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  • 2010
  • 3 Seasons
  • 8.0  (2,636)

Bakuman is an anime series that originally aired in Japan from 2010 to 2013. The show is based on the popular manga series of the same name, written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata. The story follows the lives of two best friends, Moritaka Mashiro and Akito Takagi, who dream of becoming manga artists. Mashiro is the artist, while Takagi is the writer. The two join forces to create their own manga series, with the ultimate goal of getting it published in the prestigious Shonen Jump magazine.

The series begins with Mashiro and Takagi as middle school students, and continues through high school and into their early twenties. Along the way, they meet a variety of characters, including other manga artists, editors, and publishers. They also face many challenges, from dealing with rejection to finding the inspiration to keep going.

One of the most interesting aspects of Bakuman is the way it portrays the manga industry. The show provides a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to create a successful manga series, from coming up with ideas to meeting deadlines to dealing with feedback from editors. We see how the industry is highly competitive, but also very collaborative. Artists and writers work together to create the best possible manga, and even compete against each other in rankings that are published in Shonen Jump.

The show also explores themes of friendship, ambition, and romance. Mashiro and Takagi have a strong bond that is tested by the challenges they face as they try to become successful manga artists. They also have romantic interests, with Mashiro falling for a girl named Miho Azuki, who dreams of becoming a voice actress. Azuki is also working hard to achieve her goals, and the two of them form a unique and touching relationship as they support each other from afar.

One of the most notable things about Bakuman is the quality of the animation. The series was produced by Studio Deen, and the visuals are stunning. The character designs are sleek and modern, and the backgrounds are richly detailed. The show is also known for its use of vibrant colors, which help to create a sense of excitement and energy.

The voice acting is also top-notch, with a talented cast that includes Dan Green (best known for his role as Yugi in Yu-Gi-Oh!), Jun'ichi Suwabe (who has voiced characters in many popular anime series, including Black Butler and Naruto), and Kevin T. Collins (who has lent his voice to shows like One Piece and Pokémon).

Overall, Bakuman is a must-watch for fans of anime, manga, and storytelling in general. The show is a fascinating exploration of what it takes to become a successful manga artist, and the characters are both relatable and compelling. With its beautiful animation, gripping plot, and heartfelt themes, Bakuman is truly a masterpiece of the anime genre.

Bakuman is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (75 episodes). The series first aired on October 2, 2010.

