“Which Mangaka is the Best Artist?”


2ch is violently debating a putative ranking of mangaka by drawing ability, with the top spot proving particularly incendiary…

The ranking, judged by “design ability, perspective correctness, consistency, anatomical correctness, shading, etc”:

S rank:

Masashi Kishimoto (Naruto)
Sadamoto Yoshiyuki (Neon Genesis Evangelion)
Yasuhiko Yoshikazu (Mobile Suit Gundam)
Hanaharu Naruko (Kamichu!)
Igarashi Daisuke (Children of the Sea)
Inoue Takehiko (Vagabond)

A rank:

Obata Takeshi (Bakuman)
Ogure Ito (Tenjho Tenge)
Murata Yusuke (Eyeshield 21)
Katsura Masakazu (Zetman)
Hagiwara Kazushi (Bastard!!)
Miura Kentaro (Berserk)
Fujiwara Kamui (Dragon Quest Retsuden)
Shinichi Sakamoto (Kokou no Hito)

B rank:

Eiichiro Oda (One Piece)
Aoyama Gosho (Detective Conan)
Tome Kei (Sing Yesterday For Me)
Araki Hirohiko (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure)
Azuma Kiyohiko (Yotsuba&!)

C rank:

Yabuki Kentaro (To Love-Ru)
Usuta Kyosuke (Pyu to Fuku! Jaguar)
Hoshino Katsura (D.Gray-man)
Fujisaki Ryu (Hoshin Engi)
Takei Hiroyuki (Jumbor)
Iwahara Yuji (Darker Than Black)
Amano Kozue (Amanchu!)
Park Sung-Woo (Kurokami)

D rank:

Kubo Noriaki (Bleach)
Togashi Yoshihiro (YuYu Hakusho)
Kawashita Mizuki (Ane Doki)
Okubo Atsushi (Soul Eater)

E rank:

Amano Akira (Katekyo Hitman Reborn!)
Tanabe Ierou (Kekkaishi)
Asada Hiroyuki (Tegami Bachi)
Arakawa Hiromu (Fullmetal Alchemist)
Mitsuda Takuya (Major)
Otaka Shinobu (Magi – Labyrinth of Magic)

F rank:

Aimoto Shou (Hokenshitsu no Shinigami)
Shiibashi Hiroshi (Nurarihyon no Mago)
Akatsuki Akira (Medaka Box)
Akamatsu Ken (Negima!)
Kumeta Koji (Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei)
Masahiro Anbe (Shinryaku! Ika Musume)

G rank:

Konomi Takeshi (Prince Of Tennis)
Terajima Yuji (Daiya no A)
Mashima Hiro (Fairy Tail)

H rank:

Shimabukuro Mitsutoshi (Toriko)
Tsukiyama Kaya (Area no Kishi)
Wakaki Tamiki (Kami Nomi Zo Shiru Sekai)
Sato Fumiya (Kindaichi Case Files)

I rank:

Iwashiro Toshiaki (Psyren)
Shinohara Kenta (Sket Dance)
Sorachi Hideaki (Gintama)

J rank:

Oishi Kōji (Inumarudashi)
Fujimaki Tadatoshi (Kuroko no Basuke)
Hata Kenjiro (Hayate no Gotoku!)
Norio Sakurai (Mitsudomoe)
Totsuka Masahiro (Material Puzzle)

K rank:

Ryuhei Tamura (Beelzebub)
Tsuchida Kenta (Lock On!)
Crystal na Yousuke (Onidere)
Wajima Satoshi (Wasshoi! Waji Mania)

2ch is incensed that anyone would esteem Kishimoto so highly:

“If Kishimoto isn’t E rank it’s just some fanboy ranking! He can’t even do proper perspective!”

“He is likely rated so highly because of his interesting composition. People were saying it was because it is so cinematic…”

“He has talked about that sort of thing himself…”

“I just laugh at seeing Kishimoto on top there.”

“It is seriously messed up to have Kishimoto on top…”

“Kishimoto is about the only mangaka with this level of awareness of things like simulating wide angle camera shots, zooming, perspective and so on. Amongst mangaka he is the most accomplished in this area.”

“Who is deciding this stuff anyway?”

“Fanboys and haters on 2ch.”


“One Piece is only B? Fairy Tail is G?”

“No Samura or Shinofusa but Toume is in there? What is this?”

“Kubo belongs in B.”

“Some of these people really can’t handle colour illustration either.”

“If Toriyama is below Kishimoto there is nothing to discuss here.”

