The characters of the manga series ''Manga/{{Bakuman}}'':
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[[folder:Main Characters]]

!Moritaka Mashiro
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->''"This is the first time I ever thought I didn't have any time to waste... It's also the first time I've ever dedicated myself to something so seriously."''

An average student in his third year of middle school. Mashiro decides to become a mangaka alongside his classmate Takagi, under the team pen name Ashirogi Muto, following his proposal to his love interest, Miho.

-->Voiced by: Creator/AtsushiAbe (JP), Creator/MichaelSinterniklaas (EN)
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Tropes associated with Moritaka:
* AlliterativeName
* AuthorAvatar: Obata, to some degree.
* BewareTheQuietOnes
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: With Miho.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow
* CynicismCatalyst: The death of his uncle, the possibility that it was suicide, and the fact that he was deep in debt caused Moritaka to give up on the idea that he could make a living as a manga artist until Takagi came along.
* {{Determinator}}
* EngagingConversation: Becomes engaged to Miho in ''Chapter 1.''
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Drawing a detailed sketch of Miho Azuki while lamenting about his prospects for careers and love.
* ExpressiveHair: His HairAntennae turns into a heart when he has a lovey-dovey thought about Miho. Anime only.
* {{Expy}}: He resembles Near and L from Ohba and Obata's previous work. He also occasionally sits in the same pose as L.
* GenerationXerox: Mashiro's relationship with Miho mirrors his late uncle's relationship with Miho's mother to a freakish degree with the only exception that he ''actually spat it out''.
* HeroicBSOD: At a few points, such as when his dream appears more distant than he thinks, [[spoiler:Detective Trap gets canceled and PCP won't get an anime]].
* HeroicRROD: Pushes himself too far and gets hospitalized while working on Detective Trap.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Takagi, to the point that when Kaya and Takagi plan their first trip since their honeymoon, Kaya invites Mashiro along, reasoning that he and Takagi are together so often it'd feel strange for him ''not'' to come.
* HighSchoolSweethearts: With Miho.
* IdiotHair: It's hard to find if common traits associated with it (idiocy and/or foolery, naiveness, mischieviousness, etc.) suit him, though.
* {{Mangaka}}
* OddCouple: With Takagi.
* OfficialCouple: With Miho.
* RedOniBlueOni: Despite being ColorCodedForYourConvenience, Mashiro and Takagi are a mix of both onis.
* SingleTargetSexuality: To Miho.
* SurpriseCreepy: Mashiro [[HeroicRROD over-extending himself]] and trying to manage three serializations at once has some [[http://www.mangareader.net/bakuman/156/17 gruesome results.]]
* TwiceShy: With Miho.
* UncannyFamilyResemblance: He looks very similar to a younger version of his uncle.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair

!Akito Takagi
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-->''ďIíll regret it if I follow my dreams and fail. But Iíll regret it more if I donít even try.Ē''

Mashiro's classmate and the smartest student in their class. Takagi comes up with the idea to become a mangaka with Mashiro in order to do something more interesting with his life.

-->Voiced by: Creator/SatoshiHino (JP), Kevin T. Collins (EN)
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Tropes associated with Akito:
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: In the first chapter, as Mashiro refuses to team up with him and write manga because he doesn't think they could succeed, Takagi asks him "So you're just going to end up becoming a dull businessman? That's all you want out of life?" Mashiro responds that Takagi is unique among third-year middle school students for having a dream, but his previous internal monologue and following thoughts indicate that he's less happy with a "normal" path through life than he wants to admit at the time.
* AuthorAvatar: Ohba, to some degree.
* BetaCouple: With Miyoshi.
* BettyAndVeronica: Finds himself in the Archie position torn between Miyoshi (Betty) and Iwase (Veronica).
* BuxomIsBetter: Has openly stated that Kaya's breasts are definitely a plus.
* ChickMagnet: [[LoveAtFirstPunch Miyoshi]], [[IceQueen Iwase]], ''and'' [[BirdsOfAFeather Aoki]] like him.
* DumbBlonde: Averted, according to Mashiro, his grades were some of the highest in the country.
* EducationMama: His mother initially tries to get him to study so that he can "avenge" his father being fired to [[TakingTheHeat take the heat for his boss]], but when he snaps and declares he'll live any way he wants, she's surprisingly supportive of him.
* {{Expy}}: He resembles Light Yagami. Lampshaded at one point, when he's in almost the exact pose as one of Light's and mentions Manga/DeathNote.
** He also looks somewhat like [[EnsembleDarkhorse Matt.]]
* HappilyMarried
* HeroesWantRedheads
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Mashiro.
** Though there's some HoYay subtext in Volume 4.
* LoveAtFirstPunch: With Miyoshi.
* {{Mangaka}}
* {{Megane}}
* OddCouple: With Mashiro.
* PoorCommunicationKills: Some of his problems could have been averted more easily by being more open with others, such as telling Mashiro of his plans to make a mystery manga, telling Miyoshi about his meetings with Aoki and telling Mashiro that he's only temporarily planning on helping Shiratori.
* ThePromise: Takagi and Miyoshi will only get married once Mashiro's and Takagi's manga becomes serialized.
* RedOniBlueOni: Despite being ColorCodedForYourConvenience, Mashiro and Takagi are a mix of both onis.
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: Savvy Guy to Miyoshi's Energetic Girl.
* ShipperOnDeck: Wants Mashiro and Azuki to get together.
* ShutUpHannibal: [[spoiler:Hangs up on Nanamine's desperate challenge]].
* TheStoolPigeon: A Whistleblower Wilson on [[spoiler:Nanamine]]; despite being reluctant to snitch on him, he comes forward because of what Kosugi is going through.
* TechnicianVersusPerformer: It's pointed out early on that he's a technician; he's less likely to create a hit than those who draw what they feel like, but easily follows up on one.
* TeenGenius
* TheyDo
* TheWatson: In the first volume, when he was basically an excited manga fan who didn't know much about the workings of the industry for which he was trying to become a writer.

!Miho Azuki
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-->''"I want to cherish the promise I made with you about our dream. I'm sure our love and joy will be far larger if we met each other after our dreams come true."''

Mashiro's love interest and fellow classmate, who aspires to become a voice actress, specifically for Mashiro and Takagi's anime. Miho agrees to marry Mashiro once they both achieve their dreams.

-->Voiced by: Creator/SaoriHayami (JP), Creator/StephanieSheh (EN)
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Tropes associated with Miho:
* AlliterativeFamily: With her mother Miyuki and her younger sister Mina. Her father's name is unknown.
** Also ThemeNaming, because the initial ''"mi"'' syllable in these three names is written with the same kanji character which means "beautiful". [[note]](But, to tell the truth, this character is rather ubiquitous in Japanese female names.)[[/note]]
* BrownEyes
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: With Mashiro. It turns out that she has secretly loved him for eight years, since she first saw his work on display.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow
* DawsonCasting: Averted in the later parts of the story, Creator/SaoriHayami is around the same age as the character she plays.
* {{Expy}}: She resembles Misa Amane from the duo's previous work.
* FirstGirlWins
* GenerationXerox: Not only does her relationship with Mashiro mirror her mom and his uncle's, with the notable difference of their actually telling each other how they feel, [[StrongFamilyResemblance her mother looked exactly like her at her age]].
* HeroOfAnotherStory: Most of her efforts to fulfill her end of the dream- becoming a good enough voice actress to land the heroine role- take place offscreen unless they concern Mashiro in some way (such as her being considered for the Natural+ lead, or [[spoiler: the backlash against her relationship with Mashiro]])
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Miyoshi.
* HighSchoolSweethearts: With Mashiro.
* HimeCut: With a curved fringe instead of a straight one, as is usually the case.
* HollywoodToneDeaf: She ''can't'' sing, despite the insistence of talent recruiting agencies for her to do so. [[IronyAsSheIsCast Ironically]], Creator/SaoriHayami is praised as one of the best singers of her generation of voice actors.
--> '''Miyoshi:''' ''(laughing out loud)'' Now I know why she never wanted to go for karaoke!!!
** She gets better, later on, and sends Mashiro some of her songs on a disk.
* InSeriesNickname: "Azukyun" [[spoiler:and later "Abazureyun"- "Abazure" means "bitch" in Japanese (or "Bitch-kyun" in the Viz translation)- to people [[YokoOhNo angered by her relationship]] with Mashiro]].
* LoveAtFirstSight: She fell in love with Mashiro the moment she first saw him when she was a child after seeing one of his drawings on display.
* MinorMajorCharacter: She's important in that she gives Mashiro motivation to become a mangaka with their promise, but besides that her contribution to the plot is minimal.
* OfficialCouple: With Mashiro.
* {{Ojou}}
* SatelliteLoveInterest: She has little to no characterization beyond the fact she loves Mashiro and most of her efforts are focused on fulfilling the promise and getting together with Mashiro.
* {{Seiyuu}}: This is what Miho wants to be.
* SiblingYinYang: Miho is polite, reserved and has only had feelings for Mashiro since she was a young girl. Mina is hyperactive, a bit annoying, and, late in the manga, alludes to having been in many relationships.
* SignificantBirthDate: Offers plenty of {{squee}} for the poor, [[Manga/DeathNote beleaguered]] month of November. [[RedFilterOfDoom On Guy Fawkes Day, no less.]]
* SingleTargetSexuality: To Mashiro (and apparently since 4th grade).
* StrongFamilyResemblance: When her mother was younger, she looked almost exactly like Miho.
* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: Her Christmas song to Mashiro.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Girly girl to Kaya's tomboy.
* TwiceShy: With Mashiro.
* WhatTheHellHero: Gives Mashiro one for keeping her motherís love for his uncle secret from her, as well as for knowing about Takagiís meetings with Aoki and not telling her or Kaya. She gets one from Takagi for not confiding in Mashiro about the photo book or answering his phone call, causing him to start to go to her house and risk missing his deadline.
* YokoOhNo: {{Invoked}} in-universe. This initially happens when [[spoiler: it's revealed that she's dating Mashiro. When word gets out of Azuki dating Mashiro, it causes a massive InternetBackdraft, with angry fans calling Azuki a slut.]]

