing. Akito Takagi, top scoring student, realised the his classmate had such talent in drawing he asked Mashiro to team up with him and become mangakas. Akito also said that Mashiro would be the one doing the drawings and he would write the stories. Mashiro had to reject the offer because his uncle who was also a manga...more
I had heard got things about this book as something any aspiring mangaka (which I guess I am, although more as a hobby then as a career) should read and the idea behind the series (a story about how manga is made) definitely caught my interest. I am going to preface this review with the fact that while I draw manga, I don't read manga very much. I usually watch anime instead. So I am not a really informed critic, as it were. That being said, and despite being female, I usually go for the Shounen...more
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Tsugumi Ohba (大場 つぐみ Ōba Tsugumi?, born in Tokyo, Japan) is a writer best known for the manga Death Note. His real identity is a closely guarded secret. As stated by the profile placed at the beginning of each Death Note manga, Ohba collects teacups and develops manga plots while holding his knees on a chair, similar to a habit of L, one of the main characters of the series.

There is speculation th...more
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