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Bakuman。English Volume 1
First English Volume Of Bakuman。


Shueisha Flag of Japan
Viz Media Flag of CanadaFlag of US

Author (Mangaka)

Story by Tsugumi Ohba (大場 つぐみ)
Art by Takeshi Obata (小畑 健)

Serialized In

Weekly Shōnen Jump (週刊少年ジャンプ) Flag of Japan
Weekly Shonen Jump Flag of CanadaFlag of US

First Japanese Issue

August 11, 2008

Last Japanese Issue

April 23, 2012

Serialization Frequency


Number Of Volumes Released

20 (Finished) Flag of Japan
15 (One More A Month Until End Of 2012) Flag of CanadaFlag of US



Official Japanese Websites

Official North American Website

Bakuman。@ Viz Media

Bakuman。DVD 1
First DVD Volume Of The English Release Of Bakuman。

Animation Studio


Based On

Bakuman。 by Story by Tsugumi Ohba (大場 つぐみ)
Art by Takeshi Obata (小畑 健)

Aired On

NHK-E & others Flag of Japan

Japanese Air Dates

October 02, 2010 - Present

Number Of Episodes

50+ (Ongoing)

Number Of Movies

0 Flag of Japan
0 Flag of CanadaFlag of US

Releaser Of Series In Each Country

Unknown Flag of Japan
Media Blasters Flag of CanadaFlag of US



Official Japanese Websites


Official North American Website

Bakuman。@ Media Blasters

Bakuman. (バクマン。) is a Japanese shōnen manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, the same creative team responsible for creating Death Note. The series follows talented artist Moritaka Mashiro and aspiring writer Akito Takagi, two ninth grade boys who wish to become manga artists, with Mashiro as the artist and Takagi as the writer respectively.

The first chapter of Bakuman. was released in Japan on August 11, 2008, serialized in the magazine Weekly Shōnen Jump. The first volume was released on January 5, 2009, the twentieth and last volume was released on July 4, 2012. During the first two weeks of its release, the first volume placed fourth and ninth in manga sales in Japan. It is also the first manga released online by Shueisha in multiple languages before becoming available in print outside of Japan. At San Diego Comic-Con International 2009, Viz Media announced they had licensed the series for their Shonen Jump imprint. The final chapter of Bakuman was published in the May 7th, 2012 issue of Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha in the United States, just two weeks after it finished in Japan.


The plot begins when Moritaka Mashiro, a junior high student, forgets his notebook in class. His classmate, Akito Takagi, notes Mashiro's drawings in it and asks him to become a manga artist to his stories. Mashiro declines, citing his late uncle, a mangaka, who died from overwork. Takagi incites Mashiro to meet with Miho Azuki, Mashiro's crush, and tells her the two plan to become mangaka. In response, Azuki reveals her plans to be a voice actress. Mashiro proposes to her that they should both marry when Azuki becomes a voice actress for the anime adaptation of their manga. The two then start creating their manga, under the pen name Muto Ashirogi, in hopes of getting serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump.

After submitting many one-shots to Shueisha, Ashirogi begin with their first published series in Weekly Shōnen Jump, Detective Trap, which is eventually canceled due to its declining popularity. Their next series is the gag manga Run, Daihatsu Tanto!, which they gave up on realizing it would never be popular. Their current series Perfect Crime Party, has been met with considerable popularity but due to its theme, is unfit for an anime series. When their rival, Eiji Nizuma, submits a one-shot for serialization, Ashirogi competes by submitting Reversi which replaces Perfect Crime Party while the latter is moved to Shueisha's fictional monthly magazine, Hisshou Jump. Reversi is later chosen for an anime adaptation with Miho as one of the voice actresses after a public audition. After fulfilling their dreams, the series ends with Mashiro officially proposing to Miho at the place they made the promise followed by their first kiss.


Written by Tsugumi Ohba and drawn by Takeshi Obata, the chapters of the Bakuman series have been in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine. Since its premiere on August 11, 2008, over one hundred chapters have been released in Japan. The first volume of Bakuman was released on January 5, 2009, and the twentieth and last volume has been released on July 4, 2012. Several chapters of the series have been released on Jumpland's official website in Japanese, English, French, and German; the first chapter was released on August 19, 2008. It is the first manga released online by Shueisha in multiple languages before becoming available in print outside of Japan.

