Movie Feature: Bakuman

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Here is another live-action Japanese movie that I enjoyed some time ago.

I am a fan of the manga author of the source material, at the same time, I am a fan of this anime. It’s one of the reasons why I got interested in this. But I won’t lie, the main reason I watched this was because of the actors playing the main characters. I had been a fan of Satoh since his Sentai days, while I became a fan of Kamiki through the SPEC series. Since then, I had been watching their videography for a long time.

For this movie, I have a bit of expectation as this story would be easy to adapt after all the story is realistic, but I still reserve some spaces for disappointment cause…its a live-action….anything could go wrong. LOL

Anyway, here’s my thoughts:

  • Romaji: Bakuman
  • Japanese: バクマン。
  • Release Date: October 3, 2015
  • Runtime: 119 min.
  • Genre: Teen / Drama / Based on a Comic / Award Winning
  • Country: Japan
  • Starring: Takeru Satoh, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Nana Komatsu, Shota Sometani, Takayuki Yamada, Lily Franky, Kenta Kiritani, etc.
  • Synopsis: Moritaka Mashiro (Takeru Satoh) doesn’t want to follow in the path of his uncle who worked as a manga artist, but ultimately died because of exhaustion. Moritaka Mashiro figures he will graduate from school and work at an office. Things change though when falls in love with a girl at school. The girl, who hopes to become a voice actress, tells Moritaka they can marry, but only after they both achieve their dreams. Moritaka then teams up with fellow classmate Akito Takagi (Ryunosuke Kamiki) to publish their first manga.

This was well done.

It was what I expect it to be.

Like I said above, Bakuman is easy to adopt compared to other anime turned live-action movies like Tokyo Ghoul, Bleach, and Full Metal Alchemist. In some ways, I can place this movie on the same level as the shoujo live-action movies.

This movie followed basically the first few story points of the series. Ah! Before anything else, I want you guys to know that I had only watched the anime and I’m currently in the middle of the manga. So yeah. As predicted, the movie moved really fast. To be able to reach the “right” ending for the movie, the pacing wasn’t consistent. It tried to feature alot of important highlights and be able to create a coherent and “no cliffhanger” ending.

Do I like it? Not much, but it is what I expect from it.

If this adaptation was a series, then it would have been better, but let’s just settle with what we have. It’s still delivered the proper story and this is definitely a good advertisement to the manga and anime.

Okay. What should I say about the actors’ performance? Well, it was actually good.

At first, I wasn’t feeling the choice for Takagi’s actor. As much as I love Kamiki’s acting, I didn’t initially see the possibility, but damn, he pulled it off. He is that good. With Satoh’s performance, no words can define his amazing performance. I actually forgot that he’s Satoh and I saw his character, Mashiro. He is that good.

For the other characters, They were really great. The assistants were too animated but the actors portrayed them well. The villain was really good. I didn’t expect Shota to be the actor chosen for this role, and he damned slayed the character. The editor and editor-in-chief did also well with what they have. On the other hand, I am not a fan of Nana Komatsu’s performance. Visually, she definitely looked like the heroine…but her acting was lacking. She didn’t deliver the right feel and innocence of the character, which is sad. I kind of expected alot from her.

Now for the visuals, it was well executed. There were alot of amazing animations added here and it definitely made the movie amazing. I also love alot of still shot moments, especially during the important lines.

Overall, the movie was quite good. I pretty much expected it to be like this, and they were on point. Though, I do wish this one was a tv series, so that it would have covered all the important plot points of the story. Still, this movie ended well.

I would totally recommend this to people who had seen/read the anime/manga, or were originally fans of the material. This is a proper adaptation, guys. You won’t be disappointed. Heh.

That is all.

Thanks for reading.


  1. ospreyshire Permalink

    Good review. I didn’t know they did a live-action remake of Bakuman. That’s one series I never had the chance to check out. It certainly looks like Otaku no Video, Comic Party, and Genshiken if you ever seen those series.

    1. Will Sirius Permalink

      I have heard of those before but never got the chance to watch. I might check them out soon.


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