Moritaka Mashiro (真城 最高, Mashiro Moritaka) is the main protagonist of the series, Bakuman. He is a determined high-school student trying to make a successful manga and anime adaptation before he's eighteen. He works with classmate Akito Takagi and follows the footsteps of his late, manga-ka (manga artist) uncle, Moritaka Nobuhiro who once loved a classmate (the mother of Azuki Miho) from afar, but never got the chance to tell her so and later died from overwork. Mashiro's dreams are to make a successful manga and marry Azuki. He currently works in Jump with Takagi.