It has been licensed by Viz Media for English release in the US and Canada with the first volume being released on August 3, 2010. Bakuman has 20 volumes in total (the last chapter was released on April 2012 in Japan). 15 volumes have been released in North America by Viz Media with one new volume coming each month, until December 2012 where there will be one every other month, to finish the story.

Volume ListEdit

This list contains all the chapters of Bakuman。

Volume Number and Title
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Release Date ISBN Release Date ISBN
Volume #1 - Dreams and Reality (夢と現実)
January 5, 2009 ISBN: 978-4-08-874622-7 August 3, 2010 ISBN: 978-1-4215-3513-5
Chapter List:
  • 1. "Dreams and Reality" (夢と現実 Yume to Genjitsu)
  • 2. "Dumb and Smart" (馬鹿と利口 Baka to Rikō)
  • 3. "Pen and Storyboard" (ペンとネーム Pen to Nēmu)
  • 4. "Parent and Child" (親と子 Oya to Ko)
  • 5. "Time and Key" (時と鍵 Toki to Kagi)
  • 6. "Top and Bottom" (ピンとキリ Pin to Kiri)
  • 7. "Smile and Bashful" (笑顔と赤面症 Egao to Sekimenshō)
Cover Characters:
  • Mashiro Moritaka
Bakuman。Volume 1
Number Of Pages: 194
Extra(s): Ohba & Obata's Storyboards
Volume #2 - Chocolate and Akamaru (チョコと赤マル)
March 4, 2009 ISBN: 978-4-08-874644-9 November 2, 2010 ISBN: 978-1-4215-3514-2
Chapter List:
  • 8. "Carrot and Stick" (アメとムチ Ame to Muchi)
  • 9. "Conditions and Tokyo" (条件と上京 Jōken to Jōkyō)
  • 10. "Anxiety and Waiting" (不安と期待 Fuan to Kitai)
  • 11. "Regrets and Understanding" (後悔と納得 Kōkai to Nattoku)
  • 12. "10 and 2" (10と2 Jū to Ni)
  • 13. "Chocolate and Akamaru" (チョコと赤マル Choko to Akamaru)
  • 14. "Feast and Graduation" (御馳走と卒業 Gochisō to Sotsugyō)
  • 15. "Send and Reply" (送信と返信 Sōshin to Henshin)
  • 16. "Flash Report and The Real Thing" (速報と本ちゃん Sokuhō to Honcha)
Cover Characters:
  • Akito Takahi
  • Moritaka Mashiro
Bakuman。Volume 2
Number Of Pages: 200
Extra(s): Ohba & Obata's Storyboards
Volume #3 - Debut and Impatience (デビューと焦り)
June 4, 2009 ISBN: 978-4-08-874677-7 February 1, 2011 ISBN: 978-1-4215-3515-9
Chapter List:
  • 17. "Battles and Copying" (バトルと模写 Batoru to Mosha)
  • 18. "Rivals and Friends" (ライバルと友達 Raibaru to Tomodachi)
  • 19. "Debut and Impatience" (デビューと焦り Debyū to Aseri)
  • 20. "Future and Stairs" (未来と階段 Mirai to Kaidan)
  • 21. "Wall and Kiss" (壁とキス Kabe to Kisu)
  • 22. "Obstacle and Youth" (邪魔と若さ Jama to Wakasa)
  • 23. "Conceit and Kindness" (天狗と親切 Tengu to Shinsetsu)
  • 24. "Notebooks and Characters" (ノートとキャラ Nōto to Kyara)
  • 25. "Jealousy and Love" (嫉妬と愛 Shitto to Ai)
Cover Characters:
  • Eiji Niizuma
  • Shinta Fukuda
  • Moritaka Mashiro
Bakuman。Volume 3
Number Of Pages: 192
Extra(s): Ohba & Obata's Storyboards
Volume #4 - Call and Eve (電話と前夜)
August 4, 2009 ISBN: 978-4-08-874719-4 April 19, 2011 ISBN: 978-1-4215-3793-1
Chapter List:
  • 26 "Two and One" (2人と1人 Futari to Hitori)
  • 27 "Tactician and Deceiving" (策士と騙し Sakushi to Damashi)
