Title: Bakuman (Vol. 1-20)
Author: Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata
Publisher: Viz Media
Publication Date: 2010-2012
Pages: approx 180 pages each
Source: Borrowed from the Library
By the creators of Death Note! The mystery behind manga-making revealed! 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?
I read Bakuman chiefly because it was by the creators of Death Note (which I love). This is a very different tale, with no fantasy elements; however, it was extremely interesting. It looks at the manga industry through the experiences of an aspiring manga duo. Doubtless some things are exaggerated for the story, but it was still intriguing to see how works are contracted, then discarded, and what goes into producing a weekly serialised story. I give this series four stars overall. It was an engaging work that was both informative and entertaining. Probably not one I'd return to again and again, but I am glad I read it.