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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 (224d ago)
v.5 c.31-32 by Hachimitsu Scans (234d ago)
v.5 c.29-30 by Hachimitsu Scans (242d ago)
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5 Volumes (Complete)

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Average: 9.3 / 10.0 (119 votes)
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Last Updated
June 7th 2015, 5:27am PST



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Cocohana (Shueisha)

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3 Month Pos #1336 increased(+226)
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On 239 reading lists
On 270 wish lists
On 174 completed lists
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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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