  • 28 "Cooperation and Conditions" (協力と条件 Kyōryoku to Jōken)
  • 29 "Literature and Music" (文学と音楽 Bungaku to Ongaku)
  • 30 "Solidarity and Breakdown" (団結と決裂 Danketsu to Ketsuretsu)
  • 31 "Tuesday and Friday" (火曜と金曜 Kayō to Kin'yō)
  • 32 "Call and Eve" (電話と前夜 Denwa to Zen'ya)
  • 33 "Yes and No" (ありとなし Ari to Nashi)
  • 34 "The Chaser and the Chased" (追う者と追われる者 Ou Mono to Owareru Mono)
Cover Characters:
  • Miho Azuki
  • unnamed voice actress
Bakuman。Volume 4
Number Of Pages: 200
Extra(s): Ohba & Obata's Storyboards
Volume #5 - Anthology and Photobooks (文集と写真集)
November 4, 2009 ISBN: 978-4-08-874753-8 June 7, 2011 ISBN: 978-1-4215-3794-8
Chapter List:
  • 35 "Joy and Lonesomeness" (嬉しさと寂しさ Ureshisa to Sabishisa)
  • 36 "Silence and Party" (沈黙と宴 Chinmoku to Utage)
  • 37 "Director and the Last Performer (取締役とトリ Torishimariyaku to Tori)
  • 38 "Window and Snow" (窓と雪 Mado to Yuki)
  • 39 "Anthology and Photobooks" (文集と写真集 Bunshū to Shashinshū)
  • 40 "Sea and Ups-and-Downs" (海と浮き沈み Umi to Ukishizumi)
  • 41 "Shoring up and Patience" (テコと我慢 Teko to Gaman)
  • 42 "Laughter and Lines" (笑いとセリフ Warai to Serifu)
  • 43 "Joke and News" (ボケとニュース Boke to Nyūsu)
Cover Characters:
  • Shinta Fukude
  • Yasuoka
  • Yujiro Hattori
Bakuman。Volume 5
Number Of Pages: 189
Extra(s): Ohba & Obata's Storyboards
Volume #6 - Reckless and Guts (無茶と根性)
January 4, 2010 ISBN: 978-4-08-874788-0 August 2, 2011 ISBN: 978-1-4215-3824-2
Chapter List:
  • 44 "Returning Favors and Opposite" (恩返しと裏返し Ongaeshi to Uragaeshi)
  • 45 "Disease and Drive" (病気とやる気 Byōki to Yaruki)
  • 46 "Eyes Power and Cooperation" (目力と協力 Mejikara to Kyōryoku)
  • 47 "Contradiction and Reason" (矛盾と理由 Mujun to Riyū)
  • 48 "Life-and-Death and Standstill" (生死と静止 Seishi to Seishi)
  • 49 "Recall and Call" (リコールとコール Rikōru to Kōru)
  • 50 "Reckless and Guts" (無茶と根性 Mucha to Konjō)
  • 51 "Resumption and Low Rank" (再開と下位 Saikai to Kai)
  • 52 "Impressions and Dash" (感想と疾走 Kansō to Shissō)
Cover Characters:
  • Moritaka Mashiro
  • Akito Takagi
Bakuman。Volume 6
Number Of Pages: 188
Extra(s): Ohba & Obata's Storyboards
Volume #7 - Gag and Serious (ギャグとシリアス)
March 4, 2010 ISBN: 978-4-08-870015-1 October 4, 2011 ISBN: 978-1-4215-3888-4
Chapter List:
  • 53 "18 and 40" (18と40 Jūhachi to Yonjū)
  • 54 "Gag and Serious" (ギャグとシリアス Gyagu to Shiriasu)
  • 55 "Three Cuts and Three Works" (3カットと3作 Sankatto to Sansaku)
  • 56 "Adult and Child" (大人と子供 Otona to Kodomo)
  • 57 "Assigning and Draw" (フリワケと引き分け Furiwake to Hikiwake)
  • 58 "Single Digit and Double Digits" (一桁と二桁 Hitoketa to Futaketa)
  • 59 "Experience and Data" (経験とデータ Keiken to Dēta)
  • 60 "Men and Women" (男性と女性 Dansei to Josei)
  • 61 "Alliance and Classmates" (同盟と同級 Dōmei to Dōkyū)
Cover Characters:
  • Moritaka Mashiro
  • Akito Takagi
Bakuman。Volume 7
Number Of Pages: 192
Extra(s): Ohba & Obata's Storyboards
