August 12th, 2008

Bakuman: the latest manga from the creators of Deathnote

Bakuman is a new shonen manga by the creators of Deathnote, Tsugumi Ohba (author) and Takeshi Obata (illustrator). The first chapter was released in Japan just yesterday, August 11, 2008 in Weekly Shonen Jump.

(here's a synopsis...)

The story revolves around two 9th grade boys, namely Mashiro Moritaka, who is a really good artist, and Takagi Akito, an outstanding writer and honor student at their school. At the beginning of the story, we see Mashiro secretly drawing a really good sketch of his crush on his math notebook as he thinks about out how he should live a normal, practical life in the future. Enter Takagi Akito, the smartest kid in Japan (another Yagami Light?) and Mashiro's classmate who accidentally discovers his secret crush from the notebook which Mashiro carelessly left on his desk. Takagi then promises to return the notebook and keep his secret on one condition: if Mashiro agrees to illustrate a manga for him.