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

Alternative Titles

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
Themes: Memoir Memoir, Otaku Culture Otaku Culture, Visual Arts Visual Arts
Demographic: Josei Josei
Serialization: Cocohana
Authors: Higashimura, Akiko (Story & Art)

Statistics

Score: 8.521 (scored by 72207,220 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #1342
2 based on the top manga page. Please note that 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #660
Members: 26,685
Favorites: 1,086

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Volumes: /5
Chapters: /34

Synopsis

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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Background

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 was published in English as Blank Canvas: My So-Called Artist's Journey by Seven Seas Entertainment from May 21, 2019 to July 14, 2020.

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Reviews

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 16, 2018
Kakukaku Shikajika is an incredibly frustrating manga. There core aspect of it and message it tries to send are both touching and heartfelt but it’s bogged out by so much extraneous fluff that it almost completely ruins it to me.

KS presents itself as an autobiography of Akiko Higashimura, the mangaka who wrote this. We get a rather general view of her life, all the way from childhood to her current life. Despite this, the real focus of the manga is her relationship with her art teacher, an incredibly important person in her life that for meager fees taught her art, helped her get into an ...

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