The characters of the manga series Bakuman。
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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.
Tropes associated with Moritaka:
- Alliterative Name
- Author Avatar: Obata, to some degree.
- Beware the Quiet Ones
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Miho.
- Curtains Match the Window
- Cynicism Catalyst: 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.
- Engaging Conversation: Becomes engaged to Miho in Chapter 1.
- Establishing Character Moment: Drawing a detailed sketch of Miho Azuki while lamenting about his prospects for careers and love.
- Expressive Hair: His Hair Antennae 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.
- Generation Xerox: 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.
- Heroic BSOD: At a few points, such as when his dream appears more distant than he thinks, Detective Trap gets canceled and PCP won't get an anime.
- Heroic RROD: Pushes himself too far and gets hospitalized while working on Detective Trap.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: 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.
- High School Sweethearts: With Miho.
- Idiot Hair: It's hard to find if common traits associated with it (idiocy and/or foolery, naiveness, mischieviousness, etc.) suit him, though.
- Odd Couple: With Takagi.
- Official Couple: With Miho.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Despite being Color-Coded for Your Convenience, Mashiro and Takagi are a mix of both onis.
- Single-Target Sexuality: To Miho.
- Surprise Creepy: Mashiro over-extending himself and trying to manage three serializations at once has some gruesome results.
- Twice Shy: With Miho.
- Uncanny Family Resemblance: He looks very similar to a younger version of his uncle.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair
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.
Tropes associated with Akito:
- Armor-Piercing Question: 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.
- Author Avatar: Ohba, to some degree.
- Beta Couple: With Miyoshi.
- Betty and Veronica: Finds himself in the Archie position torn between Miyoshi (Betty) and Iwase (Veronica).
- Buxom Is Better: Has openly stated that Kaya's breasts are definitely a plus.
- Chick Magnet: Miyoshi, Iwase, and Aoki like him.
- Dumb Blonde: Averted, according to Mashiro, his grades were some of the highest in the country.
- Education Mama: His mother initially tries to get him to study so that he can "avenge" his father being fired to 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 Death Note.
- He also looks somewhat like Matt.
- Happily Married
- Heroes Want Redheads
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Mashiro.
- Though there's some Ho Yay subtext in Volume 4.
- Love at First Punch: With Miyoshi.
- Odd Couple: With Mashiro.
- Poor Communication Kills: 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.
- The Promise: Takagi and Miyoshi will only get married once Mashiro's and Takagi's manga becomes serialized.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Despite being Color-Coded for Your Convenience, Mashiro and Takagi are a mix of both onis.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Savvy Guy to Miyoshi's Energetic Girl.
- Shipper on Deck: Wants Mashiro and Azuki to get together.
- Shut Up, Hannibal!: Hangs up on Nanamine's desperate challenge.
- The Stool Pigeon: A Whistleblower Wilson on Nanamine; despite being reluctant to snitch on him, he comes forward because of what Kosugi is going through.
- Technician Versus Performer: 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.
- Teen Genius
- They Do
- The Watson: 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.
"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.
Tropes associated with Miho:
"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.
Tropes associated with Kaya:
- Action Girl: According to Mashiro, she has been to the Japanese Nationals for aikido, as well as being proficient in karate and boxing.
- Beta Couple: With Takagi.
- Betty and Veronica: The Betty to Iwase's Veronica for Takagi's Archie. Miyoshi wins and becomes his wife.
- Dumb Jock: 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).
- Fiery Redhead
- First Girl Wins
- First Name Basis: 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.
- Gag Boobs
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.
- Genki Girl
- Hair Decorations
- Happily Married
- The Heart
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Miho.
- Inelegant Blubbering: Very prone to this.
- It's All My Fault: 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.
- Love at First Punch: 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)
- Love Revelation Epiphany: 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.
- The Pollyanna: 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 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.
- The Promise: Takagi and Miyoshi will only get married once Mashiro's and Takagi's manga becomes serialized.
- Satellite Character: Miyoshi appears to care more about Ashirogi Muto than her own marriage.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: Energetic Girl to Takagi's Savvy Guy.
- Shipper on Deck: 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 Reversi gets an anime.