!Kaya Miyoshi/Takagi
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-->''"Is your dream to become a manga artist just a dream between you and Miho? It's a dream for me and Takagi too now. What reason is there for you not to let me help out?"''

Miho's best friend and Takagi's eventual girlfriend and later his wife.

-->Voiced by: Creator/SayuriYahagi (JP), Amanda Schuckman (EN)
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Tropes associated with Kaya:
* ActionGirl: According to Mashiro, she has been to the Japanese Nationals for aikido, as well as being proficient in karate and boxing.
* BetaCouple: With Takagi.
* BettyAndVeronica: The Betty to Iwase's Veronica for Takagi's Archie. Miyoshi wins and becomes his wife.
* DumbJock: Subverted. She isn't exactly stupid, though she's not exactly a genius. She is very athletic and didn't exactly make the best grades in high school (she has an average D grade in grammar, for example).
* FieryRedhead
* FirstGirlWins
* FirstNameBasis: With Miho, and later with with Takagi after getting married to him. Around the time she gets married, and takes on Takagi's family name, Mashiro starts calling her by her first name, too.
* GagBoobs
--> '''Miyoshi''': "What", what? It was you guys who didn't take your eyes off me.
--> '''Takagi''': Yeah, it's hard to look away from your boobs bouncing like that.
* GenkiGirl
* HairDecorations
* HappilyMarried
* TheHeart
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Miho.
* InelegantBlubbering: Very prone to this.
* ItsAllMyFault: When she tells Miho about Takagi's letter from Iwase, Miho becomes angry with Mashiro for being complicit in keeping the secret. Kaya is quite upset when this jeopardizes Miho and Mashiro's relationship, which was not her intention when she called her best friend for support.
* LoveAtFirstPunch: With Takagi.
--> '''Takagi''': ''(just been punched by her)'' I'm sorry. I know it was my fault.
--> '''Miyoshi''': I know. So let me hit you ten more times.
--> '''Takagi''': Eh?! What? You pack a punch like three guys together!!
--> '''Miyoshi''': I'm trained in karate and boxing. So I'll give you a discount. I'll hit you three more times and I'll feel better.
--> '''Takagi''': Uh... Uh... Okay!
--> '''Miyoshi''': And when I'm done, we'll start dating.
--> '''Takagi''': Eeeh?! What's that got to do with it?!
--> '''Miyoshi''': You said you liked me.
--> '''Takagi''': Just shut up and hit me!!! ''(she does so)''
* LoveRevelationEpiphany: She began to like Takagi after she misunderstood something he told her as a love confession. By the time Takagi cleared the misunderstanding, Kaya had already decided she wanted to be his girlfriend and that they would start dating once she was done with beating him up for causing the misunderstanding.
* ThePollyanna: In comparison to Mashiro and Takagi, at least. She's always the one with the best-case scenario in mind, and gets upset whenever Mashiro enters [[TheEeyore Eeyore]] mode. This is nicely illustrated when Money and Intelligence gets third place- it would seem to normal people to be a fairly good result, but Mashiro and Takagi both know it's not good enough to get serialized.
--> '''Miyoshi''': ''Why must he be so pragmatic?!''
--> '''Takagi''': That's the way he is.
* ThePromise: Takagi and Miyoshi will only get married once Mashiro's and Takagi's manga becomes serialized.
* SatelliteCharacter: Miyoshi appears to care more about Ashirogi Muto than her own marriage.
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: Energetic Girl to Takagi's Savvy Guy.
* ShipperOnDeck: For Mashiro and Azuki, which is arguably more of a reason for her to jump into the mangaka bandwagon than her commitment with Takagi.
* {{Squee}}: When "The Perfect Crime Club" gets serialized. Also when [[spoiler: Reversi gets an anime.]]
** Also every time Takagi (intentionally or not) shows off his mental capabilities, mainly by brainstorming story ideas.
* TheyDo
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Tomboy to Miho's Girly Girl.
* TomboyWithAGirlyStreak
* {{Tsundere}}
* TheWatson: Typically the one who has to ask questions for the readers on the manga world.
* WhatTheHellHero: Gives one to Takagi regarding his secret meetings with Iwase when she finds her letter, (but unlike Azuki, doesn't blame Mashiro), and gives another to Takagi [[spoiler:when she believes that he's taking out his frustrations on Mashiro]].

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[[folder:Mangaka & Assistants]]

!Nobuhiro "Kawaguchi Taro" Mashiro
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-->''"I've been able to come this far because she was around. I can continue drawing manga without giving up because I believe she's watching me. She can't see my progress if I was just an ordinary businessman, right?"''

Moritaka's deceased uncle, who, like Moritaka, had hoped to marry his childhood love interest after becoming successful himself, but by the time he felt secure in his career, she was already married. After his first series ended, he was unable to follow up with another, and died from overworking himself while deep in debt. This caused Moritaka to abandon his desire to become a mangaka until he met Takagi, confessed to Miho and learned how hard his uncle had worked.

-->Voiced by: KenjiHamada (JP), Marc Diraison (EN)
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Tropes associated with Nobuhiro:
* CannotSpitItOut: Determined not to tell his love interest how he felt until the time was right.
* {{Determinator}}: He kept drawing manuscripts in an attempt to get another series going.
* DidNotGetTheGirl
* DrivenToSuicide: Subverted. Mashiro thinks he did so out of despair, but realizes that he pushed himself until he died.
* GenerationXerox: He and his nephew have similar ambitions, and Moritaka's girlfriend is the daughter of the woman he loved.
* {{Mangaka}}
* NerdGlasses
* NormalFishInATinyPond: His art is not very good in comparison to other manga artists, but he was fairly good for his art class.
* OneDegreeOfSeparation: Most editors who have been in the manga industry for at least 10 years prior to the start of the story have met him, and virtually everyone else has heard of him. When you consider that the main character is his nephew, it's quite easy to link people to him.
* PatientChildhoodLoveInterest: To Miyuki. She eventually got tired of waiting for him and married someone else.
* PermaStubble
* PersonalEffectsReveal: He told Moritaka about his relationship with his crush, but going through his office reveals that the person he was in love with was Miho's mother.
** Much later on, Mashiro gets Nobuhiro's diary, and learns that he had continued his pursuit of Miyuki until hearing of her engagement, even trying to think of how to propose to her.
* PosthumousCharacter
* SmokingIsCool: Tended to smoke fairly often as an adult, and Mashiro remembers his office smelling like cigarettes.
* TechnicianVersusPerformer: Has some elements of Technician, as it's once mentioned that he researched what kind of humor was popular.
* TwiceShy: He had this with Miyuki.

!Eiji Niizuma
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-->''"Niizuma is out of the ordinary... He has been drawing since he first held a pen at the age of six. Drawing is like breathing to him. He's said he'd die if he couldn't draw manga."''
-->-- Sasaki, regarding Niizuma.

