Top 10 Male Mangaka Who Draw The Cutest Girls


Japanese asked to rank the male mangaka they consider the most skilled at drawing eye-wateringly cute girls share a list encompassing some of the masters of bishoujo art, as well as a few whose presence on the list is frankly something of a mystery.

The ranking:

1. Mitsuru Adachi (Touch)
2. Tsukasa Hojo (Cat’s Eye)
3. Masakazu Katsura (I”s)
4. Tatsuya Egawa (Golden Boy)
5. Kakifly (K-ON!)
6. Eiichiro Oda (One Piece)
7. Kentaro Yabuki (To Love-Ru)
8. Kōsuke Fujishima (Oh My Goddess!)
9. Akira Toriyama (Dragonball)
10. Takeshi Obata (Death Note)top-10-male-mangaka-who-draw-the-cutest-girls-010

A ranking which at times perhaps owes more to nostalgia and authority than actual artistic mastery.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    00:57 03/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)


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    Comment by Morthoseth
    00:28 03/12/2010 # ! Quality (+0.9)

    Is there a new definition of cute i don't know of?

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    Comment by RoxbiT
    00:32 03/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    yeah, Adachi being no.1
    it's just disaster for definition of being cute...

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    Comment by Candy
    00:40 03/12/2010 # ! Quality (+0.9)

    I'll take Tony Taka.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:57 03/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)


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    Comment by makkun
    02:05 03/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Ken Akamatsu is number 13 FYI.

    And why the hell are Eichiro Oda and Akira Toriyama on the top ten??!!

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    Comment by POKI
    02:53 03/12/2010 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    this list is so messed up... i'm not even laughing.

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    Comment by Darkrockslizer
    01:09 03/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    This isn't a competition of "cute", this is a list of "most widely known styles of drawing girls from popular games/shows etc".

    Comment by John Hayabusa
    00:46 03/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    The most surprising fact about this list (in my opinion): Kakifly?

    And what about Ken Akamatsu?

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    Comment by TNinja
    00:50 03/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    I suppose "Moe" is "Cute".

    3. Masakazu Katsura (I”s)

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    Comment by fxc2
    04:49 03/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Moe = cute indeed. Kakifly only made it because of the anime adaptation which is no surprise, but the funny thing about it is that it was the anime, rather than the manga version which used the "cute style" people were going for here. The mangaka only started to mimic that style afterward.

    And whilst that's not the ideal picture I would've used to represent Takeshi Obata, in any case my hat's off to that artist.
    Fucking. Insane. Talent.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:57 03/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.3)

    The most surprising fact about the list:
    Where's Ken Akamatsu?

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    Comment by BrownBear
    01:40 03/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    yeah !
    Tony Taka is the MAn!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:34 03/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    >Where are my Amano Kozue?
    She's a woman.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:01 03/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "A ranking which at times perhaps owes more to nostalgia and authority than actual artistic mastery."

    Well said, Artefact.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:02 03/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Where are my Amano Kozue?

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:18 03/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Where the hell is Kishida Mel?Huke?OMG this poll must be gathered from people in their late 30s ( ̄▽ ̄)

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:49 03/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Where the f*ck is Masamune Shirow? That man has draw some of the sexier manga characters ever done!

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:57 03/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I agree with I"s though, pretty cute art IMO

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:36 03/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Needs Kumeta Kouji. Kitsu Chiri and especially Komori Kiri should be more than enough.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:19 03/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is the true definition of cute. Real artists, real characters.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:00 04/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    What about Ishikei? :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:20 16/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Akira Toriyama's artwork should be buff girl rather than cute girl.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:30 03/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This list seems to have been compiled without any type of rhyme or reason. Maybe half the artists in the top 10 deserve it, and at least two of them don't deserve to be anywhere near it. #1 on the list draws characters one misshapen nose away from looking like Crayon Shin-chan.

    I'd find this list more credible if they said "We had to pick so many artists from the 80s, so many from the 90s, and so many from this decade." Because that's what it looks like.

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    Comment by makkun
    15:00 03/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    @anon 10:18

    Kishida Mel is female mangaka. Huke is not a mangaka.

    @anon 10:49

    Sexy? Yes. Cute? No.

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    Comment by Pertamax
    02:34 03/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    to anon 02:05

    this is for male mangaka

    no hokuto no ken ?

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    Comment by NeverSleep
    01:06 03/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Moe is the new cute.

    But... Death Note and One Piece? Seems so out of place... the rest of the ranking (it goes up to the 29th) seems to reflect more the popularity of the series than the art itself...

    Ichigo Mashimaro is there, sup!

