Genre: Drama, Slice of Life, Romance, Comedy
Director: Kenichi Kasai, Noriaki Akitaya
Studio: J. C. Staff, NHK
Original Airtime: October 2, 2010 – April 2, 2011/October 1, 2011 – March 24, 2012/October 6, 2012 – March 30, 2013
Moritaka Mashiro is an average 9th grader but has a great talent in drawing and Takagi Akito is an advanced 9th grader who has a talent for writing stories. He wants to be the best mangaka in Japan. After a lot of struggle he manages Mashiro to join him to be a mangaka. Mashiro has a crush on Azuki, who also happens to be an aspiring voice actor. He promises Azuki that they will get married when Azuki will voice the lead female role in an anime adaptation of a manga made by Takagi and Mashiro. Now the two friends start their journey aiming to fulfill their dreams.
How captivating can a story get? Well, watch Bakuman you will get your answer. It is really hard finding a slice of life anime which keeps you glued to the screen, but Bakuman manages to do exactly that. The important thing is that the story just got better and better. They left the best for the last season. I really wished the manga and anime had the same ending but well it’s age old saying that anime fails to do justice to their masterpiece manga counterpart. But in case of Bakuman, that doesn’t matter. because the anime is really good too, in its own way. It depicts the tales of two friends struggling their way to the fulfillment of their dreams. Their encounters with failure and success and rivals, all are depicted in a masterful way,
Why am I giving the characters a 10? The answer is same as above, watch the anime to know. Tons of character with diverse features and each having an influential role in the anime. First of all starting of with Mashiro who to me is a good protagonist and has shown tremendous character development throughout the course of the anime and his feelings and reactions towards Azuki was really touching and heartwarming. I loved every bit of it. Takagi although not the initial protagonist but in my opinion has surpassed the protagonist in terms of features and influence in the overall story. He also seemed the more practical of the two lead male characters. If you have an extremely good friend then you’ll also understand the significance and depth of the bromance between Takagi and Mashiro. Azuki was excellent as well. She was like a doll and hard to believe such a cute creature exists! I know I just said Azuki is cute but hey there is one girl who surpassed her in terms of cuteness and that’s one of the rivals of Ashirogi, Aoki. She is also a mangaka. Now, we all love a badass character. Doesn’t matter if he is a villain or hero. And so I present to you Mr. Fukuda. When he is on the scene I assure the time will fly past and there is hardly any dull moments. There are tons of other fantastic characters but there is one I must mention. He is Nizuma Eiij. How can you not love this guy! A middle school prodigy who is a mangaka and started getting serialised when he was in middle school. A stunning character in one word.
Here are some notable characters from the anime:
Ah, the weak link of the series. It is not what you would call cutting edge even considering the time it was animated. The manga’s drawing was near perfect but the anime wasn’t. The difference was minimal but the coloring and the visual effects could have been better.
Here are some screenshots from the anime:
The audio was good. Nothing extra ordinary. Or maybe it was over shadowed by the plot and the characters. Compared to the story and the character dynamics of the anime, I felt that the music could have been much better. I did like the first opening theme of season 3 ‘Moshimo no Hanashi’ by Nano Ripe.
I loved this anime. I enjoyed it from beginning to the end thoroughly. Every episode had something to offer. The anime showed how two friends worked hard to achieve their dreams. It showed their struggles and achievements. It showed their successes and failures. It showed how each s of these events affected them and shaped their characters. It showed how the main characters were influenced by those around them and how the supporting characters were influenced by the main characters. As a big slice of life anime fan these were a treat to me and it kept me coming back for. By the time I was done with this anime I was really happy but I wished I could see more. That is how much I enjoyed this anime.
Here is a personal opinion of mine, Bakuman is on the same level as Welcome to NHK and Mushishi as one of the best slice of life anime I have seen. If you like Bakuman then check the other two as well. None of these anime will disappoint you. I highly recommend Bakuman to everyone.