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Dreams and Reality
75. Dreams and Reality
March 30, 2013
Mashiro decides to propose to Azuki and make all the dreams of his uncle, Taro Kawaguchi, come true, along with his and Azuki's. When the day of the Reversi anime broadcast arrives, Mashiro is ready for the climactic moment of his life!
The Way and the End
74. The Way and the End
March 16, 2013
Reversi's story begins to heat up and Muto Ashirogi is in fine form, but Hattori is getting pressure from his bosses to convince Ashirogi to continue their series.
Microphone and Script
73. Microphone and Script
March 9, 2013
Azuki has addressed her relationship with Mashiro on her radio show, but now the director for the Reversi anime is suggesting that, to keep things fair and open, the auditions for the role of Naho be made a public competition.
Correction and Declaration
72. Correction and Declaration
March 2, 2013
Reversi is getting an anime! Mashiro and Takagi are overjoyed that their dream is coming true, but a blog post about them by a rookie voice actress threatens to derail everything.
Hot Spring and Choices
71. Hot Spring and Choices
February 23, 2013
At the Tezuka Award party, Mashiro and Takagi learn they've been receiving offers to turn Reversi into an anime. Later, they take a trip with Kaya to blow off steam and celebrate the New Year.
Breather and Party
70. Breather and Party
February 16, 2013
Mashiro and Takagi tell Hattori what's important to them about Reversi. Meanwhile, when Hiramaru's series gets an anime and Aoki's is canceled, he takes it on himself to cheer her up.
Dragging On and Top Speed
69. Dragging On and Top Speed
February 9, 2013
Reversi gets approved for serialization, but with PCP still running, Mashiro and the assistants are pushed to their limits to make their deadlines. Later, when Niizuma changes up Zombie Gun, Mashiro realizes what Reversi's weakness is.
Weekly and Monthly
68. Weekly and Monthly
February 2, 2013
Ashirogi's new one-shot battle manga Reversi and Niizuma's new Zombie Gun are both so good the editors can't decide which is better. When both get published, Mashiro, Takagi and Niizuma get even more fired up!
Zombie and Demon
67. Zombie and Demon
January 26, 2013
Iwase is depressed about +Natural's rankings and wants to quit as a manga writer. Meanwhile, the Shonen Jack editorial office is abuzz with rumors about a personnel transfer.
Final Chapter and Comment
66. Final Chapter and Comment
January 19, 2013
With only three more weeks to beat CROW before it ends, PCP uses its center color pages in a final, novel gambit to take the top spot from its greatest rival.
Front Color and Center Color
65. Front Color and Center Color
January 12, 2013
The editorial office is in an uproar over the possibility of CROW ending, while Ashirogi and the rest of Team Fukuda are fired up to defeat Niizuma before he reaches his goal.
Consecutive and Prevention
64. Consecutive and Prevention
January 5, 2013
When CROW takes first place three weeks in a row, Yujiro becomes concerned about the promise to allow Niizuma to end a manga he doesn't like. Niizuma then turns up at the editorial office for a chat with Sasaki!
Copycat and Unconscious
63. Copycat and Unconscious
December 29, 2012
Muto Ashirogi is shocked when a crime copying an event from PCP occurs. Niizuma is suddenly concerned about rankings when he never used to be.
Hot-Blooded and Total Defeat
62. Hot-Blooded and Total Defeat
December 22, 2012
Muto Ashirogi accepts Nanamine's challenge to run the same story in the same issue, with Takagi confident Ashirogi will win. Later, Nakai realizes that Nanamine has been lying about What You Need's ranking.
Anxiety and Turn Back
61. Anxiety and Turn Back
December 15, 2012
Nanamine improves even more by adding an old acquaintance of Team Fukuda's to his staff. However, when his rankings start to suffer, he begins lashing out at those around him, including Muto Ashirogi.
Consideration and Provocation
60. Consideration and Provocation
December 8, 2012
When Nanamine gets a new series, Hattori becomes concerned about Kosugi and Muto Ashirogi. When Hattori questions the boys about what is going on they reveal Nanamine's method for coming up with ideas.
Confidence and Preparation
59. Confidence and Preparation
December 1, 2012
Mashiro and Takagi find out how Nanamine gets his ideas and are appalled, but, realizing his popularity, they are quietly determined not to be outdone. Nanamine gets a one-shot, but is walking all over his new editor Kosugi.
Aims and Evaluation
58. Aims and Evaluation
November 24, 2012
Mashiro and Takagi are the judges of a monthly manga contest and encounter Classroom of Truth. The artist is a talented young man named Toru Nanamine, who immediately begins to cause trouble at Shonen Jack.
Photoshoot and Classroom
57. Photoshoot and Classroom
November 17, 2012
PCP reaches its fiftieth chapter and Muto Ashirogi attend an award ceremony. Hiramaru aims for a date with Aoki, but doesn't know how far he can trust his editor Yoshida.
Punch and Striking Out
56. Punch and Striking Out
November 10, 2012
Muto Ashirogi decides to participate in the Super Readers Fest, but Mashiro declares that he wants to draw on his own. With both Mashiro and Takagi busy and unable to work as Muto Ashirogi, they get into an argument and Takagi stomps out of the studio.
Step up and Watch
55. Step up and Watch
November 3, 2012
Takagi is asked to be the writer for Shiratori's Loveta & Peace, but Mashiro is conflicted. Shiratori dreams of his own series, but his mother is strongly opposed, forcing him to run away from home.
Leeway and Trap
54. Leeway and Trap
October 27, 2012
Mashiro and Takagi find out if PCP will be canceled and receive some surprising news from Hattori. Meanwhile, Shiratori is encouraged by everyone to draw his own manga, with Takagi eager to give him advice!
Ending and Code
53. Ending and Code
October 20, 2012
The boys are despondent after getting bad news about PCP's ratings. Hattori realizes something about the surveys and comes up with a way to turn things around.
Every Night and Collaboration
52. Every Night and Collaboration
October 13, 2012
Mashiro and Takagi become more determined than ever but get a shock when they hear that they might be canceled. They attempt to step their game up, but Niizuma fires back with a special chapter of CROW while Iwase hatches a secret plan.
Stubborness and Decision
51. Stubborness and Decision
October 6, 2012
Mashiro and Takagi get good news about their new series, PCP. Meanwhile, +Natural is getting animated and Azuki is on the short list to play the heroine when Iwase figures out the secret behind Muto Ashirogi's pen name.
Where to Watch Bakuman
Bakuman is available for streaming on the Neon Alley website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Bakuman on demand at Netflix, Hulu, Tubi TV and Peacock.
  • Premiere Date
    October 2, 2010
  • IMDB Rating
    8.0  (2,636)