Bakuman is one of the hidden gems of the Anime world. Because it’s everything what Anime fan seeks. Each and everyone of us respects and loves Anime but hardly handful of people are aware of the efforts taken while making Anime. Bakuman is the Anime which manages to teach us everything there is to the Anime world with just 3 seasons consisting 25 episodes. I would suggest you to watch this Anime asap if you are a Anime fan or Otaku, and it’s something that everyone can watch i.e people who are watching Anime for the first time can watch this one if they are looking for something inspirational and motivational instead of typical action packed series.
As a child, Moritaka Mashiro dreamt of becoming a mangaka, just like his childhood hero and uncle, Tarou Kawaguchi, creator of a popular gag manga. But when tragedy strikes, he gives up on his dream and spends his middle school days studying, aiming to become a salaryman instead.One day, his classmate Akito Takagi, the school’s top student and aspiring writer, notices the detailed drawings in Moritaka’s notebook. Seeing the vast potential of his artistic talent, Akito approaches Moritaka, proposing that they become mangaka together. After much convincing, Moritaka realizes that if he is able to create a popular manga series, he may be able to get the girl he has a crush on, Miho Azuki, to take part in the anime adaptation as a voice actor. Thus the pair begins creating manga under the pen name Muto Ashirogi, hoping to become the greatest mangaka in Japan, the likes of which no one has ever seen.
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Bakuman the name comes from two words “Bakuchi Manga” in English it’s called “Gambling Manga,” made by the author of Death Note. You may think “Why such name for the Manga?” so if you are looking for answer – You will understand when you watch the series.
But basically it’s a series about Anime and Manga industry which starts with a little twist, for that i would like to explain the story of the overall series in my way.
We have our Main character “Mashiro Moritaka” who childhood dream was to become a Manga artist. His inspiration was his uncle “Kawaguchi Tarou” who was writer of famous gag manga. Due to certain circumstances his uncle dies Mashiro sees all the negativity at the funeral and decides to give up on being Mangaka and focuses on becoming a regular salaryman. During a lecture in middle school Mashiro draws a portrait of his childhood crush Azuki Miho in his notebook, His classmate and School’s number 1 student and an aspiring writer notices his vast potential and approaches him with a proposal of working with him and become a successful manga artist. He tries his best but Mashiro rejects him so Akito researches about Mashiro’s crush Azuki Miho and finds out that she aiming to become a voice actress and has a crush on Mashiro as well. Akito forces Mashiro to confess in front of her that he will become Manga, Mashiro confesses to her but by mistake, on top of that also proposes her to marry him. She agrees but keep one promise, that they will be together and meet each other only after succeeding in their dreams until then they will encourage each other via mails. Seeing his life moving in right direction Mashiro Moritaka becomes determine to be a full fledged Manga artist.
From the above brief explanation of the story it is clear that this Anime is not just about Manga/Anime Industry, It’s about love, It’s about hard work, efforts, Persistence of making a dream real. It’s a combination of all these things. So despite being a slice of life story it’s something that will take you through a great roller coaster ride as you see characters working hard for making their dream real as well as what obstacles and moment of depression they face and how they overcome all those negative things is all this Anime about. There will be times when you might not able to hold back your tears be it the tears of sadness or joy. There may be a times you may end up cheering the protagonists and other characters. That’s because this Anime beautifully manages to bring all those emotions without you noticing it. The first article on this blog was about One Punch Man second season, it predicted when will the second season of the Anime will air and what are the requirements so that the series can get a second season is all based on the things i learned from this Anime. If you want to read that you can read it here :- One Punch Man Season 2 Date and Predictions
This Anime also teaches you almost everything about Manga/Anime industry since it’s Anime related to that field of work so you basically get to see everything that happens inside this industry. How Mangas are made, how much efforts are needed to write a successful long running Manga series. What are the basic requirements for a Manga to get Anime adaptation. How much money a Manga artist earns if his work becomes popular. Why some Mangas are stopped being serialized in the middle. How Mangas are ranked and rated. And yes it gives you a brief and thorough explanation on the schedule that a veteran Manga artist have. You will learn all these things because of which your respect for Manga artists will grow more than ever.
If you’re a fan of Anime and Manga since childhood, then you might see your entire childhood right in front of your eyes just like i saw mine. Ever since we were kid or during our school days we were always told that you just have to study hard for now and the rest of the life will be easy. Although it felt good inside but the reality is not like that. To become successful person who can cope of with ever-growing society you have to work harder than ever. And if you got a dream, or if you have to prove or achieve something than it’s triple times the normal hard work. Life is not that easy, there will be many ups and downs and you have to face those ups and downs and have to grow from those situations. This is what this Anime Manages to teach us.
Another important thing about this Anime is that everything is well written, right from the story and plot progression to characters development everything is perfect. The show has lots of dialogues which are extremely important since it’s Anime related to Anime/Manga industry so even if you skip 1 or 2 min you may miss something important. Dialogues acts as a backbone of the story. The rivalry/battles are all related to Manga, so even if the Anime consists n number of dialogues it won’t bore you instead it will keep you curious since each and every word the characters speak provides you the knowledge of Anime/Manga industry.
Character designs and Animation
I would like to point out every single character from the Anime is based on the real life person which includes Manga artists, editors and so on. The Anime is realistic so the character design, their individuality, traits are all extremely close to the real. They are not entirely real they have some fictional elements but that does not really stand out.
The Animation is also well balanced and gives you a realistic feel. I especially liked, how they Animated characters drawing Manga and i liked the colors they gave to the equipment that every Manga artist has with them like Pens, pencils, scale etc.. which makes it quite realistic.
The romance in this Anime is extremely real, for the moment you will feel that you’re watching a real-life love story which is based on someone’s life. This series doesn’t have your typical “Moe Moe” romance shown in Shoujo Manga.
Background Sounds Opening and ending
I didn’t liked the opening and ending of first season but i liked the opening and ending of second and third season. I even listen them sometimes. Also the studio has some really good sense when it comes to applying right background sound to a particular scene. Thanks to that the scenes becomes even more perfect. The background sound also does the job of bringing out the emotions very well.
There is something about this Anime that you certainly can’t describe it in words. You will only understand that when you will watch the Anime. So just try watching the series and tell me what you felt and what you liked/disliked about the series via comments.
PS – The Anime also got a live action movie, and Takeru Satoh the one who played role of Himura Kenshin in Rurouni Kenshin live Action is playing lead role of Mashiro Moritaka. Read more about it here :- Click here to read
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