Viz has announced a complete box set of Bakuman available October 1 (in time for holiday gift giving). All 20 volumes will be included, plus a two-sided color poster and a bonus minicomic of “Otter No. 11″, a series created by one of the characters in the series. List price is $159.99. For comparison, the Death Note box set is available at Amazon for over 40% off. A similar discount, if offered, would bring the Bakuman set down under $100.
I’ve really enjoyed the series for its insight into the manga industry (which can be very similar and very different from the American comic business, depending on which piece of it you’re examining). The one caveat is that the treatment of women is mostly atrocious. They’re either invisible, prizes for the guys, or one-dimensional stereotypes. My most recent two reviews of the series cover Books 14-16 and Book 17.