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Bakuman, Volume 2: Chocolate and Akamaru (Bakuman #2)

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After Moritaka and Akito collaborate on a manga together, they venture to publishing house Shueisha in hopes of capturing an editor's interest. As much potential as these two rookies have, will their story impress the pros and actually get printed?
Paperback, 193 pages
Published November 2nd 2010 by VIZ Media (first published 2009)
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Sam Quixote
I gushed over the first volume of Bakuman for its depiction of how the creative spirit can really grab hold of you when you’re a teen, and I stand by that - I think it’s an absolutely brilliant first volume. But I think that’s all that needed to be said about the series. It almost would’ve been better as a standalone book. I don’t need to read all 20 volumes in the same way that I needed to read 42 volumes of Dragon Ball - Bakuman is fine with just the first volume by itself.

What happens in the
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David Schaafsma
I am reading a few of these volumes because I just finished the five volumes of I'll Give It My All Tomorrow, the sweet wannabe mangaka story of someone who is trying to figure himself out at 42. I like that series a lot. This is 20 volumes (more?) and for a somewhat younger audience, maybe, but it also focuses on the real struggles with manga-making, the business, editors, the competition, philosophical decisions about mainstream or edgy styles, and in this one, which is the two artists just gr ...more
Destiny
I'm really loving this series. I love how it gives insights into the life of a mangaka. Mashiro and Takagi working together are like a dynamic duo. There were some moments in this volumes, where I burst out laughing. To me comedy is an important part of shounen and this series has its moments. I should almost mention that I absolutely adore Azuki. She was all throughout this volume and her interactions with Mashiro are sweet. I probably won't get to see her as much since she graduated and moved ...more
Romeo
another great and fun volume! i wasnae disappointed. i think the pace in which the story moved was perfecto. so far i'm really liking the character Niizuma Eiji. he seems very interesting and mysterious. it leaves you wondering a great deal of things about how he came to be and questioning his upbringing, etc. he also reminds me of myself, maybe thats why i like him so much? xD i also like Iwase, she's intruiging. i hope she gets more screen time in the near future.
once more, the expressions did
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Ariel
Bakuman is the best. It's so flipping good. There's not much else to say.. the art is awesome, the story is awesome, I love it!
Mike
This review will be mainly focused on this book's misogyny. That's not to say that this was a bad volume, but the misogyny is the only thing that's different about this book than the last one. If you want an explanation of all the ways that this series is wonderful and amazing, look no further than here.

Alright, so to be clear: I enjoyed this volume. It was excellently translated, the characters are very realistic, the story is surprisingly suspenseful and interesting, and the artwork, while a b
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Tiffanny
Bakuman Volume 2 was one of my favorite books in the series so far. I have read up to volume 19, and by examining Bakuman Volume 2, it was clear that this volume was extremely well done art wise and plot wise. This ultimately illustrates that this is on of the best volumes in the series, and I would recommend it. The series overall is a pretty romantic story in a way; going around the life of two high school boys in Japan who have a dream to become professional mangakas. The artist of the two bo ...more
Yaya
So this volume's achieved 3 things the first didn't. 1)I'm rooting for them to succeed; that can be attributed to the rivalry they now have with the 15 year old prodigy, Eiji, 2)the characters' faces match up with the rest of their bodies and art, which btw was never bad, it's perfection down to the smallest detail, just the faces were drawn too weirdly, and 3)I have a favorite character, Hattori, their editor.

I wanted so much to give this volume 5 stars, and it's truly very close, I'd say it's
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Chivitouille
El segundo volumen se centra básicamente en irnos explicando detalles en cuanto al funcionamiento de la Jump y algunas de las revistas derivadas de ésta, cómo se van eligiendo los mangas para que sean publicados y cómo se ven afectados por la opinión del público para que se sigan publicando o no, de algunos de los premios que se otorgan, de todo el proceso por el que deben de pasar para ver publicada sus obras los que quieren convertirse en mangakas, así como el papel fundamental que tienen los ...more
Taruia
In this volume our intrepid mangakas Mashiro and Takagi are entering manga competitions, have their own Shonen Jump editor and are trying to write a mainstream manga. The story tries to show the amount of work needed to get a manga published (let alone accepted) which I think is useful for those wanting to become Mangakas. There is also a side story with girls, but frankly, the main story holds ore interest for me.

