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The Qualifications of a Man (男の条件, Otoko no Jōken) is a manga series published in the late 60s and was written by Ikki Kajiwara and drawn by Noburo Kawasaki.

Bakuman Series[]

In Chapter 5 of the Bakuman Manga, Mashiro recommends this book to Takagi as a "This is what a manga artist should be like" manga.

5 Major Qualifications[]

  1. Never create a superficial piece of work. Turn every drop of your blood into ink!
  2. Do not indulge yourself in the Flowers of Temporal Popularity. Dig up the soil to spread your roots deep below.
  3. Even if you attain some status, do not linger on it. If there is a choice between peace and storm, choose the storm.
  4. Never cry after being defeated. Research your defeat, and let that be the mother of your victory.
  5. Even if you follow all of the qualifications, never think that you are always correct. Let everybody around you be your master.