|Bakuman-A Look at the Manga World||4 out of 4 users found this review helpful.|
Have you ever had a dream? A dream to become a rock star or maybe become an actor or a lawyer. But instead of pursuing said dream, you took the easy and normal way and did what was expected of you: take a normal job and live a normal life. If you look back on your decisions and go "I should have tried this..." then Bakuman is for you.
Bakuman tells the story of artist Mashiro Moritaka and writer Takagi Akito as the two go from middle school students with dreams to successful mangakas in Japan. Mashiro is skeptical of the whole ordeal at first when Takagi asks to become his partner in manga due to the fact his uncle was a one shot mangaka and died as a result of overwork. However, when Mashiro sees that his crush Azuki Miho wants to become a voice actress and agrees to marry Mashiro if she can star in his own anime, he jumps on the bandwagon and begins the life of a manga artist.
As a person who wanted to write cartoons and anime when I as in high school, I have to say that this manga and anime hit home for me. I see what could have happened in my life if I had pursued my dream and the values that aspirations have in the world. Another highlight of the show covers what it takes to be a successful manga artist in Japan. With all the popular titles like Naruto, One Piece, Bleach, and more, it takes a lot to get noticed. These two have faces trials and tribulations that no other person who wants a normal life couldn't think of. Plagiarism, pressure, hospitalization, demand from the audience, relationship issues, distrust...all of it and more occur in the world of Bakuman.
The only downside to the show is that its a bit too wordy. While a great story is always important in any anime or manga, Bakuman has a little too much exposition and narrative as opposed to the occassional pause in dialouge or a fight scene. Since this is supposed to mirror real life, the most physical the series gets is when Takagi decks a fellow classmate for having the audacity to insult Mashiro. It's a lot to take in all at once and even when I read/watch it, I always feel like I just missed something or a character might mention one thing and several episodes later, it comes back again.
Even with the small flaw of having too much dialouge, Bakuman is a near perfect series in a sea of artists and writers trying to make a name for themselves in the world of manga. You even get to see some of them in the run of the show too and how people change for the better (and sometimes for the worst) after striking gold with a series. I'll say one last thing though: you will never walk away from Bakuman disappointed or unsatisfied.