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    Comment by BrightSide
    07:18 24/09/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Yabuki Kentaro is my god. He deserves his own rank above S rank. Yabuki Kentaro rank.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:17 29/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    > Yabuki Kentaro's mediocre art with some fucking chronic sameface syndrome
    > good
    Some people just rate anything fapable as good.

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    Comment by Rie
    02:19 25/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yeah, on my point of view, To-love ru's art is better than some of the rest above the list... well this is just my opinion ... gotta respect the opinion of others...

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:41 25/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    it was stated that takeshi obata (Death Note and Bakuman illustrator) was his mentor, yet he only got a measly rank A (well its not bad, but it's definitely deserves better than masashi kishimoto)

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    Comment by Rainney
    23:15 24/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Lol, as soon as I saw Masashi Kishimoto under rank S I stopped reading this list.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:00 26/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's probably a good thing. They put Arikawa under "E" rank. That alone pissed me off.


    Comment by Anonymous
    06:14 25/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Exactly. Who the hell put kishimoto on there.

    Like how berzerk was topped by ben10, oh i'm sorry, naruto. Same thing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:30 27/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    +1, I agree, its a total shame that we have to wait until November for the next chapter... i would like to love ru to be monthly manga instead of each 4 chapters per year!, if you think about it that's the current schedule

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    Comment by Tien
    07:23 27/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah, daaamn odd, like.. why the hell is that narutoguy higher then him. Damn Kentaro makes art, Kishimoto was good... 10 years ago, now it looks so simple and boring.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:47 24/09/2011 # ! Good (+0.9)

    So even Japan has Narutards.

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    10:45 24/09/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    They started this mental disease.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:15 24/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Maybe they include USA in the survey the land of Narutard or Fuckard!

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:01 24/09/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    ROFL, Kishimoto better than Kentaro, epic bullshit. <_<'

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    Comment by Heigen
    18:57 24/09/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    It's a joke that Kentaro is not in rank A. Also I'd put Junji Ito there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:15 24/09/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Troll list is troll.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:58 24/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Japan likes One Piece more than they do Naruto, this is a well known fact. :B

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:39 26/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    second that :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:26 24/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    to be fair he does has an amazing grasp of perspective, the only problem with his art now may be from being burned out but he still has to churn out the chapters and get the job done. He has to choose what lines he uses and which ones he chooses not to but as long as you can tell who's who there really is no problem.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:39 26/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    but i still think he is not an d-rank material.
    you can say perspective this-perspective that, but every expression the character made is too 'hard' and character design is not that creative.
    imo, he's at least a B.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:41 27/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    i disagree with Kishi-sensei's S rank, but if you bother to go look for his illustrations you'll see a huge amount of detail in things like cityscapes and buildings. plus he freely uses both japanese and western elements in his art as well as "traditional" japanese visual elements in the series overall. naruto isn't tiring to look at like some other manga (toriko for instance sometimes looks like it was done on ms paint). i'd personally give him an A.

    that being said however i disagree with where they put akamatsu and the author of nurarihyon. negima should be about b rank seeing as it's nanoha quality + freezing ero. nurarihyon is naruto (or at least shaman king) taken seriously. it's funny, most of what i see in nurarihyon is heavily ukiyo-e inspired, but they gave it such a low rank.. shows what a lot of people think about art i guess. :|

    Comment by Anonymous

    Think of the 'S' Rank as the rank where they put the subjective, their-favourite manga. Then from A onwards is the actual ranking of manga based on how well they're drawn.

    Comment by Anonymous

    According to your logic, One Piece should be on S rank then.

    Comment by Anonymous

    It's a rigged poll.

    Comment by Anonymous

    I am a bit surprised

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:56 24/09/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Naruto on S rank? youve got to be shitting me....

    Comment by Anonymous
    Comment by Anonymous
    02:12 25/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ken akamatsu Is in the F list?! Hes a better everythig then most of the guys in the S list!

    Hell gunma might do porn but his stuff is better then every one on the c list....

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:09 24/09/2011 # ! Good (+0.7)

    naruto is shit. deal with it

    Comment by Anonymous

    More like believe it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:50 25/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    You opinion is shit, deal with it.

    Comment by Anonymous

    I see what you did thar.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:15 24/09/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Yes. Rank Shit.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Just seeing the first on the list, increases your risk of getting eye cancer...

    Comment by Anonymous

    Yabuki Kentaro should be in S Rank. This rank is truly S(tupid)

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    Comment by Minimoto
    07:17 24/09/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Oh how much I disagree! Naruto art S rank? While Kawashita Mizuki, Yabuki Kentaro are so far down?