Volume #8 - Panchira and Saviour (パンチラと救世主)
April 30, 2010 ISBN: 978-4-08-870037-3 December 6, 2011 ISBN: 978-1-4215-3889-1
Chapter List:
  • 62 "Novel and Letter" (小説と手紙 Shōsetsu to Tegami)
  • 63 "Distrust and Trust" (不信と信用 Fushin to Shin'yō)
  • 64 "The Same and Secret" (まんまと隠し事 Manma to Kakushigoto)
  • 65 "Obstinate and Obedient" (頑固と素直 Ganko to Sunao)
  • 66 "Monkeys and Marriage" (猿と結婚 Saru to Kekkon)
  • 67 "Panchira and Saviour" (パンチラと救世主 Panchira to Kyūseishu)
  • 68 "Toilet and Bath" (トイレとお風呂 Toire to Ofuro)
  • 69 "Special Relationship and Hometown" (特別な仲と田舎 Tokubetsu na Naka to Inaka)
  • 70 "Three Times and Another Work" (三度目と2本目 Sandome to Nihonme)
Cover Characters:
  • Moritaka Mashiro
Bakuman。Volume 8
Number Of Pages: 192
Extra(s): Ohba & Obata's Storyboards
Volume #9 - Ability and Pride (才能とプライド)
August 4, 2010 ISBN: 978-4-08-870088-5 February 7, 2012 ISBN: 978-1-4215-3958-4
Chapter List:
  • 71 "Ability and Pride" (才能とプライド Sainō to Puraido)
  • 72 "Complaint and Roar" (文句と一喝 Monku to Ikkatsu)
  • 73 "Fate and Star" (縁と星 En to Hoshi)
  • 74 "Contemporaries and Fighting Spirit" (同級生と闘争心 Dōkyūsei to Tōsōshin)
  • 75 "New Home and New Series" (新居と新連載 Shinkyo to Shinrensai)
  • 76 "Decisive Gag and Message" (決めギャグとメッセージ Kime Gyagu to Messēji)
  • 77 "Love and Rejection" (大好きと否定 Daisuki to Hitei)
  • 78 "Quitting and Not Quitting" (やめるとやめない Yameru to Yamenai)
  • 79 "Selfishness and Advice" (わがままとアドバイス Wagamama to Adobaisu)
Cover Characters:
  • Aoki Yuriko
Bakuman。Volume 9
Number Of Pages: 192
Extra(s): Ohba & Obata's Storyboards
Volume #10 - Presentation and Imagination (表現力と想像力)
October 4, 2010 ISBN: 978-4-08-870114-1 April 3, 2012 ISBN: 978-1-4215-3995-9
Chapter List:
  • 80 "Appearance and Greetings" (見ためと挨拶 Mitame to Aisatsu)
  • 81 "Adventure and Advance" (冒険と口説き Bōken to Kudoki)
  • 82 "Hint and Best" (ヒントとベスト Hinto to Besuto)
  • 83 "Spy and Next Work" (スパイと次回 Supai to Jikai)
  • 84 "One-Piece and Surprise" (ワンピースとサプライズ Wanpīsu to Sapuraizu)
  • 85 "The Perfect Crime and First Hurdle" (完全犯罪と第一関門 Kanzen Hanzai to Daiichi Kanmon)
  • 86 "Winning and Losing" (勝ちと負け Kachi to Make)
  • 87 "Cake and Formidable Enemies" (ケーキと強敵 Kēki to Kyōteki)
  • 88 "Imagination and Presentation" (表現力と想像力 Hyōgenryoku to Sōzōryoku)
Cover Characters:
  • Moritaka Mashiro
  • Akito Takagi
Bakuman。Volume 10
Number Of Pages: 192
Extra(s): Ohba & Obata's Storyboards
Volume #11 - Title and Character Design (タイトルとキャラデザ)
December 29, 2010 ISBN: 978-4-08-870164-6 June 5, 2012 ISBN: 978-1-4215-4103-7
Chapter List:
  • 89 "Title and Character Design" (タイトルとキャラデザ Taitoru to Kyaradeza)
  • 90 "Art and Product" (芸術と商品 Geijutsu to Shōhin)
  • 91 "Votes and Charts" (票と表 Hyō to Hyō)
  • 92 "Disposition and Decision" (意地と決断 Iji to Ketsudan)
  • 93 "Center and Strongest" (中央と最強 Chūō to Saikyō)
  • 94 "Tea and Chiaroscuro" (お茶と明暗 Ocha to Meian)
