Bakuman Volume One Review: The Beginning of a Dream

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Bakuman Vol. 1 Cover

While I wrote a review for the first season, I wanted to also write a review for the Manga, beginning with the first volume. The story begins with a junior high student named Moritaka Mashiro accidentally forgets his notebook in class one day and finds that his classmate Akito Takagi noticed Mashiro’s artistic skills, immediately asking him to become a Manga Artist. Moritaka refuses, citing that his Uncle died from overworking, but later he agrees with Takagi and finds themselves going to Moritaka’s Crush, Miho Azuki, and immediately confessing that not only he’ll become a great Manga Artist, but to marry her too!

Azuki was Shocked and flattered, her dream is to become a great voice actress and to voice for the anime adaption of Moritaka and Takagi’s Manga. She accepts his proposal with the condition that they do not meet face to face until both her and his dreams come true, so the duo begins the journey of becoming the Best Manga Creators in Shonen Jump. As a reminder for readers, as I’ve mentioned previously, while the anime adaption made some changes to soften its real-life references, Jump was changed to ‘Jack‘, and Shueisha was changed to ‘Yueisha‘.

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This volume covers Chapters One through Seven, which also covers Episodes One through Five in the Anime. One of the strongest points of this series is that it helps the reader get a good look at what it takes to work in the Manga Industry, yes, there are some things added in for dramatic effect but we learn about certain tricks of the trade and get a behind the scenes look in creating Manga. There are a lot of Real World Manga References such as Death Note, Naruto, Bleach, quite a lot of Shōnen Jump titles that help create a believable world but also point out that it takes time and patience to help make a dream come true.

Another thing I enjoyed about this was that it felt like this was personal observations from the creators that include, Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata who created such stories as Death Note and Platinum End (which is getting picked up for an Anime!)

Final Grade:

Rating: 7 out of 10.

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