- Also every time Takagi (intentionally or not) shows off his mental capabilities, mainly by brainstorming story ideas.
- They Do
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Tomboy to Miho's Girly Girl.
- Tomboy with a Girly Streak
- The Watson: Typically the one who has to ask questions for the readers on the manga world.
- What the Hell, Hero?: 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 when she believes that he's taking out his frustrations on Mashiro.
Mangaka & Assistants
Nobuhiro "Kawaguchi Taro" Mashiro
"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.
Tropes associated with Nobuhiro:
- Cannot Spit It Out: 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.
- Did Not Get the Girl
- Driven to Suicide: Subverted. Mashiro thinks he did so out of despair, but realizes that he pushed himself until he died.
- Generation Xerox: He and his nephew have similar ambitions, and Moritaka's girlfriend is the daughter of the woman he loved.
- Nerd Glasses
- Normal Fish in a Tiny Pond: His art is not very good in comparison to other manga artists, but he was fairly good for his art class.
- One Degree of Separation: 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.
- Patient Childhood Love Interest: To Miyuki. She eventually got tired of waiting for him and married someone else.
- Perma Stubble
- Personal Effects Reveal: 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.
- Posthumous Character
- Smoking Is Cool: Tended to smoke fairly often as an adult, and Mashiro remembers his office smelling like cigarettes.
- Technician Versus Performer: Has some elements of Technician, as it's once mentioned that he researched what kind of humor was popular.
- Twice Shy: He had this with Miyuki.
"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 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.
Tropes associated with Eiji:
- Ambiguous Disorder: He's hardly normal, but any condition he might have that could cause this is never stated.
- Bait the Dog: Inverted. His initial arrogance and fickleness may put the reader off, but he's generally a better person for the rest of the manga.
- Benevolent Boss: He treats his assistants well, and is quite generous in how he reimburses them for their meals out.
- Big Eater: In the scenes where he does eat. However, considering that he doesn't sleep until he's done drawing, he probably doesn't eat either.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He is very eccentric, but he's also a very nice guy and one of the most talented mangaka in the main cast.
- Chaste Hero: 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.
- Country Mouse: 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).
- The Cuckoolander Was Right: 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. (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)
- Curtains Match the Window
- Does Not Like Shoes: 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 Eiichiro Oda - 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 Arcs for the team to do rather than forcing them to come up with their own.
- Friendly Rivalry: 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.
- Gratuitous English: Another part of his speech.
Flying Apple Skin!!
- Insufferable Genius: Quite arrogant at first, but becomes somewhat humbler and better at interacting with other people over time.
- Jabba Table Manners: Tends to make a pig of himself at parties.
- Jerk Ass Facade: 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.
- Love Freak: Tearfully blows his nose and gives his blessing when he learns about Mashiro's romance with a potential voice actress.
- Mangaka: In-Universe, and a very famous one.
- Oblivious to Love: Unwittingly causes Iwase to become attracted to him after he calls her a talented artist.
- OOC Is Serious Business: 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.
- Pet the Dog: Frequently, but the first time involved giving most of the prize money for the Tezuka Award to his parents after buying a stereo.
- Technician Versus Performer: Very much a performer, to contrast with the main duo.
- The Rival: To the main duo.
- Saying Sound Effects Out Loud: Does it a lot, and with passion, especially while drawing.
- Shipper on Deck: For Mashiro and Miho.
- Significant Anagram: His pen name, "Moneys", while illustrating for Iwase, is an anagram of his surname ("Ni-zu-ma"-> "Ma-ni-zu")
- This Is Something He's Got to Do Himself: 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.
- Verbal Tic: Saying Sound Effects Out Loud.
Aiko "Aiko Akina" Iwase
"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+.
Tropes associated with Aiko:
- Alliterative Pen Name
- Ambiguous Disorder
- Betty and Veronica: Takagi's Veronica to Miyoshi's Betty.
- Best Her to Bed Her: 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.
- The Comically Serious: Much of the humor in Iwase is from how seriously she takes everything.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Initially very aloof and cold, like Aoki was in the beginning. Naturally as the series goes on, she begins to mellow out a little.
- Establishing Character Moment: 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 Up to Eleven.
