The Final 5 Top Manga Artists (so far)

5. Kensuke Nishida

The writer and artist of the manga series, I Am a Hero in Nagasaki, Kensuke Nishida is an up and coming mangaka. One of the three spinoff series of the I Am a Hero series by Kengo Hanazawa, I Am a Hero in Nagasaki follows a photographer Yamada. Suffering from a form of Anthropophobia, Yamada and his former classmate Nirei Aya try to live on Hashima Island, under threat by zombie and humans. Nishida is currently the artist on the Jagaaaaaan manga series.

4. Sakurai Gamon

Gamon is the illustrator and writer of the Ajin manga series. The original writer Tsuina Miura quit early in the manga’s creation and Gamon continued without him. Gamon an avid gamer loves to incorporate gaming references into his manga. Ajin is a seinen manga series that focuses on those resistant to death, Demi-Humans. Kai Nagai is killed during a traffic accident, he survives to reveal that he’s a demi-human. Kei must navigate a world that hates what he is.

3. Atsushi Okubo

Okubo is the author and artist of Soul Eater and Fire Force. He was an assistant for Rando Ayamine on the GetBackers series. He also created work for the Lord of Vermilion video game and character designs for Bravely Default. He won a contest at Square Enix’s magazine Gangan with his first series B.Ichi. He began Soul Eater in 2004, ending in 2013. In 2015 he began his current series, Fire Force.

2. Shinichi Sakamoto

One look at Sakamoto’s artwork you instantly know why he’s one of the best mangakas. The realism in his artwork is unreal. One of the manga series that illustrates his best work is Innocent and Innocent Rouge. The story is a dark seinen series focusing on a family of executioners in France during the French Revolution.

1. Akira Toriyama

Akira Toriyama is the one of, if not the greatest mangaka of all time. The creator of Dr. Slump, Dragon Ball, and Dragon Ball Z manga series that collectively have sold over 300 million copies, Akira Toriyama is credited with popularizing Shonen. He’s also the inspiration for many of the manga artists I featured on these lists. Dragon Ball Super is his current series. His art style can be seen as simple and childlike. However, I think that’s what makes his art so impactful. Hirohiko Araki once said that Toriyama’s art style is best typified as “Realism and signification oppose each other like water and oil, but is possible to use both at the same time.”

Well, that’s all the mangaka artists that I considered among the best. I know that can’t possibly be ALL of them. Any suggestions of who can make a future top 5 mangaka list? Let me know.

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5. Hiroya Oku

Oku is a mangaka who created Gantz (2000 – 2013) and Inuyashiki (2014 – 2017). His manga is often featured explicit violence, gore, and sexual content. In 1988 he won the Youth Manga Awards. He’s also designed a character (Shura) for the Soulcalibur 4 fighting game.

4. Akihito Tsukushi

Tsukushi is the creator of the manga and anime series, Made in Abyss. The series follows an orphan named Riko, as she and her friend Reg explore the Abyss searching for her mother. Made in Abyss is known for its childlike characters that contrast with it’s more serious tone and narrative.

3. Hiromi Arakawa

Hiromi Arakawa is the writer and manga artist for the critical acclaimed Fullmetal Alchemist series. Set in a universe where alchemy is used for science and war, Fullmetal Alchemist centers on the brothers Edward and Alphonse. They aim to find the philosopher’s stone to restore their bodies that were destroyed after failing to resurrect their mother. Fullmetal Alchemist has sold over 70 million copies and has spawned two anime series.

2. Junji Ito

Ito is a horror mangaka, known for his series The Enigma of Amigara Fault, Tomie, Uzumaki, and Gyo. In 2019 he received the Eisner Award for his manga adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Ito has cited Hideshi Hino, Yasutaka Tsutsui, and H.P. Lovecraft as major influences. Many of his series feature body horror, societal breakdowns, and deep-sea organisms.

1. Yusuke Murata

Murata is best known for illustrating the series Eyeshield 21 and One Punch Man. Murata is a fan of Kinu Nishimura, the concept artist for capcom. He also claims Akira Toriyama as another influence. His art has been praised by many with June Shimonishi stating that “every inch [is] filled with details and no gag left unseen.” Deb Aoki stated that “his art not just there to look pretty – it’s there to tell a story.” Murata has also created several Spider-Man covers.

