Top 10 Most Influential Mangaka of All Time

Next to the mangaka's name, list the series that made him / her known and the series that is the most influential.
The Top Ten
1 Akira Toriyama (Dragon Ball, Dr. Slump)
2 Osamu Tezuka (Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion)
3 Hirohiko Araki (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure)

He's super influential. JoJo has been going since 1987 and has influenced several anime and manga, it's truly an epic and bizarre adventure spanning several generations of the Joestar family having to battle enemies from vampires, ancient aztec super-beings, and gangsters. The artstyle and story are absolutely fantastic, and the show and manga is very popular in Japan as its been extremely influential in Japanese media.

Referenced in just about everything - even Pokemon. There's a good reason it's remembered and still ongoing.

4 Eiichiro Oda (One Piece)
5 Kentaro Miura (Berserk)
6 Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke) Hayao Miyazaki is a Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter, animator, author, and manga artist.

His manga Nasuicaa of the Valley of Wind and Studio Ghibli movies cannot be challenged.

7 Yoshihiro Togashi (Yu Yu Hakusho, Hunter x Hunter)

Togashi is Easily the greatest Shounen manga writer along with Oda. His signature trait is how he makes each character analyse deeply about the event happening & explaining why that character made that decision through tons of TEXT. This makes all the thought process of characters so thrilling like for example Chimera Ants arc, so much stuff was happening simultaneously, and each character was thinking & reacting intensely to what they should do next & all of this in a slow motion. Plus he created Nen, the most well developed, detailed power system, Restriction & Pledge takes it to whole new level, & allows logical power ups. And another of his traits how he does the most unexpected things & surprises us with his anti climatic & yet brilliant endings.

Togashi is the writer of the to best hero's journey stories ever made

8 Naoko Takeuchi (Sailor Moon)
9 Takehiko Inoue (Slam Dunk)
10 Hiroshi Fujimoto (Doraemon)
The Contenders
11 Masashi Kishimoto (Naruto, Naruto Shippuden)
12 Rumiko Takahashi (Ranma ½, Inuyasha)
13 Hiromu Arakawa (Fullmetal Alchemist,Hero Tales,etc)
14 Hiro Mashima (Fairy Tail, Rave Master)

Influential?! Influenced more like!

15 Go Nagai (Devilman, Cutey Honey, Mazinger Z)

Kiyoshi Nagai, also known as Go Nagai, is a famous mangaka known for creating Devilman, Cutie Honey and Mazinger Z. Go Nagai is often seen as a revolutionary pioneer, as his works were pioneering in the manga scene: Mecha (Mazinger Z), Ecchi (Harenchi Gakuen) and Female Shounen Protags (Cutie Honey) were all started and kicked off by Nagai. Besides that, Devilman's brutal horror theme was a complete counter to the other manga out that time.

16 Naoki Urasawa - 20th Century Boys, Monster
17 Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira)
18 Tite Kubo (The Greatest at Trolling)
19 Hideaki Sorachi (Gintama)

The funniest, most well-rounded manga I ever seen so far.

One of the best manga if not THE BEST manga ever.

20 Kazuki Takahashi (Yu-Gi-Oh!)

Starting in 1996, Takahashi's Yu-Gi-Oh! manga was the first of many in the Yu-Gi-Oh series, graphic novel and animation spin-offs alike. According to Guinness World Records, the ensuing Yu-Gi-Oh Trading Card Game by Konami is currently the best-selling trading card game (as of late March 2011), with well over 25 billion cards having been sold.

21 Machiko Hasegawa (Sazae-San)
22 Masamune Shirow (Ghost In The Shell)
23 Shotaro Ishinomori (Cyborg 009, Super Sentai series, Kamen Rider)

This man was awesome. This guy knew what he was doing. He was hired to make manga and tokusatsu projects like this, but he always added his own personal touch to those elements.

24 Kentaro Yabuki (Black Cat)
25 Saki Hasemi (To Love-Ru)
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