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Continuing from the previous article, here are even more mangaka who might never be guessed to be women.

The mangaka:

Kobayashi Ritz (Saki) [Disputed]
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Kobayashi Ritsu is resolutely silent on “her” gender, and the information which exists is contradictory – “she” has been drawn as a schoolgirl at least once, been identified as a female when she was an eroge illustrator, and has made various comments which some consider “feminine,” along with displaying a noted refusal to draw panchira.

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On the other hand, his Mixi profile identifies him as a male (some speculate so as to avoid unwanted messages) and in another online profile he gave his gender as “I’m a boy, you know!”

There have even been reports that she was an actual schoolgirl at the time of writing, or that he is androgynous.

The truth remains a mystery, but rarely has an author taken such obvious care to ensure confusion reigns.

Mizuki Kawashita (Ichigo 100%)
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Shinobu Ohtaka (Sumomomomomomomomomomomo)
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Shizuru Hayashiya (Hayate X Blade)
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Kenji Sakaki (Enigma)
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Yuki Urushibara (Mushishi)
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Kaori Saki (Haru yo, Koi)
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Yua Kotegawa (Anne Freaks)
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Aki Konishi (Kamisama no Iu Toori!)
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Riki Kusaka (Help Man!)
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Mayumi Azuma (Erementar Gerad)
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Mitsurou Kubo (Moteki)
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Yuna Kagesaki (Karin)
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Izumi Kawachi (Eighth)
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Yu Itoh (Shuto Heru)
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Arai Cherry (Sansha Sanyou)
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Amako Soubee (Rakudai Ninja Rantarou)
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Katsura Hoshino (D.Gray-man)
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Shou Aimoto (Hokenshitsu no Shinigami)
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Aoki Ume (Hidamari Sketch)
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Kozue Amano (Aria)
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Peach-Pit (Rozen Maiden)
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Asa Higuchi (Ookiku Furikabutte)
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Hikaru Nakamura (Saint Young Men)
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Akira Amano (Kateikyoushi Hitman Reborn!)
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Junko Kamimura (Abunai! Luna Sensei)
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Hayashida Q (Dorohedoro)
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    Avatar of Oni
    Comment by Oni
    03:09 05/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    KHR & D.Gray Man not really suprise
    but Saint Young Men is WIN

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:53 05/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Dorohedoro is more of a damn surprise... that manga is so... gruesome.

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    Comment by 27raven
    15:33 05/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    ya dorohedoro was the biggest surprise for me.so gruesome yet so awesome.

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    Comment by Kaarme
    06:10 05/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    A title like Dorohedoro isn't drawn by a man or a woman. It's drawn by a screwball.

    Saint Young Men actually surprised me. Not that I'd have even thought about it, but if I had had to guess, I'd have said a man.

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    Comment by TehBoringOne
    13:23 05/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Note to self: Read Dorohedoro...

    Avatar of makkun
    Comment by makkun
    03:24 05/12/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    WHAT!! My favourite author, the one behind Saint Young Men and Arakawa Under the Bridge is a female!!??

    Mind Blown.

    Avatar of Shizu's Waki Obsessor: MaidNiac
    03:31 05/12/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Indeed, the fact that Saint Onii-san was done by a female truly blew me to heaven.

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    Comment by Sailor Sexy
    05:44 05/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Peach-Pit are two women, not a singular woman which is how your response read. I wasn't surprised that they were women, but I also had seen them at Anime Expo back in 2006, which was pretty much when I was just getting into DearS, so I didn't have to speculate for long.

    Avatar of NakkiNyan
    Comment by NakkiNyan
    05:34 05/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Quite a few were no surprise. One of my favorites, Peach-Pit, I always assumes was a woman. It explains the ambiguous targeted audience of Rozen Maiden as well.

    Avatar of Kwonnie
    Comment by Kwonnie
    14:23 05/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anybody at all surprised about D. Gray Man?

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:32 05/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    no

    saint young man indeed Win !

    Avatar of moqadmodar
    Comment by moqadmodar
    00:03 06/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    BTW, she refuses to draw panchira = NOPAN?
    confirmed woman logic.

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    Comment by OhYeah
    02:43 06/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    @Anon 20:01

    Naw, silly goose. That's the stereotypical role that you get. There is a large amount of division between them but there is no definite limitations to how a man and a woman draws. Just head to your nearest Ero-manga convention and you'll find buttloads of artwork that can also look like it was drawn by women.

    Avatar of NakkiNyan
    Comment by NakkiNyan
    06:18 05/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    True but only one draws at a time, you can usually tell their styles apart.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:23 05/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    and she's quite a hottie:

    http://mocha.mo-blog.jp/photos/uncategorized/2009/07/18/hn.jpg

    Comment by Anonymous

    Seriously. If you take a look at most of these you can clearly see that a woman have been drawing them.
    There's usually a slight difference in how women and men draw mangas.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:28 05/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Arakawa Under the Bridge = funny as hell :)

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    Comment by Chiaki H
    14:49 05/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The wit and amazing story of SYM, I thought, was undoubtedly just a guy being really terrible, but man, this is really a surprise.

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    Comment by Yuuasa
    14:46 05/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thought that one was common knowledge.

    Comment by Anonymous

    This isn't a surprise. Everyone knows that the mangaka of Arakawa and Saint Young Men is a woman.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Right... besides, looks like this list is made merely of famous female mangaka who are active in genres different from the standard shoujo/josei fare the public is inclined to associate with...

    Redundancy is redundant.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Everyone who has read her manga.
    The bonuses clearly indicate that she is female.