The author of Crow [[spoiler:and now Zombie Gun. He is also the artist for Natural]]. He sees Ashirogi Muto as his primary rivals. Unlike Takagi, who plans what he writes based on what he can do and what is popular, Eiji writes whatever comes to mind.

-->Voiced by: Creator/NobuhikoOkamoto (JP), Roby Sharpe (EN)
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Tropes associated with Eiji:
* AmbiguousDisorder: He's hardly normal, but any condition he might have that could cause this is never stated.
* BaitTheDog: Inverted. His initial arrogance and fickleness may put the reader off, but he's generally a better person for the rest of the manga.
* BenevolentBoss: He treats his assistants well, and is quite generous in how he reimburses them for their meals out.
* BigEater: In the scenes where he does eat. However, considering that he doesn't sleep until he's done drawing, [[FridgeBrilliance he probably doesn't eat either]].
* BunnyEarsLawyer: He is ''very'' eccentric, but he's also a very nice guy and one of the most talented mangaka in the main cast.
* ChasteHero: His only experience with romance is having a crush on a girl ''in elementary school''. As a result, his romance one-shot is essentially more of a fighting manga, and doesn't do very well in the competition.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Very much.
* CountryMouse: Well, Aomori (the city in the northernmost part of Honshu where he comes from) isn't exactly a small town, but it's pretty "country" compared to Tokyo - he even admitted to getting a bit off-put with the bustle of the big city (to the point he's actually afraid of taking the subway).
* TheCuckoolanderWasRight: Whenever he's asked to give an analysis on other manga, he's pretty spot-on, as when he predicted the result of the Golden Future Cup in Volume 4 (the one where Mashiro/Takagi, Fukuda and Aoki/Nakai competed together).
--> The third place is set, but the first and second are tied. I'll say no more in consideration for the third place. [[spoiler:''(the end result: Ashirogi and Fukuda tie at the first place, while Aoki and Nakai's manga comes in third. In the anime, Mashiro wonders if ''he and Takagi'' are third, and make some changes, slightly muddying the waters)'']]
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow
* DoesNotLikeShoes: A variation, as he's shown to prefer loose-fitting shoes when he enters Tokyo, and at least, hastily throws on a pair of sandals when he needs to make a trip to the office of Shonen Jump/ Jack. He much prefers to just wear socks, fitting in with his Cloudcuckoolander personality.
* {{Expy}}: Of EiichiroOda - a genius mangaka who started young, creator of the most successful flagship series in Jump ''period'', works with incredible artistic freedom needing little to no input from his editor, and of course adopts a very dynamic art style to boot. Also like Oda, when an anime is made of his manga, he makes up {{Filler Arc}}s for the team to do rather than forcing them to come up with their own.
* FriendlyRivalry: He and the main duo quickly develop a mutually respectful and civil version. They're impressed by his raw talent, while he enjoys their offbeat success.
* GratuitousEnglish: Another part of his speech.
--> ''Flying Apple Skin!!''
* InsufferableGenius: Quite arrogant at first, but becomes somewhat humbler and better at interacting with other people over time.
* JabbaTableManners: Tends to make a pig of himself at parties.
* JerkAssFacade: Some of his more arrogant or stand-offish remarks, especially his comments on winning the award that are what the main characters and viewer first see of him, tend to be to inspire his rivals to do their best.
* LoveFreak: Tearfully blows his nose and gives his blessing when [[spoiler: he learns about Mashiro's romance with a potential voice actress]].
* {{Mangaka}}: InUniverse, and a very famous one.
* ObliviousToLove: Unwittingly causes Iwase to become attracted to him after he calls her a talented artist.
* OOCIsSeriousBusiness: He reads virtually everything in Jump and is a big fan of the main characters' work. When he declares that he's not reading Tanto, it's a clear sign of how strongly he believes that Mashiro and Takagi aren't living up to their potential.
* PetTheDog: Frequently, but the first time involved giving most of the prize money for the Tezuka Award to his parents after buying a stereo.
* TechnicianVersusPerformer: Very much a performer, to contrast with the main duo.
* TheRival: To the main duo.
* SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud: Does it a lot, and with passion, especially while drawing.
* ShipperOnDeck: For Mashiro and Miho.
* SignificantAnagram: His pen name, "Moneys", [[spoiler:while illustrating for Iwase]], is an anagram of his surname ("Ni-zu-ma"-> "Ma-ni-zu")
* ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself: When Nakai and Aoki, as well as the main characters, are threatened with cancellation, he says with uncharacteristic seriousness that there's nothing he can do to help them, and that only those who have what it takes to succeed can stay serialized.
* VerbalTic: SayingSoundEffectsOutLoud.

!Aiko "Aiko Akina" Iwase
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-->''"I really did fall for him. And I wanted to beat him. When he was giving it his allÖ"''

The second smartest student in Mashiro's and Takagi's class. Iwase has an initial one-sided rivalry with Takagi that eventually develops into feelings for him. She eventually becomes a mangaka and writes Natural+.

-->Voiced by: Creator/AyumiFujimura (JP), Creator/VeronicaTaylor (EN)
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Tropes associated with Aiko:
* [[AlliterativeName Alliterative Pen Name]]
* AmbiguousDisorder
* BettyAndVeronica: Takagi's Veronica to Miyoshi's Betty.
* BestHerToBedHer: The smartest girl in school, believes that she and Takagi are now a couple when he gets better grades than her. Too bad he thinks she was just making a friendly competition out of it. And she ''still'' won't quit either. Even proclaiming she'll do manga too just to prove her point. AND according to Chapter 70, she even seems to be some sort of manga writing genius, more than proving her worth as a rival.
* TheComicallySerious: Much of the humor in Iwase is from how seriously she takes everything.
* DefrostingIceQueen: Initially very aloof and cold, like Aoki was in the beginning. Naturally as the series goes on, she begins to mellow out a little.
* EstablishingCharacterMoment: Her first conversation with Takagi in the anime showcases her competitive nature and academic rivalry with him.
* {{Expy}}: She looks almost identical to Kiyomi Takada from the duo's previous series, and to an extent shares her vanity, albeit here taken UpToEleven.
* GratuitousEnglish: When greeting Nizuma, [[KeepItForeign changed to]] GratuitousJapanese in Viz's translation.
* HopelessSuitor: For Takagi.
* InsufferableGenius: Iwase is very smart, and Takagi freely acknowledges she's quite talented as well, but her very standoffish personality means that a lot of people in-universe have trouble liking her very much (She gets along pretty well with Niizuma, though). Fans are divided over whether this is simply a sexist overtone of people not liking her for being an intelligent, competitive go-getter ''and'' a woman or if it's simply that her snobbish personality that turns people off, which has nothing to do with her being a woman.
* LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces: She starts off trying to woo Takagi, but as soon as he gets married she latches onto Hattori instead, much to his dismay. When Hattori stops being her editor, she seems to start going this way with Nizuma [[spoiler: until it turns out she was actually trying to convince Nizuma to do a crossover between Crow and +Natural instead]]. It's still implied afterward, however, that she ''might'' like him as more than a co-author.
* {{Mangaka}}
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: In regards to Takagi.
* SeriousBusiness: ''Everything'' she takes an interest in becomes like a competition to her, especially where Takagi is concerned.
* SheIsAllGrownUp: Four years have passed, and Iwase looks very beautiful. Not that she wasn't before.
* StalkerWithACrush: For Takagi and later Hattori.
* TeenGenius: Like much of the cast.
* TemptingFate: Takagi "breaks up" with her early on because she said that living on manga would get him nowhere, while Miyoshi was supportive of him from the get-go. She even told him he would "regret forever" having decided to keep doing manga as she left. Now look at how her path crosses Takagi's again.
* UnknownRival: Takagi initially doesnít notice her rivalry, but later acknowledges her skill as a mangaka, and says that itís nice having her as a rival in Jump.
* WomanScorned: Comes to deeply resent both Takagi and Hattori once the former marries Kaya and the latter rejects her advances and goes back to being Ashirogi's editor. She swears to take Ashirogi's manga down as revenge.

!Kazuya Hiramaru
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-->''"Maybe it was a moment of weakness... Like I've been possessed or something. I couldn't stand my job anymore, so I picked up a Shonen Jump and thought I could do the same... What was I thinking? I made a big mistake."''

The author of Otters 11 and later, You Can't Reach Me, who got started as a mangaka after picking up an issue of Shonen Jump and quitting his job to do manga. He realizes that being a mangaka is more work than he thought, but his editor manages to manipulate him into keeping motivated.

