Best Mangaka of All Time

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These Mangaka shaped what we see in anime today. Which do you think is the best? If your going to add a mangaka please put there full name and the manga they are best known for.

The Top Ten

1 Akira Toriyama - Dragonball

Created the greatest shonen anime of all time, if not the greatest anime period. His character design is like no one else and his fight design is superb, Toriyama is the goat.

It blows my mind how much fun and how amazing this anime is. Considering it was also made in the 80's. I have never wanted to be more like a super hero and have super powers before in my life. I almost want to say that I can't wait until I die so that I can finally be able to perform the things like power ups and turning Super Saiyan and unleashing Kamehamehas and such things. It is without a doubt, the best anime series of all time and my favorite without a doubt in my mind.

Dragon Ball.

This man can't be described by words.

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2 Eiichiro Oda - One Piece

Best adventure manga of all time? I think so

The best of All Time

The smartest mangaka of all time I wish to be like him

The Best Of all

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3 Naoki Urasawa - 20th Century Boys, Pluto

Only because of creation monster and 20th century boys I think he deserves to be called a master of masterpieces.

20th Century Boys
Monster
Pluto

The reason Naoki Urusawa is the best mangaka is simply because of his consistency and collection of work. The above three manga are top 100 mangas of all time at worst. The mangaka close to having a great catalog as this (which come to my mind) is Takeshi Ohbata responsible for Death Note, Bakuman, Hikaru No Go and more recently Platina End.

Naoki Urasawa's ability in story-telling is by far the best I have seen in manga. You can see how much thought he puts into planning out the panels to make his chapters literally page-flippers. His ability in planning out a story is also remarkable, they are often very clever (with plot twists that are mind-blowing but not far-fetched) and are very thought-provoking. Even the smallest details can become something epic in his manga. His characters are all very distinct, in appearance as well as personality. A few of them especially are very unforgettable.
His artwork is also unique. It is clean and crisp, straight-forward, and very pleasant to look at. Surprisingly, his artwork also suites his stories perfectly, whether they are slice-of-life stories (Happy! ) to dark psychological thrillers (Monster).
This guy's my absolute favorite!

I really love him~

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4 Osamu Tezuka - Astroboy, Kimba

Simply the best

What else is there to say? Osamu Tezuka is arguably the most influential comic book artist of all time and the godfather of manga. The first spot belongs to him on every of those lists. It's not even up for debate.

He was influential in the development of manga. His works inspired many and paved the way for many mangaka that we enjoy today.

He is considered the god father of manga and anime and developed the style for manga and anime everywhere aka big eyes and fancy hair.

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5 Masashi Kishimoto - Naruto

HE IS NUMBER ONE

I love the art of Masashi Kishimoto.

The manga and anime are so perfect, his style is so unique in the manga and the storylines he has are amazing. It has never failed to entertain me and it is by far the best anime/manga I've ever watched/read

Naruto is a fascinating and awe inspiring journey of Naruto, a boy who was hated, but through hard work became a hero. The other main character is Sasuke who is a phenomenal character and one of the most well thought out and intriguing character in manga. This is a masterpiece and why Kishimoto is my favorite. So many twist and turns that make you feel all sorts of different emotions.

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6 Takehiko Inoue - Slam Dunk

Vagabond is one hell of a treat. The story of legendary swords man Musashi Miyamoto is told beautifully through the brush strokes of Takehiko Inoue's skillful hand. A definite read especially if you enjoy manga like berserk and Vinland saga. If you are also into the tales of wandering ronin and samurai this is also for you. In the end Inoue's skill has pushed me to further my art in manga making.

Slam Dunk, an inspired comic that really push me up when I was down for basketball. One of the best manga that I ever read in my life.

Slam Dunk, Vagabond. One of the looked up and appreciated manga artists ever. So much detail and love in his work.

Vagabond REAL and Slam Dunk are masterpieces in their respective genres. Amazing stories and artwork in his mangas. Vagabond is my favorite though.