- Gratuitous English: When greeting Nizuma, changed to Gratuitous Japanese in Viz's translation.
- Hopeless Suitor: For Takagi.
- Insufferable Genius: 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.
- Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places: 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 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.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: In regards to Takagi.
- Serious Business: Everything she takes an interest in becomes like a competition to her, especially where Takagi is concerned.
- She Is All Grown Up: Four years have passed, and Iwase looks very beautiful. Not that she wasn't before.
- Stalker with a Crush: For Takagi and later Hattori.
- Teen Genius: Like much of the cast.
- Tempting Fate: 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.
- Unknown Rival: 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.
- Woman Scorned: 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.
"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.
Tropes associated with Kazuya:
- The Alcoholic: 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 that Aoki helps him overcome.
- Brilliant but Lazy: His editor basically has to pull Manipulative Bastardry in order to get him to do any work at all, but Kazuya is a genuinely funny and imaginative creator.
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Mentions in the middle of a conversation that he has a medical condition that causes him to urinate blood.
- Bunny-Ears Lawyer: 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.
- Butt Monkey: 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: 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.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Multiple times, particularly with Aoki, though once he actually asks her out and starts spending time with her, the two do genuinely fall in love.
- Early-Bird Cameo: In Episode 23 and 24.
- Expy: He's reputedly based on Hideaki Sorachi, the author of Gintama.
- A Fool and His New Money Are Soon Parted: 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.
- Hidden Depths: At first his infatuation with Aoki comes off almost as superficial and pathetic as Nakai's obsession with her... 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 Nice Guy who has proved he genuinely cares enough about Aoki to try to change his habits for the better.
- Hopeless Suitor: For Aoki.
- Hot-Blooded: In the weirdest way. When Hiramaru gets depressed, he does it with gusto.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: When his idiosyncrasies are being played for humor, Hiramaru makes people around him very uncomfortable.
- Pinky Swear: With Aoki, to get serialized again
- Real Life Writes the Plot: 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.
- The Slacker: Particularly early on, when he sneaks out of his apartment to "hide" at the other mangaka's houses.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: 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 Jerk Ass 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.)
"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. 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)
Tropes associated with Takuro:
- Despair Event Horizon: Twice. 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: 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
- Disappeared Dad: His mother mentions that his father is dead.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Played quite straight, especially when he agrees with virtually everything Aoki says, then subverted.
- Fat Bastard: When he becomes an assistant for Nanamine, he's devolved into this. The first shot we see of him again is him chomping away at a pizza acting all smug.
- Even Fat Bastards Have Standards: Subverted. He knows that what 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 (makes sense when you consider how much difficulty he's faced in getting serialized) but he goes along with it anyways. He even tries to salvage the situation on his own, but only ends up driving off everyone else by exposing Nanamine's lies.
- Gonk: He's obese and not often clean-shaven, and the manga clearly shows that he's not very attractive. And it gets even worse when he comes back..
- Jerk Ass: While some see him as a Jerk Ass Woobie, there's still the fact that as an assistant for 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.
- Just Friends: This seems to be what "Aoki Ko" wanted to have with him. There might have been some sort stronger relationship between them, but he ruined everything when he became a Jerk Ass
- Oh, Crap: Gets this when things go wrong, particularly when he sees Aoki Pinky Swear with Hiramaru.
- Progressively Prettier: 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 He Took a Level in Jerkass 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 Jerk Ass.
- Put on a Bus: Returns home and decides to quit manga forever, but could return, since he's not exactly happy with his new life.
- Spanner in the Works: 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.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: At some point after Hideout Door is canceled.
- Tragic Dream: His desire to become a mangaka can be seen as this.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: 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
"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.
Tropes associated with Yuriko:
- Beauty Mark: under her left eye.
- Curtains Match the Window
- Defrosting Ice Queen
- Does Not Like Men: 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 Word of God that she looks like J-Pop singer Kaela Kimura.
- First Name Basis: Eventually gets onto this with Hiramaru after they get engaged. After becoming friends with Kaya and Miho, she calls them by their first names.
- Graceful Loser: Tends to take cancellation relatively well.
- Hot Teacher: In Takagi's imagination after she reveals that she hopes to become one if she can't make it as a mangaka.
