Bakuman

Plot: Moritaka Mashiro is an amazing artist; Akito Takagi, an aspiring writer. One day, Takagi approaches Mashiro with a request -- to team up and draw manga. At first, Mashiro is hesitant because his uncle, who was a manga artist, died from overwork. But when Takagi gets Mashiro to meet with his crush, Miho Azuki, and Mashiro finds out that Azuki wants to become a voice actress, Mashiro proposes to get married once Azuki lands a voice acting role in the anime adaptation of their manga. With that, Mashiro and Takagi start working to make a hit manga for Jump under the pen name, "Muto Ashirogi". But do they have what it takes to be successful in the competitive world of manga? (A)

Characters: Quirky and unique (A)

Art: A

Objectionable Content: Profanity, fan service

Other: It's amazing to see everything that goes into making a manga -- not just from the mangaka's standpoint, but also from the view of the company. This glance into the manga-making world (in this case, into Shueisha's "Jump" office) is never boring. There are twists and turns every step of the way.

It's also fun to see other Jump manga appear in this manga about making manga. Keep a sharp eye out, and you'll find a lot of cameos.

Overall Score: A

Recommendation: 4/5

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