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7 Kentaro Miura - Berserk

Legendary

Amazingly thorough art of incredible quality with the best story that manga has ever seen, an artist truly dedicated to his work and worthy of being called the best mangaka.

Masterpiece

" Berserk goes beyond the traditional manga, for several reasons. Firstly, it has the best dwrawings, really, each page is a piece of artwork, the shadows, the details, the scenarios, everything is perfectly created. Second, the story is never boring, besides the first arch with the story of the group of the white hawk which is in my opinion the best, also after Miura is able to create a story which keeps you with the eyes stuck at the pages. The depth of the main character, Gatsu, is unbelievable, all the contradictions that he has, all the struggles he has to face, all his changes...every arch of the series represents something for him and the reader literally grows with him along with the develop of the story.

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8 Yoshihiro Togashi - YuYu Hakusho, Hunter X Hunter

He should be first to be honest

There are so many mangaka I respect, but there is something so special about Togashi's mind. I love the way this man thinks. I worship this man's work so much that I don't care if he gets sloppy with his drawings or puts a series on hold. He is SO good I would wait for as long as he wanted. As far as art goes Togashi CAN draw especially when you see he puts time into it. But more than that his work shows me that he can be open minded and creative. He comes up with interesting fights and even more interesting characters. Who else but Togashi can make a character like Hisoka from Hunter x Hunter and make him one of the most loved characters of the series. I've loved everything I have ever read of Togashi and the man created the two of my favourite characters of all time with Hisoka and Kuroro.

he awesome

From what I've seen, it's not very often that somebody is able to write more than one manga that's actually good. Yoshihiro Togashi has somehow managed to write two of the best ever made, which is pretty impressive, and is in a nutshell why he's my favorite mangaka. Honestly the fact that he's only #8 on here (at the time of me writing this) is pretty pathetic to me, but whatever, getting mad over a top 10 list (that's dependent on votes, no less) would be even more pathetic. And that's all I really have to say about that.

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9 Takeshi Obata - Death Note, Bakuman

Hate to break it to you guys but even though he is a great artist, he had no part in the story writing. That credit belongs to Tsugumi Ohba. - Undistinguished

I really enjoyed death note. Because everything in death note was awesome. I just can't explain how good that show was. I really admire you. I wanna make anime just like you. My dream is to be a best mangaka. But the problem is I didn't born in Japan. I am in Canada. But I born in India. Can you help me achieve my dream. Here my email (jashanthapper@gmail.com). Can you give me some tips

Death note is the standard I compare all manga stories to. For me it is the absolute pinnacle of great story telling. It is only recently that I discovered Bakuman and thought to myself how well written the story and the characters are. Reading Bakuman one falls in love with the supporting characters like Hiramaru and Eiji rooting for them just as much as the main characters. To learn it is from the same great author is simply phenomenal especially considering how different the genre's are! Obata is a true grand master!

The best comic.. A battle of brains that didn't involve physical violence or any scenes that must be avoided. Maybe the only detective manga that I actually enjoyed reading

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10 CLAMP - Cardcaptor Sakura, xXxHolic, Clover

Cardcaptor Sakura is by far my most favorite CLAMP series, I like it since I was only a ten years old. Even though I don't really like on how the way CLAMP puts teacher-student romance scenes on its work, but I still like CLAMP. I also really like CLAMP's art style and character design for Cardcaptor Sakura and Chobits because they look so adorable, unfortunately though I don't really like CLAMP's latest noodle people character design.

All of best manga I read from this amazing group of mangaka

I'm an adult now and upon watching it again after 16 years of my life, I felt in love again to this. Hopefully there will be a part 2 of CCS. WE want to watch how they become a family now. CLAMP hear US.

Their mangas always have unique character and story, the art so beautiful :3

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The Contenders

11 Hirohiko Araki - JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

He made one of the most influential manga of all time. So much so that it is referenced in other manga/anime all the time.

A vampire legend

Influential

This man is simply a legend!