  • 95 "Every Night and Partnership" (毎晩と合体 Maiban to Gattai)
  • 96 "4th Place Votes and Series" (4位票とシリーズ Yon'i-hyō to Shirīzu)
  • 97 "Last and Password" (ラストと暗号 Rasuto to Angō)
Cover Characters:
  • Eiji Niizuma
  • Aiko Iwase
Bakuman。Volume 11
Number Of Pages: 192
Extra(s): Ohba & Obata's Storyboards
Volume #12 - Artist and Manga Artist (画家と漫画家)
March 04, 2011 ISBN: 978-4-08-870191-2 July 3, 2012 ISBN: 978-1-4215-4136-5
Chapter List:
  • 98 "Handshake and Adjustments" (握手と手直し Akushu to Tenaoshi)
  • 99 "Tears of Disappointment and Tears of Joy" (悔し涙と嬉し涙 Kuyashinamida to Ureshinamida)
  • 100 "Margin and Trap" (余裕と落とし穴 Yoyū to Otoshiana)
  • 101 "Complaints and Desire for Improvement (苦情と上昇志向 Kujō to Jōshōshikō)
  • 102 "Artist and Manga Artist" (画家と漫画家 Gaka to Mangaka)
  • 103 "Futility and a Challenge" (無駄と挑戦 Muda to Chōsen)
  • 104 "Step and Watch" (ステップとウォッチ)
  • 105 "Defects and Outlines" (不良品とアタリ Furyōhin to Atari)
  • 106 "Match and Fest" (試合と祭 Shiai to Matsuri)
Cover Characters:
  • Kazuya Hiramaru
Bakuman。Volume 12
Number Of Pages: 200
Extra(s): Ohba & Obata's Storyboards
Volume #13 - Avid Readers and Love At First Sight (愛読者と一目惚れ)
June 03, 2011 ISBN: 978-4-08-870236-0 August 7, 2012 ISBN: 978-1-4215-4208-9
Chapter List:
  • 107 "Suitable Things and Favorite Things" (合ってるものと好きなもの Atteru Mono to Suki na Mono)
  • 108 "Avid Readers and Love at First Sight" (愛読者と一目惚れ Aidokusha to Hitomebore)
  • 109 "Romeo and One-Year Anniversary" (ロミオと一周年 Romio to Isshūnen)
  • 110 "Together and Separate" (一緒と別々 Issho to Betsubestu)
  • 111 "Interference and Trust" (口出しと信頼 Kochidashi to Shinrai)
  • 112 "A Punch and a Single Stance" (パンチと一人立ち Panchi to Hitoridachi)
  • 113 "Weak Points and Dedication" (不得意と心掛け Futokui to Kokorogake)
  • 114 "Love's Path and Footbridge" (恋路と歩道橋 Koiji to Hodōkyō)
  • 115 "Commemorative Photoshoot and Classroom" (記念撮影と教室 Kinen Satsuei to Kyōshitsu)
Cover Characters:
  • Moritaka Mashiro
  • Akito Takagi
  • Kaya Takagi
  • Ichiriki Orihara
  • Shūichi Moriya
  • Shun Shiratori
Bakuman。Volume 13
Number Of Pages: 192
Extra(s): Ohba & Obata's Storyboards
Volume #14 - Psychological Warfare and Catchphrases (心理戦と決め台詞)
August 04, 2011 ISBN: 978-4-08-870273-5 September 4, 2012 ISBN: 978-1-4215-4290-4
Chapter List:
  • 116 "Goals and Assessment" (狙いと評価 Nerai to Hyōka)
  • 117 "Fan Letter and Blog" (FLとブログ Fan Retā to Burogu)
  • 118 "Back and Front" (裏と表 Ura to Omote)
  • 119 "Overconfidence and Publicity" (過信と宣伝 Kashin to Senden)
  • 120 "Internet and Faces" (ネットと顔 Netto to Kao)
  • 121 "Confidence and Resolve" (自信と覚悟 Jishin to Kakugo)
  • 122 "Psychological Warfare and Catchphrases" (心理戦と決め台詞 Shinrisen to Kimeserifu)
  • 123 "Pizza and Tea" (ピザとお茶 Piza to Ocha)
  • 124 "Examination and Provocation" (考察と挑発 Kōsatsu to Chōhatsu)
Cover Characters:
  • Toru Nanamine
Bakuman。Volume 14
Number Of Pages: 192