The introduction of Niizuma as a rival is interesting. I am not sure about the dr
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Maia
Mar 18, 2014 Maia rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: comics
Bakuman is a manga about two ambitious high school students who want to become manga artists. This story was created by two authors who know the business inside and out: the same team who created the wildly successful series Death Note. In Bakuman, Moritaka Mashiro and Akito Takagi team up with the goal of creating a story popular enough to be serialized in Shonen Jump and adapted into an anime before they turn 18. The reason for this deadline is a somewhat silly romantic promise Moritaka has ma ...more
Lee
Mar 29, 2012 Lee rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: manga
to become THE NUMBER #1, to defeat others, constantly in war..
Really, I can't understand spirits like these. But maybe that's because I've been living a lo-fi life.

Even though Takagi does best with cult story, the duo decided to move to mainstream manga, because that is the only way to fight mano a mano with Niizuma.
I have to agree with Hattori, their editor, at this change of mind: 'I don't think Jump needs more any mainstream manga.'
With One Piece, Naruto, and Bleach, new mangaka have to be
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Philippe Lhoste
Je ne suis pas fan de ce procédé, mais j'avoue que si l'éditeur n'avait pas mis un cartouche indiquant que ce manga était fait pas les auteurs de Death Note, soit Tsugumi Ohba (scénariste) et Takeshi Obata (dessinateur), je ne l'aurai sans doute pas remarqué dans la pléthore de titres à la Fnac...

Et ça aurait été dommage !

Le style est assez différent. Certes, le dessin de Obata est toujours aussi fin, quoique tirant plus sur le côté comique, avec des expressions parfois caricaturales (en contras
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Carlos Eguren

El hecho de reseñar una serie manga que lleva docenas y docenas de números publicados es que rápidamente encuentras el defecto o virtud de estas obras. En el caso de Bakuman tenemos la larga historia de dos jóvenes mangakas y sus problemas a la hora de publicar.

La habilidad de sus autores Tsugumi Oba y Takeshi Obata (autores de Death Note) está clara cuando consiguen mezclar la historia de estos jóvenes autores, el dibujante Moritaka Mashiro y el guionista Akito Takagi, con su amistad y sus vive
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Federiken Masters
Jul 30, 2011 Federiken Masters rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Casi todo el mundo
Recommended to Federiken by: Lo anterior
Este tomo no sólo mantiene el nivel del primero sino que lo supera cómodamente, aunque sigue sin cerrarme lo suficiente como para que le regale 5 estrellas de una. Aunque siguen habiendo elementos claramente machistas al menos acá se ven un poco balanceados con la participación de dos personajes mujeres con mucha personalidad, que no andan sometiéndose a ninguna presión social por el sólo hecho de no resaltar. La parte sobre cómo van puliendo las muchas ideas para lograr un potencial éxito es ge ...more
Rifda
Shuujin sama Miyoshi itu gimana sih?

Hmm, kadang masih suka bingung.. ini benar-benar anak SMP? Tapi suka sih, yaudah gitu aja :)

Btw, ingin baca manga buatan mereka berdua. Ini mungkin kisah nyata dari pengalamannya Ohba dan Obata Sensei ya? Terus, kalau yang suka baca manga, pasti sering jerit-jerit karena manga ini banyak menyebutkan atau menampilkan judul manga dan mangaka. Soalnya.. aku suka jerit-jerit kalau baca novel yang banyak menyebutkan judul dan penulis novel :p
Ruba AlTurki
Chapters: 8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16.
it's getting better and better .
Saiko and Shujin goes to Shueisha to turn in their manuscript and meet Hattori(the editor) and he gives them his thoughts and why it's not good and how to improve themselves .
Saiko came up with "100,000.000 Minutes" and desided to use it !their manuscript made into the final 8, but not bewond that point .
A discussion between Saiko, Shujin, Hattori and the Editor-In-Chief about the payments for mangas and what's the difference bet
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Katumbiria Triandhini
Aku suka komik ini karena memberikan pengetahuan yang luas tentang dunia komik di Jepang dan seluk beluknya. Karakternya juga simpel tapi menarik.

