At least, that's Mashiro's plan until one of his rather excellent drawings is noticed and effectively stolen by the top student in his class, one Akito Takagi. What's more, the illustration in question is of Mashiro's seemingly one-sided crush, another classmate named Miho Azuki... this makes for a pretty potent weapon for Takagi to use to outline his plan - he wants to become a top manga writer, but to do so he needs an illustrator, and it appears that he's plumped for Moritaka to take on that role.
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Given its story and subject matter, it probably goes without saying that Bakuman is a series that is going to need time to bed down and find its groove, leaving us with little to analyse from this first episode which simple serves to lay down the ground rules for the rest of the series. Still, there were odd moments on show here that were either cute or funny, which at least gives the show some solid ground to work from, while the source material for the series is arguably about the strongest you'll find from this autumn line-up. Now that those pieces in place, we're going to have to sit back and wait and see whether Bakuman can deliver, but at first glance it has a half-decent concept and some likeable characters to see it through provided it manages to get everything else right, allowing this show to remain towards the top of my list of anime I'm hoping to enjoy this season.