Extra(s): Ohba & Obata's Storyboards
Volume #15 - Encouragement and Feelings (励みと想い)
October 4, 2011 ISBN: 978-4-08-870294-0 October 2, 2012 ISBN: 978-1-4215-4291-1
Chapter List:
  • 125 "Impatience and Comeback" (焦燥と逆転 Shōsō to Gyakuten)
  • 126 "Analysis and Results" (分析と結果 Bunseki to Kekka)
  • 127 "Hot Blood and Utter Defeat" (熱血と完敗 Nekketsu to Kanpai)
  • 128 "Portraits and Jeering" (似顔絵とひやかし Nigaoe to Hiyakashi)
  • 129 "Youth and Destiny" (青春と末路 Seishun to Matsuro)
  • 130 "Fever and Ashes" (熱と灰 Netsu to Hai)
  • 131 "Copycat and Subconscious" (模倣と無意識 Mohō to Muishiki)
  • 132 "Headstands and Reorganizing" (逆立ちと立て直し Sakadachi to Tatenaoshi)
  • 133 "Encouragement and Feelings" (励みと想い Hagemi to Omoi)
Cover Characters:
  • Moritaka Mashiro
  • Akito Takagi
Bakuman。Volume 15
Number Of Pages: 192
Extra(s): Ohba & Obata's Storyboards
Volume #16 - Newcomers and Veterans (新人とベテラン)
January 4, 2012 ISBN: 978-4-08-870316-9 November 6, 2012 ISBN: 978-1-4215-4292-8
Chapter List:
  • 134 "Running Solo and Slow Footedness" (独走と鈍足 Dokusō to Donsoku)
  • 135 "Succession and Interference" (連続と阻止 Renzoku to Soshi)
  • 136 "Extensions and Countermeasures" (伸びしろと対抗策 Nobishiro to Taikōsaku)
  • 137 "Lead Color and Center Color" (巻頭カラーとセンターカラー Kantō Karā to Sentā Karā)
  • 138 "Power and Idea" (迫力とアイディア Hakuryoku to Aidia)
  • 139 "Final Chapter and Comments" (最終話とコメント Saishūwa to Komento)
  • 140 "Limits and Phoenix" (限界と火の鳥 Genkai to Hi no Tori)
  • 141 "Age and Achievements" (年齢と実績 Nenrei to Jisseki)
  • 142 "Newcomers and Veterans" (新人とベテラン Shinjin to Beteran)
Cover Characters:
  • Eiji Niizuma
Bakuman。Volume 16
Number Of Pages: 192
Extra(s): Ohba & Obata's Storyboards
Volume #17 - One-Shot Deal and Complete Story' (一発勝負と一話完結)
March 2, 2012 ISBN: 978-4-08-870389-3 December 4, 2012 ISBN: 978-1-4215-4293-5
Chapter List:
  • 143 "Money and Recycling" (お金とリサイクル Okane to Risaikuru)
  • 144 "Company and Winning Strategy" (会社と必勝法 Kaisha to Hisshōhō)
  • 145 "Offer and Interruption" (提供と停止 Teikyō to Teishi)
  • 146 "Production and Gut Feelings" (本番と腹の虫 Honban to Hara no Mushi)
  • 147 "Disposable and Fighting Spirit" (使い捨てと闘争心 Tsukaisute to Tōsōshin)
  • 148 "One-shot Deal and Complete Story" (一発勝負と一話完結 Ippatsu Shōbu to Ichiwa Kanketsu)
  • 149 "Characteristics and Subjects" (持ち味と題材 Mochiaji to Daizai)
  • 150 "Selfishness and Partiality" (我儘と贔屓 Wagamama to Hiiki)
  • 151 "Zombie and Devil" (ゾンビと悪魔 Zonbi to Akuma)
Cover Characters:
  • Mashiro Moritaka
  • Akito Takagi
  • Toru Nanamine
  • Miho Azuki
  • Kaya Takagi
Bakuman。Volume 17
Number Of Pages: 192
Extra(s): Ohba & Obata's Storyboards
Volume #18 - Margins and Hell (余裕と修羅場)
May 2, 2012 ISBN: 978-4-08-870420-3 March 5, 2013 ISBN: 978-1-42-154294-2
Chapter List:
  • 152 "Synergistic Effect and New Record" (相乗効果と新記録 Sōjō Kōka to Shin-kiroku)
  • 153 "World and Opponent" (世界と相手 Sekai to Aite)
