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Bakuman.
Bakuman Vol 1 Cover.jpg
The cover of the first tankōbon, released in Japan by Shueisha on January 5, 2009, featuring Moritaka Mashiro.
バクマン。
Genre Slice of life, Comedy-drama, Romance
Manga
Written by Tsugumi Ohba
Illustrated by Takeshi Obata
Published by Shueisha
English publisher
Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump
English magazine
Original run August 11, 2008April 23, 2012
Volumes 20 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed by Kenichi Kasai, Noriaki Akitaya
Written by Reiko Yoshida
Studio J.C.Staff
Licensed by
Original network NHK-E
Original run October 2, 2010April 2, 2011
Episodes 25 (List of episodes)
Anime television series
Bakuman. 2
Directed by Kenichi Kasai, Noriaki Akitaya
Written by Reiko Yoshida
Studio J.C.Staff
Licensed by
Original network NHK-E
Original run October 1, 2011March 24, 2012
Episodes 25 (List of episodes)
Game
Bakuman.: Mangaka e no Michi
Developer Namco Bandai Games
Publisher Namco Bandai Games
Genre Visual novel, Puzzle game
Platform Nintendo DS
Released
  • JP: December 15, 2011
Anime television series
Bakuman. 3
Directed by Kenichi Kasai, Noriaki Akitaya
Written by Reiko Yoshida
Studio J.C.Staff
Licensed by
Original network NHK-E
Original run October 6, 2012March 30, 2013
Episodes 25 (List of episodes)
Novel
PCP -Perfect Crime Party-
Written by Sei Hatsuno
Published by Shueisha
Published October 2, 2015
Live-action film
Directed by Hitoshi Ōne
Produced by Minami Ichikawa
Written by Hitoshi Ōne
Music by Sakanaction
Studio Toho
Released October 3, 2015
Runtime 120 minutes
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Bakuman. (バクマン。) is a Japanese manga series written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, the same creative team responsible for Death Note. It was serialized in the magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump from August 11, 2008 to April 23, 2012, with the 176 chapters collected into 20 tankōbon volumes by Shueisha. The story follows talented artist Moritaka Mashiro and aspiring writer Akito Takagi, two ninth grade boys who wish to become manga artists, with Mashiro as the artist and Takagi as the writer. Some characters resemble real authors and editors of Weekly Shōnen Jump, and many manga titles mentioned in Bakuman have actually been published in the magazine.

An anime television adaptation of the series created by J.C.Staff began airing on NHK-E on October 2, 2010. The third and final season of which ended broadcast on March 30, 2013. A live-action film adaptation was released on October 3, 2015. Bakuman was the seventh best-selling manga series of 2011 and the tenth best of 2012, and had over 15 million volumes in circulation by May 2014. Additionally, it is the first manga released online by Shueisha in multiple languages before becoming available in print outside Japan. In 2009, Viz Media announced it had licensed the series for a North American release. Besides releasing the series in collected volumes, they also released it in their online manga anthology Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha.

Plot[edit]

When Moritaka Mashiro, a junior high student, forgets his notebook in class, he finds His classmate, Akito Takagi, who notes Mashiro's drawings. Takagi asks him to become a manga artist to his stories. Mashiro declines, citing his late manga artist uncle, who died from overworking. Takagi incites Mashiro to meet with Miho Azuki, Mashiro's crush, and tells her the two plan to become manga artists. In response, Azuki reveals her plans to be a voice actress. Mashiro proposes to her that they should both marry when Azuki becomes a voice actress for the anime adaptation of their manga. She accepts, but under the condition that they not meet face-to-face again until then. The two then start creating their manga, under the pen name Muto Ashirogi, in hopes of getting serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump.

After submitting many one-shots to Shueisha, Ashirogi begin with their first published series in Weekly Shōnen Jump, Detective Trap (疑探偵TRAP(ぎたんていトラップ), Gitantei Torappu), which is eventually canceled due to its declining popularity, after Mashiro is hospitalized for overworking on the manga. Their next series is the gag manga Vroom, Tanto Daihatsu (走れ!大発タント, Hashire! Daihatsu Tanto), which they give up on, realizing it will never be popular. After being challenged by the editor-in-chief of Jump to create a superior manga to their rival's, Ashirogi develops their current series Perfect Crime Party (PCP -完全犯罪党-, PCP -Kanzen Hanzaitō-). It is met with considerable popularity but due to its theme, is unfit for an anime series. When their rival, Eiji Nizuma, submits a one-shot for serialization, Ashirogi competes by submitting Reversi which replaces Perfect Crime Party while the latter is moved to Shueisha's fictional monthly magazine, Hisshou Jump. After many conflicts involving the graphic novel sales and the voice actress choice, Reversi is chosen for an anime adaptation with Miho as the primary actress, after she passes a public audition. After fulfilling their dreams, the series ends with Mashiro officially proposing to Miho at the place they made their promise, followed by their first kiss.