- Meganekko: When she has to make or read storyboards.
- Mentor Ship: Quite possibly with Fukuda, though it never comes to be.
- Nice Hat
- Not So Different: 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 Iwase is like how she used to be, though.
- Oblivious to Love: She is unaware of Hiramaru's feelings for her. When he finally asks her out, she says yes.
- Official Couple: With Hiramaru.
- Ship Tease: Has feelings for Takagi, might have had feelings for Nakai, and might develop feelings for Fukuda. Hiramaru also constantly tries and usually fails to woo Aoki, but she agrees to go out with him after he finally confesses to her.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Appears cold and aloof at first, but is gradually shown to have a kinder and warmer side to her.
- Unwanted Harem: Her reason for her distrust towards men.
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".
Tropes associated with Shinta:
"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.
- Humans Are Bastards: Seemingly his view on the world, as very evident in True Human.
- Loners Are Freaks
- Morality Pet: For Smug Snake Yamahisa.
- No Social Skills
- Out of Focus: 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.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: 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 Happiness in Slavery 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.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: Frequently
- Shrinking Violet
"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. 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.
Troes associated with Toru:
"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 artist for Rabuta and Peace, which is written by Takagi.
Voiced by: Yuuichi Iguchi (JP)
"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.
- 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.
- Hypocritical Heartwarming: He stands up and argues against Shiratori's mother's view that manga is shallow for being mass-marketed.
- Oh, Crap: After being told in no uncertain terms that his work is unsuited for shonen magazines... by two different editors.
- Smug Snake: 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.
- Tempting Fate: He thinks that Shonen 3 will be more receptive toward his work than Jump is, and immediately thereafter, gets turned down.
- True Art Is Incomprehensible: Invoked. He writes art that is deep and often difficult to understand, and believes that quality matters more than popular appeal.
- Wild Take: One of the series' great masters of this trope, just behind Hiramaru.
One of Mashiro and Takagi's first assistants during Detective Trap
. 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)
- Executive Meddling: 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.
- Headphones Equal Isolation
- The Quiet One: At first. He quickly gets over it once he's alone with Mashiro.
- Shown Their Work: During Mikata's Justice's run, he's frequently depicted attending courtroom trials for research purposes.
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)
- Christmas Cake: 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
- Girlish Pigtails: One part of her appearance that makes her look younger than she is.
- Older Than She Looks: Looks like a high school student.
- Unwitting Instigator of Doom: By proxy, as she introduces her friend, Ririka Kitami, to Mashiro, and Ririka finds out about Mashiro and Azuki's relationship and posts it on her blog, resulting in virtually everyone finding out about it.
"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 PCP moves to Hissou Jump
, Hattori becomes their editor for their manga Reversi.
Tropes associated with Akira:
He's editor to Nizuma and Fukuda.
Tropes associated with Yujiro.
- Oh, Crap: 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.
- One Steve Limit: Has the same last name, but no apparent relation to, Akira Hattori.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: He and Fukuda often argue, but there are moments when Fukuda respects him, and he also hopes to help Fukuda succeed.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Gives this to Fukuda regarding his 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.
"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. 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)
Tropes associated with Goro
- Berserk Button: Whenever the main characters question his skill or indicate they trust someone else more.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows
- Blunt "Yes": 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.
- Dumbass Has a Point: 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.
- Fat Idiot: He's not completely stupid, but he's heavyset and makes a fair number of questionable judgment calls.
- Gonk: Downplayed.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: 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.
- Irrevocable Message: 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.
- It's All My Fault: He believes that he failed to notice Mashiroís declining health, and is to blame for his hospitalization and Trapís cancellation.
- Oh, Crap: After realizing the implications of his ultimatum that Takagi split up with Mashiro if Mashiro won't follow his suggestions.
- Pose of Supplication: When going to apologize to Mashiro and Takagi after his Irrevocable Message has already arrived.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red oni to Hattori, as he shows a broad spectrum of emotion, from excitement to anger to depression.
- Senpai Kohai: Hattoriís kohai.
Editor-in-Chief Hisashi Sasaki
"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. Becomes Editor-in-Chief of Hissou Jump in Chapter 150.
Tropes associated with Sasaki:
- Brutal Honesty: 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.
