Bakuman is a shonen manga by the creators of Death Note , Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata. The name Bakuman comes from the two words "explosion" (Bakuhatsu) and "comic" (Manga) . Half of the words are taken out, creating the portmanteau " Baku - man ". The manga is about two boys in 9th grade who wish to be mangaka , or manga artists. The two main characters are accomplished artist Moritaka Mashiro and aspiring writer Akito Takagi. The first chapter was released in Japan on August 11 , 2008 serialized in the magazine Weekly Shonen Jump. There are several references to pop culture and Japanese manga throughout it alone; among them the successful series Death Note, the previous collaboration by Ohba and Obata.
Bakuman tells the story of Moritaka Mashiro, a normal high school student who doesn't know what he wants to be when he grows up. One day he draws a picture of Azuki Miho, a girl he is secretly fond of, during class and forgets the notebook at school. He comes back to find a boy named Akito Takagi waiting for him with his notebook. Takagi tries to convince Mashiro to become a mangaka with him, only leading to Mashiro's disagreement. Mashiro goes home and starts to think about his uncle, who was a mangaka at one point. Mashiro is interrupted by a phone call from Takagi, who says that he is going to tell Azuki that Mashiro likes her. Mashiro runs down to Azuki's house to find Takagi waiting for him. Once Azuki comes out of the door, Takagi tells her that he and Mashiro are aiming to be mangaka. Mashiro then learns that she wants to be a seiyu and has shown promise in the field. Mashiro, once again, thinking about his uncle, accidentally proposes to Azuki. Azuki promises that she will marry him, after their dreams come true, with the condition that they must not see each other until it happens.
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