Bakuman licensed for North American release

Anime News Network reports that Viz Media will soon add the manga series Bakuman to its Shonen Jump lineup.

The licensing deal was hardly unexpected, given that the hugely popular names of Ooba Tsugumi and Obata Takeshi are attached to this story about two high school students aspiring to make it big in the dog-eat-dog world of professional mangaka. On the other hand, I’m mildly surprised at the relatively short span of time between Bakuman‘s debut in August 2008 and this announcement, especially considering that only three volumes have been published so far in Japan (with another three volumes’ worth of chapters not yet collected).

I’m not a huge fan of Ooba and Obata’s previous joint project, but I’ve been following this more recent title almost from the moment publication began and it has done quite well up to this point. You can bet on my grabbing a copy as soon as it hits a bookshop in my corner of the world.

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