Kakukaku Shikajika
Blank Canvas: My So-Called Artist's Journey
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Kakukaku Shikajika

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Japanese: かくかくしかじか
English: Blank Canvas: My So-Called Artist's Journey
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 5
Chapters: 34
Status: Finished
Published: Nov 28, 2011 to Jan 28, 2015
Genres: Award Winning Award Winning, Slice of Life Slice of Life
Theme: Memoir Memoir
Demographic: Josei Josei
Serialization: Cocohana
Authors: Higashimura, Akiko (Story & Art)


Score: 8.541 (scored by 67246,724 users)
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Ranked: #1142
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Popularity: #643
Members: 24,865
Favorites: 1,053

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Akiko Hayashi has soaring but strangely specific dreams: to make a successful manga debut while still in school, have her favorite actor star in its adaptation, and end up marrying him. However, she is far from having the motivation or skills to realize these hopes. When a friend introduces her to an unorthodox, backstreet art class taught by the strong-armed Kenzou Hidaka, called simply as "sensei," Akiko decides to enroll, expecting an easy ride and an automatic improvement in her art skills. To her chagrin, what she gets is something else entirely—a tough, demanding, and uncompromising teacher with absolutely no interest in manga.

But when Akiko takes up Sensei's challenge of an intense schedule, she comes to recognize how much he cares about his students and forms a close bond with him. With Sensei's guidance, Akiko learns what is necessary to become a successful mangaka as well as what it means to be an adult.

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Kakukaku Shikajika is an autobiography detailing the life of author Akiko Higashimura. It has placed in the Kono Manga ga Sugoi! Top 20 Manga for Female Readers in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016, and in 2015, won the 8th Manga Taisho Award and the 19th Japan Media Arts Festival Awards Grand Prize.

The series has been published in English as Blank Canvas: My So-Called Artist's Journey by Seven Seas Entertainment since May 21, 2019.


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May 3, 2015
If you have read or watched Bakuman., you might have learned a thing or two about manga. But while the series is quite insightful as far as the actual creating process from character design to storyboard to inking is concerned, it doesn't feel all that more realistic than other Shōnen Jump titles. After all, Ashirogi Muto make their big breakthrough while still in freaking high school. Granted, Bakuman. doesn't shy away from the truth that luck is a critical determinant on the way to publication. But in the end, it's a story fueled by the love of shōnen manga, and as such comes with a ...
Jun 29, 2015
Kakukaku Shikajika (spoiler free review)
Wow, this story is exactly what manga is about, literally and in meaning.

I've always loved how close the relationship between author and viewer is, which is what ultimately made me adore manga so much... Is this my first time reading an autobiography? Maybe, my memory sucks. But wow, to be able to live this woman's life as days went by, with her present perspective on her past, her knowledge... It's truly magical; not much else to add (jk, ofc there's more).

What she put at the end of her last volume is especially original and I felt it was ...
Dec 6, 2015
Consider Shirobako, a story that wraps the poignant insecurities of young adult career pursuit with a silly, heartwarming, and optimistic exterior. Now douse the narration with the mature reflections of an older adult looking back at their silly past, and sprinkle in evocative moments of warm nostalgia and sentimental regret.

Kakukaku Shikajika is the autobiography of now 40 year old mangaka Akiko Higashimura, and the title meaning "blah blah blah" is derived from the author's intentions of telling her life story in a natural, informal structure, lending itself to frequent tangents and moments of personal reflection. It's a story about a clueless high school girl ...

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