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About the Author

Takeshi Obata Takeshi Obata was born in 1969 in Niigata, Japan, and is the artist of the wildly popular SHONEN JUMP title Hikaru no Go, which won the 2003 Tezuka Shinsei "New Hope" award and the Shogakukan Manga award. Obata is also the artist of Arabian Majin Bokentan Lamp Lamp, Ayatsuri Sakon, Cyborg Jichan G., and the smash hit manga Death Note. Tsugumi Ohba Born in Tokyo. Hobby: Collecting teacups. Day and night, develops manga plots while holding knees on a chair.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Series: Bakuman (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; Original edition (August 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421535130
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421535135
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.7 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #279,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Tokyo, Tsugumi Ohba is the author of the hit series Death Note. His current series Bakuman is serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump.

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Sarah I on August 1, 2010
Format: Paperback
Bakuman is a favorite of mine, and I've been looking forward to the release of this first book for a while!

An artist myself, I've always been interested in the creation process of manga, so this series naturally grabbed my attention. Far from boring and pedantic (as some manga about manga are apt to be), it explores the inspirations and aspirations of two friends (and the almost courtly teenage love of the artist of the pair and his hopeful voice actress crush) as they work to accomplish their dreams.

As expected of this author/artist pair (speaking of Ohba and Obata, but you know...), the art and storytelling are pretty, exciting, and funny. Its slice-of-life genre is a relief from all the popular fantasy shounen series.

The translation and printing of the English book are extremely well-done as well, and, as an added bonus, at the end of each chapter they have the storyboards of one or two pages by both the writer and artist, a really fun and awesome treat!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By M. Kasprzak on August 6, 2010
Format: Paperback
I absolutely adore this series. I'm a creative professional and small business owner, and pull much of my inspirations from comics, movies and games. I've shipped my own share of "dud" projects, as well as some I truly believe in; I've even had my share of successes too, so I can relate to the thrill of the struggle and the reward. Bakuman somehow manages to condense the process, the technical, the ups and downs, the business, the thrill, the competition, rivalry (that it's positive), life, and the very idea of creating something original in to a body of work that's easy and exciting to read. Sure, it's a Manga and it exaggerates things, but who wants to read about a half arsed effort?

Creative people often have their "staples", timeless favorite works that inspired them. It's especially rare to find something after you've "grown up" that can only be described as EXPLETIVE awesome, and even more rare to find something that resonates deeply. If it was Watchmen or Dragon Ball that lit the fire, Bakuman is like feeding the flame with gasoline in a high oxygen environment. It's a series you'll want to proudly display next to that 2nd extra special Blu Ray collectors edition of Fight Club you bought for "the shelf".

Especially in later volumes, the creators masterfully crafts believable competing series from all the story's authors, especially if you've followed classic or current Jump series over the years. They skillfully suggest tactics, reasoning, and solutions to winning in a chart position race. Like seriously, as insane as it sounds, a businessman or someone in marketing could learn from this Manga. Maybe that's a stretch, but if charting and tactics play a role in your business, you'll be highly entertained.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 26, 2011
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When you read the story, you just know that the mangaka duo aren't making any guarantees on the success and happiness of its characters. That lack of a "safe feeling" is what makes this series far more addicting than other Shonen series that cradle me. Also, I've never been a mangaka of Shonen Jump, put the way they portray the inner workings seems EXTREMELY honest and realistic. They go so far as to drop the names of the most famous Shonen mangaka out right now, and even have them currently running in Shonen Jump with our fictional protagonists. At the very least it's the most detailed/educational series I've read about aspiring mangakas so far. I sometimes like to think that I have an understanding of how the world of anime/manga works, but this series has definitely re-educated me.

As I read this series I get an overwhelming feeling that this mangaka duo are channeling a lot of their experiences from trying to get Death Note (specifically) published in Shonen Jump. They even reference Death Note (as a series) several times in the first few pages, it's almost as if they want to plant that seed in the reader's mind so they make comparisons as they read on. Also it's interesting to note that the author Tsugumi Ohba is unknown to the public. Ohba's real identity (and gender) is a closely guarded secret.

This series is GREAT! It blows away all other series with stories about characters aspriring to make it in the manga/anime industry. If you don't believe me on how great this series is, look at how highly it's ranked in Japan. My little review here is a pathetically small drop in the bucket of all the praise that is out there for Bakuman.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kathryn E. Fox on August 26, 2013
Format: Paperback
I have read a lot of manga but nothing like this one. The story and style are not like anything else I've read. There are several excellent reviews already and I am seconding their recommendation to purchase. I have made it to volume 8 and am now waiting for the next few to continue reading.

Two classmates decide to team up and create manga for Weekly Shonen Jump. The added goal is to try to get their own anime by age 18 (they're 14 at start).

I think it's aimed more at boys (no surprise) and could be of especial interest to anyone interested in the magazine manga process. It spends a great deal of time laying out the way the editors work, contract and pay (within the series), and most especially the writing process to published. Though fiction, I found it very interesting as an idea and continue to enjoy reading. Looking forward to making it to volume 20!

Edit: I've made it to 10 and just wanted to add a bit. If you're wondering whether to purchase this because you have limited shelf space or you're saving your dollars for those special series that can be reread. This is one. It's worth it. Enjoy! I wish I had got these last year when I first came across mention of it.
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