The Manga industry has been part of the Japanese subconscious for a long time now. By the 21st century, manga and anime have skyrocketed to have numerous creators working in the industry. From books catered to young boys like Shonen or young girls like Shojo. However, there are so many important creators in the industry that it is hard to properly list. As such, this list will focus on creators from Shonen, Seinen and Shojo which is only a taste of what Manga is capable of.
Here are the ten influential creators within the Manga industry that helped shape the medium and made it what it is today.
CLAMP is a team of women Mangaka that is known to create a lot of amazing works. Formed during the mid-1980s, they have sold over 100 million copies of work as of 2007. Together they have created works such as Cardcaptor Sakura, Clamp School Detectives and XXXholic. Being versatile with any genre.
Because of their unique team, they have been able to establish different types of drawing styles. With practically most of their abilities as artists being generally self-taught. However, this diversity results in highly experimental works that are heavily praised. Not only that, but their writing is also praised for their strong themes.
9 Naoko Takeuchi
Naoko Takeuchi is the legendary creator responsible for Sailor Moon. Winning several awards, Naoko Takeuchi is best recognized for her unique writing and art style.
With her writing, she was able to combine powerful action with the romantic writing Shojo is known for. Her art style is incredibly bright and colorful, with an almost wispy look to them that makes it that more recognizable.
8 Moto Hagio
Moto Hagio is considered the Goddess Of Shojo manga. Because of her long life as a mangaka, her works have gone on to influence many creators. Considered a pioneer within the industry, her style is best known for its delicate and mystical appearance.
With a sense of maturity throughout all of her works. All of this results in an award-winning creator who has captivated audiences for decades.
7 Takehiko Inoue
Takehiko Inoue's art evolution is one of the most captivating things about this award-winning mangaka. From Slam Dunk to Vagabond, he has boldly made his storytelling and art style become more impressive with age.
However, that isn't the only thing that makes him good, as his deep writing on the humanity of people is what makes him one of the most important Seinen mangakas in the world.
6 Naoki Urasawa
Naoki Urasawa is an absolute legend in the manga industry, with his mature works in the Seinen genre having some of the most accolades. Although his art style is simpler compared to other artists, his storytelling and emotional faces allows his works to be enriching.
Not only that but his plots are filled with intricate weaves of the story that it can be strongly complex even with a simpler plot.
5 Kentaro Miura
Berserk is one of the most important works in not just Seinen but in all of manga as well. A lot of this is because of the dark imagery and writing that Kentaro Miura is known for. Not only that, but through his hard work, his writing not only stayed consistently good but his art style has also changed dramatically.
Becoming grander and more detailed with time. Going so far as to win the Tezuka Osamu Cultural Prize.
4 Hirohiko Araki
Hirohiko Araki has had a very interesting career. With his art easily having some of the strongest evolutions out of any artist. Going from the grotesquely muscular Jonathan Joester to the lean and supermodel looking Josuke Higashikata of Part 8.
Not only that, but his evolution as a writer has also significantly improved with time. All of these made him one of the most important and recognizable creators currently.
3 Eiichiro Oda
Easily one of the most popular Mangaka's currently working today, One Piece has become a global icon. His cartoony yet heavily detailed art style helped make it recognizable all over the world. His writing and immense worldbuilding have made him legendary to the entire industry.
Although a lot of this has a lot to do with his workaholic tendencies, as his work output has also made him infamous since he draws even when he is hospitalized.
2 Akira Toriyama
Akira Toriyama is one of the most recognizable names in the world. Thanks to his wonderful work from Dr. Slump to Dragon Ball, his works have sold millions all over the world. Not only that, but his works have also gotten numerous adaptations from anime all the way to movie works. His works have stuck around in the public subconscious for many decades.
A lot of this is thanks to his simple yet bold approach to his storytelling and art. While they aren't as complex as what other creators have put out over the years, his charming worlds and recognizable art style has stuck around with fans to this very day. Not only that, but Akira Toriyama has brought conventions that help influence the Shonen industry.
1 Osamu Tezuka
Osamu Tezuka is by far the most prolific creators in the entire medium. He has brought many conventions that have laid the foundations for many genres. From shonen all the way to the Seinen genre. His art style is nothing short of iconic with his Disney-esque art style and his writing has captivated creators of all generations.
He has created iconic creations such as Astro Boy, a robotic child who deals with themes regarding robotics and humanity. He has also created darker works like Dororo which dealt with the recovery of a Ronin who regains his body parts by killing demons. Finally, he talked about the concept of immortality with his ambitious work Phoenix.