Top 10 Best Mangaka of All Time

These Mangaka shaped what we see in anime today. Which do you think is the best? If you're going to add a mangaka, please put their full name and the manga they are best known for.
The Top Ten
1 Akira Toriyama - Dragon Ball

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.

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.

I have to admit, I only chose Akita Toriyama for his work on the Dragon Quest and Dragon Quest Builders games because he did the character design and I think that the characters all look really cool.

2 Eiichiro Oda - One Piece

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.

Look, to all you haters, One Piece is awesome and will forever be my favourite manga of all time. The world approves of it and if you never knew, One piece is the world's most popular manga in terms of sales. The storyline is fantastic and considering that it has spanned 700+ chapters, I have never once felt that it was stretched. The comedy of the protagonist never fails to make me laugh and the antics of the crew will forever stay in my heart. The drama makes me cry and there really isn't anything bad I can say about this manga. In fact, looking at the way the story is going, I'd say that One Piece would span AT LEAST another 300 chapters. The characters keep on coming in and the plot is so vast with endless possibilities. This truly will be Manga's greatest work of art, ever. Long Live One Piece

One Piece. This manga made elasticity my favourite superpower. It's a story about dreams, and the obstacles in the paths leading to them. The characters are all fun and likeable. The art style stands out in a medium where so little variety in art exists, and the art has only gotten better over time, (this is, of course, not to belittle the many talented artists in the manga field.) The panel layouts are excellent. The plot is consistent in both its structure and its ability to deliver powerful emotional scenes. And to top it all off, it's still great after over 20 years! So here's to Mr. Eiichiro Oda and his story, One Piece; my favourite graphic novel series of all time. I could learn a thing or two from your diligence and hard work.

One Piece is my favorite manga and the only 1 of the so called 'Big 3' that still keep me interested. In term of story Oda is certainly a genius, I don't know how he could pull something extraordinary out of a basic and simple plot of finding a treasure. How the story develops from just a boy's dream of sailing the open seas to breathtaking adventures against many fierce adversaries and even the all powerful government itself is simply amazing. to cut things short, Oda knows what he's doing with the story unlike many others.

3 Masashi Kishimoto - Naruto

Great moments but shallow side characters and too many loop holes, I believe it's too much audience oriented (13-16 years of kids), If he wrote freely without concerned about his rating, he would have been higher in my own list. Still, I place him at 10, such a great guy I am if I say so myself.

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.

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!

4 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.

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.

Yu Yu Hakusho is a classic and Hunter X Hunter is an absolute masterpiece of shounen manga. Brilliant writing and great art (when he actually tries). The only thing holding him back is his laziness. Hopefully one day Hiatus X Hiatus will come back consistently (not leave after a few chapters). Still though you cannot deny his greatness as a mangaka.

His ideas and themes come through in ways others usually don't. Whether Yu Yu or HxH, the themes and morals of not just the main characters, but villains and side characters all create a depth you usually don't get in other manga. He may not be the strongest artist, but he is an amazing story teller through the medium of manga

5 Naoki Urasawa - 20th Century Boys, Pluto

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've only read 20th Century Boys so far, but OH BOY is it good... I was a bit sceptical at first considering the previous manga I read was Cyborg 009(quite less gritty, of course), but in the end it BLEW MY MIND. I'd have have to give it 10/10 for art; the characters are all real, tangible people with normal, relatable flaws; and did I mention the art? Oh, and a God-tier story to gel the whole thing together... My previous favourite manga was Hajime no Ippo, also with amazing art, but 20th Century Boys was the first manga I had read with a story that had a real sense of direction, and for that and all of the above (and the art :P) I give my vote to Urasawa-san.

Oh and while I have the space to ramble, I noticed Shotaro Ishinomori and George Morikowa aren't even present... What gives, guys?!?

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!

I've only read Monster so far but Naoki Urasawa's work is astonishing. His characters are very real and deep. They have their own problems and their own stories. Monster is the perfect example of a depressing manga with tinges of hope. Mainly through good deeds by good people. For example Grimmer giving his shoes to a bullied boy, Tenma buying a soccer ball for Dieter, Dr Reichwein's quest in avenging his good friend and client Richard. Monster is a masterpiece and Naoki Urasawa is an amazing mangaka who knows how to create living characters and complex stories.

6 Osamu Tezuka - Astro Boy, Kimba

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.

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.

Manga is what it is because of him.
He created techniques and standards that are used today

There is a reason in Japan he is called "the father of manga", "the godfather of manga" and "the god of manga". he is considered the Japanese equivalent to Walt Disney,

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.

7 Takeshi Obata - Death Note, Bakuman

Hardworking Fellows their efforts reflect in their writing. Amazing artwork, top class story, by the way I am a big fan of bakuman I personally believe they have outdone themselves from death note too in bakuman series. I would have put them at one if it wasn't for those legends (Toriyama sensei and Oda sensei)

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!

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

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!

8 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.

9 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!

She's the queen of manga. And has produced much more sucuessful manga than anyone on this list. Inspiring female mangaka's like Hiromu Arakawa.

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

10 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 ^_^

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.

The Contenders
11 Hirohiko Araki - JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

Some of the greatest growth as a writer in their beginnings to what he has become. I think anyone who does even the smallest amount of research could agree.

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.

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

12 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.

Takehiko is a great artist, starting out like any other humble worker with a crude artstyle. He only sought to improve it and brought us his most well-known works Slam Dunk and Vagabond.

While he has yet to finish Vagabond, Slam Dunk is a success that I hope to look back to and see it as a source of my own inspiration.

What the heck is Inoue doing at this position?

He needs to be top five easily. Slam Dunk is single handedly responsible for bringing a basketball revolution in Japan and his art is one of the best out there.

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.

13 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.

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.

Mashima has become one of my new favorites and I believe he should at least have the top ten. He is very skilled at drawing and can create a story very well. Plus, he was even mentored to the great Eiichiro Oda!

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

14 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 as a whole is tragic yet has it's own beauty to it. To be able to live and read it is a gift and we have been left with a lingering feeling of wanting as the manga will never finish due to Miura's departure.

I'm glad that he was able to begin and get the story to where it is now. I only wish it could have concluded and brought peace to Guts and the audiences' souls.

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?

15 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.

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.

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!

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!

16 Hiroyuki Takei - Shaman King
17 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.

18 Kouta Hirano - Hellsing

Incredible plot and very dynamic frames.

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

Also the author of Drifters.

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.

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.

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

20 Yasuhiro Nightow - Trigun
21 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!

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.'

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.

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.

22 Kōhei Horikoshi - Ōmagadoki Dōbutsuen, Barrage, My Hero Academia
23 Hideyuki Kikuchi - Vampire Hunter D
24 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.

My manga master m ( ) m Her drawing style is truly beautiful and she has great talent for reinventing complicated stories! She's amazing.

25 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.

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

I feel sorry that the anime adaptation did not do justice to his works.

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