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TRENDING 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)
Hayao Miyazaki is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Mangakas
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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, ...more

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Age: 76

Birthplace: Bunkyo, Tokyo, Japan

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 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Mangakas
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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 ...more

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Age: Died at 61 (1928-1989)

Birthplace: Japan, Toyonaka

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 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Mangakas
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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, ...more

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Age: 42

Birthplace: East Asia, Asia, Japan, Hokkaido

Profession: Mangaka

Credits: Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos, Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa

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Yu Watase is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Mangakas
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Yu Watase is a female Japanese shōjo manga artist. ...more

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Age: 47

Birthplace: Osaka, Japan

Profession: Mangaka, Illustrator, Novelist, Cartoonist Writer, + more

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Akira Toriyama is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Mangakas
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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 ...more

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Age: 62

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 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Mangakas
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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: 32

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 ...more

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Age: 44

Birthplace: Fukui Prefecture, Japan

Profession: Mangaka

Credits: Edo Love Song

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