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Bakuman, Tome #1: Rêve et réalité (Bakuman #1)

4.18  ·  Rating Details  ·  13,119 Ratings  ·  335 Reviews
Moritaka Mashiro, surnommé Saïko par ses amis, est en 3e année de collège et ses dons pour le dessin lui ont permis de remporter plusieurs prix. Il est amoureux en secret de Miho Azuki mais n'ose pas lui révéler cet amour jusqu'à ce que son ami, Akito Takagi, force le destin. Takagi est le meilleur élève de sa classe, il écrit également des scénarios et souhaite que Mashir ...more
Paperback, 189 pages
Published July 2nd 2010 by Kana (first published January 1st 2009)
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Raeleen Lemay
I really like the story, but is this whole series that sexist? Because damn this volume was really sexist.
Sam Quixote
Oct 25, 2014 Sam Quixote rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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.
John Egbert
Apr 04, 2011 John Egbert rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Rebecca Ann
May 13, 2015 Rebecca Ann rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga, m-slice
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
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
Apr 23, 2012 Radek rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shonen, comedy
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
Oct 22, 2015 Kayt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
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
Sep 22, 2013 Ariel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
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 star
Feb 28, 2016 Celine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 goal
Mar 16, 2015 Ricardo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
4.5 / 5

Definitivamente se trata de una historia obligatoria para todo fan del manga en general.
Oct 26, 2013 Chivitouille rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, manga
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.
El Templo
"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
RATING: 2.5 stars.

I really like the idea of this manga: a look at the manga industry in Japan and about the processes needed to become a manga-ka, but the rampant sexism dulled my enjoyment.

Come on, saying men don't like overly smart women that show it? Saying women know instinctively that they shouldn't appear too smart if they want to "catch" a man and praising the female love interest for being "sensible" and coming across as a mediocre person (pardon, woman) with mediocre grades and aspirati
Feb 21, 2016 To rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
Nachdem ich Bakuman zuletzt vor einigen Jahren gelesen habe, habe ich mich mit dem Erscheinen der wirklich chicen Sammelschuber dazu entschieden dies nochmal zu wiederholen. In meiner Erinnerung war der Manga so mit das Beste, was ich bisher gelesen habe, doch heute würde ich bei dem ersten Band einige Abstriche machen.

Erst einmal zu der Story. Diese finde ich nach wie vor absolut großartig. Ich habe eine Schwäche für Coming of Age-Geschichten und außerdem fühlt man bei Bakuman auch leichte Eins
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.
Jan 05, 2015 Romeo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now, I had been looking forward to reading this manga for quite some time now. I heard about it here there, and the concept of two lads trying to make a career for themselves as Mangaka really appealed to me. Only, I never got around to it. Until recently that is. I watched the trailer for the anime, knuckled down and read the first chapter online. And the first chapter left a very good impression on me, I wanted to know what was going to happen next. I really did. So therefore when my sister of ...more
Jan 14, 2013 Dani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 13, 2013 Aimeekay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Federiken Masters
Dec 08, 2010 Federiken Masters rated it really liked it  ·  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
Aug 07, 2011 Enrique rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 18, 2013 Sesana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary, comics
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
Nov 24, 2010 Douglas Cootey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed, manga
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
Apr 17, 2015 Hossain rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This guy can't write good women characters. The romance was even worse. On top of that it is even more sexist than Death Note. At least death Note had exiting plot. This don't even have that. The only redeeming quality of this book is the interesting inside knowledge of how manga publishing industry works and I suppose artwork was pretty good too. Nevertheless it wasn't enough to keep my interest.

Abandoned after volume 1.
Viridiana Ivashkov
Me gustó, no pensaba comprarlo pero una amiga insistió que era un manga que no debía dejar pasar. Sin duda alguna la temática es de lo más interesante, Tsugumi y Obata retratan la vida de los artistas del manga y es todo menos glamorosa y sencilla.
Hubo un par de comentarios que me parecieron algo machistas pero la historia vale la pena.
Mi hermano tenía razón xD es un manga que debí leer hace tiempo y un anime por igual xD
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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.

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