-->Voiced by: Creator/MasakazuMorita (JP)
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Tropes associated with Kazuya:
* TheAlcoholic: Downplayed, but he does drink more than he should. It's one of many negative aspects of his life that Yoshida has to moderate and [[spoiler: that Aoki helps him overcome]].
* BrilliantButLazy: His editor basically has to pull [[ManipulativeBastard Manipulative Bastardry]] in order to get him to do any work at all, but Kazuya is a genuinely funny and imaginative creator.
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: Mentions in the middle of a conversation that he has a medical condition that causes him to urinate blood.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Despite the fact he seems to do anything he can to get out of working, he's still quite good at his job. His manga does consistently well throughout the series and the bits they actually show of Otters 11 are genuinely good.
* ButtMonkey: His editor's schemes often don't go well for him, as when his editor gives him a necklace to give as a gift to Aoki, he leaves it in his Porsche, which gets towed when he parks it in front of the building.
* {{Determinator}}: [[spoiler: When a drunk and angry Nakai wants to confront Aoki, Hiramaru confronted him personally instead of calling the police. Due to being pretty weak, Hiramaru got thrown around, but he refused to give up for Aoki's sake.]]
* DoggedNiceGuy: Multiple times, particularly with Aoki, [[spoiler: though once he actually asks her out and starts spending time with her, the two do genuinely fall in love.]]
* EarlyBirdCameo: In Episode 23 and 24.
** CastingGag: The manga he found had [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Ichigo Kurosaki]] on the cover. The "11" of his manga Otter 11 is pronounced as "Ju''[[Manga/{{Bleach}} ichi-go]]''" in Japanese.
* {{Expy}}: He's reputedly based on Hideaki Sorachi, the author of ''Manga/{{Gintama}}''.
* AFoolAndHisNewMoneyAreSoonParted: Whenever Hiramaru gets some a paycheck, particularly in the early parts of the series, it tends to cause him to perk up in a hurry... only to blow it all on fancy cars and other luxury items, and leave himself with no choice but to get back to work to remain solvent.
* HiddenDepths: At first his infatuation with Aoki comes off almost as superficial and pathetic as Nakai's obsession with her... [[spoiler:Until we find out Hiramaru actually does respect Aoki as a person and even calls out his editor for using her. When they get together, he actually works towards improving himself. Hiramaru might be completely neurotic, but in the end he is really a NiceGuy who has proved he genuinely cares enough about Aoki to try to change his habits for the better.]]
* HopelessSuitor: For Aoki.
** [[spoiler:OfficialCouple: Not so hopeless anymore....]]
* HotBlooded: In the weirdest way. When Hiramaru gets depressed, he does it with ''gusto.''
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: When his idiosyncrasies are being played for humor, Hiramaru makes people around him ''very'' uncomfortable.
* PinkySwear: [[spoiler:With Aoki, to get serialized again]]
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Otter 11 seems to be based off Hiramaru's life, with him working at a job he hates, getting along poorly with someone named Yoshida and wanting to live like an otter rather than a human, but being forced to go on out of responsibility to someone else.
* TheSlacker: Particularly early on, when he sneaks out of his apartment to "hide" at the other mangaka's houses.
* ThrowTheDogABone: [[spoiler:He finally asks Aoki to go out with him, and she says yes (as long as he keeps drawing manga). He later did the same for Nakai, hiring him on as an assistant not just in spite of all the JerkAss behaviour Nakai's been showing, but ''because'' of it (though they were both drunk/punchdrunk and Hiramaru actually worried he was going to end up like Nakai.)]]

!Takuro Nakai
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-->''"Iím sure things would be easier for me if I just accepted myself being a professional manga assistant. But I just canít give up on my dream of becoming a manga artist."''

An assistant who has considerable experience drawing, but has been unable to get serialized for years. He also has the goal of getting a girlfriend, and is attracted to Aoki. [[spoiler:He ultimately alienates Aoki by offering to draw for her if she will be his girlfriend, turns Kato, another girl whom he's interested in, away from him after that comes to light, and loses his position as assistant after Takahama's series gets canceled. He ultimately decides to return home to Akita. However, he later comes back as Nanamine's new "super-assistant," until he was fired for accidentally driving away what remained of Nanamine's online correspondents. He is now Hiramaru's asisstant]].

-->Voiced by: Tomoyuki Shimura (JP)
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Tropes associated with Takuro:
* DespairEventHorizon: Twice. [[spoiler:After Takahama's series is cancelled, he returns home, convinced he went into manga for all the wrong reasons. After being fired as Nakai's assistant and being told Jump doesn't want him as an assistant any longer, he gets close to attacking Aoki, and during the incident, laments that he sacrificed his youth to manga, and now has nothing.]]
* {{Determinator}}: [[spoiler:In order to get "Aoki Ko" to work with him, he started drawing, under the snow, risking his own life. He even kept drawing when some people attacked him, and was determined to protect his hand in order to continue]]
* DisappearedDad: His mother mentions that his father is dead.
* DoggedNiceGuy: Played quite straight, especially when he agrees with virtually everything Aoki says, then subverted.
* FatBastard: When he becomes an assistant for [[spoiler:Nanamine]], he's devolved into this. The first shot we see of him again is him chomping away at a pizza acting all smug.
** [[EvenEvilHasStandards Even Fat Bastards Have Standards]]: Subverted. He knows that what [[spoiler: Nanamine]] is doing is obviously wrong and is horrified at it, because to him, manga is a work you create by struggling and combining your efforts with those of others ([[FridgeBrilliance makes sense]] when you consider how much difficulty he's faced in getting serialized) but he goes along with it anyways. [[spoiler:He even tries to salvage the situation on his own, but only ends up driving off everyone else by exposing Nanamine's lies]].
*** He gets a Double-Subversion later when faced with a true MoralEventHorizon for him.
* {{Gonk}}: He's obese and not often clean-shaven, and the manga clearly shows that he's not very attractive. [[spoiler:And it gets even worse when he comes back]]..
* JerkAss: While some see him as a JerkAssWoobie, there's still the fact that as an assistant for [[spoiler: Nanamine]], he acts like a real dick to the guys working with him and clearly shows the cuter girls preferential treatment; none of the other assistants seem too fond of working with him as a result.
** [[spoiler:[[DefiedTrope Defied,]] right before his MoralEventHorizon [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope that would take him to very dark places]]. After [[HeelRealization holding himself back from hitting Aoki,]] [[ThrowTheDogABone he gets a job offer to be Hiramaru's assistant]] as a way to pick himself up, and takes the oppurtunity to make up for what he's done. And while he's not even close to recovering from or making up for his actions yet, he seems to be clawing his way up to JerkWithAHeartOfGold. Heck, he's even getting coaching to lose the {{Gonk}} traits he's picked up.]]
* JustFriends: This seems to be what "Aoki Ko" wanted to have with him. There might have been some sort stronger relationship between them, [[spoiler:but he ruined everything when he became a JerkAss]]
* {{Mangaka}}
* OhCrap: Gets this when things go wrong, particularly when [[spoiler:he sees Aoki PinkySwear with Hiramaru]].
* ProgressivelyPrettier: Inverted! Nakai has always been overweight and noticeably older than the other mangaka, but he looked relatively normal in his initial appearance and has since gotten steadily fatter and less attractive. This went into overdrive after [[spoiler: He TookALevelInJerkass and later came back from his time at his mother's house, although this can be justified in that he has not been taking very good care of himself since he became a JerkAss.]]
* [[spoiler:PutOnABus]]: [[spoiler:Returns home and decides to quit manga forever, but could return, since he's not exactly happy with his new life.]]
** [[spoiler:TheBusCameBack]]: [[spoiler: In chapter 123.]]
* SpannerInTheWorks: [[spoiler:Goes to Nanamine's assistants and tries to tell them the truth about the rankings in an attempt to prevent the series from being canceled, but ends up alienating the few who remain]].
* TookALevelInJerkass: At some point after Hideout Door is canceled.
* TragicDream: His desire to become a mangaka can be seen as this.
* YankTheDogsChain: [[spoiler: In Chapter 128, a young girl offers to be a model for his portraits and allows him to take her home...only for it to be revealed that it was a bet between her friends to see if he was desperate enough to follow her.]]

!Yuriko "Ko Aoki" Aoki
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-->''"It's difficult to have someone we like to love us back... And even when we don't, we end up getting attracted to someone who keeps confessing their love."''