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My Hero Academia Season 4 – Episode 19: Recap and Review

Deku attempting to learn to control his power in Season 4 Episode 19 of My Hero Academia.
Deku attempting to learn to control his power

Gentle presents his argument for why he’s a villain. He’s more like a modern-day robin-hood or as he puts it a “Gentleman Thief.” Despite working for six years to get his message out, Gentle has been surpassed by the likes of Hero Killer: Stain. As a result, the League of Villians has become the standard for what people assume villains are. Meanwhile, the other classes are resentful of Class 1-A performing for “them.” Regardless, Class 1-A needs to pick a song and find a drummer. Apparently Bakugo took music classes as a child. After some manipulation from Denki, he demonstrates that he can play the drums. However, he’s uninterested in playing. Having overheard the other classes talk about Class 1-A, he doesn’t think that the other classes would want to hear them play.

In a surprising twist. Or maybe not. Bakugo is upset that Class 1-A feels the need to care about the other class’s feelings. It wasn’t their fault that they were attacked by villains. He instead encourages his classmates to “kill everyone in U.A with their sound.” I completely agree with Bakugo here. The other classes seem to be jealous of Class 1-A and as a consequence blamed them for being victims of the villains. It’s really a selfish take considering the fact that the villain was willing to kill many of the students. Bakugo’s argument goes over well, as it should.

Gentle’s plan of attack

Gentle plans on sneaking into U.A during the festival. It’s going to be difficult for him because of all the added security. Meanwhile, Deku and All Might train his quirk. All Might has him using Full Cowling at 20 percent. He then has Deku send out one attack after another from a single spot. Deku jumps up and kicks the air causing a torrent of wind. All Might goes through the six stages that Deku has gone through so far. Without much prompting Deku realizes that if he uses number 2 and number 6 at the same time, he can draw out power at his limit instantly. As I mentioned previously I don’t really care about the performance from Class 1-A, even though I strongly agreed with Bakugo’s sentiments. The breakthrough for Deku is more interesting and I’m excited to see what comes of it.

My Hero Academia Season 4 – Episode 18: Recap and Review

Dorohedoro Episode 6 Recap and Review

Episode 6 of Dorohedoro begins with Kaiman enjoying a meal of soup, sausages, and beer. He waits for Nikaido who is still fighting Noi in the En mansion. Noi is thrashing Nikaido, hoping to have more fun. Nikaido slashes Noi’s eye. With her opponent distracted, Nikaido escapes. Shin, Fujita, Ebisu, and En locate Asu’s Magic Door. Marked with a trident, they realize that the door was created by a devil. En assumes that the intruder is the Cross-Eyes Boss. Elsewhere, Risu tries to escape. Miyamoto tells him not to tell them about “that man.” Risu disregards this information, instead asking if Miyamoto knows who killed him?

Nikaido locates Risu and jumps across a vast gap and two windows to get to him. However, En manages to grab one of Risu’s arms while Nikaido takes the other. Nikaido strikes En in his face. En becomes enraged. He fills the room with his magic smoke turning Miyamoto, Ebisu and a part of Shin into mushrooms. Immune to En’s magic, Risu escapes. Before Noi can recapture him, Shin tells her to “stop En’s rampage.” Noi knocks him out. Elsewhere, Nikaido stumbles home as a mushroom spouts out of her back. She asks Kaiman to use his knife to cut the mushroom off. Back at the mansion, Noi uses her magic to heal Shin as half his body has turned into mushrooms. Meanwhile, En realizes that Kikurage is unharmed, but Ebisu and Fujita aren’t so lucky.

The First Smoke

Dr. Kasukabe and Vaux manage to surgically remove the mushroom from Nikaido back. They discuss the return of Shin. Vaux shows Kaiman a news article that details the fact that he murder 65 people. A decade ago the citizens of Hole actually killed sorcerers instead of allowing themselves to be practiced on like they do now. Shin was the product of a relationship between a human and sorcerer. His mother was murdered when he was a child. Shin kept his mixed blood hidden. However, while working in a factory he cuts himself, revealing to the manager that he’s a sorcerer. Seeking a reward, he tells on Shin. The militia arrives, but Shin escapes due to his fathers interference. Unfortunately, his father is tortured an murder.