- Dropping the Bombshell: In a phone conversation with Nanamine, when he says he finds his methods unacceptable
- Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: Often referred to solely by his title, although Mashiro's mother once calls him "Mr. Sasaki" in the Viz manga.
- Little "No": When giving his opinion on whether PCP can compete with Eiji's work 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.
- No Name Given: Sasaki is his last name, and is rarely used, at that.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: For the most part, heís willing to allow his authors to make their own decisions provided they understand the consequences, and respects determination.
- Stealth Mentor: Was asked to look over Mashiro by Kawaguchi Taro.
- Stern Teacher: Can come off as one at times to the mangakas.
- Stoic Spectacles
- The Stoic: He almost never loses his cool, even when his writers do something drastic, such as turn in a different series, or boycott the magazine.
- Not So Stoic He admits that he couldn't really keep a cool head around Ashirogi Muto.
- This Is Unforgivable!: Has this reaction to Nanamine's using older manga artists to test his plan, saying that the only reason he's giving him a final chance instead of banning him from Jump is because Mashiro, Takagi and Team Fukuda are hoping to surpass him.
"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.
Tropes associated with Yoshida:
- Face Framed in Shadow: When he's manipulating Hiramaru, his face is typically not shown.
- Gag Lips: When he straight out lies to Hiramaru.
- Happily Married: 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 when advising Hiramaru on how to propose to Aoki
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Often resorts to manipulative tactics, but when it comes down to it, his first priority is ensuring that mangaka live up to their potential.
- Manipulative Bastard: Has to use this in order to make Hiramaru draw.
- He also manages to put Nakai on shape by this, promising him to introduce him to Aoki's older sister.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Happens to be his relationship with Hiramaru in the end.
Shizuka's editor, as well as Aoki's after her first cancellation.
Tropes associated with Yamahisa
- 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.
- Pet the Dog: While he does have a vested interest in how well True Human is doing, he, at times, seems genuinely concerned for Shizuka.
- Smug Snake: 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.
"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.
Tropes associated with Kosugi:
- Adaptational Badass: Gets a brief moment of this in the last episode of the anime. In the manga he becomes Iwase's latest editor and appears to be simply the next victim of her... forceful... personality. In the anime adaptation he recovers from the initial shock very quickly, and Iwase herself is taken aback by how well prepared he came for their first meeting.
- Beware the Nice Ones: For the most part, reluctantly puts up with how Nanamine treats him, but when Nanamine suggests that he's giving up, he punches him
- Butt Monkey: 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.
- Extreme Doormat: Largely forced to cave in to Nanamine due to his lack of confidence and Nanamine using a Breaking Speech 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).
- Get a Hold of Yourself Man: Punches Nanamine after he contemplates giving up.
- Hot-Blooded: Suggested to be this by Nanamine after the Get a Hold of Yourself Man example.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gives a relatively calm and subdued one to Nanamine, 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.
- Sadistic Choice: Essentially told to either submit to Nanamine's plans, which Jump wouldn't accept if they knew about, or put his career in jeopardy.
"You really are... a wonderful couple, you two..."
Miho's mother and the woman Nobuhiro was once in love with.
Tropes associated with Miyuki:
Miho's younger sister.
Tropes associated with Mina:
Moritaka's mother, who is initially opposed to his going into manga.
Voiced by: Kumiko Higa (JP), Eileen Stevens (EN)
Tropes associated with Kayoko.
- The Complainer Is Always Wrong: 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.
- Education Mama: Insists that Mashiro study hard to get into a good high school and sees manga as a distraction from that.
- Fantasy Forbidding Mother: Manga is the "fantasy" in question, although she gradually changes her stance.
- Tempting Fate: 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.
- Unnamed Parent: For most of the manga, although her name is mentioned before long in the anime.
Moritaka's father and Nobuhiro's older brother.
Voiced by: Hidenari Ugaki (JP), Dan Green
Moritaka's grandfather and Nobuhiro and Masahiro's father.
- Ascended Extra: Gets quite a few more scenes in the anime.
- No Name Given: His sons refer to him as their father, Moritaka calls him "Grandpa," and his daughter-in-law calls him "Father".
- 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.