The author of Hideout Door, and later, The Time of Green Leaves and The Gift God Gave Me. She initially appears quite cold, and is largely distrusting of men, but after opening up, reveals herself to be a kind person.

-->Voiced by: AyakoKawasumi (JP)
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Tropes associated with Yuriko:
* BeautyMark: under her left eye.
* CurtainsMatchTheWindow
* DefrostingIceQueen
* DoesNotLikeMen: Has issues trusting men until she meets Takagi, and even then, only hires female assistants after getting serialized.
* {{Expy}}: Her hairstyle resembles that of Mello from the duo's previous work. Incidentally, Mello was mistaken for a girl by many during his initial appearance.
** It's also stated by WordOfGod that she looks like J-Pop singer Kaela Kimura.
* FirstNameBasis: [[spoiler:Eventually gets onto this with Hiramaru after they get engaged]]. After becoming friends with Kaya and Miho, she calls them by their first names.
* GracefulLoser: Tends to take cancellation relatively well.
* HotTeacher: In Takagi's imagination after she reveals that she hopes to become one if she can't make it as a mangaka.
* {{Mangaka}}
* {{Meganekko}}: When she has to make or read storyboards.
* MentorShip: Quite possibly with [[spoiler:Fukuda, though it never comes to be.]]
* NiceHat
* NotSoDifferent: Sees herself as somewhat similar to Iwase and sympathizes with her desire to reach out to Takagi in spite of believing that going into manga only for that reason is petty. She gets somewhat annoyed when Eiji and Fukuda point out that [[IceQueen Iwase]] is like how [[DefrostingIceQueen she]] used to be, though.
* ObliviousToLove: She is unaware of Hiramaru's feelings for her. [[spoiler:When he finally asks her out, she says yes.]]
* OfficialCouple: [[spoiler: With Hiramaru.]]
* ShipTease: Has feelings for Takagi, might have had feelings for Nakai, and might ''develop'' feelings for [[spoiler:Fukuda]]. Hiramaru also constantly tries and usually fails to woo Aoki, [[spoiler:but she agrees to go out with him after he finally confesses to her.]]
* SugarAndIcePersonality: Appears cold and aloof at first, but is gradually shown to have a kinder and warmer side to her.
* UnwantedHarem: Her reason for her distrust towards men.

!Shinta Fukuda
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-->''"Back when I was working as Niizuma-shishoís assistant, I said to Ashirogi-kun and Nakai-san, Ď[[ThePromise Together, we will change Jump]].í Niizuma-shisho, Ashirogi Muto, Ko Aoki, Kazuya Hiramaru, and Takuro Nakai. [[RivalsTeamUp Together we can do anything]]."''

Initially one of Nizuma's assistants, he writes Kiyoshi Knight and later, Road Racer Giri. He sets out to change Jump, and forms "Team Fukuda".

-->Voiced by: Creator/JunichiSuwabe (JP)
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Tropes associated with Shinta:
* BadassBiker: And he also [[WriteWhatYouKnow makes manga about bikers.]]
* BigDamnHeroes: Chapter 67, when he [[spoiler:intervenes offer his help for Aoki]].
* CreepyCoolCrosses
* {{Expy}}: Similar to Mello from Manga/DeathNote, but less evil.
* FriendlyEnemy: Fukuda helps out his fellow mangaka Mashiro, Nakai, and [[spoiler:Aoki]] -- despite the fact that they ''are'' his competition.
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: To Nakai in Chapter 67.
* HotBlooded: Whatever Fukuda does, he does with ''passion''.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Is quite blunt, but willing to help out when needed. Notably with Nakai, as he's typically fairly blunt about Nakai's poor luck with getting serialized, but [[spoiler:while barging in on him in Chapter 67, tells him that he's sacrificing his career and that he likes competing with him]]. And definitely more of a softie romantic than he would like you to believe.
** He even gets OcularGushers when he hears about [[spoiler:Mashiro's marriage promise]].
* {{Mangaka}}
* MentorShip: Teased with [[spoiler:Aoki, but ultimately averted.]]
* NiceHat: A white beanie.
* NoIndoorVoice: Sometimes.
--> ''(on the phone with Mashiro)'' '''CONGRATULATIONS, ASHIROGI!!! I LOST AGAIN!!! GODDAMMIT!!!'''
* ThePromise: His goal is to change Jump, particularly the voting system and how the rankings affect placement in the magazine.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech[=/=]TakeThat: Gets one on [[spoiler:the InUniverse InternetBackdraft against Azuki and Mashiro's relationship coming to light]].
-->'''Fukuda''': [[spoiler:[[YokoOhNo The voice actress you like has a boyfriend]]...]] Sure, I understand that some of you would be depressed to hear that. That's the fan spirit. ''(yelling)'' But even so... using that as an excuse to [[spoiler:post all kinds of stupid crap on the Internet]] [[ThisIsUnforgivable is something I can never forgive]]! [[spoiler:Voice actresses and manga artists]] are humans, too. There's nothing wrong with them [[spoiler:having a relationship]]!
* SheIsNotMyGirlfriend: Denies that he's attracted to Aoki or even likes her. While the second part is clearly false, [[spoiler:the first part is true, as he has no feelings of jealousy or sadness when Aoki and Hiramaru end up together]].
* ThisIsUnforgivable: Has this opinion on [[spoiler:the backlash against Mashiro and Azuki's relationship]].
* WhatTheHellHero: Gets some for [[spoiler:his outburst against the backlash against Mashiro and Azuki's relationship]]. He stands by what he said, but decides to apologize to [[spoiler:Mashiro and through him, Azuki]].

!Ryu Shizuka
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-->''"I'll make True Human better than ever! I'll draw about these two-faced women and their two-faced kind of love!"''

Author of ''True Human''. A socially awkward shut-in who Yamahisa endeavors to get to go out and socialize more.
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* HumansAreBastards: Seemingly his view on the world, as very evident in True Human.
* LonersAreFreaks
* MoralityPet: For SmugSnake Yamahisa.
* NoSocialSkills
* OutOfFocus: After the host club incident, he pretty much disappears from the story, with True Human only getting passing mentions, and Shizuka himself making only a couple brief appearances near the end of the story.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Is frequently prone to this. Yamahisa suspects that True Human's extreme cynicism stems from him getting bullied in school. When he discovers and gets addicted to hostess clubs, he starts writing about male humans dying off and female humans finding HappinessInSlavery in service to the True Humans, and when he discovers that the hostesses only liked him because they were getting paid for it he endeavors to write about false love instead.
* ScaryShinyGlasses: Frequently
* ShrinkingViolet

!Toru Nanamine
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-->''"Isn't a pro someone who uses any means necessary to succeed? To gain a solid fan base? To make high sales? Anyone whose pride comes before all that has yet to learn what it means to be a professional."''

A fan of the main characters, who hopes to one be serialized with them. He's polite, cheerful and enthusiastic...

...or so it seems. In truth, Nanamine despises editors, believing they have no ability to judge manga, and plans on making his way to the top by consulting with 50 online correspondents. [[spoiler: That plan goes south however as the quality of his manga drops due to varied ideas marring the stories. Nanamine tries to keep it afloat, hiring Nakai to improve the art and even trying to challenge Ashirogi Muto. But ultimately fails and his manga is eventually canceled. His editor however talks him into trying to do manga the legit way and he seems to take it to heart. But he comes back with a more corporate method of his previous plan, this time hiring professional mangakas to help him out.]]