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    Comment by Adam
    08:20 24/09/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Ironically those were the two placings that bothered me most. Yabuki Kentaro and Kawashita Mizuki are two of the best prodigy artists out there, not to mention how amazing Kawashita is at storytelling and Kentaros ability to make anything sexy. These artists make every character look and feel good, they should be the S classes here.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:39 24/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    IMMEDIATLY after I opened this I scanned it for Yabuki, he deserves his own fucking rank. Ill give Kishimoto what I can only call consistency but to be above Yabuki?

    Comment by Anonymous

    I'm a bit surprised as well. The criteria basically wants "design ability, perspective correctness, consistency, anatomical correctness, shading, etc" which seems to boil down to attractive or realistic characters. There are a few others I thought were weird, but whatever it's just a random list.

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    Comment by Vasilevich-san
    08:26 24/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    It's a ranking omg
    They're always correct...

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    Comment by TNinja
    09:54 24/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Huh, a different ranking for a change instead of those top-ten ones.

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    Comment by Assassinister
    13:03 24/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    WTF? Naruto is S while To love ru is C!!! I PROTEST!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:56 24/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    The artists for D. Gray Man and Reborn need to be ranked higher. Sure they didn't start out all that great, but their art has vastly improved. Naruto should be no means be that high because the art and character designs aren't anything above average.

    Also, if we're just talking about art, Yu Watase and CLAMP should be on this list. CLAMP has some works that are better than others but the art styles of CCS, Chobits, and Tsubasa were good. And maybe Yu Watase's works are too old to make the list but I've always liked her layouts. (Maybe it's the fact that all her characters look the same from series to series.)

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:28 25/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    CLAMP ? With those weird body proportion and edgy face ? What kind of art ?

    Art of drawing long limbs ? I guess CLAMP will win the first winner in drawing Bishounen and LONG and disproportioned LIMBS ( especially legs and hands )

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:02 24/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Kishimoto's scrawlings are only a hairsbreadth away from Togashi's Hunter x Hunter scribblings in the middle of his worst bouts of illness.

    Seriously, have they looked at a recent chapter of Naruto? You can't call that good artwork and keep a straight face. It's not possible.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:32 24/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    feel free to draft a manga that outshines their lack of drawing talent then, even in their weakest art period they could prolly outshine anything you can come up with.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:26 27/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yes, that's probably why his profession is not that of a mangaka. I agree that recent naruto chapters look like shit compared to One Piece or whatever.

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    Comment by Uncommon0taku
    09:01 24/09/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    So,... nobody has figured out who Po-Ju really is?

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:58 24/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    naruko hanaharu also my fav hentai artist

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    Comment by yuriphoria
    12:14 24/09/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    If there was a list of fail lists this one would be near the top.

    Comment by Anonymous

    actually I agree with the ranking that his ended up S ----> A = best
    S = the rank after R and before T

    Comment by Anonymous

    The book may suck, but the art doesn't. I think his real strongpoint is complex expressive emotions with minimal line work.

    So yea, the story sucks ass, but can you honestly say the same of the art?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:36 24/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    To many people blinded by their own hatred of Naruto but the art is seriously good. All his two page colour works have great perspective and good panoramic view.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:30 24/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    First 2chan butts in and tries to sound they have a credible opinion about hard, while they have never touched a pencil before, less likely they went to an art school too...

    Now Sankaku reproduces other idiots that think they have a say in this matter. Good job internet, creating anonymous people who dare to say everything without even the knowledge.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:09 24/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Better being Narutard than stupid arrogant shit like you.
    And i dont even like Naruto!

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:45 24/09/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yes, but Berserk being inferior to Naruto in terms of drawing quality? really?

    Comment by Anonymous

    Good panoramic view? Why dont you look at Kozue Amano's ARIA or Kiyohiko Azuma's Yotsubato. Show me 1 sample from Naruto with the same rich and detailed background like those two i mentioned.

    Comment by Anonymous

    > anonymous arguing with anonymous


    Comment by Anonymous

    Naruto is shit, either the story or the art. You remember when the Kyubi looked like a monster? Now, he looks Coyote. And don't need to be a hater to see that his art is shit.

    Comment by Anonymous

    but the truth is that Masashi's artwork is not that good. At some point he just recycles the same background over and over again. Open your eyes widely and read other manga made by other mangaka.

    Comment by Anonymous

    stupid narutard. your manga and anime suck

    Comment by Anonymous

    Hahaha... and a hater comes to prove a point.

    "Oh my god, I hate the story so everything about it sucks!!!"

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:07 24/09/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    the art isn't that impressive

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