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12 Rumiko Takahashi - InuYasha, Ranma 1/2

The best
Top bad mainstream mangakas topk the first positions. She is the n.1

The first anime I ever watched fully and I don't regret watching 7 hours straight for five days in a row

She is the best... I just love her work

Created some of the best romantic series and can easily implement with different genres (Sci-fi, Martial-Arts, Slice-of-Life-Shounen-Action)

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13 Inio Asano - Oyasumi Punpun, Solanin

Brilliant art and an intense introspective story.

I can't believe he wasn't in this list. :( - Undistinguished

14 Hiromu Arakawa - Fullmetal Alchemist

I really love this series, in my opinion it mixes mystery, adventure, and action, before shaping it into an absolute masterpiece. The storyline is well done, and leaves readers (or at least me) glued to the pages for longer than I should be.

Hiromu Arakawa is indeed one of the best mangaka of all the time, She is very productive mangaka and all her creation are master piece (both manga series and one shot).even though silver spoon, her latest work is a very radical change of genre compared to her previous work (FMA, demons of shanghai, stray dog) but still she is able to maintain the gravity of her previous work and I think silver spoon is one hell of a unique manga ( I myself ain't a big fan of slice of life but this manga change my perspective). Not to mention that she is actually female and former farmer. All Hail HIROMU ARAKAWA!

Really underrated by many... Short story but expressing all the emotions of the character fully. The story at no point of time feels dragged has a good start and great ending with an excellent story.

This is one of the moving or the most movie anime/manga I've seen with such attention too detail and captivating plot-line interesting characters

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15 Hiro Mashima - Fairy Tail, Rave Master

Best anime and manga, very inspiring and motivating me to keep going forward no matter what happens... I love it, I hope there are more manga and anime Mashima-Sensei would make with a new genre, adventures, stories, and flavor... artwork is also amazing everything is amazing.

Fairy tail is without a doubt my favorite manga and anime series its funny but serious, it has a good story, lovable people and and its what powers my life hiro mashima is amazing and I truly hope to meat him I don't care where, earth, heaven, or even hell, I want to see him in person

Mashima-Sensei's is a amazing mangaka, and should be included in at least the top 10 list. He continuously puts out at least one manga chapter per week for Fairy Tail, while working on separate series, such as Fairy Tail Zero, the story for Ice Trail and Fairy Girls. As well as doing this, Mashima-Sensei is also active on his twitter account, and posts drawings very frequently. He's incredibly humorous, skilled with drawing, and most of all has an amazing mind for creating great plots for his manga.

Fairy tail the perfect anime

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16 Gosho Aoyama - Case Closed (Detective Conan)

He is a genie. I got interested in Manga and Anime because of Detective Conan. I improved at drawing because Gosho Aoyama is my drawing idol!

I agree with this comment up there, but Gosho Aoyama is genius and the best author (not one of the best), Detective Conan is one of rare shonen series to teach you logical! A way how do they solve the case is simply amazing! Beside mystery, drama is also strongly notable, if you want action watch DC movies. This is without a doubt, a masterpiece and the best series ever!

I love this one, the mangaka's opinion is so great! It's so difficult to think about those cases, and how it is solve. The techniques use how the crime is done is really fascinating. Like: "how the key got into the victim's pocket without breaking the window or having a duplicate". How the victim can be poisoned. He really is one of the best mangaka.

Personally, I feel Aoyama-san has such a level of precision in his work that no one can ever match. It makes me awe by just thinking about the fact how a person can think of so many scenarios of crime and that too in such a way that the work doesn't deviate from the main storyline. Hands off sir, you are undoubtedly the best.

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17 Junji Itou - Uzumaki, Junji Itou Collection

When you want to read horror manga, junji ito's is a must

The prince of horror manga. - Undistinguished

18 Noriaki "Tite" Kubo - Bleach

Pure Class

The art style in bleach is one of the best I've seen from mainstream manga. You can tell that it has gotten better and better with every chapter, all the way to the end.

