Best Mangaka of All Time

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

His work is what pushed manga onto the world wide stage. One can only imagine the impact he would have made in an era of online globalization.

He has majorly influenced every artist that followed his legacy. His stories have stood the test of time, and his fans range from old to young. His stories are *still* competing with current popular works. If that isn't number one, I don't know what is. The fact that he's considered despite ending Dragonball in the early 90's, while the rest of the artists have recent of current works says a lot!

An original artist with a killer sense of story telling and humor.

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.

What can I say he is the best.He was the one to create concept of using superpower by hand,ecchiness eg: master roshi,bulma,the concept that after each arc the enemy gets even stronger than before and training.His art style is so good that no words or compliment can express it.His artsyle is on one of the greatest game ever made Chronno trigger,Blue dragon,Dragon quest,etc.

He is the BEST and deserve to be number 1, because if it wasn't for him then we would not have One Piece, Naruto, Bleach or Fairy Tail. They were inspired by Akira Toriyama. And of cause Dragon Ball is one of the best manga/anime there is. Almost anyone knows Dragon Ball, even then who do not watch anime or read manga.

2 Eiichiro Oda - One Piece

One piece is just way too good even after reading many as like monster, berserk, goodnight punpun, 21th century kid and others I don't think anything beats oda's one piece.

I've seen and read other anime and mangas and I loved them like FMAb but what sets Oda apart from the others in my opinion is that most of his characters in my favorite "one piece" are likeable even if the art is according to what others describe it as "ugly". His comedy makes me laugh and his dramas makes me cry. It has lots of characters but most of those still play an important role in the series up to now. The thrill his series gives me can't be compared to others and his story no matter how long still connects to a single big arc. In my honest opinion, his story, characters, every island the crew ends up and even their powers is unique. I LOVE ODA

One Piece is simply a truly epic story. Every character has a story and a reason to be loved. It has real emotions involved in the story. Of the top three (Naruto Bleach and One Piece) it is truly the best because unlike with Bleach, Oda knew where he wanted to take One Piece, how to string the whole story together in a seamless way, and lets be honest, Bleach was great, but at this point Kubo is just throwing stuff out there to see what sticks (a new Zangetsu... AGAIN... ). Naruto is really great, but I don't think the characters are as great, they don't bring out the depth of emotion that the Strawhat crew brings. Oda made a huge world with a truly epic storyline.

You can just tell from how perfect Oda makes One Piece. Its power balance is the best I have seen in any series. The main heroes WOULD face absolute defeat and wont come back immediately while magically gain some game-breaking power out of nowhere. While logigcs, science and almost everything in One Piece runs on Nonsensoleum, Oda manages to make them make senses while connecting with each other as a whole. Oda always does perfect job in creating Epic, or Tragic, or Despairing, or Humorous (best of him I believe). The best selling point of One Piece is almost everything that is drawn will ultimately serve for a purpose at one point in the serie

3 Naoki Urasawa - 20th Century Boys, Pluto

Naoki Urasawa is the Greatest Mangaka of all time. His story-telling is what separates him from the traditional manga. His best works are Monster and 20th Century Boys. Monster has arguably the greatest Antagonist in all of Manga AND Anime. His writing made me look past the artwork, it was so immersive, it was like I was reading a Russian Novel.

Best mangaka ever..
Naoki created great manga like :
Monster, 20th century boys, Billy bat, Master Keaton, etc.
He Is a genius who can tell a story that Will make you very Interested

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'm sorry but Naoki Urasawa should be number 1, out of all the manga I've read, his works (Monster, 20th Century Boys, Master Keaton, Pluto etc.) are the best. They're just the perfect combination of gripping storytelling, unforgettable and deep characters and stunning artwork.
His manga are suitable for anyone, even for adults who have never read manga. In particular, his greatest work, (in my opinion) "Monster" is up there as the greatest manga ever written along with the likes of "Berserk", "20th Century Boys" and others. For those who haven't read his manga I recommend that you should at least read "Monster", you really are missing out if you haven't!

