Bakuman is a long running manga in the Japanese weekly magazine Shounen Jump. Last year the anime adaption started running and soon the second season will begin.
Bakuman is about two boys, Moritaka Mashiro and Takagi Akito, two aim to be successful mangaka. Their dream is shared by Takagi’s girlfriend, Miyoshi Kaya, and Mashiro’s fiancee, Azuki Miho, who has promised to marry him when she gives her voice to Mashiro’s heroine. Bakuman follows the four youngsters through their middle school, high school and college years until they become successful. The manga is still ongoing so the end is still not written.
I think it’s very interesting to see how manga is made and how a magazine like Shounen Jump actually works. This manga gives the reader a perfect insight to what the authors of their favorite works have to go through to create what the readers hold in their hands. That’s what I think is beautiful. Fun and some education combined.
But this manga is still close to other Shounen Jump manga, like One Piece, Naruto and Bleach. We learn from Bakuman that most successful manga in Shounen Jump are battle manga and while this manga is about creating manga, there are battles. Mashiro and Akito have to fight for their serialization and they even have to beat their rival and friend Nizuma Eiji.
I read this manga to get inspired to always give my all to get one step closer to my dreams. The support characters in this manga inspire me the most, because they aren’t called ‘geniuses’ and most of them aren’t as talented as Mashiro and Akito. It shows that even when you’re not very talented, hard work can be enough to get where you want to be.