Not only Japanese anime but manga also have a huge audience in the world. In fact, the majority of the anime is adapted from the manga once it receives enough love from the otaku community. The amount of entertainment we get while reading the masterpiece, their credit goes to their respective mangaka.
The person behind the success of a manga is its manga artist, who brings his vision through art and creativity. Many otaku prefer reading the manga of their favorite mangaka because they like the art style and detailing.
Today’s blog is all about those heroes who have made the lives of many better with their manga. Yes, it’s about the top manga artists of all time!
15. Yoshihiro Togashi (Hunter X Hunter)
Hunter X Hunter is not the only popular work of Yoshihiro sensei. In fact, he made many popular series, including Yu Yu Hakusho, I Am Not Afraid Of The Wolf, An Ill-Tempered Cupid In Heaven and a few more. Yoshiro sensei started drawing at an early age, and his work speaks of his talent and experience.
Mr. Yoshihiro has a unique style of artwork and is mainly unpredictable. The reason we see Gore in HXH and in his other works is that he likes gore. He is famous for taking breaks in his work, and the reason for his slow work and breaks are his health issues and the fact that he likes to do all his work by himself. To top it off, Yoshihiro sensei is a perfectionist who can’t feel at ease knowing his work lacks perfection.
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14. Sui Ishida (Tokyo Ghoul)
Before working on Tokyo Ghoul, he created webcomics. Tokyo Ghoul is the work that earned him popularity in the manga and anime industry. Tokyo Ghoul’s manga was released in 2011, and the anime was released in 2014.
He has received multiple awards for his work, including the 113th Grand Prix award. Otaku like to read Tokyo Ghoul manga because of its complex fight scenes, violence, bloodshed and gore. The art and character design are simply spectacular!
13. Koyoharu Gotouge (Demon Slayer)
Both the Demon Slayer anime and manga have broken records and have given tough competition to the anime and manga creators. Demon Slayer is famous for being the 9th best-selling manga series of all time. Isn’t that great?
Demon Slayer is, for now, the only famous work of the mangaka. However, some one-shot manga were released prior to Demon Slayer. People are fans of the detailing, art style, character design, battles, and amazing plot. It’s believed that the artist is inspired by the works of Masashi Kishimoto, Tite Kubo and Hirohiko Araki.
12. Junji Ito (Uzumaki)
Junji Ito is famous for his works in the horror and thriller genres. He is one of the most popular manga artists working in this genre. His works are so detailed and scary that it effortlessly gives the readers a thrilling and bone-chilling experience.
He has a particular style of drawing a mangaka, making him even more popular among the otaku. Uzumaki, Tomie, and Gyo are his most popular works. One of the most eye-opening facts about him is that he started drawing manga when he was just 4.
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He has won many awards for his works and has also captured the attention of many film directors. Because of his incredible work in the horror genre, he is one of the best manga artists of all time.
11. Takehiko Inoue (Vagabond)
Being a fan of sports, most of his work is based on sports and is a visual treat for sports lovers. His most famous manga is Slam Dunk which is also based on sports. Slam Dunk earned him huge fame, and later, his work on Vagabond, a martial arts-based manga, made him one of the best manga artists of all time.
Everything about Vagabond is epic, be it the artwork, characters, detailing, plot or martial arts element. Slam Dunk has sold more than 100 million copies which makes him one of the best manga artists of all time. He has received the prestigious Shogakukan manga award for his out-class performance in the manga field.
10. Makoto Yukimura (Vinland Saga)
Vinland Saga is a hot topic in the otaku community nowadays. The manga was released in 20005, but the anime took a long time to appear on the screen. Vinland Saga was released in 2019, and from that moment onwards, fans have been waiting for its second season.
Mr. Makoto’s first manga was Planetes, and he created a one-shot “Because Goodbyes Are Coming Soon” before the Vinland Saga. The anime and manga are famous for their complex plot and great characters. He has only worked on the mentioned three manga, and among them, only Vinland Saga has earned him love worldwide.
9. Hiromu Arakawa (FullMetal Alchemist)
Now it’s time to talk about the most popular female manga artist Ms. Hiromu Arakwa. Her manga and anime FullMetal Alchemist was a massive hit and is one of the most popular anime and manga of all time.
She was passionate and wanted to be a mangaka.
After graduating, she helped her parents in farming and later pursued her dream. Apart from FMA, she also created a one-shot named Stray Dog, which is incomplete. She also worked with her friends in different manga, but FMA has earned her a reputation and a name in the manga and anime industry. FMA has earned her the most prestigious Annual Shogakukan award as well!
8. Yuji Kaku (Hell’s Paradise)
Yuji Kaku has worked with popular manga artists as an assistant. Before creating Hell’s Paradise, he worked with the creator of Chainsaw Man. Mr. Kaku has also created multiple one-shots, but the manga Hell’s Paradise has earned him millions of fans.
