Bakuman., Vol. 8, Paperback Book

Bakuman., Vol. 8 Paperback

Illustrated by Takeshi Obata

Part of the Bakuman series

4.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


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!Moritaka and Akito face the prospect of their series being canceled in Shonen Jumpdue to dropping popularity.

Can the duo avoid the axe and keep fighting? And when Akito starts becoming friendly with fellow manga creator Ko Aoki, how will it affect his long-term relationship with Kaya?


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192 pages, chiefly Illustrations
  • Publisher: Viz Media, Subs. of Shogakukan Inc
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  • Category: Manga
  • ISBN: 9781421538884

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Saw the main plot events coming, but it was well-handled nonetheless. Developments in relationship with their editor were good and the clash of passionate temperaments pretty good stuff, as well as the brief glimpses of unlucky Nakai. Not hugely optimistic over the plotline with (male) Takagi and (female) Ko collaborating to improve each others' opposite-gender writing, though: you can see relationship tension coming a mile away and it's so blatantly dumb and insensitive for Takagi not to talk to his girlfriend about it - especially as Ko actually suggests that it's problematic - that I'm having a hard time with the SODisbelief for that one. Let alone him phoning Ko all night and getting his mate to cover for him, rather than explaining this perfectly innocent professional relationship to his girlfriend. Fingers crossed for the plot to work out well, though, they've done me right so far.

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