1, Dreams and Reality

Book - 2010
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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!
Publisher: San Francisco, CA : Viz Media, [2010]
Edition: Shonen Jump manga ed
Description: 194 p. : chiefly ill. ; 19 cm
ISBN: 9781421535135
Branch Call Number: TEEN Oba


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Jan 29, 2016

I was really enjoying this until I came to page 80 where the manga writer explains to his would be artist that the romantic interest is smart, despite not getting top grades, because "she['s] just being a girl in a natural way". She "knows that a girl should be graceful and earnest about things and get average grades. She knows by instinct that a girl won't look cute if she's overly smart". Also he states "the reason she's thinking about becoming a voice actress is she naturally chose a dream that many girls have nowadays, and she's just trying to fully enjoy her life as a girl. She doesn't feel any pressure like we do about our future and whatnot.". Not only is he saying that it is good she is purposely underachieving at school but that her stated dream isn't a "real dream" and that she's under no pressure or real desire to be successful. He then goes on to talk about the girl who gets the best grade in the class. "She's the smartest girl in the class grade-wise but I don't like how she takes pride in that. That's why I actually think she's dumb". The artist thinks this all makes sense and is fine with what his friend is saying. Later, on page 90, after the main characters mom told him that he couldn't become a manga artist (uncle died in debt, its not a "safe profession", etc) she has to recant her statement because her husband said "Let him do it. Men have dreams that women will never be able to understand". For these reasons, even though I loved the style and the premise, it is unreadable. I understand that there is a cultural difference here but this perpetuates stereotypes about what it means to be a woman. I would hate to think that a middle school boy would take away from this. I can't read it nor would I let my children read it.

Jan 27, 2015

This is my favorite manga series. It was really cool getting an inside look on the process of producing manga for magazines like Shonen Jump

Jul 19, 2014

Highly recommended, possibly my favorite manga of all time. Only thing to note is that many of the female characters have less important roles, and many have more passive and feminine personalities, rather than more well-rounded ones, however, there is less gender equality progression in Japan, if I am correct, so it's more of a cultural thing. The story is great, the characters emotions are portrayed beautifully, and the art is AMAZING.

Jul 25, 2013

This is a lot lighter (excuse the pun) than Death Note. It has lovable characters (mostly) and great art. Expect a lot of self-inserts of the mangaka, brief lessons on how to draw manga, and some call-backs to Death Note.

May 28, 2013

This is soooooooo funny!!

Feb 20, 2013

I love how interesting it was since it's just about two kids making a manga. It really sucks you in and you get to learn about the behide the scenes of manga. awesome series

lokiboo262 Jun 11, 2012

a manga on making a manga- ingenious and a nice addition to the slice of life genre that is under the larger umbrella that is the world of the otaku ^>^

Jan 22, 2012

This is a really inspiring book and I can't wait to continue with the series. I love how they mention series of anime/manga that are known these days i.e. Death Note, Bleach, Gintama, Naruto, etc. with some older series as well i.e. Dragon Ball. And the main characters are just amazing... I'm definitely continuing this series!

Jan 05, 2012

Akito wants to write manga, so he convinces Moritaka, a classmate who can draw, to create a manga with him. Conveniently, Moritaka's uncle was a manga artist and writer who worked himself to death. And Moritaka's crush wants to be a manga voice artists. Akito even manages to arrange a situation that leads to the young lady promising to marry Moritaka when they have both successfully achieved their dream. This book chronicles their initial efforts to create a manga they can sell to a publisher.

This book proves the adage "there is a manga for everything". This manga is about making manga. Highly meta, this could have been brilliant. Instead it is dull as dishwater as the boys conduct research on what is popular in manga and come up with their answer to that. And so I put it aside, which I rarely do.

Vilka Dec 19, 2011

Tried this since it's by the same team who did Death Note (which was awesome). Couldn't really get into it; I don't usually enjoy books/movies/shows about "the making of" show-biz/entertainment stuff. I might try vol 2 to see if it gets more interesting.

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Jun 20, 2014

J'aime beaucoup ce livre


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