QBD Reviews: Bakuman by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata

9781421535135From the creators of the dark and twisted series Death Note comes a manga series about manga writers writing manga. Follow two friends as they chase down their dream to be professional mangakas (manga authors). This series is full of love and laughter; of good times and difficult times; of the joys of friends and the joys of rivals.

This series is a personal favourite. The artwork is nice, the story touching and full of life. It also does a good job of showing the creation process for a work of manga. Sometimes all the dialogue can be a slog to get through, explaining why certain things are occurring. The story continuously shows the joy of friendship in various ways. The rivalry between the two main characters and another upcoming mangaka is used as character motivation and it is used well. The budding and blooming friendship between those very characters too leads to some very emotional and at times hilarious moments. I could probably ramble on about this series for ages, so let’s just leave it with “Bakuman is a beautiful and insightful series”.

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