Akito Takagi (also called Shujin) is one of the two main protagonists of Bakuman. He is an aspiring manga writer who is very smart and gets the top grades in his school. Akito is classmates with Mashiro, and when he discovers Moritaka's drawing ability he proposes the idea of making a manga together. After Mashiro visits Azuki Miho's house and the two make their promise Mashiro agrees to start creating manga together with Akito. The two later become very close friends. Takagi is the second half of Ashirogi Muto, writing the stories.


Takagi's father lost his job as banker when Takagi was in second or third grade. His mother wanted him to 'avenge' his father, and pushed him to study very hard, even before he was in elementary school. When he was in fifth grade Akito snapped and told his mother he would decide his own future. Since then his mother has said nothing to him of his choices. Takagi has an older brother who is in University.


Height: 180 cm

Akito is quite tall and skinny, he has longish blond hair, gold/yellowish eyes and wears glasses. He is quite often seen wearing a large pair of headphones around his neck( Which is Sony MDR-XD100 ) . He often wears a red track sweater.

At the start of the manga, Akito's hairstyle was more curly and wild, but it has now flattened.


Moritaka Mashiro

Akito and Moritaka team up together as Muto Ashirogi. Takagi asked Mashiro to be partners during their third year of middle school. At first, Mashiro didn't agree; however, Takagi persuaded Mashiro by revealing Azuki's dream of being a voice actor to Mashiro and urging Mashiro to confess to her. Since then they started making manga together.

Kaya Miyoshi

Kaya is Akito's girlfriend, and later on, wife. She is also the best friend of Moritaka's girlfriend Miho Azuki. In the beginning, he only showed interest in her to get information about Miho. D

Takagi as Minoru Takunaga

ue to a misunderstanding Kaya thinks that Takagi likes her, which as they hang out with ach other eventually becomes true and she becomes his girlfriend. After they begin dating, they are rarely seen without each other, and even planned to get married. Kaya is extremely energetic and lightens up the studio. She is willing to help out in when help is needed and is often seen cleaning the studio. After another series of misunderstandings that threatened to break them, as well as Mashiro and Azuki, up, Takagi proposes to Kaya. She accepts, but they hold off on getting married until their new manga Run, Daihatsu Tanto! is published. They finally get married and start living together.

Akira Hattori

Hattori is Akito and Moritaka's first editor, and worked with them until the serialization of Detective Trap. His knowledge of manga has been a key part of Akito and Moritaka's success. He become their editor again during the serialization of PCP

Eiji Nizuma

Eiji is considered a high school genius and has prodigious ability for creating manga. Though Eiji is a major rival to Akito and Moritaka, they compete respectfully and have a friendly relationship. Eiji respects both their abilites, and is an avid fan of theirs.

Yuriko Aoki

When Aoki is first introduced she is rather cold towards Takagi. She appears very self-centered and believed that she was better. After both of them have serialized manga though she begins to warm up. After the cancellation of her manga Hideout Door, she starts a new manga called A Season of Green Leaves, a romance. However, since it is for Jump, Aoki's editor asks her to write the story from a male point of view, that gives her great difficulty. Aoki asks Takagi for help, eventually taking most of the relationships in Bakuman, such as Mashiro and Azuki's ideal love, and writing them into A Season of Green Leaves. As they talk more and more Aoki eventually develops a crush on him but does not confess since Takagi was engaged with Kaya.

Aiko Iwase

In the beginning of the manga, she had a deep crush on him since he beat her in the term scores. She shakes his hand and believes that he likes her back. Later he brings both Kaya and her to his room and reveals that he will become a mangaka with Mashiro. She tells him that he should quit and she leaves. Much later she joins Jump and writes a story called +Natural, which is drawn by Eiji. Takagi sees her as his rival as an author like Mashiro does with Eiji as an artist. There is much tension between the two as Iwase wants to crush Takagi "at his own game." After she finds out that if PCP isn't successful after 25 weeks, they can't write for Jump anymore, she changes her mind of completely crushing him and tells him that he should do his best and if not then he was never a better author than she is. Later he mutually declares her his rival and shakes her hand much like she did back when they were in middle school. Iwase still has a crush on Takagi.


