It’s been confirmed that the popular series Bakuman will see a UK release thanks to Kaze UK & Viz Media Europe. Manga Entertainment will be handling the UK distribution.
The synopsis by Viz Media: Is becoming a successful manga artist an achievable dream or just one big gamble? 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!
This series thus far has seen two seasons of anime, with a third in the works, after generating a big following. From the two creators behind Death Note, Takeshi Obata and Tsugumi Ohba, the manga has sold millions of copies in Japan and now Viz Media Europe have picked up the rights for distribution on DVD, Video On Demand & Blu-Ray in many european territories including the UK. This news has lead to speculation at this early stage it might see a Blu-Ray release in the UK. We should stress that this has not been confirmed at this time. Manga UK commented on twitter that a possible Blu-Ray release is “Still TBC I believe.”
With Bakuman, Takeshi Obata and Tsugumi Ohba radically changes the subject and theme from his work on the captivating thriller of Death Note in order to suck us into the backstage world of manga creation. The series is a realistic, funny and surprisingly immersive look into the dream industry of many teenagers today. The authors pays close attention to developing the main characters of this TV series – two passionate teenagers who will never stop dreaming about publishing their first manga.
Release dates are to be confirmed in due course.