Production[edit]

Tsugumi Ohba came up the idea for Bakuman after thinking of all the people who long to be manga artists. Because he is in the industry, he felt he could create a manga about manga. He said that for the fictional manga created in the series, he did not worry about the plot and settings, only focusing on "cranking them out." He revealed that he did actually make storyboards for the fictional The Classroom of Truth, and one he created for Otter No. 11 is actually seen in Bakuman.[1]

When creating a chapter, Ohba does not meet with Takeshi Obata. He discusses things with his editor and creates storyboards that are given to Obata. Obata then creates his own storyboards that are given to Ohba and their editor. The author said only minor changes are made and they never have disagreements.[1]

Ohba referred to Bakuman as "a weird series." He revealed that the hardest part was coming up with new ideas as the story kept getting longer. But said because of this, he was able to include stories that he never initially considered.[1]

Media[edit]

Manga[edit]

Written by Tsugumi Ohba and drawn by Takeshi Obata, Bakuman was serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine from its premiere on August 11, 2008 to its end on April 23, 2012.[2][3] The 176 chapters were then collected into 20 tankōbon volumes from January 5, 2009 to July 4, 2012.[4][5] Several chapters of the series were released on Jumpland's official website in Japanese, English, French, and German; the first chapter released on August 19, 2008. It is Shueisha's first manga to be released online in multiple languages before becoming available in print outside Japan.[6] A 15-page one-shot of the series Otter No. 11 (ラッコ11号, Rakko 11-gō), the gag manga created by the character Kazuya Hiramaru in Bakuman, was published in the August 8, 2010 issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump.[7] It was then published the following week in Shōnen Jump Next on August 16.[8] Viz Media included an English translation of it in the free SJ Alpha Yearbook 2013, which was mailed out to annual subscribers of Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha in December 2012. In commemoration of the live-action film release, two new chapters were created by Ohba and Obata under the title Bakuman. Age 13 (バクマン。 age13). They are set before Takagi and Mashiro first met, with the first chapter published in Weekly Shōnen Jump on September 21 and the second on September 28, 2015.[9][10]

In addition to the success of Bakuman in Japan, the series has also been licensed worldwide: in Korea by Daiwon C.I. and serialized in their Comic Champ manhwa magazine,[11] by Tong Li Publishing in Taiwan, Kana in France, Norma in Spain, Tokyopop in Germany, Comics House in Malaysia, Kim Dong Publishing House in Vietnam, in Brazil by Editora JBC and NED in Thailand. At San Diego Comic-Con International 2009, Viz Media announced it had licensed the series for English release in the US and Canada.[12] The first volume was released on August 3, 2010, and all 20 volumes have been published as of August 6, 2013.[13][14] In addition to the collected volumes, Viz also published the series online in their manga anthology Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha (now known as simply Weekly Shonen Jump).[15] Bakuman started with chapter 162 in the anthology's debut issue on January 30, 2012, and ended with the series' final chapter released on May 7, 2012. Viz digitally released the two Bakuman. Age 13 chapters in Weekly Shonen Jump on the same days that they ran in Japan.[16]

Anime[edit]

A 25-episode anime television series based on Bakuman was announced in Weekly Shōnen Jump's second issue of 2010.[17] Created by J.C.Staff, it began broadcasting on NHK on October 2, 2010 and ran until April 2, 2011. In December 2010, Weekly Shōnen Jump announced that a second season would air in Fall 2011; it ran from October 1, 2011 to March 24, 2012.[18][19] A third and final season was announced in the 3/4th (2012) combined issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump and began airing on October 6, 2012.[20] It ran for 25 episodes between October 6, 2012 and March 30, 2013.

