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List of Famous Mangakas

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List of famous mangakas, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top mangakas in the world? This includes the most prominent mangakas, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable mangakas is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic mangakas were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned mangakas.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different people, like Hayao Miyazaki and Jun Maeda.

From reputable, prominent, and well known mangakas to the lesser known mangakas of today, these are some of the best professionals in the mangaka field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous mangakas ever?" and "What are the names of famous mangakas?" then you're in the right place. (397 items)

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    Hayao Miyazaki
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    Hayao Miyazaki is a Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter, animator, author, and manga artist. Through a career that has spanned five decades, Miyazaki has attained international acclaim as a masterful storyteller and as a maker of anime feature films and, along with Isao Takahata, co-founded ...more

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    • Age: age 74
    • Birthplace: Kantō region, Bunkyo, Tokyo, East Asia, Honshu, + more
    • Profession: Mangaka, Storyboard Artist, Illustrator, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: Howl's Moving Castle, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, + more
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    Osamu Tezuka
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    Osamu Tezuka was a Japanese cartoonist, animator, film producer, and activist. Born in Osaka Prefecture, he is best known as the creator of the comics series Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion and Black Jack. His prolific output, pioneering techniques, and innovative redefinitions of genres earned him such ...more

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    • Age: Died at 61 (1928-1989)
    • Birthplace: Toyonaka, Japan
    • Profession: Mangaka, Inker, Penciller, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: Metropolis, Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion, Astro Boy, Alakazam the Great, + more
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    Hiromu Arakawa
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    Hiromu Arakawa is a Japanese manga artist from Hokkaidō. She is best known for the manga Fullmetal Alchemist, which became a hit both domestically and internationally, and was later adapted into two anime television series. She often portrays herself as a bespectacled cow. Her given name is Hiromi, the ...more

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    • Age: age 42
    • Birthplace: Makubetsu, Japan
    • Profession: Mangaka
    • Credits: Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos, Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa
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    Yu Watase is a female Japanese shōjo manga artist.more

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    • Age: age 45
    • Birthplace: Osaka Prefecture, East Asia, Honshu, Osaka, Asia, + more
    • Profession: Mangaka, Illustrator, Novelist, Cartoonist, Writer, + more
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    Akira Toriyama is a Japanese manga and game artist. He first achieved mainstream recognition for his highly successful manga Dr. Slump, before going on to create Dragon Ball—his best-known work—and acting as a character designer for several popular video games such as the Dragon Quest series and Chrono ...more

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    • Age: age 60
    • Birthplace: Nagoya, Japan
    • Profession: Mangaka, Designer
    • Credits: Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball, Dragonball Evolution, Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone, Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound, + more
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    Aki Shimizu

    Aki Shimizu is a manga artist who hails from Ōmuta, Fukuoka. She contributed the art for Blood Sucker: Legend of Zipangu, Graduale der Wolken, and adapted a manga version of Suikoden III based on Konami's video game. In 2003, she began Qwan, an original story of her own.more

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    • Profession: Mangaka, Artist
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    Chezhina Svetlana, born January 12, 1985, is a comic book artist from Kazakhstan. She works under the Japanese pseudonym Midorikawa Tsuyoshi that can be translated as "Green River, a strong soul", despite the chosen given name being a masculine name.more

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    • Age: age 30
    • Birthplace: Rudniy
    • Profession: Mangaka, Comics artist
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    Youka Nitta

    Youka Nitta is a Japanese yaoi manga artist. Although Nitta was already a fan of manga, she was introduced to yaoi manga when she was in grade five, by an older girl who was her neighbour. Her first manga story, "GROUPIE", was published by Biblos in 1997. She believes in characters not always having to ...more

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    • Age: age 44
    • Birthplace: Fukui Prefecture, Japan
    • Profession: Mangaka
    • Credits: Edo Love Song
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    Gosho Aoyama
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    Gosho Aoyama, born Yoshimasa Aoyama on June 21, 1963 in Hokuei, Tottori Prefecture, Japan is a Japanese manga artist. He is the creator of the manga series Detective Conan.more

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    • Age: age 52
    • Birthplace: Hokuei, Tottori, Japan
    • Profession: Comic book creator, Mangaka, Screenwriter
    • Credits: Case Closed: Magician of the Silver Sky, Case Closed: Captured in Her Eyes, Case Closed: The Fourteenth Target, Case Closed: The Phantom of Baker Street, Detective Conan: Jolly Roger in the Deep Azure, + more
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    Mamoru Oshii
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    Mamoru Oshii is a Japanese filmmaker, television director, and writer. Famous for his philosophy-oriented storytelling, Oshii has directed a number of popular anime, including Urusei Yatsura, Ghost in the Shell, and Patlabor 2: The Movie. He also holds the distinction of having created the first ever ...more

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    • Age: age 64
    • Birthplace: Ōta, Tokyo, Japan
    • Profession: Mangaka, Video game development, Television director, Professor, Novelist, + more
    • Credits: Ghost in the Shell, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Urusei Yatsura, Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade, Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence, + more
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    Fujio Akatsuka
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    Fujio Akatsuka was a comic artist.more