Hands down Bleach is the best. You either love it completely or hate it completely, breathtaking fight scenes truly made it one of the best manga and anime out there by Kubo sensei, people even went far to call Bleach fights,"Dragon ball with swords." In terms of characters Bleach has one of the most badass ones! Still waiting for anime return on 2019.#Bleach #TiteKubo #Shuiesha

One of the most beautiful art styles I've ever seen. It displays emotions so masterfully and helps one put oneself in the characters' shoes. I love how he prefers to concentrate on the characters themselves and not so much on backgrounds. The battle sequences are fluid and coherent.

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19 Nobuhiro Watsuki - Rurouni Kenshin

I think this is a great anime but very under-rated because too many anime fans around the world haven't seen it. For example, here in Mexico, you could only see it if you had cable T.V. or could buy a copy of some episodes at a comics and manga store, which are very few in every city. It should be in the top 10.

My favorite anime since childhood. Great and also interesting story, the art is really good back then, the soundtrack songs are good too :3

His drawing style is lovely ;P

The best manga/anime ever. It is really undeserved to rate it as 15th best. The story of the once assassin known as hitokiri battousai who became a wanderer with a purified heart and is determined to help the instauration of the Meiji Empire provides us with a small picture of Japanese history and passes a captivating message of compassion. The movies released in 2014 are amazing too.

20 Jun Mochizuki - Pandora Hearts

One thing that I could highly appreciated about a mangaka is all about the Art Style correct me If I'm wrong but her art style is promising and this mangaka suited my taste, first I always look at the art style next is to the plot and next is how the conversation well take place and for some reason I like it how it deliver the conversation, it is not complicated to understand and follow the panel.

Her art style is truly beautiful-one of the most beautiful I've ever seen. I can just stare at simple panels for hours. Add brilliant plot to that, and you get masterpieces such as Pandora Hearts!

One of my favorite mangaka ever! Her comments and jokes before, after and during the manga always make me laugh! She look like so casual and joker but so smart too! I love her art.

The style she draws in is unlike any other I've ever seen, and it's absolutely beautiful!

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21 Sorachi Hideaki - Gintama

10/10 Best series ever!
Thanks Gori- sorry,Sorachi-sensei for this awesome series!

The plot isn't fed to you but it is there. Every character is amazing, even some characters you may not like at first and almost every character will show up more than once. The story of the arcs are great and they have great morals and endings. Lets not forget what makes Gintama, Gintama. The humour. Sorachi is hilarious, Gintama has made me laugh more than anything in my life! Sorachi is an amazing man, he definitely deserves to be in the top 10!

His art isn't the highest level, but Gintama is just insanely good in every other aspect.

Great "story", probably the best characters (diversity, memorability, etc.) ever in a manga and epic humor.

Sadly rarely know in the west, Gintama is a huge hype in Japan. Sorachi Hideaki was even featured in Bakuman and definitely deserves to be Top 10.

The best Gorilla ever. He's hilarious and talented. All the characters, even those characters that only appear once, are so awesome. I can't even predict the story plot, it's too amazing the way he draw it. He's lazy to draw background but when he did, it so epic. My favorite quote from him : 'I want to be a cheesecake.'

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22 Norihiro Yagi - Undeadman

Also, the author of Claymore and Angel Densetsu. Talented story writer but a bad artist. Though he gets better over time... - Undistinguished

23 Naoko Takeuchi - Sailor Moon

I love Sailor Moon as it was my first introduction into anime. It is truly a masterpiece in my opinion and Naoko's beautiful art just adds to the story.

She deserves her praise for creating the greatest mahou shoujo of all the time, Sailor Moon.

This manga was my first manga and anime and even after watching over 300 amines this anime still has a place in my heart with one of the best backstory and plot twists I love this manga and anime

I love your manga and anime. Ganbatte! I wish sailor moon crystal will come faster. (I'm sorry for my English. )

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24 Sui Ishida - Tokyo Ghoul Series

Definitely worth reading

The best mangaka

Best manga there is

Best of the best

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25 Toboso Yana - Kuroshitsuji

Love love love this mangaka.