-->Voiced by: Creator/ShinnosukeTachibana (JP)
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Troes associated with Toru:
* AllYourPowersCombined: His way of making manga, which has some success, but [[spoiler: [[TooManyCooksSpoilTheSoup falls apart without a strong central creative hand to keep the disparate movements yoked together]]]].
* BadBoss: He'd be a real force to contend with if he actually respected the people he employs.
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Puts on a persona of an energetic mangaka in front of editors:
** {{Keet}}
** NoIndoorVoice
** PerpetualSmiler
* BreakTheHaughty: [[spoiler:Broken as of Chapter 127, and abandons his methods in order to create a manga that will win against Ashirogi Muto]].
* BreakingSpeech: Gives one to his editor, Kosugi, blackmailing him by reminding him that he needs a success to keep his job and taking advantage of his lack of confidence to browbeat him into going along with his {{plan}}.
* BluntYes:
-->'''Kosugi''': Am I... not good enough for you?
-->'''Nanamine''': Not in the least.
* [[spoiler:CheatersNeverProsper]]: [[spoiler:Both his underhanded attempts to rise to the top fail, and he's ultimately banned from working for Jump. Mashiro, Takagi, Hattori and Kosugi notice that in spite of his methods, he did actually have talent, and that it's sad he kept wasting it.]]
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: After "What is Required" is cancelled, he takes his collaboration philosophy up to the next level, not learning from his mistakes. [[spoiler:He basically forms the manga equivalent of the StratemeyerSyndicate, hiring dozens of ghostwriters to make tons of series, and using washed-out older manga-ka as faces.]]
** You could say he's also been TaughtByExperience: [[spoiler: First, all his writers are there ''in person''; Second, he makes all the applicants sign Non-Disclosure Agreements; Third, he pays them. If they back out now, it's a breach of contract and ''job termination'' for them.]]
* CreateYourOwnVillain: Turns out he became the way he is purely out of idolizing Ashirogi Muto. [[spoiler:Specifically, their "Money and Intelligence" one shot convinced him for life that the real world really did only run on money and intelligence. Mostly money, though, which made him borrow money from his father years ago... and again now to start his Manga-producing company.]] He's explicitly said he doesn't give a damn about the money, the manga world or even the manga themselves... Nothing but [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou defeating Ashirogi Muto,]] the mangakas who changed his life. By whatever means nesscesary.
* {{Expy}}: Of Light Yagami.
* FanBoy: Of Ashirogi Muto, although he is disappointed in their writing Tanto and going along with their editors.
* FatalFlaw: [[spoiler:He is unable to relate to other people. Not only does this lead to his attempts to use other people in an underhanded and ultimately self-destructive scheme to rise to the top of Jump, but as Kosugi points out, he has difficulty writing fictional characters with a heart if he can't sympathize with others]].
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: [[spoiler:On the receiving end of ''two'' from his editor after he contemplates giving up]].
* HeelFaceTurn[=/=]HeelRealization: [[spoiler: Subverted. At first, after his massive fall from grace and a rousing speech from his editor on not giving up, it seems that he's learned the error of his ways. However, he goes back being the same weasel as before, just changing his previous plan to a more corporate angle.]]
* IgnoredEpiphany: [[spoiler:Seems willing to consider his editor's advice after his first series is canceled, but decides to go back to a revised version of his plan]]
* InSeriesNickname: "Usomine" ("Liarmine") after [[spoiler:he lies to his online helpers about what rank it is in]].
* JerkAss: He views most people with contempt and only acts nice to them as long as he needs their help.
* JerkassHasAPoint: In one of his fan letters, he points out that the main characters aren't suited to gag manga, although he's hardly the only one to think this and this is before they realize his personality.
* JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope: Nanamine turns from an overexcited guy with risky but potentially worthwhile ideas to [[spoiler:an arrogant jerk who bullies his editor within the span of a few chapters.]]
* LaughingMad: [[spoiler:After getting 19th in the rankings on the chapter in which he competes with Ashirogi Muto]].
* NoIndoorVoice: Nanamine speaks so loudly at his first meeting that the editor at the next booth hears everything.
* NotSoDifferent: Believes Ashirogi Muto should understand that editors can't be trusted from having done Tanto at Miura's suggestion, and because they took risks and defied the editorial department to become successful with PCP.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: He knew all along that it was wrong to publish Classroom of Truth online, but made a big show of how sorry he was in front of the editor while pretending to be a naive and excitable young mangaka as part of his plan to show his next one shot to him.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: Chapter 146 all but confirms this trope, when [[spoiler: he tells Mashiro that everything success he has with his business is meaningless unless he beats Ashirogi Muto with a manga that ''he's'' written, not one by his subordinates or senior mangakas.]]
* ThePlan: His plan involves submitting Classroom of Truth, posting it online after it loses. Doing so enables him to recruit 50 people to work on a second one-shot and show it to the editor in chief himself, resulting in him quickly getting serialized. [[spoiler:However, once he runs into trouble, it spirals out of control]].
* PragmaticVillainy: [[spoiler:After Kosugi hits him, he considers [[RealityEnsues getting him fired]] for battery]], but decides against it because he has nothing to gain from it.
* TheRival
* SanitySlippage: He becomes increasingly unhinged [[spoiler: as he loses more of his helpers and his manga drops in popularity.]] Honestly, it's when the fact that this manga was written by the same person who created ''Manga/DeathNote'' shows the most.
* ShutUpKirk: Says his quote in response to Mashiro and Takagi saying that they're disappointed that he would waste his talent in a way that shows a lack of "pride."
* SoreLoser: Is he ever.
* SmugSnake
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:When his manga plummets in the ratings, he orders all the correspondents who criticize him to leave and yells at his editor. When his attempt to compete with Ashirogi Muto fails, and all his correspondents leave, he begins [[LaughingMad laughing madly]] and declares that he's finished]].
** [[spoiler: Has a minor one when not only Ashirogi but Azuma, the man he used then fired for his own purposes, manage to beat him in the polls. Considering this was his last chance to work with Jump, the reaction is understandable.]]
* WalkingSpoiler: His facade lasts only a few chapters, but it comes as quite a shock when he reveals his true colors. It's also almost completely impossible to talk about him without mentioning that side of him.

!Shun Shiratori
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-->''"Manga is something you can enjoy for a small price. It's meant to be for everyone. Being a manga artist is an honorable career! I want to see how far I can go."''

One of the assistants for Perfect Crime Party and [[spoiler: artist for Rabuta and Peace, which is written by Takagi.]]

-->Voiced by: Yuuichi Iguchi (JP)
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* AlliterativeName
* [[CallingTheOldManOut Calling The Old Woman Out]]: During the final argument over whether to allow him to go into manga, he says that everything his mother claims to have done for him was actually for the sake of the Shiratori family's reputation.
* DudeLooksLikeALady
* {{Expy}}: Of [[Manga/DeathNote Near]].
* FamilyHonor: His mother wants him to do things that will be good for the image of the Shiratori family, and he [[CallingTheOldManOut calls her out on that desire overshadowing her desire for his well-being]].
* FantasyForbiddingMother: He has a mother who doesn't think much of his going into manga.
* {{Foil}}: To Moriya. He wants his art to have popular appeal, while Moriya believes that art should be focused on quality.
* OlderThanHeLooks: Shiratori looks like a child (like Near) but is a bit older than he looks.
* OutOfFocus: Once his arc is finished, [[spoiler: his new series is eventually cancelled]] and he quickly disappears from the story altogether.
* RichInDollarsPoorInSense: He has no idea [[EpicFail how to do simple tasks]] and his father flat out admits that if he takes over his company, he'll run it to the ground.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: [[spoiler:Rabuta and Peace is deemed a good work, but he needs Takagi's (temporary) help to get serialized. This is one of the factors leading to Mashiro and Takagi nearly splitting up]].

!Shuichi Moriya
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-->''"Manga is a reputable form of art! It differs from painting in its ability to connect with the young! Its power to capture the heart is truly unique! I consider all my works to be no less than art!"''

Another of Mashiro and Takagi's assistants, who came on when Perfect Crime Party was launched.

-->Voiced by: MitsuhiroSakamaki (JP)
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* {{Foil}}: To Shiratori. He believes artists should make the best work they can without writing for the masses, while Shiratori believes art should have popular appeal.
* HypocriticalHeartwarming: He stands up and argues against Shiratori's mother's view that manga is shallow for being mass-marketed.
* OhCrap: After being told in no uncertain terms that his work is unsuited for shonen magazines... ''by two different editors''.
* SmugSnake: He looks down on Shiratori and doesn't believe his corrections will have any benefit for his work. He's quite shocked when he's told that Shiratori's work will be a potential hit with enough editing while he is better off starting from scratch.
* TemptingFate: He thinks that Shonen 3 will be more receptive toward his work than Jump is, and immediately thereafter, gets turned down.
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: {{Invoked}}. He writes art that is deep and often difficult to understand, and believes that quality matters more than popular appeal.
* WildTake: One of the series' great masters of this trope, just behind Hiramaru.

!Shoyo Takahama
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One of Mashiro and Takagi's first assistants during ''Detective Trap'' and ''Tanto''. Initially very quiet, he eventually starts speaking up and talking about his own desire to create manga. He eventually goes off on his own to create ''Business Boy Kenichi'' and later ''Mikata's Justice''.

