- The Danza: The Seiyuu Kana Nanba is played by Kana Asumi. The anime director Masaki Ehara is played by Masashi Ebara, whose real name is Masashi Ehara. Both cases seem to be intentional, as both characters are renamed after their seiyuus. In the original manga, Kana Nanba's name is Kanra Natara, and Masaki Ehara is just named Ehara.
- Dawson Casting: Averted in the later parts of the story; Saori Hayami is around the same age as Miho Azuki.
- Defictionalization: Otters 11, Hiramaru's manga series, became real in the form of a Light Novel.
- As well as an actual manga, albeit a one-shot that is purportedly the 75th chapter of the 'real' manga.
- Name's the Same: Several characters' names are the same as those in the Death Note universe.
- Takagi has the same name as the junior detective in the pilot.
- Miura has the same name as Taro's classmate in the pilot and also, the person who got the second Death Note.
- Hattori shares the name of one of the Yotsuba executives who was killed when he got scared and wanted to quit the meetings.
- Wag the Director: In-universe example - Eiji Niizuma agrees to work for Shonen Jump early on the in the series, with one condition: they must let him cancel any one series of his choosing. Amazingly, the editors agree. In chapter 140, he uses this condition to cancel his own popular long-running series Crow so it could end on a high note, allowing him to move on to a new series, Zombie Gun.
- Write Who You Know: The self-insertion becomes especially apparent when they start working on a mystery manga instead of a battle manga.
- Aoki's second manga in Jump is more or less completely based off of Mashiro and Azuki's relationship, with Nakai as a creepy 30-something PE teacher who declares his love for high-school students. Mashiro and Takagi are shocked at the similarity, largely because it will serve as proof of Takagi's meetings with Aoki, which he wanted to keep secret.
- Then there's the real-life rumour about Tsugumi Oba's real identity being Hiroshi Gamo, creator of Tottemo Lucky Man! which just happens to be a superhero gag manga...
- What about Ashirogi's "serious humor" manga? About a boy tempted to, and then actually does, commit crimes. Much more lighthearted, though.
- The special chapter based on Hiramaru's Otters 11 manga features Otter 11 stuck in a job he hates and working with a man named Yoshida, whom he gets along with poorly.
- Shiratori, one of the main characters' assistants, doesn't seem to get along well with the rest of his family (with the exception of the dogs), who don't think much of his being a manga assistant. He writes a story about a boy who's lost faith in humanity, but has a dog companion who senses people's feelings.
- Nobuhiro designed a character from Superhero Legend, "Torishi-man" after Torishima, the same way Akira Toriyama based Dr. Slump 's Dr. Mashirito on him (as Takagi notices).
- Reversi, the manga Ashirogi makes towards the end of the series is very much a Death Note stand-in (being about a single long form battle between two similar but diametrically opposed characters), with the events of Bakuman reflecting what is rumoured to have happened in real life when Death Note was serialized (being asked to extend the run of the series to accommodate the anime adaptation.)
Trivia / Bakuman。