Bakuman, Volume 2

Bakuman, Volume 2

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by Tsugumi Ohba, Takeshi Obata

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By the creators of Death Note! The mystery behind manga-making revealed!

Reads R to L (Japanese Style), for T audiences.


By the creators of Death Note! The mystery behind manga-making revealed!

Reads R to L (Japanese Style), for T audiences.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The team behind the wildly popular Death Note weighs in with a quite different yet appealing series about a pair of teen manga artists shooting for publication in Japan's mega-manga mag, Shonen Jump (where Bakuman is currently running). Plotting chops really count in this kind of character-driven story, and Ohba's got 'em. Moritaka is the sweet so-so student artist and Akito the supersmart writer. As the plot develops, other characters introduce twists and complications: Nobuhiro, Moritaka's late artist uncle; Miho and Kaya, the girlfriends with their own agendas; Akira, the Shueisha editor who sees the boys' potential but keeps challenging them; and Eiji, their competition. As an extra, scattered throughout are reproductions of Ohba storyboards followed by Obata's redrawn thumbnails. VERDICT Fans hoping for paranormal histrionics will be disappointed, but others will be engrossed in the suspense these creators build for the boys and their dreams as well as insider glimpses into the Japanese manga industry and the difficulties facing manga superstars. As with Hikaro No Go and Death Note, Obata's art is excellent. Up to ten volumes in Japan, the series is recommended for teens and up.—M.C.

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Publication date:
Bakuman Series, #2
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Product dimensions:
7.98(w) x 11.78(h) x 0.65(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

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 2000 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. His current series Bakuman is serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump.

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Bakuman, Volume 2 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Oskrat More than 1 year ago
Bakuman's first volume was pretty good, real interesting. This second volume focuses more on 1) the boys' romantic relationships and 2) them trying to win a contest. Personally, I'm not all that interested in the romance in this series; I want to buy more volumes of Bakuman, just because I want to see where it goes, but the romance is just a turn-off from buying the fourth volume (I bought the second and third volume together at the store). To me, the romance isn't that interesting in the story (minus Azuki and Moritaka's romance, considering it plays a role in the story. But Akito and Miyoshi's just feels like comical relief, and I'm not for that . . . ) But other than the romance, the story of them wanting to become mangakas is very interesting! If you're not like me, and like romance in stories such as these, or it doesn't bother you as much, I would recommend you to buy it.
PainFrame More than 1 year ago
So sit still while I punch you ten more times.  In this installment we see the introduction of Hattori, the Shonen Jump editor and Nizuma, the wacko artistic rival and my new favorite character. What I find most interesting is the insider info about how manga is made and especially how Shonen Jump works. It’s interesting because this series was originally serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump, which is itself featured prominently. It’s a little bit like those episodes of Seinfeld where Jerry goes about developing a pilot based on nothing, which mirrors the actual show. It’s unique among comics as far as I know, and it’s got me hooked completely.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this manga so much, to me it felt that i could relate to them both Akito and Mashiro. There are a lot of parts where i felt amazed at how hard they would try, and not give up. To the point where i looked up to their stamina, now i wish i could do the same as them. I'm happy i decided to to buy this book, it was writen by a genuis author. I can go on and on about this manga, it really can't be helped. I recommend it for people who like realistic things and it kinda introduces you to what it like for a mangaka trying to make become famous. I hope you like it as much as me!
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