Top 10 Female Mangaka You Always Thought Were Male


Manga fans supply a ranking of which mangaka they always assumed were male, whether based on name, art style or story, only to be surprised to find they were female.

The ranking:

1. Ayako Sato (Kinda’ichi Case Files)

2. Hiromu Arakawa (Full Metal Alchemist)

3. Sōbē Amako (Nintama Rantarō)

4. Tsukasa Ōshima (Shoot!)

5. Yellow Tanabe (Kekkaishi)

6. Kazuki Yamamoto (GodHand Teru)

7. Satoru Makimura (Oishii Kankei)

8. Daisuke Higuchi (Whistle!)

9. Katsura Hoshino (D.Gray-man)

10. Yuki Urushibara (Mushishi) / Ayato Sasakura (Shakugan no Shana [manga version])

The bottom of the ranking features such mangaka as Yonekura Kengo (Pink Sniper) and, rather surprisingly, Q Hayashida (Dorohedoro), who might have been expected to place higher given the content of her manga…

See also the similar articles pointing out other mangaka readers are notoriously hard-pressed to tell the gender of.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    01:53 03/04/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Wait. Wait.


    Ayato Sasakura.

    As in the Ayato Sasakura responsible for Tyrant Punish.

    As in one of my favourite ero-mangaka of all time.

    Is female.

    Fucking Jesus. You've just made my day.

    Avatar of Shizu's Waki Obsessor: MaidNiac
    02:44 03/04/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Yep, that's her :3 One of my fave loli eromanga as well.

    She also did one volume of yaoi shotatrap as a side info btw.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:45 03/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Shounen Dolce, wasn't it? So fucking good. Her stuff is annoyingly hard to find in the places I usually look, and she's not crazy prolific like some, but goddamn. Her stuff is just incredible.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:22 03/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It's no surprise. The women artists are usually light years ahead in perversion, compared to their male counterparts.

    Little by little the hentai world has been increasingly taken over by females.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:00 03/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    They already have. If housewife porn and yaoi was allowed on the bestseller lists, at least all the top three spots would be occupied by them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:41 03/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    that's cause they got the kinkiest sex toys and have to pretend to be angels all the time.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:26 03/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    not true... browse in some stupid places and u'll soon find out it's kinda equal...

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:27 03/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    a female artist would draw what probably feels the best... a male artist would draw what probably looks the best to the reader... no?

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    Comment by Manjix
    04:38 03/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Irony was that I was reading Tyrant Punish a few moment before checking this post. Talk about karma.

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    Comment by Godot
    13:06 03/04/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Thats neither ironic nor karmic. Its just plain old coincidence.

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    Comment by cats2
    08:56 04/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    9. Katsura Hoshino (D.Gray-man)

    Sounds like some complete BULLSHIT.. Seriously, every fucking male character except the Earl is a bishounen that looks more girlish then the females..

    Everything about it SCREAMS female author..

    Hell a lot of the titles listed face the same stuff..

    Ugh, leaves you thinking "Seriously......?!"

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:24 03/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    didn't really think they were male >.>

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:39 03/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    D.Gray-Man was/is so often omitted and paused, I always knew such moods only can be by the source of a woman.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:52 03/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Notice the constant "gay for each other" moments in all of them lulz.

    I don't know who wouldn't notice these in FMA, D.Gray, and Kekkashi.

    Seriously, they are ever present, especially since D.Gray has literally an all guy cast trying to constantly "save" each other.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:16 03/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    If it's stuff popular with yaoi fans I automatically assume it's made by a woman. Same reason why I figured Hitman Reborn was made by a woman.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:01 03/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    What about Bleach and Naruto? Made by men, but I have a feeling the art style were changed to accommodate the female fans. So many bishounens, it's not just art improvement!

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:59 03/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    bleach has just as much female fanservice so its good. kishimoto has no excuse however.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:08 04/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because those mangakas are intelligent! You are supposed to make mangas that draw in both the male and female crowd. What the fuck use is it to just draw for your own gender. Fuck, the comments here are stupid. "Oh my god, I am surprised at this, that, blah, blah blah...)

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:59 03/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    yeah the lack of lenalee development in the recent chapters were seriously disappointing.

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    Comment by Baronight
    01:12 03/04/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    holy shit Yonekura Kengo is female? i didn't knew that

    Kindaichi deserve to be top spot...
    i would have thought girl can draw those rough artwork...

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:28 03/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Kengo Yonekura? You mean THE Kengo Yonekura? That did 'Smiling Nurse' which got turned into eroanime?!

    Yeah, it's got some femdom, with women that starts out being complete bitches BUT the men were always giving it back to dem hoes HARD(and I like hentai with stuck-up women being shown their proper place), so I never could've guessed.