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    • Age: Died at 73 (1935-2008)
    • Birthplace: Luanping County, China
    • Profession: Mangaka, Cartoonist
    • Credits: Lupin the Third: The Secret of Mamo, A Pool Without Water
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    Satoshi Kon
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    Satoshi Kon was a Japanese film director, animator, screenwriter and manga artist from Kushiro, Hokkaidō and a member of the Japanese Animation Creators Association. He was a graduate of the Graphic Design department of the Musashino Art University. He is sometimes credited as "Yoshihiro Wanibuchi" in ...more

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    • Age: Died at 47 (1963-2010)
    • Birthplace: Sapporo, Japan
    • Profession: Mangaka, Screenwriter, Animator, Voice acting, Film Director
    • Credits: Perfect Blue, Tokyo Godfathers, Paprika, Millennium Actress, Memories, + more
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    Takashi Nakamura is an accomplished Japanese animator and anime director. He is also a founding member of the Japan Animation Creators Association labor group. Nakamura's 2001 film A Tree of Palme was an official selection of the Berlin Film Festival. His work on Ōgon Senshi Gōrudo Raitan inspired ...more

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    • Age: age 60
    • Birthplace: Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan
    • Profession: Mangaka, Art Director, Screenwriter, Animator, Animation Director, + more
    • Credits: Robot Carnival, A Tree of Palme, Catnapped!, Fantastic Children, The Door to the Future, + more
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    Kazuo Koike
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    Kazuo Koike is a prolific Japanese manga writer, novelist and entrepreneur.more

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    • Age: age 79
    • Birthplace: Daisen, Japan
    • Profession: Mangaka, Screenwriter, Lyricist, Writer
    • Credits: Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance, Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx, Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades, Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril, Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Land of Demons, + more
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    Monkey Punch is the pen name of Japanese manga artist Kazuhiko Katō, best known for his series Lupin III. In April 2005 he became the professor of Manga Animation at Otemae University, in their Faculty of Media and Arts, and was a visiting professor at Tokyo University of Technology in May 2010. He was ...more

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    • Age: age 78
    • Birthplace: Hamanaka, Japan
    • Profession: Mangaka, Professor, Screenwriter, Cartoonist, Writer, + more
    • Credits: Lupin the Third: The Legend of the Gold of Babylon, The Castle of Cagliostro, Lupin the Third: Farewell to Nostradamus, Lupin the Third: The Secret of Mamo, Lupin the 3rd: Missed by a Dollar, + more
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    Takeshi Obata is a Japanese manga artist that usually works as the illustrator in collaboration with a writer. He first gained international attention for Hikaru no Go with Yumi Hotta, but is better known for Death Note and Bakuman. with Tsugumi Ohba. Obata has mentored several well-known manga artists, ...more

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    • Age: age 46
    • Birthplace: Niigata, Japan
    • Profession: Mangaka, Inker, Illustrator, Penciller, Author, + more
    • Credits: Death Note
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    Masashi Kishimoto
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    Masashi Kishimoto is a Japanese manga artist, well known for creating the manga series Naruto which was in serialization from 1999 to 2014. As of September 2014, the series had over 200 million copies in print worldwide. Besides the Naruto manga, Kishimoto also participated in the making of the anime ...more

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    • Age: age 41
    • Birthplace: Nagi, Japan
    • Profession: Mangaka, Screenwriter
    • Credits: Naruto Shippuden the Movie, Naruto the Movie: Legend of the Stone of Gelel, Naruto the Movie: Ninja Clash in the Land of Snow, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: The Will of Fire, + more
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    Takehiko Inoue
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    Takehiko Inoue is a Japanese manga artist, best known for the basketball manga Slam Dunk and samurai manga Vagabond, which has become a success both in Japan and overseas. Many of his works are about basketball, Inoue himself being a huge fan of the sport, and many Japanese children started to play ...more

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    • Age: age 48
    • Birthplace: Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan
    • Profession: Mangaka, Inker, Illustrator, Penciller, Writer
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    Kentarō Kobayashi is a Japanese comedian, actor, dramaturge, theatre director, and manga artist. Outside of Japan, he is most well known for directing and acting in "The Japanese Tradition" videos, and for playing the Mac in the "Get A Mac" advertising campaign in Japan. He is a member of the Rahmens ...more

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    • Age: age 42
    • Birthplace: Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
    • Profession: Mangaka, Theatre Director, Comedian, Dramaturge, Actor
    • Credits: Nihon no katachi: Shazai, Natsu! Depart Monogatari, Sutouka Sasou Onna, Ryakudatsu Ai ~ Abunai Onna
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    Mitsuteru Yokoyama was a Japanese manga artist born in Suma-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo. His personal name was originally spelled Mitsuteru, with the same pronunciation. His works include Tetsujin 28-go, Giant Robo, Akakage, Babel II, Sally the Witch, Princess Comet, and adaptations of the Chinese classics ...more

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    • Age: Died at 70 (1934-2004)
    • Birthplace: Suma-ku, Kobe, Keihanshin, Japan
    • Profession: Comic book creator, Mangaka, Screenwriter, Cartoonist
    • Credits: Gigantor, Mahou Tsukai Sally, Giant Robo, Tetsujin 28: The Movie, Red Shadow, + more
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