Hideaki Sorachi Tops Japanese Poll on Favorite Manga Artists
posted on by Eric Stimson
Charapedia, a Japanese anime and manga character database, conducted a poll of its users' favorite manga artists. The poll was conducted from July 2 to 8 and collected opinions from 10,000 users and followers of Charapedia's Facebook pages. The results were split 52% male, 48% female, with 72.5% of the respondents under age 30.
Note that the results are ranked by Charapedia's "points," which are calculated based on the number of votes, voting order, whether comments were left, and other factors.
Hideaki Sorachi, the artist of Gin Tama, came first thanks due to his unique combination of comedy, characters, emotional stories, and battle scenes. "That style, comic sense, and high quality can't really be found in other manga," said one voter. "I think he uses words very well," said another.
Coming in second was Eiichiro Oda, the artist behind One Piece. As the most successful manga artist behind a very long-running series, this does not come as much of a surprise. One fan praised his multitude of characters, who "feel as if they're really living." Another fan complimented his art, which "hasn't declined over the years. Rather, it's improved."
Third place went to Akira Toriyama, famous for Dr. Slump and Dragon Ball and hugely influential in the field of shōnen action stories. "He pulled along [Weekly Shōnen] Jump's Golden Age. And his artwork is great too," explained a voter.
Here is the list of the top 30 artists:
- Hideaki Sorachi (Gin Tama; 688 points)
- Eiichiro Oda (One Piece; 573 points)
- Akira Toriyama (Dr. Slump, Dragon Ball; 500 points)
- Hiromu Arakawa (Fullmetal Alchemist, Silver Spoon; 459 points)
- Hirohiko Araki (BAOH, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure; 398 points)
- Rumiko Takahashi (Ranma ½, Inuyasha; 335 points)
- Sui Ishida (Tokyo Ghoul; 322 points)
- Masashi Kishimoto (Naruto; 317 points)
- Gosho Aoyama (Magic Kaito, Case Closed; 282 points)
- Yana Toboso (Black Butler; 247 points)
- Yoshihiro Togashi (YuYu Hakusho, Hunter × Hunter; 239 points)
- Hajime Isayama (Attack on Titan; 234 points)
- Cocoa Fujiwara (Inu × Boku SS; 224 points)
- Tadatoshi Fujimaki (Kuroko no Basuke; 222 points)
- Yusei Matsui (Majin Tantei Nōgami Neuro, Assassination Classroom; 204 points)
- CLAMP (Cardcaptor Sakura, Kobato.; 203 points)
- Tite Kubo (Zombie Powder, Bleach; 189 points)
- Takehiko Inoue (Slam Dunk, Buzzer Beater; 177 points)
- Takeshi Obata (Death Note, Bakuman.; 159 points)
- Izumi Tsubaki (Oresama Teacher, Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun; 158 points)
- Haruichi Furudate (Haikyu!!; 157 points)
- Takeshi Konomi (The Prince of Tennis; 151 points)
- Akira Amano (Reborn!; 142 points)
- Hiro Mashima (Rave Master, Fairy Tail; 141 points)
- Mitsuru Adachi (Touch, Cross Game; 136 points)
- Io Sakisaka (Strobe Edge, Ao Haru Ride; 128 points)
- Kentaro Yabuki (Black Cat, To Love-Ru -Trouble-; 120 points)
- Chika Umino (Honey and Clover, March comes in like a lion; 117 points)
- Nakaba Suzuki (The Seven Deadly Sins; 103 points)
- Naoshi Komi (Double Arts, Nisekoi - False Love; 99 points)
Charapedia also analyzed and commented on the results in a panel discussion on their online program, Charapelo (Japanese only; skip to 29:44).