Animated Famous Cartoonists from Japan

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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.

Use this list of renowned Japanese cartoonists to discover some new cartoonists that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. (13 items)
Akira Toriyama is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Cartoonists from Japan
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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 Trigger. 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. Slump, and it went on to sell over 35 million copies in Japan. It was adapted into a ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 63

Birthplace: Nagoya, Japan

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Gustave Verbeek is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Cartoonists from Japan
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Gustave Verbeek

Gustave Verbeek was an illustrator and cartoonist, best known for his newspaper cartoons in the early 1900s featuring an inventive use of word play and visual storytelling tricks. Verbeek was of Dutch ancestry, but was born in Nagasaki, Japan, the son of Reformed Church in America missionary Guido Verbeck. He grew up in Japan, but went to Paris to study art, and worked for several European newspapers, creating illustrations and cartoons. In 1900 he moved to the United States, where he did illustrations for magazines such as Harper's, and produced a series of weekly comic strips for newspapers. In the 1910s he abandoned cartooning and became a fine artist. He was noted for his expressionist ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 70 (1867-1937)

Birthplace: Nagasaki, Japan

Junichi Sato is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Cartoonists from Japan
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Junichi Sato is an anime director. Sato is known for working on shōjo-based anime and the magical girl genre. He is associated with TYO Animations. 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 he 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 "healing anime" such as Aria and Umi Monogatari. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 58

Birthplace: Aichi Prefecture, Chūbu region, Ama, Aichi, East Asia, + more

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Katsuya Terada is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Cartoonists from Japan
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Katsuya Terada is a screenwriter and a costume designer. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 55

Birthplace: Tamano, Japan

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