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)

Akira Toriyama ( 鳥山 明 Toriyama Akira, born April 5, 1955 in Nagoya, Aichi ) 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 work"and acting as a character designer for several popular video games such as the Dragon Quest series, Blue Dragon, and Chrono Trigger. Toriyama is regarded as one of the artists that changed the history of manga, as his works are highly influential and popular, particularly Dragon Ball, which many manga artists cite as a source of inspiration.
The Dragon Ball series, on publication, has changed the whole shonen genre and also influenced greatly on people's interests, kids and teenagers in particular.

2 Osamu Tezuka (Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion)

Osamu Tezuka ( 3 November 1928 ��" 9 February 1989) was a Japanese manga artist, cartoonist, animator, film producer, medical doctor and activist. Born in Osaka Prefecture, he is best known as the creator of the comics series Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion, Black Jack, and Phoenix. His prolific output, pioneering techniques, and innovative redefinitions of genres earned him such titles as "the father of manga ", "the godfather of manga" and "the god of manga". Additionally, he is often considered the Japanese equivalent to Walt Disney, who served as a major inspiration during Tezuka's formative years.

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.

I mean our life is one big Jojo reference

The influence jojos has on shonen is insane to be honest

4 Eiichiro Oda (One Piece)

Eiichiro Oda ( born January 1, 1975) is a Japanese manga artist, best known for his manga series One Piece (1997��"present). With over 345 million copies in circulation worldwide, One Piece is the best-selling manga series of all time. The series' popularity resulted in him being named one of the manga artists that changed the history of manga.

5 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.

6 Kentaro Miura (Berserk)

-Guts, probably.

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.

Yoshihiro Togashi ( born April 27, 1966 in Shinjō, Yamagata ) is a Japanese manga artist. He began drawing manga at an early age; while he attended college, the publishing company Shueisha recognized his talent. Togashi has authored numerous manga series in different genres during the past three decades. He is perhaps best known for writing and illustrating the YuYu Hakusho and Hunter - Hunter series, both of which have been published in the popular Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine.

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

8 Naoko Takeuchi (Sailor Moon)

Naoko Takeuchi ( born March 15, 1967) is a Japanese manga artist. She is best known for her manga series Codename: Sailor V (1991"1997) and Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon (1991"1997).
If Akira Toriyama is the one who changed the history of shonen anime / manga, Naoko Takeuchi is the one who changed the history of shojo.

9 Rumiko Takahashi (Ranma ½, Inuyasha)

Rumiko Takahashi creator of Urusei Yatsura, Maison Ikkoku, Ranma ½, Inuyasha, Rin-ne, Maris the Chojo, Laughing Target, Fire Tripper, Mermaid Saga, One-pound Gospel, Rumic Theater, and Rumic World.

She started with Urusei Yatsura in 1978 and her last complete manga Rin-ne ended in 2017. She publishes an annual collection of short stories called Rumic Theater (Rumiko Takahashi Anthology) which started in 1987 and is still on going to this day.

10 Hiroshi Fujimoto (Doraemon)

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 used the Fujiko Fujio name from 1954 until dissolution of the partnership in 1987.
From the outset they adopted a collaborative style where both worked simultaneously on the story and artwork, but as they diverged creatively they started releasing individual works under different names, Abiko as Fujiko Fujio A, and Fujimoto as Fujiko F. Fujio. Throughout their career they won many individual and collaborative awards, and are best known for creating the popular and long-running series Doraemon, the main character of which is officially recognized as a cultural icon of modern Japan. Some influences of most of their projects are the works of acclaimed manga artist Osamu Tezuka and many US cartoons and comic books.

The Contenders

11 Takehiko Inoue (Slam Dunk)

Takehiko Inoue ( born 12 January 1967 in Okuchi, Kagoshima) 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 about basketball, Inoue himself being a huge fan of the sport. Inoue's manga features mainly in male-oriented magazines. His name is ordered as Takehiko Inoue on his books sold in North America through Viz Media ( Vagabond, Slam Dunk, and Real), although Gutsoon! Entertainment's earlier Slam Dunk translations in North America used Inoue Takehiko.

12 Masashi Kishimoto (Naruto, Naruto Shippuden)

This should be listed.

13 Hiro Mashima (Fairy Tail, Rave Master)

Influential?! Influenced more like!

His work has always inspired me. he is a very talented artist. he is my rolemodel. I love his new work edens zero and fairytail

14 Hiromu Arakawa (Fullmetal Alchemist,Hero Tales,etc)
15 Tite Kubo (The Greatest at Trolling)
16 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.

17 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.

18 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.

19 Machiko Hasegawa (Sazae-San)

Machiko Hasegawa ( January 30, 1920 " May 27, 1992, in Taku, Saga Prefecture) was one of the first female manga artists.
She started her own comic strip, Sazae-san, in 1946. It reached national circulation via the Asahi Shimbun in 1949, and ran daily until Hasegawa decided to retire in February 1974. She also created the comic strip Ijiwaru Bā-san (Granny Mischief). All of her comics were printed in Japan in digest comics; by the mid-1990s, Hasegawa's estate had sold over 60 million copies in Japan alone.

20 Kentaro Yabuki (Black Cat)
21 Saki Hasemi (To Love-Ru)
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