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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. {#nodes}
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  • Hayao Miyazaki (宮崎 駿, Miyazaki Hayao, born January 5, 1941) is a Japanese animator, filmmaker, screenwriter, author, and manga artist. A co-founder of Studio Ghibli, a film and animation studio, he...  more

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  • Osamu Tezuka

    Osamu Tezuka (Japanese: 手塚 治虫, born 手塚 治, Hepburn: Tezuka Osamu, (1928-11-03)3 November 1928 – 9 February 1989) was a Japanese manga artist, cartoonist, animator, and film producer. Born in Osaka...  more
  • Hiromu Arakawa (荒川 弘, Arakawa Hiromu) is the male pen name of Hiromi Arakawa (荒川 弘美, Arakawa Hiromi, born May 8, 1973), a Japanese manga artist from Hokkaidō. She is best known for the manga...  more
  • Yuu Watase (渡瀬 悠宇, Watase Yuu, born March 5, 1970, in Kishiwada, Osaka) is a Japanese shōjo manga artist. Watase received the Shogakukan Manga Award for shōjo for Ceres, Celestial Legend in 1997....  more
  • 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...  more
  • 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...  more
  • Chezhina Svetlana (Russian: Чежина Светлана Игоревна), born January 12, 1985, is a comic book artist from Kazakhstan. She works under the Japanese pseudonym Midorikawa Tsuyoshi (Japanese: 緑川毅志) that...  more
  • 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...  more
  • Gosho Aoyama (青山 剛昌, Aoyama Gōshō, born June 21, 1963) is a Japanese manga artist best known as the creator of the manga series Detective Conan (known in the United States, Canada and the United...  more
  • Mamoru Oshii (押井 守, Oshii Mamoru, born 8 August 1951) is a Japanese filmmaker, television director and screenwriter. Famous for his philosophy-oriented storytelling, Oshii has directed a number of...  more
  • Fujio Akatsuka (赤塚 不二夫, Akatsuka Fujio, September 14, 1935 – August 2, 2008) was a pioneer Japanese artist of comical manga known as the Gag Manga King. His name at birth is 赤塚 藤雄, whose Japanese...  more
  • Satoshi Kon (今 敏, Kon Satoshi, October 12, 1963 – August 24, 2010) was a Japanese film director, animator, screenwriter and manga artist from Sapporo, Hokkaidō and a member of the Japanese Animation...  more
  • Takashi Nakamura (中村 たかし (formerly なかむら たかし), Nakamura Takashi, born September 12, 1955 in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan) is an accomplished Japanese animator and anime director. He is also a founding...  more
  • Kazuo Koike (小池 一夫, Koike Kazuo, May 8, 1936 – April 17, 2019) was a prolific Japanese manga writer (gensakusha), novelist and entrepreneur....  more
  • Kazuhiko Katō (Japanese: 加藤一彦, Hepburn: Katō Kazuhiko, May 26, 1937 – April 11, 2019), known by the pen name Monkey Punch (モンキー・パンチ, Monkī Panchi), was a Japanese manga artist, best known for his...  more
  • Takeshi Obata (小畑 健, Obata Takeshi, born February 11, 1969) is a Japanese manga artist that usually works as the illustrator in collaboration with a writer. He first gained international attention...  more
  • 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...  more
  • Takehiko Inoue (井上 雄彦, Inoue Takehiko, born 12 January 1967 in Okuchi, Kagoshima) is a Japanese manga artist. He is best known for the basketball series Slam Dunk (1990–1996), which is one of the...  more
  • Kentarō Kobayashi (小林 賢太郎, Kobayashi Kentarō, born 17 April 1973) is a Japanese comedian, actor, dramaturge, theatre director, and manga artist. Outside Japan, he is most well known for directing and...  more
  • Mitsuteru Yokoyama (横山 光輝, Yokoyama Mitsuteru, June 18, 1934 – April 15, 2004) was a Japanese manga artist born in Suma Ward of Kobe City in Hyōgo Prefecture. His personal name was originally spelled...  more
  • Katsuhiro Otomo (大友 克洋, Ōtomo Katsuhiro, born April 14, 1954) is a Japanese manga artist, screenwriter and film director. He is best known as the creator of the manga Akira and its animated film...  more
  • Jun Maeda (麻枝 准, Maeda Jun, born January 3, 1975) is a Japanese writer and co-founder of the visual novel brand Key under VisualArt's. He is considered as a pioneer of the visual novel medium, mostly...  more
  • Leiji Matsumoto (松本零士, Matsumoto Reiji, born Akira Matsumoto 松本晟, January 25, 1938 in Kurume, Fukuoka, Japan) is a well-known creator of several anime and manga series. His wife Miyako Maki is also a...  more
  • Satoshi Urushihara (うるし原 智志 (pen name) or 漆原 智志 (real name), Urushihara Satoshi, February 9, 1966), the "Master of Breasts", is a Japanese manga artist and illustrator known for his distinctive style...  more