Di cerita ini mengisahkan tentang perjuangan Mashiro dan Takagi saat komik pertamanya The Two Earth yang dipublikasikan untuk pertama kalinya. Mereka pun berkenalan dengan editor Hattori.

Bagian menariknya di sini juga menceritakan perjuangan cinta Mashiro dan Azuki agar sama-sama berjuang untuk meraih cita-citanya :D

Membaca komik ini sangat memotivasi
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Hardian
It gets more interesting than the (rather boring and seemingly too systematic) first volume. Masih terlihat cukup sistematis dan terorganisasi yang bikin cerita terasa mengalir dengan kurang smooth/natural, imo. Tapi dialog-dialog panjang lebih terbaca, dengan topik yang lebih menarik mengenai penerbitan manga dan sebagainya.

Sejujurnya aku kurang suka sama semua karakter utama di manga ini (kecuali mungkin si editor Hattori). Meski diceritakan menemui berbagai kesulitan, yang terlihat adalah kar
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Sarah Lu
I've finally gotten to this series after meaning to read it for about a year. I really like the story and the explanations of the creation/publishing processes.

Admittedly, I think that their luck is a little too good at some times, but at least it isn't as though they have become a huge hit overnight. The "romance" of this story makes me chuckle more than anything else, as it comes off as a bit silly to me. While it is mentioned a fair amount, I don't find it overly annoying. I'm not sure how I
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Logan
Nov 21, 2014 Logan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: manga
This series is awesome so far. I love being able t see what aspiring manga creators actually have to go through before they become real creators. The characters are interesting (mostly), and the story is epic. The only reason this isn't getting 5/5 is because sometimes I don't like Mashiro's negativity, although if I were him, I'd probably be the same way.
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James
Mar 10, 2014 James added it
Recommends it for: Everyone, manga readers, writers, artists,
Shelves: library
Bakuman continues to give a rather good view of the work and determination needed for creating a man a series. While the first volume assumed a basic knowledge of the industry, number two is a little more forgiving.

There is also quite an enjoyable romantic tale developing, and not just the 'till our dreams come true' couplet.
Luminalsl
Toujours une aussi bonne série, le discours stéréotypé sur la femme était un peu moins présent cette fois, mais cette vision des filles en général m'empêchera toujours de lui mettre 5 étoiles
Anna
It's really interesting and fun to read, but there's no conflict. I almost feel like the authors are rooting for the characters, and I'm not sure how I feel about that.
Shannon
Still a really interesting story. I'm learning a lot about what it means to be a manga artist. I still dislike the weird romance with Saiko and Azuki.
Treyhudson
Bakuman By:T.O, This book is an amusing book to read because you learn the way the Japanese draw and how there life is even though this is a comic book.I would say this is a 5-5 because the art and the new worlds and design and features on the buildings.This book inspired me to be an artis because those reasons.Like i can't really explain this book the way i wont because the whole story well just get spoiled,but what i would say in this story is that the boys in this story have a dream,and in th ...more
Jocelyne
This volume was even better than the first! We are seriously starting to delve into the world of shonen manga publishing, and it is absolutely fascinating! The "big reveal" moments had me flipping pages faster than you can say "Bakuman", and the characters were fantastic in that they all have very different personalities one from the other, rather than being similar to each other.
I love how measured the romance is in this series. It isn't overdone, and isn't the main focus of the story, but it's
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Sakura Yue Michaelis
Eiji is so weird he may be the best character in the manga.

Although I like Shujin better, he is so funny.
Eliseu
Still good. I would dare say it was better than the first volume.
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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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