Top Mangaka You’d Never Guess Were Women

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Those who think to judge the gender of a mangaka by the content or art style of a given manga may be shocked to encounter some of the surprisingly female mangaka listed below.

Note that several actually write under male names – rest assured, all are confirmed as female:

Kaworu Watashiya (Kodomo no Jikan)
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Ashika Sakura (Sekirei)
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Kaneda Mario (Girls Bravo)
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Hiromu Arakawa (Full Metal Alchemist)
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Yoko Sanri (B-gata H-kei)
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Yuuto (Hanamaru Kindergarten)
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Hajime Kazu (Luck Stealer)
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Daisuke Higuchi (Whistle!)
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Tsukasa Oshika (Shoot!)
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Jiro Suzuki (Yawaraka Sangokushi Tsukisase!! Ryofuko-chan)
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Kenichi Sakura (Dragon Drive)
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Kazuki Yamato (Godhand Teru)
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Kaoru Mori (Emma)
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Kazuya Minekura (Saiyuuki Reload)
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Kei Toume (Lament of the Lamb)
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Karino Takatsu (Working!!)
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Takada Chigusa (Kami to Sengoku Seitokai)
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Yellow Tanabe (Kekkaishi)
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Iqura Sugimoto (Summer Wars Manga)
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Ayako Sato (Kindaichi Case Files)
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Norio Sakurai (Mitsudo Moe)
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Renjuro Kindaichi (Hare+Guu)
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    Comment by Anonymous
    02:39 04/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I love how you would be considered a sick perv by the women for reading some of these...

    ...and then learn it is made by one.

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    Comment by Majineko
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    Comment by Gogetters
    01:50 04/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Never would have guessed Kodomo no Jikan was done by a girl...

    Same for Sekirai and Girls Bravo...

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    Comment by Fonzer
    02:04 04/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    im only surprised by sekirei

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:22 04/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not really, I have always suspected the mangaka is a female.

    I thought she expresses the girls' feelings (particularly insecurities) very well.

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    Comment by brningpyre
    05:33 04/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The anatomy, not so much.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:12 04/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You must've missed the issue where she covered a girls' first period and how to use a tampon with all-too-terrifying accuracy and clarity.

    That pretty much sealed the deal for me.

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    Comment by Malakim
    01:39 04/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Kodomo no Jikan is by a woman?? TAKE THAT AGNES-CHAN!

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    Comment by Fonzer
    01:58 04/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    i though most people knew that already.

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    Comment by Misakite
    01:32 04/12/2010 # ! Quality (+0.9)

    I like a woman who can write a good manga.

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    Comment by Risui
    01:53 04/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Ohhh Hare nochi Guu, I love that one, thanks Sankaku now I love it more. XD

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    Comment by Pertamax
    03:18 04/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    the anime nearly brainwashed me. love the op song though

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    Comment by makkun
    01:52 04/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Yeah. Sadly there are a lot of female mangaka whose manga are really bad. Oh, I'm not saying any of the mangaka and manga mentioned above are bad, mind you.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:08 04/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    A few were a bit of a surprise, the others already well known. Just goes to show women can relate not only to other women, but to men as well in the way they write their stories

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:31 04/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    I surprised to find out the mangaka of sekirei was a woman when i found out months ago.

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    Comment by Rainney
    02:14 04/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Haha, Mitsudomoe was surprising. KnJ was when I first found out, too.

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    Comment by Darkrockslizer
    02:25 04/12/2010 # ! Quality (+0.9)

    Kodomo no Jikan - everybody in Japan is a lolicon. No exceptions.

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    Comment by Majineko
    02:31 04/12/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    lol kekkeishi was sooo obvious. full metal however, not so much

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:52 04/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Rarely Female mangaka can well drawn machine and have complex militaristic story background and politics involved.

    so I found FMA mangaka is female is quite surprising indeed.

    althrough lack of fanservice in FMA make me wonder that the mangaka maybe gay, but now i know its a woman, that explain everything

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    Comment by Megidola
    02:18 04/12/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    It shows the female mangaka can produce the ecchi goodness just as well as the males.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:25 04/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Possibly better - they probably do, after all, have a slightly better idea of how the female body works than the average male in the anime industry.

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    Comment by HouseLife
    06:32 04/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Actually CLAMP is a good point, since it seems to have set the standard for female-based manga in many minds, mine included, whether for better or for worse.

    It makes me quite happy knowing FMA is written by a woman, but I'm not entirely sure why yet. As for women and fanservice, Winry is adorable and gorgeous because of her character and her style. In many ways the most sensual characters that tug at our heart strings AND loins are the ones that are beautiful through their action and not overly sexualized.

    I've noticed that in doujinshi some of the most loved characters are much more 'respected' in their pornographic interpretations. One of my favorite characters is Eureka and I am very happy that the vast majority of doujinshi I've seen have been very enjoyable and almost canon stories that just involve sex. I've found occurrences like that to be the mark of a truly memorable set of characters. The very 'hot' female characters who lack relatability tend to get flooded with the more objectified sexual stories.

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    Comment by Megidola
    02:32 04/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    @anon02.25

    True, although as far as ecchi anime goes realism tends to be at most an optional extra.

