Monday, 8 August 2011


I should really be finishing off the animes I already started watching but temptation got the best of me and I went ahead and checked out Bakuman. An anime about drawing manga. It was initially a manga about drawing manga but an anime version serialised late last year and I just got around to watching it. Obviously it's not actually about how to draw manga as that would be really boring but the story revolves around the life of Moritaka Mashiro, a junior high student aspiring to be a mangaka (one that draws manga if you don't know).

The idea was quite unique and I wasn't sure how it was going to be done without becoming a yawn-fest. I supposed they would have to twist it around romance or something if they were heading for realism and indeed they did. So it was basically going to be a story about Mashiro's road to being a good mangaka while his relationship with Miho Azuki is being thrown around in there somewhere. Needless to say, like all other main love interest for the protagonist, Azuki is boring, bland and has little to no character features other then wanting to be a voice actor herself. The typical average girl persona. No tsundere, no yandere, nothing. Fine, they could still work with that if they had more side plots to spice things up but nope. Just "journey to mangaka" and "relationship with love interest."

Something's fishy about that hair shading...
The art deserves some credit, it's a lot better than many animes I've seen, they've made an attempt to create unique hairstyles and it's consistent, what else can I say? It's nothing to drool over but there are still some inconsistencies that I see jumping around.

I wasn't planning on dedicating an entire paragraph on the correlation between Akito and Light from Death Note but they even had to make a reference of the god damn anime in the first episode. Akito is shown as an intelligent character with the highest grades in the school but still dreams of being the author of a manga however he was never a gifted artist, that's why he wants Mashiro to work with him.

The author tried to shove everything driving the plot forward into his character and that has turned out to be rather wacky as he's supposed to be an intelligent character. On the side he serves somewhat as a comedy relief while being the guy that pushes Mashiro around to actually doing something about his life.

Or is it?
Not only does he confront Mashiro about wanting to be the author of Mashiro's manga but he also gets him to go to Azuki's house and tell her that they are planning to work together as author and artist for no reason whatsoever. In real life, it would result in a terribly awkward situation but here we go...

Oh boy, it was so corny it was almost painful to watch. I mean what do you expect when two boys come to your house in the middle of the night just to tell you they're planning to draw a manga together. Well that was initially Akito's plan but luckily Mashiro sneaked in and told her that maybe she could become the voice actor of the heroine or something "when they were done AND serialised". They haven't even started yet and they just went to her house randomly bubbling about all this unrelated awkward nonsense. The scriptwriters deserve a good slap on the face for this one.

Mother of all randomness
At this point forward I wasn't sure whether Azuki was actually going to scream yes in a mindless melodramatic tone before jumping into Mashiro's arms engaging in a passionate kiss but luckily some common sense hit home and Azuki races back into her house to hide from the psycho sex maniac. This scene is actually one of my favourites as the characters realised the total nonsense they had been spewing out up to this time.

I know the plot of being a mangaka is hard to deliver as it's such a boring subject for animes but I have to be honest and say that I wasn't impressed especially when the author was the same guy that did Death Note. I did quite like the OST but the voice acting was nothing special. If you're going to choose such a boring subject to turn into an anime at least have a side plot or interesting characters to go along with it. And yes, as Michael Westside mentioned this is supposed to be one of those light-hearted "slice of life" animes. Too bad they're missing the interesting characters.

Rating: 5/10


  1. Thanks for the review. I'll skip it and watch Death Note.

  2. nice review! i will stay away from this

  3. This was actually very well written. Not often you see that about manga blogs. This seems like one of those "Slice-of-life" animes. Never cared much for them because i live a pretty awesome, non-boring, life myself. But i did enjoy that one... I can't remember what it was called, but it was about a girl who played some instrument and absolutely nothing happened for the entire film. And there was a cat.

    Anywho, great post dude

  4. Have been reading the manga since it came out, haven't watched the anime at all but the manga is fairly interesting, sort of a window into the world of a manga artist penned by the artist himself.

  5. Wow he looks like L, you're right!!

  6. thnks 4 sharin' nice review

  7. Thanks for sharing, I have some friends actually would like to see this review, sharing!

  8. Apparently the manga is quite popular but after this review I'm not too sure I'd still want to read it.

  9. Really not a fan of the 'slice of life' anime, so I have a feeling this would be worse than putting a needle under my toe nail and kicking a wall (Actually squirming at the thought of that) Maybe it would be slightly more preferable but not much I'd wager.

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  11. I really love the bakuman manga, I read it each week, so did I with deathnote and others thousands mangas than doesn't deserve a shitty anime.

    Forget animes, read manga in paper or in the net, and you will love the half of the series you dropped when you saw the animation.

  12. I keep meaning to read/ watch this series but I have over 100 gigs of anime I still need to watch