Flash Poll Ranks Top 4 Manga Artists That Readers Were Surprised to Learn Are Women

500 Japanese fans weigh on which female artists publishing under male pseudonyms surprised them the most

Women artists using male pseudonyms is a practice that's been around for centuries, but even in the present day, fans are often still surprised when they learn that their favorite artists are employing this technique.


A recent flash poll on Goo Rankings quizzed 500 Japanese manga fans on which manga artists they were most surprised to learn were women using a male pen name. The top 4 results were:



4.) Mitsurō Kubo (Moteki, Again!) with 7.9% of the votes. 

3.) Tsukasa Ōshima (Shoot!) with 9.3% of the votes.


2.) Hiromu Arakawa (Fullmetal Alchemist, Silver Spoon) with 13.4% of the votes.



1.) Fumiya Satō (Kinda'ichi Case Files, Detective School Q) with 29.2% of the votes.


The flash poll ran from September 11 - September 12, 2015, with the results only published on April 11, 2016. The 500 respondents included both men and women ages 20 to 30.


Sources: Goo Ranking via Nico Nico News


Paul Chapman is the host of The Greatest Movie EVER! Podcast and GME! Anime Fun Time.

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