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I don't really like to go by numbers, because I feel like I'm being disloyal to the ones after number 1 (yes, I'm weird), but here goes:

1. Hiromu Arakawa.
Love her work because she nailed humor so magnificently. Humor, in my opinion, is not the easiest element to convey, since some of the Japanese jokes can and do get lost in translation, especially gag-mangas that use a lot of word puns to carry the joke. Of course, she doesn't do gag-manga, but her capability to make jokes in her manga, even during serious arcs/episodes is amazing. I am a fan of all her works, the most notable and publicized being Fullmetal Alchemist.

2. Yusuke Murata.
I love his drawing style; it's very detailed, and he is really good in drawing facial expressions that can really get to you (I cried plenty because of this). His most recognized work is Eyeshield 21, yes, I know it was written by someone else, but I love how he created the whole cast as how they look like today. I also love the faces he created to carry the jokes in the manga (Cerberus, anyone?). Really funny. He also has a bunch of good one-shots.

3. Hiroyuki Takei.
I am a fan of Shaman King, and all the short series that came after that. I absolutely adore his drawing style and his storytelling. Personally, I think SK could have been better, but I still enjoy it as it is. I'm sad that he is unable to become more active in the manga world, since his health doesn't have the best track record from what I know. I always trust that he can really be a big-shot in the manga industry, and perhaps even join the mainstream mangas.

4. Kazuya Minekura.
Her drawing is really unique, I can instantly tell if she came up with any manga just by looking at it. Seriously. Aside from that, I love how she has the ability to keep fighting scenes short, compact and epic, without downplaying her characters' fighting power/strength. There's nothing like the usual power-ups shizz you often see in a typical Shonen fighting series, but you can tell that the characters are strong in their own ways. Gensomaden Saiyuki is her best work yet, in my opinion.

5. Kishimoto Masashi.
NARUTO. That means something, right? You got it. I've only read till like chapter 200(?), before I dropped the series from being heartbroken because of Jiraiya's death. Yeah yeah, I know, his death gave more depth and meaning to Naruto and the whole story, but that was why I dropped it and I thought I should tell anyone who bothers to read this. That aside, I have high respect for Kishimoto, and I do applaud his storytelling skills. I think he develops and uses his characters really well. I plan to pick back Naruto sometime.

6. Oda Eiichiro
One Piece. I am a huge fan. I find Oda's art really different, and enjoyable. It looks relaxed and fun. No denying it, this dude makes me cry buckets with his story. When Merry said goo-...when they went to save Ro-...when Ace di-...when Luffy cr-...the list is ENDLESS. He is also one of the manga-kas that is really good in storytelling and developing his characters.

7. Kubo Tite
His art changed a lot from the start of Bleach, till where it stands today. His art is one that can easily become a fashion art, what with his wicked fashion sense...especially when he dolls up his Bleach characters in cool-ass casual clothing. I almost always have to ask myself whether I'm actually reading a Shonen fighting series, or whether I am browsing through a fashion catalogue. One thing that sets Kubo aside from the other manga-kas is that he comes up with his own poems! Which he uses for his characters, thus being Bleach character-poems. For some reason this strikes me as Kubo being a really poetic guy underneath all that sword-clashing and bankai stuff. However, I do think (this is my own two cents, you don't have to necessarily agree) he could learn more in developing his characters.


And there you have it. I read TONS of manga, but these are the manga-kas whose work I will always love to read, and whose work I will always hunt for. And sometimes even re-read, if I just wanted to.
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Rumiko Takahasi ^_^
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Its gotta be Eiichiro Oda

The writing is One Piece is just perfection - the comedy scenes are the down right funniest I've ever seen in a Manga, the sad scenes really rip at your emotions, the villains you REALLY end up despising with a passion, every main character has a purpose & gets story development unlike other mangas.

One more is Yoshihiro Togashi

Arguably Kubo and Kishimoto owe a helluva lot to this guy.

Hunter x Hunter in particular is superbly written, and has some of the best strategic & well thought out shounen battles in any manga.

Finally my wild card is the duo responsible for Death Note: Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata

Any who has read/seen Death Note will tell you how amazing well done it is, but their real understated genius imo comes from Bakuman where they successfully did a complete genre change up with the slice of life/romance genre, coupled with some amazing Manga the main characters came up with within the Manga, which could of easily of been top tier in real life.
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mitsuki kako
usami maki
aikawa saki
haruta nana
suzuki jullieta
hazuki kanae
others i cant remember. but this is what i can remember for now.
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Fujishima Kosuke Ah! My Goddess, and You are under Arrest.

After him I have about 100 in 2nd place.
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most fav is masashi kishimoto (naruto, etc ) his art aint awesmoe but all of his plot line r
Nakamura Yoshiki (Skip Beat, etc)
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Ken Akamatsu
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Ito Ogure aka Ohgreat! maker of air gear, tenjho tenge, majin devil, himikoden to name a few
Ashika Sakura aka Sakurako Gokurakuin maker of sekirei and a lot of other good stuff I hear but i am not into yaoi
Geuk-Jin Jeon hes a manhwa but he makes great stuff like breaker, breaker new waves, and ruler of the land all great actions manhwas
Eiichiro Oda of course the creator of one piece
tite kubo even though his plots sometimes make no sense when he does tell a good story he tells it
Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro for toriko
Isutoshi maker of one of my favorites aiki another martial arts manga
just a few of the many authors whos work I love to read.
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art style: tite kubo, Yoshiyuki Sadamoto(nge), takeshi obata,
storytelling: kubo, kishimoto, togashi
best story: oda, hino (altough vk is losing its edge), kishimoto, togashi, Tsugumi Ōba,
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Masashi Kishimoto -Naruto
Shungiku Nakamura-Junjou Romantica and Sekai Ichi Hatsukoi
Yoshiki Nakamura-Skip Beat
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mine is mashi kishimoto. The author that made Naruto!
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Posted 2/16/13 , edited 2/16/13
Hmmm... I appreciate:

Rumiko Takahashi (for Inuyasha)
Hideaki Anno (for Neon Genesic Evangelion . . . yeah, yeah, he is no mangaka, but I still count him)
Norihiro Yagi (for Claymore)
Ichtys (for Superior / Cross)
Ichiei Ishibumi (Highschool DxD)
Hajime Yatate (Cowboy Bebop)


to many more to add here
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Takehiko Inoue - Slam Dunk, Real, Vagabond (illustrations). Best Mangaka ever! such good art, Slam Dunk is my favourite Sports manga and it's damn funny too. Also Real is another great sports manga, has a lot of drama in it compared with Slam Dunk

Mitsuru Adachi - Cross Game, H2, Rough, Mix, Touch, Katsu. Love his story telling, even if they are all similar I still enjoy reading new chapters of each his works
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tsubaki izumi - because it was she behind the super awesome Oresama Teacher!
akizuki sorata - very nice illustrations and story, creator of Akagami no Shirayuki Hime
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Yoshiki Nakamura for Skip Beat and Tokyo Crazy Paradise!
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