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    Comment by PewPewPew!
    03:28 04/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I guess in terms of who penned it, you really can't judge the book by it's cover,erm...,manga I mean.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:55 04/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Rumiko Takahashi wrote Inu Yasha and is the most well known female mangaka in Japan, hence why no surprise she didn't make a top ten for who you'd never guess was a woman.

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    Comment by toyNN
    05:38 04/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Wow agreed - FMA surprised me the most. Mitsudomoe a bit as well as Kekkaishi. I've seen the mangaka names but is often hard for me to tell which are females. Definitely lots of females out there writting, guess its not just CLAMP...

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    Comment by alidan
    09:28 04/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    hanamaru kindergarten didn't surprise me. it would take a woman to be able to have a hichschool girl getting pregnant, and not have all the drama that would normally be surrounding it.

    sekirei, i cant speak for, as in never got into it, and thought the concept was stupid, but all i know of it is it seamed like a woman who wanted a shonen but knew nothing about making one good.

    fma, is this what it takes to get a good shonen? a woman who wont came the damn thing go on forever? you have to imagine her editors wanted her to continue, does this mean that woman have bigger balls than men?

    emma, did that surprise anyone?

    saiyuuki, anyone thing someone besides a woman made that one?

    only real surprise for me was hare+guu. but what came first, manga or anime, i wont give them credit for expanding on the anime if it was first.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:18 04/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    kishimoto is a guy, but there also borderline 'BL' in naruto

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    Comment by moqadmodar
    12:54 04/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Toumei Kei!!!!????
    Bikkuri...

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    Comment by Hazama
    09:50 04/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Guess the borderline 'BL' feeling I got from FMA is finally explained. Wasn't surprised by TOO many of them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:37 04/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I was half surprised by hanamaru kindergarten, and Working !! and definitely Kodomo no Jikan. They just seemed so... male written!

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    Comment by OhYeah
    08:23 04/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    A lot of these aren't very surprising... Up until i got to Kindaichi case files. That one had me eye bulging. The art style was killer.

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    Comment by Bigall

    I thought that Inuyasha and Kuroshitsuji were written by women... I guess I'm wrong...

    Yet I'm glady surprised for FMA and Kekkaishi.

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    Comment by VVayfarer

    There's really no difference between male and female authors... when it comes to ecchi and porn, they write horrible stories with practically no exceptions.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:58 04/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    You're also not saying any of them are good. Am I the only one who found that funny?

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:20 04/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    and there alot of men who suck bit time too , whats your point ?

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:25 04/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    those men prefer to be called homosexual.

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    Comment by Shippoyasha
    17:31 04/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I love how stuff like Mitsudomoe and Sekirei takes fanservice and girl-debauchery to hilarious heights.

    I think a lot of male otakus don't understand that a lot of girls can be very receptive towards fanservice... FEMALE fanservice aside from just pretty guys. I used to know quite a few girls in school back in Japan who used to approach ME with anime/manga with female fanservice. And they liked it for the fanservice o_0

    I suppose it's not too different from how guys like their own quirky and weird characters too. Including some shirtless hunks like Dante.

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    Comment by softbanker
    03:54 04/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    No wonder most male protagonist are dick-less.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:06 04/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    the ones written by men, right?

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    Comment by Riiku

    hahah and naruto pwnz the,m all kinda provezz that men are betta at everithing hahra lolz suxxorzzz

    *closes the book titled "trolling for beginners"

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:34 04/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    ..... *sigh and shrugs shoulders*

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:28 04/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    time to celebrate that success Mr. Troll.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:07 05/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    it is it "was" a success, not "were" a success.
    *done with trollign a troll through correcting his spelling*

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    Comment by Riiku
    03:43 04/12/2010 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    That proves that my trolling attempt were a success

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:34 04/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    If Eiichiro Oda was on this I would crap my pantz

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:54 04/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.8)

    If you check again he is on there....... so did you crap your pants. :3

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:31 04/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    *eats popcorn*

    dude pull down your pants. anon 2:54 wants to see your shit stain.

    OM NOM NOM NOM.

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    Comment by RETake09
    01:32 04/12/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Only one that surprised me was Full Metal. D:

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    Comment by makkun
    01:48 04/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Damn right. I always thought Hiromu Arakawa were a male. I mean, look at her drawing style....and her avatar which is a cow.

    Comment by Anonymous

    well, its the female version of bull, isnt it

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:25 05/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    why did this guy get a bad status?Hes right.

    ...Im confused.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:53 04/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's the only one I DID know.

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    Comment by minirop
    01:34 04/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Me it's Mario Kaneda and Hajime Kazu (I knew the others were)

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    01:41 04/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Kaworu and Ashika know what men want :D

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    Comment by RETake09
    01:44 04/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    helllll yaaa

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:33 04/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This one was not a surprise for me when I found out, I somehow had a feeling the author was female.

    Kodomo no Jikan on the other hand... wow.

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    Comment by Kitsunemimi6
    07:11 04/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That was the most shocking 1 on the entire list along with Sekirei & Girls Bravo...

    Kekkaishi was so obvious it wasn't really needed to be mentioned imo though...








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