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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
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 ...more

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

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

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

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

Aki Shimizu is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Mangakas
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 ...more

Chezhina Svetlana is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Mangakas
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 ...more

Youka Nitta is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Mangakas
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 ...more

Gosho Aoyama is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Mangakas
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.

Mamoru Oshii is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Mangakas
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, ...more

Fujio Akatsuka is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Mangakas
Fujio Akatsuka was a comic artist.

Satoshi Kon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Mangakas
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 ...more

Takashi Nakamura is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Mangakas
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 ...more

Kazuo Koike is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Mangakas
Kazuo Koike is a prolific Japanese manga writer, novelist and entrepreneur.

Monkey Punch is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Mangakas
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 ...more

Takeshi Obata is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Mangakas
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 ...more

Masashi Kishimoto is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Mangakas
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 ...more

Takehiko Inoue is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Mangakas
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 ...more

Kentarō Kobayashi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Mangakas
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 ...more

Mitsuteru Yokoyama is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Mangakas
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 ...more

Katsuhiro Otomo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Mangakas
Katsuhiro Otomo is a Japanese manga artist, screenwriter and film director. He is best known as the creator of the manga Akira and its animated film adaptation. He was decorated a Chevalier of ...more

Jun Maeda is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Mangakas
Jun Maeda is a Japanese writer and co-founder of the software company Key. He's considered as a pioneer of the visual novel medium, mostly nakige, and has mainly contributed as a scenario ...more

Oh! great is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Mangakas
Ito Ōgure, known professionally as Oh! great, is a Japanese manga artist most recognized for the manga series Tenjho Tenge and Air Gear. In 2006, he received the Kodansha Manga Award for shōnen ...more

Leiji Matsumoto is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Mangakas
Leiji Matsumoto is a well-known creator of several anime and manga series. His wife Miyako Maki is also known as a manga artist.

Satoshi Urushihara is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Mangakas
Satoshi Urushihara is a Japanese manga artist and illustrator known for his distinctive style of featuresque and beautiful characters. His work is the basis for anime such as Plastic Little and ...more

Usamaru Furuya is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Mangakas
Usamaru Furuya is a Japanese manga artist. He graduated from Tama Art University, where he majored in oil painting and developed an interest in sculpting and Butoh dance. During elementary ...more

Francesco Bellissimo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Mangakas
Francesco Bellissimo is an Italian businessman, celebrity chef, actor and foreign tarento. He is living and working in Japan, and nicknamed Italia no Taneuma. He is the president of the Italian ...more

Akira Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Mangakas
Akira Suzuki, also releasing works under the pseudonym Doitsu Suzuki, is a Japanese film, anime and manga author, director and editor. He is born in Sapporo, Hokkaidō. He has worked on AIKa ...more

Naoko Takeuchi is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Mangakas
Naoko Takeuchi is a Japanese manga artist. She is best known for her manga series Codename: Sailor V and Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon. She earned the 2nd Nakayoshi Comic Prize for Newcomers in ...more

Masami Kurumada is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Mangakas
Masami Kurumada is a Japanese manga artist and writer, known for specializing in fighting manga featuring bishōnen and magical boy. He is famous as the creator/author of popular manga, such as ...more

藤真拓哉 is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Mangakas

Masamune Shirow is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Mangakas
Masamune Shirow is the pen name of Japanese manga artist Masanori Ota. The pen name is derived from the legendary sword-smith Masamune. Shirow is best known for the manga Ghost in the Shell, ...more

Tadashi Agi is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Mangakas
Ryou Ryumon is the author of Bloody Monday, Vol. 5.

Yun Kouga is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Mangakas
Risa Yamada, better known by the pen name Yun Kōga is a female Japanese manga artist. She is married to fellow manga artist Tatsuneko. She is a graduate of Mita Senior High School, Tokyo. She ...more

Nekojiru is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Mangakas
Chiyomi Hashiguchi, known by the pen name Nekojiru, was a Japanese manga artist. In 1990, she debuted in the June issue of the monthly manga anthology Garo with Nekojiru, which is now considered ...more

Akira Yasuda is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Mangakas
Akira Yasuda is a Japanese animator, character designer, game designer and mecha designer, who works under the pen name "Akiman". Yasuda was formerly an employee of the video game ...more

Junji Ito is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Mangakas
Junji Ito is a Japanese horror manga artist. Some of his most notable works include Tomie, a series chronicling an immortal girl who drives her stricken admirers to madness, Uzumaki, a ...more

Ken Akamatsu is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Mangakas
Ken Akamatsu is a Japanese manga artist from Tokyo. After success with A.I. Love You from 1994–1997, he wrote what is considered his magnum opus, Love Hina from 1998 to 2001. His longest work to ...more

Shinji Wada is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Mangakas
Shinji Wada was a Japanese manga artist in Kure, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan, and best known for the creation of the Sukeban Deka franchise. He has been the cover artist for and had stories ...more

Chiho Saito is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Mangakas
Chiho Saito is a Japanese manga artist, most noted for the manga Revolutionary Girl Utena. In 1997, she received the Shogakukan Manga Award for shōjo for Kanon. She is part of the Be-Papas manga ...more

Nobuhiro Watsuki is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Mangakas
Nobuhiro Watsuki is a Japanese manga artist, best known for his samurai-themed series Rurouni Kenshin. He once worked as an assistant for his favorite artist Takeshi Obata.

Ikki Kajiwara is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Mangakas
Ikki Kajiwara was a Japanese author, manga writer, and film producer, also known under the pseudonym Asao Takamori. His real name is Asaki Takamori. The pseudonym was used since he was writing ...more

Hiroshi Takahashi is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Mangakas
Hiroshi Takahashi is a Japanese manga artist.

Masakazu Katsura is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Mangakas
Masakazu Katsura is a Japanese manga artist, known for several works of manga, including Wing-man, Shadow Lady, DNA², Video Girl Ai, I"s and Zetman. He has also worked as character ...more

Eiichiro Oda is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Mangakas
Eiichiro Oda is a Japanese manga artist, best known for his manga series One Piece. With over 345 million copies in circulation worldwide, One Piece is the best-selling manga series of all time. ...more

Shigeru Tamura is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Mangakas
Shigeru Tamura is a film director.

Fujiko Fujio is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Mangakas
Fujiko Fujio Fujiko Fujio was a nom de plume of a manga writing duo formed by two Japanese manga artists. Their real names are Hiroshi Fujimoto and Motoo Abiko. They formed their partnership in 1951, and ...more

Shotaro Ishinomori is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Mangakas
Shotaro Ishinomori was a Japanese manga artist who became an influential figure in manga, anime, and tokusatsu, creating several immensely popular long-running series such as Cyborg 009 and ...more

Mayu Shinjo is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Mangakas
Mayu Shinjo is a Japanese manga artist. She debuted in 1994 in Shogakukan's Shōjo Comic with "Anata no Iro ni Somaritai". She continued writing for Shogakukan until 2007, with her ...more

Yasushi Akimoto is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Mangakas
Yasushi Akimoto Yasushi Akimoto is a Japanese record producer, lyricist and television writer, best known for creating and producing some of Japan's top idol groups, Onyanko Club and the AKB48 franchise.