Waiting for him to return, the militia mocks him. Triggered by the murder of his father and their cruelty, he becomes enraged. He grabs a hammer and kills all of them. Months later, Shin uses the equipment in the Hospital to cut his arms into pieces. He’s looking for smoke veins to access his magic. Dr. Kasukabe is excited to help him. Now armed with his magic, Shin used his powers on the neighborhood militia. They disbanded after that.

Manhole Elegy

Nikaido considers the likelihood that she needs to use her magic to help Kaiman. He kicks in the door giving Nikaido burnt gyozas. After, Kaiman, Dr. Kasukabe, and Vaux discuss Nikaido. I was confused about whether Kaiman had actually realized that Nikaido was a sorcerer and was in denial. It’s later. The bodies of sorcerers are different from humans. So the Doctors are certain. Suddenly, Kaiman hears Nikaido scream as she’s kidnapped. Given chase, Kaiman runs into a giant roach like a monster. Knocked into the water, Kaiman realizes that it’s filled with corpses. The roach with human-like teeth bites a chunk out of Kaiman’s shoulder. Kaiman escapes while the roach consumes his flesh. Kaiman stops a man from harming Nikaido.

However, the man calls for “Johnson” (the roach) to tackle Kaiman. The man wonders why Nikaido doesn’t have “black pearls.” Before he can take the pearl from Kaiman, his legs are cut off. Kaiman tosses one of the legs out the door for Johnson to eat. The man reveals that he saw Kaiman’s face years ago. He wanted to become a sorcerer and leave the horrors of living in Hole. However, he dies before Kaiman gets any answers. This episode really was amazing. Beginning with the selfishness that En displays when he goes on a rampage. He doesn’t care about any of his companions. However, he does seem to value Kikurage (although that may be due to Kikurage’s power). Ebisu and Fujita get the worst of it. I still don’t think that those two characters matter much in this series.

They’re supposed to be the comic relief, but if they didn’t exist I don’t think any changes. Shin is obviously the most interesting character in this episode. It seems that the citizens of Hole and the sorcerers are in an oppression circle. Shin was a casualty of this conflict. While I think that he was justified in killing the militia, his turn to homicidal maniac was too quick for me. At this point, I’m not sure that Kaiman can uphold his delusion regarding Nikaido being a sorcerer. I assumed that he would simply get over it, but I feel like his unwillingness to accept that Nikaido is a sorcerer suggests that he will be devastated.

Dorohedoro Episode 5 Recap and Review

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5. Kamome Shirahama

Kamome is best known in the states for her work on DC and Marvel. As a comic book cover artists, she has done covers for Star Wars, Birds of Prey and Batgirl. Witch Hat Atelier is the manga series that she is best known for. If you notice anything about her artwork it will be her line work.

4. Katsuhiro Otomo

Akira is one of the greatest anime/manga series ever created. It makes sense that the artist, Katsuhiro Otomo would be one of the best manga-ka. Otomo became the fourth manga artist inducted into the American Eisner Award Hall of Fame and was the first manga artist to receive the Grand Prix de la Ville d’Angoulême. He was also responsible for the anime adaptation that emulates his art style.

3. Takehiko Inoue

Inoue’s Slam Dunk series is one of the best selling manga series of all time. Slam Dunk has been adapted into an anime and sold over 120 million copies. The series focuses on the basketball team from Shohoku High School. Inoue current series Vagabond portrays a fictional account of swordsmen Musashi Miyamoto. It has sold over 80 million copies so far.

2. Hirohiko Araki

Araki’s first manga series was Cool Shock B.T., but he’s best known for his current series JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. First published in 1987, Jojo has sold over 100 million copies. Known for its references to Western rock music, fashion, and Italy. Jojo is currently divided into eight parts. Each one follows new protagonists that bear the name “JoJo.” Araki’s art style is unique, easily recognizable to anyone familiar with it.

1. Kentaro Miura

Like many of the other manga-ka on this list, Kentaro’s series, Berserk, is one of the most influential manga series. Berserk is a dark fantasy series set in medieval Europe. Centering on the character Guts, a lone mercenary. As of January 2016, Berserk has sold over 40 million copies. Berserk features detailed artwork of giant grotesque demons.

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