    Avatar of ⛔ БОSS ⛔
    Comment by ⛔ БОSS ⛔
    03:31 05/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Well I'm not really surprised in general
    BUT I WANT PICTURES OF THE MANGAKAS GODDAMMIT!

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:26 05/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    You're probably one of the reasons mangaka like Saki's don't want to be considered female.

    Avatar of NakkiNyan
    Comment by NakkiNyan
    05:42 05/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Being ambiguous about your gender to your audience is normally a good thing, you get an instant audience for being a woman and less stalkers for possibly being a man.

    Showing your picture breaks the image of what people think you look like and can be a career killer.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:30 05/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    There's some cute female mangaka at times from what I've seen. For example, the mitsudomoe mangaka is very cute. Mayhaps they're just following their artistic calling. Drawing manga for a living would certainly be fun. Wouldn't always pay the bills, depending on if you have talent and a following, but if you can get paid for doing something you have a passion for, it doesn't really matter if it'll make you rich. Not every person is after only money and not every female wants to showcase their body to the world regardless of its "hotness".

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:43 05/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Protip: Some women don't need/want to dowse themselves in makeup everyday to appease people they will never meet... let alone some simply just don't want to deal with a layer of makeup on and off a day.

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    Comment by alidan
    09:10 05/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anonymous
    08:28

    only the weekly 14-18 page mangakas have it bad with how much time they have.

    on that not, not a single one supprised me, though Kamisama no Iutoori! may have if there were any translations of it.

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    Comment by TehBoringOne
    13:23 05/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Isn't Kozue Amano a completely female name? I'm asking, not being sarcastic.

    I also knew that Sei Oniisan's author is female since a long time ago. That lady's awesome. Arakawa Under The Bridge is also brilliant.

    Avatar of alidan
    Comment by alidan
    15:49 05/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Kozue Amano

    i believe that name, kozue was the name of the season two gits:sac 2nd gig kinda bad guy

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:28 05/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    with an average mangaka schedule, they barely have time to sleep an eat, imagine a girl with no time to do maintenance to herself. Not photo material.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:53 05/12/2010 # ! Drivel (-0.8)

    Ummmmm think about it. You don't become a mangaka in Japan if you're a hot looking woman. There's just too much money to be made elsewhere. Now with that in mind, do you REALLY want to see these girls? I'll pass thanks.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:35 05/12/2010 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    Or maybe its because they hate their own stanky hole...and I don't mean the one on the backside...

    ^_^

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:01 05/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    WHy? Their looks have no bearing on the quality of their work.

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    Comment by Majineko
    12:22 05/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    you'd think shota and roji was made by a women too. lulz. shota fits the title more than muhyo :p

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    Comment by Baronight
    03:13 05/12/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    i would say...im not surprise with Hidamari Sketch and Aria having girl as the author...

    Especially Aria...too obvious...i don't think male author can get that sentimental over silly stuff like shown in Aria world

    Avatar of makkun
    Comment by makkun
    03:26 05/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Well these two authors, Aoki Ume and Kozue Amano, are pretty obvious.

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    Comment by onitake
    07:03 06/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    they are... but you can never be sure. at least with aria, the characters are a bit too moe to be be clearly classic girly stuff.
    nobuyuki takagi (髙木信孝) is another such example. but he's a guy, according to his website.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:52 05/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ume-sensei has given the world the infamous widefacemoé, so she should be respected and held in awe.

    Comment by Anonymous

    isnt the technical term 'fatface'?

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    Comment by alex251
    03:13 05/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    this would be more interesting:
    "Top Loli-manga Mangaka You’d Never Guess Were Women"

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:54 05/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I was shocked that Kaworu Watashiya was a woman...
    She probably likes her lilies young.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:11 05/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Meh, I don't go around saying "it's a male or female". Seriously, I don't care as long as it's good...

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:50 05/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Good for you! Apparently some people DO care >.>;

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:18 19/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's not like something despicable, it's more like a surprise. Like finding marshmallows in your cereal, you enjoy your cereal, but finding marsmallows make it more sweet :)

    Avatar of Shizu's Waki Obsessor: MaidNiac
    03:29 05/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Mayumi Azuma, Edel Garden YEAH~ <3

    And i'm feeling a strong urge to take a look on that one..., obviously.

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    Comment by redscarnova
    03:22 05/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    lol at "Sumomomomomomomomomomomo".
    Only because of the title I should read it.

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    Comment by HouseLife
    04:26 05/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hehe, he exaggerated the title in the article since it's just so ridiculous ^^ It's actually Sumomo mo momomo in that kind of cadence. Of all of those that one surprised me the most, because it's so utterly crazy in its loli style projections. Nothing compared to Kodomo no Jikan of course, which I haven't even seen but still know of its reputation.

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    Comment by Sakuba Hachimitsu
    03:11 05/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Ehhh, nice ones. I've never thought Ichigo 100% was drawn by a girl XD;; I guess anything is possible haha. It explains some things I guess.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:49 05/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    It would explain their well-proportioned bodies.

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    Comment by TehBoringOne
    13:28 05/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not really. I think that what it points to, is that she was properly taught human figure in art school and that she is very precise about what public she aims at.

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    Comment by Naison
    03:43 05/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    That and Mushishi were the only ones I knew. The rest of these came as quite a surprise

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:55 05/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    She is the same creator of Hatsukoi Limited.

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    Comment by Miroku74
    14:29 05/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I kinda already knew years ago that Kawashita-sensei was a women. I love her style in ecchi comedy and drama.

    Aside from Ichigo 100% and Hatsukoi Limited, there's also Koorhime (a one-shot) and Lilith. And yes, I'm a fan of her work. ^_-







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