This is an easy one. Since watching the anime Bakuman. (バクマン。), I felt an immediate affinity with one of the duo protagonists, Takagi Akito. I think that he’s the male version of me.
Like him, I’m a writer but not a “natural” one. We’re confident in our writing, but can be quite envious of those who are able to write “naturally”–those who’re able to craft semi-polished stories just by holding a pen and paper. I think of myself as a planner, just like Takagi. We plan what we’re going to write first, to the point of obsessiveness.
Before he writes a manga story, he will study the trends and statistics first. He’s the “calculating” type versus the “natural genius” type of Nizuma Eiji. Similarly, I plan, write and schedule my blog posts days, sometimes months, before they’re actually published. This works quite well for me because my blog can be active even when I’m not online. I also regularly check my most popular posts, and then write related posts to exploit the interest.
We have another similarity which is our refusal to follow the path our parents wanted us to take. In the series, Takagi’s father lost his job at a bank. His mother revealed that she wanted Takagi to become a perfect student to avenge his father’s job loss someday. Takagi hated this. He lashed out at her, and shouted that he’s not her tool. He’s his own person and he will decide his own future.
Although not as dramatic, my mother wanted me to become whatever she thought would earn a lot of money–a doctor, lawyer, accountant, model, etc. (Sorry, mom! I love you very, very, very much!) But I don’t want my main motivation to be for money. I want to work for something that I love. So I refused to be influenced by her own desires. Simply put, I refused to be influenced by other people’s expectations of me. I followed and am still following my own chosen life path. Fortunately, most of my family seems quite supportive of me. But I know that even if they aren’t, I would still follow my own dreams because ultimately, this is my life and I’m the one who’s living it, not them. In the end, it seems that Takagi’s mom became supportive of Takagi, too.
I think that Takagi and I still have other similarities, but of course, he’s not me and I’m not him. He may be a fictional character, but I appreciate this sense of affinity with him. It’s like looking at an imperfect reflection that I can use to inspire and improve myself.
Takagi Akito is the anime character that I’m most similar to. Who’s yours?
Bakuman Anime at NHK (Japanese)
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