    I guess yaoi shit disgusts even some women in Japan, not just us guys. Talented women too.

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    Comment by OhYeah
    01:15 03/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wait, wait wait. The ero-manga artist!?! Are you serious?

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:57 03/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You want more? Hori Hiroaki is a female too. (some her work are severe NTR and ugly male)
    Mitsuka Hattori too. (draw some beastility hentais)

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:54 23/04/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    are you sure that hattori mitsuka it´s a girl? because i get this weird vibe that it´s a fat dude playing with his reaqders, like a strange kind of virtual trap, i mean in her mangas she say all this thing about how in some way his scripts ara autobyographycs, ut i dont know, this is a sick world with sick people, if nobody see her in the flesh i have to doubt

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:26 03/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You can tell Yonekura Kengo is a woman because of the Japanese wood-cut style penises she draws on male characters occasionally. (And from the fem-dom themes. Go figure.)

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    Comment by yudhis
    09:54 03/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    now we need polling about top 10 female eromangaka

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:24 03/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I've always known Ayato Sasakura was a woman. I mean, she uses the name Ayato for starters. And I already knew Yonekura Kengo was a woman, I'd suspected it just from looking at her drawing style.

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    Comment by alidan
    10:57 03/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pink Sniper person was female...

    i can see that but still hard to believe.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:29 03/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Amazing how it's still amusing 2 months later, no?

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    Comment by Demi-Rebel 72
    10:23 03/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow, I never thought the creator of FMA was a woman. That surely makes a whole lot of difference.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:21 03/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    we already knew this, in today manga world it looks like you need to be a chick in order to get in. no wander the anime bubble bursted.

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    Comment by BlacK_NekO
    13:12 03/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Full Metal Alchemist & Kekkaishi Mangaka

    well im shocked who knew women could make realy good peverted AnimE and other
    (>-_-)>--- got to love that ---- <(-_-<)

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    Comment by BlacK_NekO
    13:13 03/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    not saying women cant make good anime just saying most of the AnimE i like are made by women damm im shocked

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:57 05/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    People didn't know FMA and Kekkaishi were created by women?

    Some people are ridiculously late to the party.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:19 14/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Retsu Tateo (Full Metal Panic!) should be on the list had not she mentioned it from time to time in the end of the book.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:46 27/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    FMA and D.Gray man has pretty gay designs, so no surprise.

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    Comment by Rinfinite
    22:44 25/03/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    Look at those deliciously beautiful thighs on Lenalee.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:23 04/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    "..proof that women can be perverted too.." woooow you guys are really shelter- oh wait I'm talking to neckbeardy otaku here, of course you're sheltered. welcome to the real world, folks!

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:52 03/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    WHAT THE FUCK. I always thought Fumiya Sato (kindaichi) was a guy. He even illustrated his comical self as a guy. WTF WTTF.... maybe that is his (her, oops) writer...

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:24 03/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    GHmm D Gray man go figure rest unfamiliar with alas

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:24 03/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    umm msae post as older ones you got here.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:21 03/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    WE NEED MORE PICTURES~~~~~ triti

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:39 03/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    where's Sakaki Kenji (Enigma) or Motomi Kyousuke (Dengeki Daisy)
    Their names were so male people thought the latter was a rare male mangaka who draw shoujo mangas.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:08 03/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Motomi Kyousuke is a guy.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:37 03/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    never realized yellow tanabe was a gurl full metal alchmist and d gray man are quality enjoy em both.

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    Comment by Yamato
    02:43 03/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm not really surprised by the mangaka listed in this and the related articles, mainly because a couple months back, I was asking about females who draw shounen manga. However, an interesting question came about as I was asking that: are there ANY male authors who draw shoujo-centric manga?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:15 03/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    wasn't a list with this name up before?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:11 03/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Akira Amano I though was a male at first, especially with the way Reborn! was like at the beginning.

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    Comment by OTIKA
    01:25 03/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I would have thought the one behind Kojikan would have made it to the list.

    Ah well.

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    Comment by Homu Improvement
    01:14 03/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    I always thought that Hiromu Arakawa was female, though I wasn't 100% sure with Hoshino since I couldn't find any info on the internet to confirm it. If they were judging by art style I would say Hoshino was female due to the high amount of bishonen though male due to it being a shonen manga.

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    Comment by TouhouComplex
    01:29 03/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    No Kaworu Watashiya or Ashika Sakura?
    And i wasn't that surprised when i found out Hiromu Arakawa and Katsura Hoshino were girls

    Avatar of Shizu's Waki Obsessor: MaidNiac
    02:59 03/04/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Most likely it's because people are now no longer thinking that she's a dude since the first time they first fapped to the manga only to get shocked to know that a girl named Kaworu Watashiya who have superior faptasies and able to draw hawt stuff was the one who created that Masterpiece.

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