In August 2011, Media Blasters licensed the first two seasons of the Bakuman anime for North America, including an English-language dub.[21] The first seven episodes were included on a 2-disc DVD set released on November 22, 2011, however, the second was halted in February 2012.[22][23] The first Blu-ray release was cancelled indefinitely in June 2012.[24] Viz Media Europe acquired the rights for release in Europe and the United Kingdom in March 2012, in collaboration with Manga Entertainment and Kazé.[25] After Media Blasters' cancellation, Kazé revealed the UK release would be subtitled only.[26] In November 2012, Media Blasters officially announced they are discontinuing the series, but added that Viz Media might pick up the license for NA.[27]

Live-action film[edit]

A live-action film adaptation of Bakuman was released on October 3, 2015. Written and directed by Hitoshi Ohne (Moteki), the film stars Takeru Satoh as Moritaka Mashiro and Ryunosuke Kamiki as Akito Takagi.[28] Japanese rock band Sakanaction performed the soundtrack, Motion Music of Bakuman, including the theme song "Shin Takarajima", which they released as a single four days before the film's release.[29]

Other media[edit]

A video game based on Bakuman was made for the Nintendo DS by Namco Bandai Games.[30] Bakuman.: Mangaka e no Michi (バクマン。マンガ家への道, "Bakuman.: The Road to Becoming a Manga Artist") was released in Japan on December 15, 2011.[31]

A novel titled PCP -Perfect Crime Party- and based on the fictional manga of the same name created by Takagi and Mashiro in Bakuman was released by Shueisha on October 2, 2015. It was written by Sei Hatsuno, although Takagi and Mashiro's fictional pen name "Muto Ashirogi" is credited with the original story.[9]

Reception[edit]

Bakuman was nominated for the third annual Manga Taishō award in 2010.[32] The first volume of the series placed fourth on the Oricon manga chart during its debut week, selling 154,675 copies.[33] The second volume followed suit, placing second during its first week with 228,056 copies.[34] The third volume continued the trend and placed fourth during its debut week, selling 200,369 copies.[35] During the first half of 2009, the first volume placed twenty-eighth and the second volume placed twenty-seventh on Oricon's list of fifty top-selling manga in Japan, selling 381,633 and 394,567 copies respectively.[36] Bakuman was the seventh best-selling manga series of 2011, with almost 4.4 million copies sold, and the tenth best of 2012, with over 3.2 million sold that year.[37][38] As of April 2012, over 13 million copies had been sold,[39] with this number growing to over 15 million copies in publication by May 2014.[28] In the United States, volume one debuted at number 6 on the New York Times Manga Graphic Books list for the week of August 12[40] and remained on the list for eight weeks straight.[41]

Jason Thompson referred to Bakuman. as "a love letter to the manga industry done in old-school shonen manga style." He felt that while it can be "text-heavy" on the process of making manga, it is ultimately a "heroic story of self-improvement, friendship and striving to succeed." Thompson cited the villain characters as the most interesting, but called the series sexist for only portraying females as either "bitter, man-hating viragos motivated by grudges against men" or "patient helpmates" striving to support them instead.[42]

Carlo Santos of Anime News Network praised the conflicting viewpoints of the protagonists and was surprised that the series succeeds, not only as a manga about manga, but as a slice-of-life story about the dreams of youth. However, Santos remarked that the series could learn from Ohba and Obata's previous serial Death Note; commenting that the beginning is not as gripping and the plot twists are "pretty weak" and "seem like petty contrivances." Despite this, he believes that the series is "another hit."[43]

Christopher Butcher reviewing volume one for About.com had strong praise for the art, calling it "quite possibly the best-drawn manga out today." He also enjoyed the behind-the-scenes information on the manga industry. Like Thompson, Butcher did state that while he enjoyed it, he has reservations about recommending Bakuman. because it is "horribly sexist."[44]

The film was number-one at the Japanese box office on its opening weekend, with US$2.1 million.[45] It earned US$1.15 million during the October 18 weekend.[46] At the 39th Japan Academy Prize awards, its editor Yasuyuki Ōzeki won the Japan Academy Prize for Best Film Editing award, while Sakanaction's Motion Music of Bakuman won the Outstanding Achievement in Music award.[47] The film was also one of two releases that won the Popularity award, alongside Maku ga Agaru.[47] Matt Schley of Otaku USA wrote that Bakuman. is "a real celebration of and testament to the unique power of Japan's comics culture" and the best live-action manga adaptation he's seen this year.[48] Kotaku's Toshi Nakamura also suggested that it is possibly the best live-action manga adaptation he's seen. However, he said the motivational romance between Mashiro and Azuki was "surprisingly inconsequential" and boring.[49] Mark Schilling for The Japan Times gave the film four out of five stars, with strong praise for director and screenwriter Hitoshi Ōne.[50]

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