Famous Cartoonists from Japan

List of notable or famous cartoonists from Japan, with bios and photos, including the top cartoonists born in Japan and even some popular cartoonists who immigrated to Japan. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Japanese cartoonists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These cartoonists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known cartoonist from Japan is included when available.

List ranges from Shigeru Miyamoto to Stan Sakai and more.

This historic cartoonists from Japan list can help answer the questions "Who are some Japanese cartoonists of note?" and "Who are the most famous cartoonists from Japan?" These prominent cartoonists of Japan may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Japanese cartoonists.

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  • Akira Toriyama
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    Akira Toriyama (鳥山 明, Toriyama Akira, born April 5, 1955) is a Japanese manga artist, game artist and character designer. He first achieved mainstream recognition for his highly successful manga series 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, Chrono Trigger and Blue Dragon. Toriyama is regarded as one of the artists that changed the history of manga, as his works are highly influential and popular, particularly Dragon Ball, which many manga artists cite as a source of inspiration. He earned the 1981 Shogakukan Manga Award for best shōnen or shōjo manga with Dr. ...more
    • Age: 67
    • Birthplace: Nagoya, Japan
  • Gustave Verbeek
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    Gustave Verbeek

    Gustave Verbeek (August 29, 1867 – December 5, 1937) was a Dutch-American illustrator and cartoonist, best known for his newspaper cartoons in the early 1900s featuring an inventive use of word play and visual storytelling tricks.
    • Age: Dec. at 70 (1867-1937)
    • Birthplace: Nagasaki, Japan
  • Junichi Sato
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    Junichi Sato (佐藤 順一, Satō Jun'ichi, born March 11, 1960) is a Japanese anime director, best known for working on shōjo-based anime and the magical girl genre. He is associated with TYO Animations (formerly Hal Film Maker). Born in Ama, Aichi Prefecture, Japan, his first major work was directing the first two seasons of Sailor Moon for Toei Animation, after which he handed the position over to Kunihiko Ikuhara, although he continued to storyboard and direct episodes for the later seasons. He later went on to co-direct Ojamajo Doremi, as well as the critically acclaimed Princess Tutu. Sato served as chief director for long-runner Sgt. Frog, and in recent years has become more known for his ...more
    • Age: 62
    • Birthplace: Ama, Aichi, Japan
  • Katsuya Terada
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    Katsuya Terada (寺田 克也, Terada Katsuya, born December 7, 1963), is a Japanese illustrator and cartoonist from the town of Tamano, Okayama. His alias is Rakugakingu (ラクガキング, "Doodle King").
    • Age: 59
    • Birthplace: Tamano, Japan
  • Makoto Raiku
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    Makoto Raiku (雷句誠, Raiku Makoto, born 23 August 1974 in Gifu, Japan) is a manga artist whose works have appeared prominently in Shogakukan's publication Weekly Shōnen Sunday. Starting off an assistant for Kazuhiro Fujita on his manga Ushio & Tora, he started creating several one-shots for the shōnen manga anthology such as Bird Man (about a young pilot), Hero Ba-Ban (about a cheerful, but weak superhero) and Genmai Blade (about a teenage medicinal exorcist, of which he created both a one-shot and a two-part story). By 1999, he had created the series Newtown Heroes, which was published in Shōnen Sunday Super, a seasonal publication featuring upcoming manga artists and one-shots from the ...more
    • Age: 48
    • Birthplace: Gifu, Japan
  • Masashi Kishimoto (岸本 斉史, Kishimoto Masashi, born November 8, 1974) is a Japanese manga artist, well known for creating the manga series Naruto which was in serialization from 1999 to 2014. As of October 2015, the Naruto manga has sold over 250 million copies worldwide. The series has been adapted into three anime and multiple films, video games, and related media. Besides the Naruto manga, Kishimoto also personally supervised the two canonical anime films, The Last: Naruto the Movie and Boruto: Naruto the Movie, and has written several one-shot stories. In 2019, Kishimoto started writing the manga Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru. A reader of manga ever since a young age, Kishimoto showed ...more
    • Age: 48
    • Birthplace: Okayama Prefecture, East Asia, Honshu, Asia, Japan