It was so popular that fans went wild after hearing about its anime release. Hell’s Paradise’s characters, fantastic plot, and the way it connected with the audience are incredible. Apart from Hell’s Paradise, he also published Fantasma and Ayashiman. He is indeed one of the best manga artists of all time.
7. Tatsuki Fujimoto (Chainsaw Man)
Chainsaw Man is the recent entry in the anime world, and for those of you who don’t know, the anime was released because of the massive fame its manga received. Tatsuki Fujimoto is a 30-year-old mangaka who started working on manga in his school days.
His work was noticed by the great manga artists One and Sui Ishida. Now we know Takumi Fujimoto as one of the biggest names in the manga industry. Chainsaw Man is undoubtedly the most popular release, but it’s not his only work. The legend has also worked on Fire Punch, Look Back, and Goodbye Eri, other than Chainsaw Man!
6. Hajime Isayama (Attack On Titan)
AOT manga was released in 2009, and it became the second-best-selling manga in the year 2013. Many believe that the major fame it received was through its anime adaptation because the manga became the best-selling the same year its anime was released.
Hajime Sensei has done an outstanding job creating a thrill, suspense, and a bone-chilling environment that effortlessly pushes the audience towards the edge of their seats. The 36-year-old mangaka has also released a one-shot version of Attack On Titan starting in 2006. The beauty of art style and detailing has won the hearts of countless readers. Undoubtedly, AOT has the best plot in the history of anime and manga.
5. Osamu Tezuka (Astro Boy)
Astro Boy is one of the oldest and one of the first manga released. It was introduced to the world in 1952. We could not miss adding the Godfather of the manga, aka Osamu Tezuka, because the list would have been incomplete.
Osamu sensei is also popular as a Japanese Walt Disney because of his work history and talents. He created his first comic in elementary school, and the comic’s name is Pin Pin Sei-Chan. Apart from being a manga artist, he is a jack of all trades and also the master of all as well.
He is a medical doctor, activist, director, producer, manga artist, and animator. Isn’t that amazing? He was so in love with his work that his last words were, “I AM Begging You, Let Me Work!” His death was definitely the end of an era!
4. Akira Toriyama (Dragon Ball)
It’s needless to say that he is one of the best manga artists of all time. We all know Akira sensei for introducing the legendary Dragon Ball series. However, he has created more than 40 manga series throughout his life. His works make it obvious about his professionalism and how much he is about it.
All great artists are perfectionists, and so is Akira sensei; he won’t take a break until and unless he is satisfied with his work. He is so dedicated to his work that he prefers staying in urban areas to avoid distractions and noise. Another popular work of his apart from Dragon Ball is Dr Slump, which proved life-changing for him.
3. Kentaro Miura (Berserk)
Berserk enjoys the reputation for being the top manga of all time, and it’s considered iconic by many. It is ranked number 1 on MAL, so you can now imagine the remarkability of its manga artist! Berserk is written and Illustrated by Kentaro Miura.
Miura sensei left the world in 2021, but his work will continue to live for eternity. Besides Berserk, Miura sensei has worked on Miuranger, Ken e No Michi, Futabi, and Noa. However, the amount of fame Berserk received is unbeatable. He was born an artist. He started working on his first piece of art, Miuranger, at 10.
2. Masashi Kishimoto (Naruto)
Masashi Sensei has made the childhood of many memorable by introducing the legendary Naruto to the world. He never left a chance to leave his fans and audience in awe. He has worked on a few successful manga prior to Naruto.
His first manga was Karakuri, which made his name in the manga industry. Naruto’s manga is famous for its intricate art, complex plot, and beautifully designed characters. Those who have read or watched Naruto must be familiar with the beauty and details in the scene where Pain is about to destroy Konoha.
Words would never be enough to describe the amazingness of Masashi Sensei.
To understand his work, the example of Boruto is the best. Boruto’s viewership increased massively after Masashi sensei took charge. The fact that Naruto is named under the Big 3 proves that Masashi Kishimoto is one of the best manga artists of all time.
1. Eiichiro Oda (One Piece)
Oda sensei needs no introduction because everyone knows the popular One Piece and the man behind this masterpiece. Oda sensei has entertained fans for almost 25 years now as One Piece manga was released in 1997.
Throughout the decades, he has never bored the fans, nor could the fans guess what is actually One Piece! God knows how this man is so filled with creativity and ideas that millions and billions of otaku can’t understand what’s going on in his mind.
Before releasing One Piece, the perfectionist worked on his One-Shot manga WANTED! Countless readers and watchers are waiting for the climax of One Piece because the suspense is getting more difficult to bear daily!
Frequently Asked Questions
One Piece is believed to be one of the biggest and the most-read manga.
Not only are they the biggest anime, but One Piece, Naruto and Bleach are also considered the Big 3 manga.
So this was all about the list of the best manga artists of all time. There are a lot more renowned names in the manga industry, but these names couldn’t be missed. Comment down your favorite mangaka and what you like the most about their style of work!