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 art style and story are absolutely fantastic, and the show and manga are very popular in Japan as they have been extremely influential in Japanese media.

Referenced in just about everything - even Pokémon. 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 Nausicaä of the Valley of the 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 analyze deeply about the events happening and explains why that character made that decision through tons of text.

This makes all the thought processes of the characters so thrilling. For example, during the Chimera Ants arc, so much stuff was happening simultaneously, and each character was thinking and reacting intensely to what they should do next, all of this in slow motion.

Plus, he created Nen, the most well-developed, detailed power system. Restriction & Pledge takes it to a whole new level and allows for logical power-ups. Another of his traits is how he does the most unexpected things and surprises us with his anticlimactic yet brilliant endings.

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

His work has always inspired me. He is a very talented artist. He is my role model. I love his new works, Edens Zero and Fairy Tail.

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 Protagonists (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 at 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've 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, including graphic novels and animation spin-offs. 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. He 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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