BEST.

Toboso has created the best art quality I have ever seen in my many years of watching anime and reading manga. With all of her hard work and dedication, she makes every new piece absolutely beautiful and exciting. When looking back at her older works or even the anime, her improvements have put them to shame. Every time I see a new chapter or sketch, I can't help but just stare at each panel or work for minutes straight before moving onto the next one. In addition to the graphics, the story itself is not one to fall short. Its deep, thorough, relatively dark (as expected from being names after a demon butler), and highly enjoyable for someone like me. The character development and characters themselves are downright lovable with their gorgeous designs and personalities. Its almost impossible to believe that one person came up with all of these events and ideas for characters. To wrap this up as I suppose this may be too lengthy, Toboso, by far, is my favorite mangaka, and everyone ...more

Her art is so detailed and I can't help but admire each and every one of them. She even has books of her black butler artworks and I totally recommend buying it! And if you haven't read the manga, please do. Everything there is just gorgeous and I'd say that it looks much better than the anime. By looking at each drawing, I can tell she puts a lot of hard work and dedication to produce high-quality artwork and in my opinion, did a splendid job at it. I love the way she draws Ciel, Vincent, Lizzy and of course, Sebastian.

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26 Oneyusuke Murata - One-Punch Man

Awesome mangaka but he didn't actually draw One Punch Man, just the story. He did both for Mob Psycho 100 though. - Undistinguished

Yusuke has the best stories I have ever read and a cool drawing techniques

It's perfect.

One punch man is actually thé best manga I ever read.it is really very cool and the drawings are amazing Not to talk of the MC whom is actually the strongest but his force is stories to everyone perhaps other heroes acknowledge him

27 Ken Akamatsu - Love Hina, Mahou Sensei Negima

Overrated - Undistinguished

28 Mitsuru Adachi

Underrated. - Undistinguished

Manga can't be more humane than Adachi-sensei's manga. Even with its simplicity, for me it surpassed more exciting and thrilling manga (even Urasawa-sensei's manga which are a close second for me). I wish I read his manga while I'm still at elementary school or junior high. I might faced my teen years very differently.

I love all his manga. My favourite being Touch, Katsu and Cross Game. His drawings are rather simple but he is a genius at storytelling. Great characters, who you will remember and fall in love with. Plots will make you laugh, cry, be shocked, very touching.

A true genius. Touch and H2 are the best sports manga ever. Realistic and with touches of "slice of life", all around, the greatest manga artist of all times.

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29 Matsuri Hino - Vampire Knight

Most beautiful art style, so much detail.

My only mangaka fave.

I love Vampire Knight! And Zero: :DD

30 Kouji Seo - Suzuka, Love Plus

Suzuka and Kimi no Iru Machi were great but Fuuka was horrible. - Undistinguished

I like his all manga especially the character... so hot

The art and story is good. PLOT TWIST KING

His art is simply beautiful..
The storyline is also very weel written throughout though some beeing to draggy..
I wanna see more of his work..!
Reffering to Suzuka,A town where you live and Fuuka

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31 Hiro Fujiwara - Kaichou Wa Maid-Sama!

Her art is beautiful and her work Kaichou wa Maid Sama is incredibly well put together as an overall manga

Kaichou Wa Maid-sama was absolutely amazing! She is an extremely talented mangaka!

32 Minami Kanan - Kyou koi wo hajimemasu

This manga was one of my first and the plot and character development is truly perfection I loved every single page of every single chapter I couldn't take my eyes off of the manga

33 Katsura Hoshino - D.Gray-man

Truly beautiful artwork. In the beginning it was slightly awkward, hands being disproportional and all, but it has matured well over the years into the truly beautiful art that it is today. She is also very talented in developing characters, by just the right amount at just the right moments. Brilliant artist, and D.Gray-man will forever be my second favorite manga.