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:14 03/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'll take Tsukino Jyogi.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:06 03/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Fujoshi strikes back?

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:33 04/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm speechless. Everything I thought that was cute were lies?

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    Comment by cerberus
    00:52 03/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    2, 3, 6, 8 and 10

    and number 6 would get 5th place among them, the rest look so standard or in case of no.1: so 90's

    these people need to read some more manga, there are certainly better artists out there.

    SEO Kouji and Ken Akamatsu comes to mind among others

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    Comment by Eddyak
    00:43 03/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    This is screwed up. Where the hell is Akamatsu? And how come Toriyama is there? His "women" look exactly the same as the men, only with less muscle.

    And Death Note's mangaka? Gimme a break.

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    Comment by Duolis
    02:52 03/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.6)

    If you actually read Hikaru no Go or Bakuman, then I think you can find out why he's on the list.

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

    hey, bakuman's girls are pretty cute :3

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:51 06/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    yeah death note, bakuman, hikaru no go got cute girls,

    buy... WTF with akira Toriyama????
    the reason must be because there lot hentai about dragonball

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    Comment by Taiga-sama
    02:51 03/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    yeah, i was meh when i saw adachi in #1 spot. adachi is great, but not in terms of cute girls.

    obata and fujishima should be on higher spot.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:42 03/12/2010 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

    YOU are the disaster

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    Comment by ルーカス
    01:07 03/12/2010 # ! Good (+0.3)

    > 6. Eiichiro Oda (One Piece)


    just where the hell is that cute?

    I can understand the first ones being classics, but this 'thing'?

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:18 03/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Forget how bad some of these are, One Piece?! Oh come on, One Piece characters are well established to be Picasso like blob stick figures more often then not..

    Throwing boobs on a stick figure does not="cute girl"

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    Comment by Renzo
    13:58 03/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I don't know if this survey is messed up or there is a new standard of 'cute girl'...

    The one I approve of top ten :
    1.Yabuki Kentarou [ To Love Ru ] ( this is perhaps the nearest 'cute' )
    2.Kakifly [ K-ON ] ( this one is moe rather than cute )
    3.Kosuke Fujishima [ Oh My Goddess ] comment here
    4 ( Unlisted entry which are many I put here )
    Below are the unexpectedly CUTE :

    5.Eichiiro Oda ( One Piece ) [ I love this series, but I never once think that the girls in it are cute... they may act cute, but not look cute at all ]
    6.Tatsuya Egawa ( Golden Boy ) [ ...are the girls there cute ? I wonder about that ... ]
    7.Tsukasa Hojo [cat's eye]( the term 'beautiful and realistic' is more suited to this mangaka )
    8.Mazakasu Katsura [iis] ( again, the term 'beautiful and realistic' is more suited )
    9. Takeshi Obata (Death Note) ( this one is realistic and gorgeous, not cute =_= )

    WTF with Akira Toriyama ? he draws ok but not enough cuteness =.=, but he draws Goku superbly ( and that's why I read Dragon Ball, not because of the cute girls in it =_= )

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:55 03/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Someone explain to me about Toriyama is in this list and Ken Akamatsu isn't.

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    Comment by BlaqCat
    14:04 03/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    There is a definition of "cute", and next to it would be one of Masakazu Katsura's drawings.

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    Comment by Renzo
    22:52 03/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah that would be it =_<

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:51 03/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    >implying cute means the same as moe

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    Comment by konakona
    02:21 03/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm guessing it's referring to the personality more than appearance =_=.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:49 03/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    exactly.... i do not agree with any of them other than Masakazu Katsura (from I's and DNA2)

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    Comment by Hikayuri
    00:42 03/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    My thoughts exactly. I can agree with 3, 5, 7, 8 and 9 but the others don't fit exactly into the cute category imo.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:05 03/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    this is cute by old school manga standards. Not the moe-blob we currently enjoy

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    Comment by GuroFX
    05:37 03/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    did you expect 'photorealistic'?

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    Comment by Rya
    00:34 03/12/2010 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Akira Toriyama + cute? Does not compute. Every single one of his characters have the same face.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:09 03/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    That can be said the same with Tony Taka ..

    For me personally, Kabuki Kentaro, Masakazu Katsura and Kōsuke Fujishima belongs there.. The rest, not so much.

    I do enjoys Obata's girl tho, but he is more hot and matured.

    Still, nothing beats Sano Toshihide, Takeda Hiromitsu and Shoji Satoh :D

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    Comment by Marine-RX179
    00:53 03/12/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The same can be said for Adachi...

    No offense, but Yabuki and Fujishima should be up top...together with Katsura.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:47 03/12/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Arale does not

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