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POLL: Top Mangaka Who Best Represent Japan

24,420 total votes decided which mangaka best represents Japan

Who comes to your mind when you think of Japanese mangaka? To answer that question, NTT Docomo recently asked its mobile service subscribers that question and collected a total of 24,420 votes. The final results do not surprise anyone in Japan as the god of manga himself claimed more than 10,000 votes to represent Japan and Japanese manga culture. Let's see who else is following in his footsteps below.



#1 Osamu Tezuka 10751 votes: Astro Boy, Black Jack, Jungle Emperor Leo and others

Tezuka in the world of Jungle Emperor Leo


Astro Boy Images via HYPEBEAST from The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga Book

#2 Fujiko F. Fujio 4715 votes: Doraemon, Perman, Esper Mami and others

Photo via Japan三 

Hiroshi Fujimoto also known as Fujiko F Fujio with his characters from Doraemon. The mangaka of Draemon is credited as Fujiko Fujio, which was the partnership name of Fujimoto and Motoo Abiko, they work individually now with different pen names, Fujimoto as Fujiko F Fujio and Abiko as Fujiko Fujio (A).

#3 Akira Toriyama 3704 votes: Dr. Slump, Dragon Ball series and others

Image via Dragon Ball Wiki

Toriyama with Jackie Chan on Weekly Jump




#4 Eiichiro Oda 2212 votes: ONE PIECE

A cover of Switch Magazine with Oda drawing from ONE PIECE, from the December 2009 issue

#5 Fujiko Fujio (A) 833 votes: Kaibutsu-kun, Ninja Hattori-kun and others

Photo via bearide

Motoo Abiko on a Japanese TV show giving life advice "Do not do what you can do tomorrow today" with his characters from Warau Salesman and Ninja Hattori-kun, above.

#6 Takehiko Inoue 610 votes: Slam Dunk, Vagabond and Real

photo via Web Sportiva

Inoue with former scholaship students who were sponsored to study Basketball in US by the Slam Dunk Scholarship. From left, Ryo Yamazaki (Saitama Broncos, JB League), Jimmie Hayakawa (Toyota Tsusho Fighting Eagles Nagoya, NBDL), Inoue, and Daichi Taniguchi (Southeastern Oklahoma State University).



#7 Leiji Matsumoto 517 votes: Space Battleship Yamato, Captain Harlock and Galaxy Express 999

photo via anoword

Matsumoto with his character, Captain Harlock, above.




#8 Mitsuru Adachi 506 votes:  Touch, H2, and Cross Game

Photo by yukiyuki

Adachi in front of a poster of his art.



#9 Gosho Aoyama 457 votes: Case Closed

Photo via Cinema Today

Aoyama (right) with his character, Conan (center) and Japanese actress Kou Shibasaki (left) to promote the film Detective Conan: Private Eye in the Distant Sea in 2013.



#10 Fujio Akatsuka 443 votes: Tensai Bakabon, Osomatsu-Kun, Himitsu no Akko-chan, and Mōretsu Atarō

Image via Fujio Akatsuka Official Site

Akatsuka featured along with his characters in the promotional poster for a domumentary-drama in his honor after his passing in 2008.



#11 Shotaro Ishinomori 385 votes: Cyborg 009, Kamen Rider series

#12 Rumiko Takahashi 323 votes: Inu Yasha, Ranma 1/2, Maison Ikkoku, Urusei Yatsura

#13 Hirohiko Araki 212 votes: JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE series

#14 Hiromu Arakawa 194 votes: Full Metal Alchemist, Silver Spoon

#15 Naoki Urasawa 170 votes: YAWARA!, 20th Century Boys

#16 Yoshihiro Togashi 146 votes: HUNTER x HUNTER

#17 Masashi Kishimoto 137 votes: NARUTO

#18 Chika Umino 65 votes: Honey And Clover

#19 Masakazu Katsura 29 votes: Video Girl Ai, ZETMAN, character design for Tiger & Bunny

#20 Others 719 votes

Source: Goo Ranking

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