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Today the translation for one of my favourite manga ends. Such a wonderful ending to a wonderful story and a wonderful tribute to her mentor.
"Kakukaku Shikajika" by Higashimura Akiko an autobiography presented in a manga form tells the story of Higashimura-sensei's journey and struggles in becoming a manga author and the influence her mentor Hidaka-sensei has on her. Higashimura Akiko's manga is a very good reminder on how much a teacher inspires and influence a student as the case of Hidaka-sensei to not only Higahismura-sensei but to all the art students he thought is his shabby hut of a studio. It is also about achieving ones dream , the detours we take and the struggles we face.
Kakukaku Shikajika as an autobiographical work is actually a very fun read. Its not preachy at all, she admits her flaws and presented her lows without nagging you to not do the same. It just a very honest admittance that you can chuckle along, sympathize as you probably did the same and sit back and just goes on to a trip down the memory lane. She presented her highs proudly but not egotistically. She showed the world of manga authorship as to what it is with no rose colored glasses.
Spoiler: (in case you give this manga a shot) My favourite lines.
"Draw, Just Draw!" - This is Hidaka-sensei's catch phrase.
"Hayashi draw a self portrait! Just draw it. You don't have to think of anything else. Just draw what you see." - Hidaka sensei paying a visit to the college student Higashimura who is in the middle of a drawing slump and needed to paint 2 large painting for an oral presentation.
"I read Kakukaku Shikajika. It made me cry. I see that you miss sensei. " On a text by Futami-san Higashimura's friend and a former student of Hidaka-sensei.
"So that's the class where you learned to draw sketches...If I had learned from that teacher too, I might not have had to go through five years of reapplying for (art) college. I envy you, Aki-chan" - Nishimura-kun after he visits Hidaka sensei class with Higashimura.
"Even though I didn't draw at all when i was a student and had more time than I know what to do with. I started drawing manga for the first time once I only had a few hours of free time a day in the middle of the night. - Higashimura.
"Can someone develop a time machine for me!? I now have an intense urge to punch my old self." (Proceed to draw herself punching her old self) -Higashimura.
"You have to sketch and paint everyday. Don't take even one day off. Draw." - Hidaka-sensei
"Its the act of drawing and everything that makes up sensei". - Higashimura
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