4 Osamu Tezuka - Astroboy, Kimba

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 wrote Phoenix. The best manga of all time. He's the god of manga. I don't even understand how Misashi Kishimoto, KISHIMOTO, is above him. Naruto is so full of plotholes I don't even know how to explain it. I guess it's cause shounen battle series get all the hype so people never read quality manga.

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.

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

5 Masashi Kishimoto - Naruto

Out of all of the Big Three, and many other manga, I personally find Kishimoto's art style the most aesthetically pleasing (though this is subjective). The action sequences are beautiful, the character designs are unique and colourful, and the panels are arranged in clear ways. His art is beautiful in black and white and in color.

Say what you will about Naruto's plot, but the early premise is one of my favorites of any manga - the ninja world is deadly and I'm drawn to Naruto's isolated but desire to prove himself nature. The themes of the manga series spoke to me, and are very emotional. The series does drop off, but Kishimoto admits he could not plan ahead due to time restraints, so I believe that the plot was heavily affected by being unable to develop it entirely and having to rush out a new chapter every week - it's unfair to judge it fully then as he couldn't achieve his full potential with it.

He is just so good at coming up with stories and characters that you can love or hate very much. he is also very good at coming up with Stories for characters

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.

Starting watch Naruto Season 1 at T.V. then getting addicted till the end of the season. After the end of the season 1 I didn't get to continue watching the anime, luckily I found the manga. All Naruto Shippuden episode read online. Now, anxiously waiting for its final battle!

6 Kentaro Miura - Berserk

" 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.

Berserk is simply perfect. Dark Fantasy, in concept, would be my favorite genre and I can hardly think of a better incarnation of it than Kentaro Miura's world of Berserk. Violence, sex, horror, deep character writing, interesting storyline, crazy awesome artwork, it's the work of a genius!

Berserk is easily the greatest manga ever conceived. It is a brutally dark and horrifying manga. Some of the absolute best writing and godlike artwork to boot. How was he not on the list?

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.

7 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.

Amazing art with series like vagabond and slam dunk. the best sports manga with slam dunk, REAL and the best samurai tale with vagabond.

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

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.

8 Yoshihiro Togashi - YuYu Hakusho, Hunter X Hunter

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.

This man is a genius, I admit he took a lot of inspiration from dragon ball and jojo but how he makes the plot and characters meaningful is amazing. His plot ooks simple on the surface but displays a lot f meaningful concepts along with a group of likeable characters

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.

There' is so many things about Togashi that amazes is me, I'm gonna talk about his the characters in HxH : Imagine a person is an empty glass, and water is the personality, many mangakas can't make the "glass" full of "water", only few can including Togashi ( dunno if you get my point), what I mean is the characters are so real and not like just programmed robots, they heave their "free will" at the point that the story isn't controled by Togashi but the characters who develops the story.

9 Takeshi Obata - Death Note, Bakuman

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!

How is Obata -sensei not number 1?
Have you people seen Death note's manga?
It is very detailed, unlike child - drawing one piece
Shame on you!

Come on! I have never seen a wonderful anime/manga like Death Note! Obata-sensei, you're awesome.

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.

10 Hirohiko Araki - JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

Hirohiko Araki is a unique case and always goes out of his way to bring something special to his work. An artist at heart and an amazing writer.

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.

Araki is different. His artwork are realistic (too realistic) Tale he tell is unique and can't be compared to anything

Awesome style with a great way to tell stories. And he doesn't even need to have always the same protagonist.

The Contenders
11 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.

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.

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

LOve the plot! Every single manga that their made is so amazing! Especially TRC and Xholic

12 Rumiko Takahashi - InuYasha, Ranma 1/2

Her series are gateway series’. They aren’t perfect, and have plenty of flaws in their own rights, but they are such classics and the type of original that just sticks with you for life. It’s something you can always come back to, always fall back on as a series, and honestly just not care abt flaws because you’ve known it and respected and loved it for so long. So much of the anime/manga community started with one of her series and that kind of iconic mark just puts her up as one of the best for me.

The first ever anime I watched. So glad it was Inuyasha, otherwise, I might not have gotten completely addicted to anime!

