Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Bakuman Volume 1

Is becoming a successful manga artist an achievable dream or just one big gamble? Average student Moritaka Mashiro enjoys drawing for fun. When his classmate and aspiring writer Akito Takagi discovers his talent, he begs Moritaka to team up with him as a manga-creating duo. But what exactly does it take to make it in the manga-publishing world? Moritaka is hesitant to seriously consider Akito's proposal because he knows how difficult reaching the professional level can be. Still, encouragement from persistent Akito and motivation from his crush push Moritaka to test his limits!

explores the inspirations and aspirations of two friends (and the almost courtly teenage love of the artist of the pair and his hopeful voice actress crush) as they work to accomplish their dreams.

As expected of this author/artist pair (speaking of Ohba and Obata, but you know...), the art and storytelling are pretty, exciting, and funny. Its slice-of-life genre is a relief from all the popular fantasy shounen series.

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