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Kakukaku Shikajika

Kakukaku Shikajika

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Japanese: かくかくしかじか


Type: Manga
Volumes: 5
Chapters: 34
Status: Finished
Published: Nov 28, 2011 to Jan 28, 2015
Authors: Higashimura, Akiko (Story & Art)
Serialization: Cocohana


Score: 8.761 (scored by 1298 users)
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Ranked: #322
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Volumes: /5
Chapters: /34


An autobiographical manga depicting the life of the author, whose real name is Akiko Hayashi, as she struggles to become a mangaka and balance her personal life, beginning in her last year of high school. Her friend Futami introduces her to an art class led by the intimidating Kenzou Hidaka, usually referred to as "sensei", whose teaching style involves yelling at his students and hitting them with a bamboo sword. Though initially confused with his behavior, Akiko continues to attend, developing a bond with the teacher and students and working to become the manga author she is today.


In 2015, Kakukaku Shikajika won the Manga Taisho Award as well as the 19th Japan Media Arts Festival Awards Grand Prize.


Hidaka, Kenzou
Hidaka, Kenzou
Hayashi, Akiko
Hayashi, Akiko

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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 read more
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May 12, 2014
A good story doesn't have to be cleverly written.
A good story doesn't need to have interesting characters.
A good story doesn't really have to be stimulating.

First of all, I will share this popular stanza from the poem "The Road Not Taken":
"I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference." - Robert Frost

What does Kakukaku Shikajika mean? I have no idea but according to google it means "blah-blah-blah". So this story is an autobiography of the mangaka who is known for her work read more
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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 read more
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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 read more
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