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Kakukaku Shikajika  
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This is an autobiography that tells the story of Akiko Hayashi, the author as she was in her third year of high school at the beginning of the story. Through her friend Futami, Akiko starts going to an art class led by Kenzou Hidaka, an intimidating teacher who spends much of his time yelling at his students and keeping them focused on drawing with the use of a bamboo sword. Akiko is initially confused by the behavior of the teacher and her fellow students in the class, but she keeps going regardless, eventually becoming the manga author she is today.

Note: Winner of the 8th Manga Taishou in 2015.


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v.5 c.33-34 (end) by Hachimitsu Scans (460d ago)
v.5 c.31-32 by Hachimitsu Scans (469d ago)
v.5 c.29-30 by Hachimitsu Scans (478d ago)
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5 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 9.3 / 10.0 (164 votes)
Bayesian Average: 8.84 / 10.0
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Last Updated
January 29th 2016, 6:24am PST



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Cocohana (Shueisha)

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Weekly Pos #703 increased(+116)
Monthly Pos #1170 increased(+16)
3 Month Pos #1185 decreased(-23)
6 Month Pos #1143 increased(+20)

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On 259 reading lists
On 327 wish lists
On 251 completed lists
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A Long and Good Slice of a Most Interesting Life   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by cecropiamoth
June 6th, 2016, 11:00am
Manga is mostly fluff. That's understandable. All popular entertainment is mostly fluff. However, fluff can include really good storytelling, and it is as good storytelling that material about how real life is experienced by real people sometimes creeps into the manga canon.

Here we have a case of that, in which the creator of "Kuragehime" tells the tale of her youth and growth as a person and as an artist. She turns out to be a really interesting person, and we already know from her other work that she is a good artist. The result is that this is a great tale, and one that bears the stamp of reality and actual human feelings.

... Last updated on June 6th, 2016, 11:02am
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Definitely 10 for Making Me Cried   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by rennov
January 7th, 2016, 9:55pm
This is no doubt an amazing series... the author is able to express her gratitude n regret in a way that we can relate to. I'm also amazed by how the author can do the time switch between the present n the past, to create a continuous monologue that stab the readers heart - n the most painful stab is when the author ended the story... very beautiful (the idea to put the photographs is amazing)

Added by a really great moral message, I know that this short series is one of the masterpiece that I found in manga world.

Thank you God, thank you the author, thank you the publisher, thank you the scanlator, n thanknyou for my friend who recommend this to me... thank you...

... Last updated on January 7th, 2016, 10:03pm
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A story about love and regret.   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by MondSemmel
August 16th, 2015, 11:41am
This is a brilliant autobiography. The star of the story, besides our protagonist, is her oldschool arts teacher, and the story is full of (platonic) love and regret towards him.

The story is elevated by the author's frankness - she pulls no punches, in particular when it comes to what she'd later consider mistakes on her part. At one point or another, every reader will recognize themselves in the story. Be it the notion of naively going to (art) college without any idea of what to do afterwards; or wasting years of one's time at college; or not properly saying goodbye to someone and then regretting the fact; or maybe just childhood nostalgia.

I found Kakukaku Shikajika both highly refreshing and entirely unique. Consider this a universal recommendation.

... Last updated on August 16th, 2015, 11:41am
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by wrensei
April 19th, 2015, 12:08am
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She was writing her life together with her Art teacher as debt of gratitude maybe? Or she was wallowing on regret on her selfish actions? Can be both. But the way she illustrate her art teacher seems to me, that old man didn't regret on his decisions and never put the burden on others. If Akiko is still agonizing about his death, she knows well how to pay him back and continue his legacy, but she's not heroic as his teacher,but who knows she'll start from scratch later in her life too.
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Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by mikianu
April 7th, 2015, 10:27am
There is a quote that goes something along the lines of this:
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"Dead people receive more flowers than the living ones because the regret is stronger than gratitude."

I originally found this manga while waiting for Kuragehime (which is by the same mangaka) to update. This manga captures both the feeling of nostalgia and regret that comes with retrospection and in every panel there is the feeling that this manga is not only an autobiography of the mangaka, but a sorry letter addressed to her sensei who essentially shaped her career. Without giving any more spoilers (eek), this manga is a poignant read, with bits of laughter and nostalgia on every page.
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