  • 154 "Weekly and Monthly" (週刊と月刊 Shūkan to Gekkan)
  • 155 "Workplace and Notebook" (仕事場とノート Shigoto-ba to Nōto)
  • 156 "Margins and Hell" (余裕と修羅場 Yoyū to Shuraba)
  • 157 "Antagonists and Switching" (敵キャラと入れ替え Teki Kyara to Irekae)
  • 158 "Drawn Out and In One Go" (間延びと一気 Manobi to Ikki)
  • 159 "Tempo and Ferris Wheel" (テンポと観覧車 Tenpo to Kanransha)
  • 160 "Perseverance and 900,000" (頑張りと90万 Ganbari to Kyūjūman)
Cover Characters:
  • Kazuya Hiramaru
  • Yuriko Aoki
Bakuman。Volume 18
Number Of Pages: 192
Extra(s): Ohba & Obata's Storyboards
Volume #19 - Decision and Delight (決定と歓喜)
June 4, 2012 ISBN: 978-4-08-870461-6 May 7, 2013 ISBN: 978-1-42-154295-9
Chapter List:
  • 161 "Breather and Party" (息継ぎとパーティー Ikitsugi to Pātī)
  • 162 "Hot Spring and Alternative" (温泉と二択 Onsen to Nitaku)
  • 163 "Confirmation and Consent" (意思確認と承諾 Ishi Kakunin to Shōdaku)
  • 164 "Decision and Delight" (決定と歓喜 Kettei to Kanki)
  • 165 "During Practice and During Charging" (練習中と充電中 Renshū-chū to Jūden-chū)
  • 166 "Rumors and Articles" (噂と記事 Uwasa to Kiji)
  • 167 "Foolish Words and a Word" (戯言と一言 Tawagoto to Hitokoto)
  • 168 "Correction and Declaration" (訂正と宣言 Teisei to Sengen)
Cover Characters:
  • Miho Azuki
Bakuman。Volume 19
Number Of Pages: 180
Extra(s): Ohba & Obata's Storyboards
Volume #20 - Dreams and Reality (夢と現実)
July 4, 2012 ISBN: 978-4-08-870466-1 - ISBN: -
Chapter List:
  • 169 "Voices and Responses" (声と反響 Koe to Hankyō)
  • 170 "Publicity and Popularity" (知名度と人気 Chimeido to Ninki)
  • 171 "Microphone and Script" (マイクと台本 Maiku to Daihon)
  • 172 "Miho and Naho" (美保と菜保 Miho to Naho)
  • 173 "Moment and Final Volume" (瞬間と最終巻 Shunkan to Saishū-kan)
  • 174 "How It Should Be and How It Ends" (あり方と終わり方 Arikata to Owarikata)
  • 175 "Release Date and the Night Before" (発売日と前夜 Hatsubai-bi to Zen'ya)
  • 176 "Dreams and Reality" (夢と現実 Yume to Genjitsu)
Cover Characters:
  • Mashiro Moritaka
  • Akito Takagi
  • Miho Azuki
  • Kaya Takagi
  • Kazuya Hiramaru
  • Akira Hattori
  • Eiji Niizuma
  • Yujirou Hattori
  • Takuro Nakai
  • Shinta Fukuda
  • Shoyo Takahama
  • Ko Aoki (Yuriko Aoki)
  • Aiko Iwase
  • Ichiriki Orihara
  • Shūichi Moriya
  • Shun Shiratori
  • Toru Nanamine
  • Hisashi Sasaki
  • 1 not known name character in the middle
Bakuman。Volume 20
Number Of Pages: 180
Extra(s): Ohba & Obata's Storyboards


A 25-episode anime television series based on the manga began broadcasting on NHK on October 2, 2010. In December 2010, Weekly Shonen Jump announced that a second season would air in October 2011. Media Blasters licensed the first season and released it on DVD in November 2011. A day later, Media Blasters confirmed license to the upcoming second season. Due to the popularity of the second season of the anime, a third season was announced in the 3/4th (2012) combined issue of Weekly Shonen Jump and started airing on October 6, 2012.