-->Voiced by: Hiroki Shimowada (JP)
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* ExecutiveMeddling: Takahama quickly loses trust in Miura when he keeps demanding more and more gags be added to BB Kenichi, to (what he believes is) the series' detriment. When the manga eventually gets cancelled, he goes behind Miura's back to the Editor-In-Chief to request a new editor because Miura won't let him draw what he wants to, prompting him to deliver the line under his character section.
* HeadphonesEqualIsolation
* TheQuietOne: At first. He quickly gets over it once he's alone with Mashiro.
* ShownTheirWork: During Mikata's Justice's run, he's frequently depicted attending courtroom trials for research purposes.

!Natsumi Kato
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Another of Mashiro and Takagi's assistants, who later goes on to be an assistant for Takahama, then Aoki, before returning to Mashiro.

-->Voiced by: Yoko Honda (JP)
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* ChristmasCake: She's over 30 and unmarried, but she occasionally expresses a desire to fix that.
* {{Foil}}: Can be considered one to Nakai, as she's more content with her lot in life as an assistant
* GirlishPigtails: One part of her appearance that makes her look younger than she is.
* {{Meganekko}}
* OlderThanSheLooks: Looks like a high school student.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: By proxy, as she introduces her friend, Ririka Kitami, to Mashiro, and Ririka [[spoiler:finds out about Mashiro and Azuki's relationship and posts it on her blog, resulting in virtually everyone finding out about it]].

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[[folder:Editors]]
!Akira Hattori
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-->''"I'm just an editor, and there is only so much I can help you with. The people who are able to do more than what the editor tells them are the ones who will succeed as manga creators."''

The main charactersí first editor, who helps them with their first submissions. He gets replaced by Miura after Detective Trap is first serialized, then returns to being their editor after Perfect Crime Party is serialized. After [[spoiler:PCP moves to Hissou Jump]], Hattori becomes their editor for their manga Reversi.

-->Voiced by: Kentarou Tone (JP), Creator/WayneGrayson (EN)
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Tropes associated with Akira:
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Inverted. His namesake in RealLife is quite handsome, as well as ButNotTooForeign. Bakuman!Hattori is a {{Gonk}}.
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: Asks one of Azuma, after he expresses a belief that he can only re-establish himself by [[spoiler:collaborating with Nanamine]].
-->'''Hattori''': Do you think Taro Kawaguchi would be happy about this?
* BigOlEyebrows
* CompositeCharacter: of RealLife ''Jump'' editors Akira Jean-Baptiste Hattori (his namesake) and Yuu Saitou (his physical model).
* DrowningMySorrows: [[spoiler:Believing he will not be Mashiro and Takagi's editor on Reversi]].
* {{Gonk}}: While he is not absurdly ugly, he has large lips and eyes.
* {{Expy}}: Hattori looks a lot like Hachi, the octopus Fishman of One Piece (a comic he edits).
** He also resembles Ryuk in some ways, especially his eyes and hair.
* MyCard: He gives this to manga artists, along with his e-mail address if heís impressed, and his cell phone number if heís very impressed.
* OneSteveLimit: Has the same name as Yujiro Hattori, Niizuma and Fukuda's editor. The other editors even mention the fact that both Hattoris are in charge of such big name manga.
** The funny thing is that even Yujiro himself refers to him on a LastNameBasis. Nizuma, one of the few who has worked with both of them on a regular basis (Yujiro for Crow, Akira for Natural+), refers to Akira by his first name.
* ThePlan: His plan to have Iwase team up with Niizuma in order to get Ashirogi Muto and Aoki to push themselves even further.
* TricksterMentor
* RedOniBlueOni: In the middle of the series, he was the Blue to Miura's Red.
* SenpaiKohai: Miura's senpai.
* [[spoiler:ShipperOnDeck: After knowing the situation of Mashiro's engagement with Miho, decides to cheer him on.]]
* VerbalTic / SignatureLaugh: "Ha ha ha." He only has it in the first volume he appears (2); the first few pages of volume 3 tone it down until it's completely dropped in the same issue.

!Yujiro Hattori
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He's editor to Nizuma and Fukuda.

-->Voiced by: Creator/HirofumiNojima (JP), Chris Niosi (EN)
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Tropes associated with Yujiro.

* OhCrap: After he realized Nizuma has decided to submit Crow instead of Yellow Hit, which had been serialized, and he and several of his colleagues are all but certain he will be fired over this. The editor in chief approves, though, and Crow ends up becoming one of Jump's most popular series.
* OneSteveLimit: Has the same last name, but no apparent relation to, Akira Hattori.
* VitriolicBestBuds: He and Fukuda often argue, but there are moments when Fukuda respects him, and he also hopes to help Fukuda succeed.
* WhatTheHellHero: Gives this to Fukuda regarding his [[spoiler:denouncing the people who are up in arms over Mashiro and Azuki's relationship]], saying that his statement only makes things worse and telling Fukuda to grow up. Fukuda responds by saying that he's the good grownup here, but Fukuda decides to apologize to Mashiro and Azuki later.

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!Goro Miura
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-->''"I was hoping we could grow together. I know thatís not a good thing for an editor to say, but Iím not a good editor yet."''

Mashiro and Takagiís editor for Detective Trap and Tanto, and also Takahamaís editor. [[spoiler:He later becomes Iwaseís editor]]. Has an affinity for gag manga, which he believes are, despite being unlikely to climb to the top, more likely to stay serializeed.

-->Voiced by: Daisuke Kirii (JP)
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Tropes associated with Goro
* BerserkButton: Whenever the main characters question his skill or indicate they trust someone else more.
* BigOlEyebrows
* BluntYes: Gets one from Mashiro and Takagi when he asks if they're telling him that he's wrong to suggest they go into gag manga.
* DumbassHasAPoint: He immediately realizes that Mashiro and Takagi are taking suggestions from fans, and reminds them that fan letters don't represent all of Jump's fans, the majority of which are reading for shonen manga.
* FatIdiot: He's not completely stupid, but he's heavyset and makes a fair number of questionable judgment calls.
* {{Gonk}}: Downplayed.
* InferioritySuperiorityComplex: Heís often insecure about his own abilities and unsure what to do, but when in disagreement with Mashiro and/or Takagi, will become exceptionally stubborn.
* IrrevocableMessage: After angrily saying that if Mashiro wonít do gag manga, Takagi should end his partnership with him, realizes that he has already sent materials that would convince them to go into gag manga and thus possibly make them angrier.
* ItsAllMyFault: He believes that he failed to notice Mashiroís declining health, and is to blame for his hospitalization [[spoiler:and Trapís cancellation]].
* OhCrap: After realizing the implications of his ultimatum that Takagi split up with Mashiro if Mashiro won't follow his suggestions.
* PoseOfSupplication: When going to apologize to Mashiro and Takagi after his IrrevocableMessage has already arrived.
* RedOniBlueOni: Red oni to Hattori, as he shows a broad spectrum of emotion, from excitement to anger to depression.
* SenpaiKohai: Hattoriís kohai.

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!Editor-in-Chief Hisashi Sasaki
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--> ''"Saying you havenít been able to draw what you want to draw is the same as admitting your own lack of talent."''

The current editor in chief of Shonen Jump and was Kawaguchi Taro's editor when he was alive. [[spoiler: Becomes Editor-in-Chief of Hissou Jump in Chapter 150.]]

-->Voiced by: KenyuuHoriuchi (JP), DanGreen (EN)
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Tropes associated with Sasaki:
* BrutalHonesty: Says the above quote to Takahama when he asks to change editors because Miura wonít let him draw what he wants, also pointing out that not even veterans can make this request.
* DroppingTheBombshell: In a phone conversation with Nanamine, when he says [[spoiler:he finds his methods unacceptable]]
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Often referred to solely by his title, although Mashiro's mother once calls him "Mr. Sasaki" in the Viz manga.
* LittleNo: When giving his opinion on whether PCP can compete with Eiji's work [[spoiler:and again as the deciding vote, although the other three "no" voting editors change their votes rather than end Mashiro and Takagi's career by such a narrow margin]].
* NoNameGiven: Sasaki is his last name, and is rarely used, at that.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: For the most part, heís willing to allow his authors to make their own decisions provided they understand the consequences, and respects determination.
* [[spoiler:StealthMentor: Was asked to look over Mashiro by Kawaguchi Taro.]]
* SternTeacher: Can come off as one at times to the mangakas.
* StoicSpectacles
* TheStoic: He almost never loses his cool, even when his writers do something drastic, such as turn in a different series, or boycott the magazine.
** NotSoStoic [[spoiler:He admits that he couldn't really keep a cool head around Ashirogi Muto.]]
* ThisIsUnforgivable: Has this reaction to [[spoiler:Nanamine's using older manga artists to test his plan]], saying that the only reason he's [[spoiler:giving him a final chance instead of banning him from Jump is because Mashiro, Takagi and Team Fukuda are hoping to surpass him]].
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!Koji Yoshida
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-->''"Letting the manga artist do as they want isn't the only way to support them. We're editors, for God's sake. Our job is to draw the most out of the artists."''

