I absolutely adore this series. I'm a creative professional and small business owner, and pull much of my inspirations from comics, movies and games. I've shipped my own share of "dud" projects, as well as some I truly believe in; I've even had my share of successes too, so I can relate to the thrill of the struggle and the reward. Bakuman somehow manages to condense the process, the technical, the ups and downs, the business, the thrill, the competition, rivalry (that it's positive), life, and the very idea of creating something original in to a body of work that's easy and exciting to read. Sure, it's a Manga and it exaggerates things, but who wants to read about a half arsed effort?
Creative people often have their "staples", timeless favorite works that inspired them. It's especially rare to find something after you've "grown up" that can only be described as EXPLETIVE awesome, and even more rare to find something that resonates deeply. If it was Watchmen or Dragon Ball that lit the fire, Bakuman is like feeding the flame with gasoline in a high oxygen environment. It's a series you'll want to proudly display next to that 2nd extra special Blu Ray collectors edition of Fight Club you bought for "the shelf".
Especially in later volumes, the creators masterfully crafts believable competing series from all the story's authors, especially if you've followed classic or current Jump series over the years. They skillfully suggest tactics, reasoning, and solutions to winning in a chart position race. Like seriously, as insane as it sounds, a businessman or someone in marketing could learn from this Manga. Maybe that's a stretch, but if charting and tactics play a role in your business, you'll be highly entertained. I just can't get over how well the writer knows his market. Tactically, not to mention story pacing and distillation enough for it to be a mass market series. From the perspective of a creator, there's so much meta going on here, it makes Inception look like Dr. Seuss. I cannot praise this series enough.
I can't wait to fill my shelves with the English volumes. But like the serialization meetings in the story, if Bakuman is up for cancellation, please cancel a different series instead! ;) Skip the early results, my survey card has Bakuman in all 3 slots. :D