Akamaru Jump

In Akamaru Jump, Akito and Moritaka created a manga called Money And Intelligence. Money and Intelligence was a one-shot story about a future where people's minds were bought and sold as commodities. The manga was published and highly praised, especially by Eiji

The manga Takagi made Money and Intelligence

Breaking Up

During the school holidays Akito promises to think up a story for the Golden Future Cup while Moritaka practices his drawings. Akito gets writers block and decides to help Kaya with her ambition to become a famous writer. Moritaka thinks that Akito doesn't care about making manga anymore and decides to split up with him and do manga on his own. Akito didn't really want to split up with Moritaka so he goes to Mr Hattori and asks him what he should do. Hattori tells Akito to keep working on his stories and then in a couple of years to go to Moritaka and ask him if they want to work together again. Akito agrees with this idea but then a couple of days later he talks to Moritaka and they find out they they were both having the same idea for a manga and they get back together again.

Golden Future Cup

For the Golden Future Cup, Akito and Moritaka both came up with the idea to do a mystery manga. They end up deciding on a story called Detective Trap. The manga is about a con artist who works for the police to help catch criminals. Their manga was very successful and ended up winning.

New Years Party

At the New Year's Party, Mashiro and Takagi are introduced to many mangakas. Some of them are new artists just like Mashiro, such as Hiramaru and Arai (Who made Otters11 and Cheese Okaki respectively).

Detective Trap's Serialization

Moritaka has been working extremely hard while Detective Trap is being serialized. He has been getting less and less sleep and he finally collapses. He was taken to the hospital after that. He is diagnosed with a liver infection which requires surgery. Mashiro wants to keep working while he is in the hospital so that the Trap won't have to go on hiatus, whereas everyone else believes that his first priority should be to get better. Mashiro tries to convince Takagi to bring him his materials, but Takagi decides to call Azuki to see if she can convince him to stop working. Azuki goes to the hospital the next day and begins talking to Mashiro from outside his room.

Help from Aoki/ Marriage Proposal

In Chapter 60 (Men And Women), Takagi is trying to think about a story for his new manga, but his problem is that he can't write about women very well. He spent the whole night thinking about the story, and considered adding an animal to the story. He decided to go to the zoo the next morning for ideas. While at the zoo, he encountered Aoki, and they talk. Aoki reveals to Takagi that she is having trouble writing from a male's point of view. Takagi tells Aoki that he is having problems writing about girls, so they decide on an exchange to help each other with writing from the POV of the opposite sex. As they talk, Takagi warns that his girlfriend Kaya might not be able to see the difference between work and play, so Takagi told Aoki to keep it on the down-low and only talk on the phone so that Kaya won't get jealous, however he told Mashiro because they are partners. He tells her that he will call her at 10 o'clock, and they ended up talking on the phone all night. The phone exchange happens for a while, and they also had meet-ups as well. When Kaya finds out Takagi is seeing her behind her back, she gets very angry. Takagi later convinces her to meet up with him at the zoo, to convince her of his faithfulness on a date. However, when Takagi gets there Aoki is there too, and when Aoki tries to tell Takagi about her problems with Nakai, Kaya shows up and sees the two standing close together. Kaya starts running away, pushing Takagi down when he comes after her. Takagi shouts to Miyoshi "Marry me!" Kaya first refuses, saying he can't get her back by copying Mashiro, Takagi refuses this and says he loves her. After hearing the whole story Kaya is happy to get married to Takagi.


  • (To Moritaka Mashiro) "But.. I have one condition...I want you to draw a manga with me." [1]
  • (To Iwase Aiko) "Before I started writing manga with Mashiro, I was just watching the days pass by, But now everyday is fun and I feel like I'm really living."[2]


  • Takagi wears Converse brand shoes (He wears the All Star Model) and Sony brand headphones.[3]
  • Takagi ranked 5th in Weekly Shonen Jump popularity character polls.
  • Takagi bears a slight resemblance to Light Yagami from Death Note,another manga created by Takeshi Obata and Tsugumi Ohba.
  • Takagi can be compared to Tsugumi Ohba, the writer of Bakuman partnered with illustrator Takeshi Obata.
  • Dragon Ball, by Akira Toriyama, is his favorite manga.
  • He among Moritaka Mashiro made a cameo in To Aru Majutsu no Index episode 10 walking near Accelerator.


  1. Bakuman Chapter 1, Page 17-18
  2. Bakuman Chapter 11, Page 8
  3. Bakuman Volume 3, Chapter 19, Page 7
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