Hiramaru's editor and one of the Team Leader Editors. He usually has to manipulate Hiramaru in order to keep his manga series running, and his rewards rarely live up to Hiramaru's expectations. Despite all their quarrels, Yoshida actually cares about him and tries to give him advice on how to approach Aoki Ko.

-->Voiced by: TakehitoKoyasu (JP)
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Tropes associated with Yoshida:
* FaceFramedInShadow: When he's manipulating Hiramaru, his face is typically not shown.
* GagLips: When he straight out lies to Hiramaru.
* HappilyMarried: After tricking Hiramaru into getting in debt with a car and a new apartments, starts talking to his wife on the phone about gettng a nice new apartment once Hiramaru produces more chapters.
** Also he mentions how he proposed to his wife in a ferris wheel [[spoiler: when advising Hiramaru on how to propose to Aoki]]
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Often resorts to manipulative tactics, but when it comes down to it, his first priority is ensuring that mangaka live up to their potential.
* ManipulativeBastard: Has to use this in order to make Hiramaru draw.
** [[spoiler: He also manages to put Nakai on shape by this, promising him to introduce him to Aoki's older sister.]]
* VitriolicBestBuds: Happens to be his relationship with Hiramaru in the end.
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!Masakazu Yamahisa
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Shizuka's editor, as well as Aoki's after her first cancellation.

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Tropes associated with Yamahisa

* [[CallingTheOldManOut Calling The Old Woman Out]]: He does this by proxy to Shizuka's mother when she opposes her son going into manga, telling her that she's denying him a potentially beneficial opportunity. Some other editors applaud him, but others call him out on interfering.
* PetTheDog: While he does have a vested interest in how well True Human is doing, he, at times, seems genuinely concerned for Shizuka.
* SmugSnake: Tends to be somewhat arrogant towards others, such as taunting Miura about whose series will do better, enraging him and causing him not to want to lose to Yamahisa.

!Kosugi
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-->''"I want to help an artist create something amazing more than anything. But to Nanamine, I'm not even worth a second look... I can't help but take it personally."''

A relatively new editor at Jump who ends up getting assigned to work with Nanamine.

-->Voiced by: YuukiKaji (JP)
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Tropes associated with Kosugi:
* BewareTheNiceOnes: [[spoiler:For the most part, reluctantly puts up with how Nanamine treats him, but when Nanamine suggests that he's giving up, he punches him]]
* ButtMonkey: Past the point where it becomes funny. Mashiro and Takagi are reluctant to tell on Nanamine, but they tell Hattori what Nanamine's methods are because they feel bad for Kosugi.
* ExtremeDoormat: Largely forced to cave in to Nanamine due to his lack of confidence and Nanamine using a BreakingSpeech and what amounts to blackmail on him (either work with him and get the success he needs to keep his job, or reject him and essentially drive a successful mangaka away from the magazine).
* GetAHoldOfYourselfMan: [[spoiler:Punches Nanamine after he contemplates giving up]].
* HotBlooded: Suggested to be this by Nanamine after the GetAHoldOfYourselfMan example.
* {{Megane}}
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Gives a relatively calm and subdued one to Nanamine, [[spoiler:after his final defeat]].
-->'''Kosugi''': But something was missing, Nanamine, something more important than anything else. In fact, I'd say it's the one thing any story in a shonen magazine can't do without. That's the heart of the characters. You can never express their feelings if you can't sympathize with others in the first place.
* SadisticChoice: Essentially told to either submit to Nanamine's plans, which Jump wouldn't accept if they knew about, or put his career in jeopardy.
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!Miyuki Haruno/Azuki
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->''"You really are... a wonderful couple, you two..."''

Miho's mother and the woman Nobuhiro was once in love with.

-->Voiced by: Creator/KikukoInoue (JP), Creator/VeronicaTaylor (EN)
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Tropes associated with Miyuki:
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Her opinion.
-->'''Miyuki''': ''(to Takagi)'' I've never been too fond of men who are extremely smart. Girls tend to like boys who are a little bad, you know.
* AlliterativeFamily and ThemeNaming: With her daughters Miho and Mina.
* CannotSpitItOut: She was in love with Nobuhiro "Kawaguchi Taro" Mashiro, but neither could admit their feelings for each other, and she eventually moved on and found a SecondLove.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Goes from looking exactly like Miho as a teenager to having lighter hair in OjouRinglets as a middle-aged woman.
* GenerationXerox: She looked exactly like her older daughter when she was a teenager, and her relationship with Kawaguchi Taro mirrors her daughter's relationship with his nephew.
* OjouRinglets : As an adult. Moritaka doesn't like them, though.
* OlderThanSheLooks
* OpenMindedParent: Regarding her daughter's relationship and the possibility of doing a gravure picture album.
* SecondLove: She married another man after Nobuhiro, each having waited for the other to confess love, but she moved on first.
* SecretKeeper: After Mashiro realizes that Miyuki was in love with his uncle and Miho is unaware, he asks her not to tell her daughter. Miho finds out [[WhatTheHellHero and is not happy with Moritaka]].
* ShipperOnDeck
* TwiceShy: She had this with Nobuhiro.

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!Mina Azuki
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Miho's younger sister.

-->Voiced by: RinaHidaka (JP)
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Tropes associated with Mina:
* AlliterativeFamily and ThemeNaming: With her mother and older sister.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Miho complains when she has a habit of knocking ''after'' entering a room, and on occasional teasing about her relationship with Mashiro,
* GirlishPigtails
* ShipperOnDeck: Seems to like the idea of her sister getting together with Mashiro.
* SiblingYinYang: Miho is polite, reserved and has only had feelings for Mashiro since she was a young girl. Mina is hyperactive, a bit annoying, and, late in the manga, alludes to having been in many relationships.
* StrongFamilyResemblance
* UncannyFamilyResemblance

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!Kayoko Mashiro
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Moritaka's mother, who is initially opposed to his going into manga.

-->Voiced by: Kumiko Higa (JP), Eileen Stevens (EN)
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Tropes associated with Kayoko.
* TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong: The only one in the Mashiro family opposed to Moritaka going into manga.
** Though this is more out of worriment of what happened to his uncle and not wanting Mashiro to wind up the same. However as he gains more successes in manga, she's happy for him that he found a goal worth pursuing.
* EducationMama: Insists that Mashiro study hard to get into a good high school and sees manga as a distraction from that.
* FantasyForbiddingMother: Manga is the "fantasy" in question, although she gradually changes her stance.
* TemptingFate: She appears unwilling to believe that her father-in-law, "who lost his son to manga" would approve of Moritaka's desire to go into it. She's thus shocked when he gives Moritaka the keys to Nobuhiro's office.
* UnnamedParent: For most of the manga, although her name is mentioned before long in the anime.

!Masahiro Mashiro
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-->''"Your uncle wasn't a gutless coward who'd think about killing himself. He's the kind of guy who'd [[{{Determinator}} gnash his teeth and keep doing his best no matter how tough the situation got]]... without even complaining about it."''

Moritaka's father and Nobuhiro's older brother.

-->Voiced by: Hidenari Ugaki (JP), DanGreen (EN)
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* AlliterativeName
* {{Determinator}}: Respects this quality in Nobuhiro, and mentions that young people don't have willpower.
* InvisibleParents: Although part of him can be seen in the anime.
* RepetitiveName: Classic Classical, albeit with the given name being slightly longer than the surname.
* SenpaiKohai: Senpai to Miyoshi's father.

!Fumi Mashiro
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-->''"[[GenerationXerox Father and son I can understand, but I was surprised to see an uncle and nephew be so similar]]."''

Moritaka's grandfather and Nobuhiro and Masahiro's father.

-->Voiced by: Creator/YuichiNagashima (JP), Creator/MikePollock (EN)
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* AscendedExtra: Gets quite a few more scenes in the anime.
* NoNameGiven: His sons refer to him as their father, Moritaka calls him "Grandpa," and his daughter-in-law calls him "Father".
* [[OpenMindedParent Open Minded Grandparent]]: He's willing to give Moritaka the keys to Nobuhiro's office, pleased that he's found something to which he can commit himself.

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