First and only manga that has made me cry!

Her art is really great! One of the best! Totally good at detailed art!

34 Yusuke Murata - Eyeshield 21, One Punch Man

too good

11th

35 Kouta Hirano - Hellsing

Also the author of Drifters. - Undistinguished

This guy is one of the best. Why is he so low

36 Tadatoshi Fujimaki - Kuroko's Basketball

This is a good sports anime that is a sure hit, it never fails to make me laugh! I feel that anyone watches this will feel the importance of friendship and have a good laugh as well!

Kuroko no Basuke is a great sports manga

A new manga series that is seen to be the best in the near future. The anime has stopped as first season while the manga is still relleased

37 Tsukasa Hojo - City Hunter, Cat's Eyes, Angel Heart

I like his work I really like city hunter cause tsukasa hojo did drawn ryo and kaori very well and the story is very good

He must be, the best of all those mangaka, He has the best style of drawing. Thks Tsukasa,

38 Arina Tanemura - Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne

, her drawings are just... I have no words. She is an amazing mangaka!

She's just amazing. Her stories make women more important in mangas. Like, her female character are beautyful and also strong to face their problems alone without men's help. Her drawing skills are so great and modern! You could hair and eyes very detailed! I can't believe she is at 42nd

39 Higuchi Tachibana - Gakuen Alice

Love! Love! Love! Higuchi Tabhibana is so selfish that she didn't put a good ending on both manga and anime.. Tsk!

NATSUME IS SO HAWT <3 even though he's a year younger >. >

40 Yoshiki Nakamura - Skip Beat!

One of the rare manga where the female main character is the one to give up because things are not working according to her.

41 Kaori - Himitsu no Ai-chan
42 Motohiro Katou - Q.E.D., C.M.B., Rocket Man
43 Obata Yuuki - Bokura Ga Ita
44 An Nakahara - Kilari

I agree.

45 Masami Kurumada - Saint Seiya

Even when Masami Kurumada has made other anime, Saint-Seiya is by far his greatest achievement. It has great characters and a drama inspired first in greek mythology and later in other traditions such as norse and Christian folklore. I really believe this anime must be among the top 10 in any ranking and from any point of view. Its drawings and soundtracks are amazing and they even improve as the history and sagas progress.

46 Peach-Pit - Shugo Chara!

Shugo chara is a renovating and a refreshing anime and is mainly focused towards shoujo. It is a refreshing break from all those serious anime and manga that you see all the time. So for me it is a huge getaway and well its awesome!

47 Go Nagai - Devilman, Cutey Honey, Mazinger Z

By far one of the most important people in the industry. He helped define what anime and manga have become and was the inspiration to countless others.

Its pure nonsense that he wasn't on this list despite him being the greatest and one of the most influential mangaka ever - Kuro

48 Kusanagi Mizuho - Akatsuki no Yona, NG Life

One of the best female mangakas. - Undistinguished

Amazing plots? Unique and well drawn characters? Well done cliches and dramas? Emotional? Shoujo with a good bleand of drama and/or action? Strong female leads? Amazing art? What more could you want! And Mizuho sensei brings it all to the table!

49 Yoshizumi Wataru - Handsome Girlfriend
50 Lynn Okamoto - Elfen Lied

A very shocking and tender anime, at the same time. I had never seen anything so violent and yet touching in the same series. Great anime

Great stories and Great artstyle

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1. Osamu Tezuka - Astroboy, Kimba
2. Akira Toriyama - Dragonball
3. Naoki Urasawa - 20th Century Boys, Pluto
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1. Takehiko Inoue - Slam Dunk
2. Kentaro Miura - Berserk
3. Naoki Urasawa - 20th Century Boys, Pluto
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1. Yoshihiro Togashi - YuYu Hakusho, Hunter X Hunter
2. Hiromu Arakawa - Fullmetal Alchemist
3. Kentaro Miura - Berserk
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