Dreams and Reality (夢と現実 Yume to Genjitsu) is the first volume of the Bakuman series, it was released by Shueisha on January 5, 2009 in Japan and by Viz Media on August 3, 2010 in English. There are 208 pages in total covered throughout 7 chapters.
Volume cover character.
- Chapter 1: Dreams and Reality (夢と現実 Yume to Genjitsu) August 11, 2008
- Chapter 2: Dumb and Smart (馬鹿と利口 Baka to Rikō) August 25, 2008
- Chapter 3: Pen and Storyboard (ペンとネーム Pen to Nēmu) September 1, 2008
- Chapter 4: Parent and Child (親と子 Oya to Ko) September 8, 2008
- Chapter 5: Time and Key (時と鍵 Toki to Kagi) September 13, 2008
- Chapter 6: Best and Worst (ピンとキリ Pin to Kiri) September 22, 2008
- Chapter 7: Smile and Blushes (笑顔と赤面症 Egao to Sekimenshō) September 29, 2008
- Nobuhiro Mashiro
- Moritaka Mashiro
- Akito Takagi
- Miho Azuki
- Kaya Miyoshi
- Moritaka’s Family
- Niizuma Eiji (name only)
- Akira Hattori (name only)
The first volume did decently well in both manga sales, selling roughly 200,000 in the first two weeks and Weekly Shōnen Jump rankings, first ranking 4th, then 9th in the next two weeks.
| 1. Dreams and Reality - 2. Chocolat and Akamaru - 3. Debut and Impatience - 4. Call and Eve - 5. Anthology and Photobooks - 6. Reckless and Guts - 7. Gag and Serious - 8. Panchira and Saviour - 9. Ability and Pride |
10. Presentation and Imagination - 11. Title and Character Design - 12. Artist and Manga Artist - 13. Avid Readers and Love at First Sight - 14. Psychological Warfare and Catchphrases - 15. Encouragement and Feelings - 16. Newcomers and Veterans - 17. One-Shot Deal and Complete Story - 18. Margins and Hell - 19. Decision and Delight - 20. Dreams and Reality