To me she is the best mangaka. Even her old stuff like mermaid saga were really good evethough the style was so old. Also I like her humour

She's so amazing! Her mangas are the funniests I have ever read! Her art is really special, simply but so funny and perfect!

13 Hiromu Arakawa - Fullmetal Alchemist

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!

Simply, Arakawa is one of the most prestigious, artful mangakas and utilises her exceptional ability to create manga plots that enthral, outstand and evoke every emotion possible in the reader. In my humble opinion, such an intelligently written manga deserves more attention than it already has! Words alone cannot express my pure adoration and admiration for Hiromu Arakawa's work.

I agree with you. Fullmetal Alchemist manga and Brotherhood anime cirtainly changed my life, the plot, development, characters and most of all: The brotherly love, the remorse of a soldier and the bond they all shared together. This is my favorite manga and Brotherhood anime of ALL time and I thank and admire the beloved mangaka Hiromu Arakawa which is my idol not just on Fullmetal Alchemist aspects but these as well: Silver Spoon, Demons of Shanghai, Bat in the blue Sky, Raiden 18, Stray dog and Hero Tales! LOVE the best ever; HIROMU ARAKAWA & ALL HER WORKS! <3 ^_^

Not only was Arakawa able to create one of the most fully realized shonen worlds in history with Fullmetal Alchemist, she was also able to create Silver Spoon, a radically different piece of work that was still able to connect with people in the same way as her first series.

14 Inio Asano - Oyasumi Punpun, Solanin

Great mangaka with amazing art and depressing stories.

Inio Asano has beautiful stories and art in his works

Brilliant art and an intense introspective story.

Asano wants to hurt you.

15 Hiro Mashima - Fairy Tail, Rave Master

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.

Yeah I love Fairy Tail especially its MC Natsu! Such a lot of freaking battles and sexiness of the characters like Cana, Lucy, Mira. Also the comedic scenes that I didn't expect because of the seriousness of the scene , battle or arc

My favourite anime and manga, can't wait for Fairy tail 100 years quest to end. Best adventure, magical,emotional and romantic anime. You cannot find all these things at one place, except Fairy tail. Love it.

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

16 Gosho Aoyama - Case Closed (Detective Conan)

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.

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!

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.

Gosho Aoyama is the best mangaka out there. His drawing style is very unique compared to the other mangaka's which all practically look the same. The story and plot is amazing and I would have never thought of all of these crimes and deductions. Gosho Aoyama is the BEST!

17 Junji Itou - Uzumaki, Junji Itou Collection

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

He's a real legend in the horror manga section!

The prince of horror manga.

the master of horror manga.

18 Sorachi Hideaki - Gintama

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.'

Sorachi-sensei deserves to be one of the top 10. All the arcs in Gintama are really great and even in a middle of a very serious and epic situations he never fail to put gags in them. And because of this Gintama has been my favorite manga of all time.

19 Nobuhiro Watsuki - Rurouni Kenshin

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.

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

20 Noriaki "Tite" Kubo - Bleach

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.

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.

I love the art style and characters in Bleach. Fights are awesome, and plot twist make the story make you sit on the edge of your chair. Tite Kubo art is the best.

21 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!

22 Sui Ishida - Tokyo Ghoul Series

Was looking for this man. Amaazing story, so much hype each chapter, best character development I have witnessed amongst his characters and oh, the FEELS!

Definitely will become a big hit once his series becomes well known and probably complete.

One of the only mangakas who had the audacity to create chapter 125 and make it completely canon in a non-ecchi series. Has my upmost respect.

He's probably the one mangaka I respect the most. Living in a America is one quality that many fangirls would shun but this this is a very loved manga.

I. Love this manga and I need a new season of the anime and more chapters why isn't he in top 10 I love this manga

23 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.

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

One punch man is actually thé best manga I ever 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

24 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.

Sailor Moon was loved enough that to this day it is still being watched. It has inspired many other mangas', such as ebiten. Also, Takeuchi-sempai's P Q Angels is amazing! Sailor Moon was loved enough for Sailor Moon Vrystal to come out!

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

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

25 Norihiro Yagi - Undeadman

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

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