Top 3 most popular manga authors in Japan

Doraemon, Detective Conan, Dragon Ball, … are the familiar comics for so many generations of children around the world.

However, it seems that the authors of the immortal series mentioned above are not as famous as the characters created by themselves.

Let’s take a look at the history and life of these famous Japanese manga artists and authors.

1. Fujiko Fujio

Fujiko Fujio is the pseudonym of the two authors of the world-famous comic series Doraemon. The two writers Fujimoto Hiroshi (pen name Fujiko F. Fujio) and Abiko Motoo (pen name Fujiko Fujio (A)) have known each other since elementary school and have the same passion for painting. When they became high school students, they started drawing manga for a publisher and came out with their first work under the pen name Tenshi Tama. In 1988, the two men stopped working together because Abiko’s manga was primarily for teenagers while Fujimoto wanted to target children. The comics were written by the two men very successfully, but Doraemon is the work that brought the most resounding success for the two authors. Today, Doraemon has become one of the cultural symbols of Japan.

Fujiko Fujio

2. Gosho Aoyama

Gosho Aoyama’s birth name is Aoyama Yoshimasa. He is known as the author of the world famous comic series Detective Conan. The author’s most popular manga series tells about the story of Shinichi Kudo, a student detective who is forced to drink poison by a black organization and becomes the shape of a first-grade boy. He was fighting against these guys and trying to get back to his normal form. Around it are a series of intriguing thrilling cases resolved by Shinichi in the form of young Conan. In addition to the famous Detective Conan, Gosho is also the author of other popular manga like Magic Kaito, Yaiba, Chotto Matte.

3. Eiichiro Oda

Eiichiro Oda is the author of a popular manga series across Japan and around the world – One Piece. As a high school student, Eiichiro received the Tezuka (new pen) award from Shounen Jump magazine for the short story “Wanted!”Leaving his first year at Tokai University as an assistant to Watsuki Nobuhiro, Kaitani Shinobu and Tokuhiro Masaya. During that time Eiichiro released One-shot Romance Dawn, the precursor of One Piece. Since 1997, One Piece – a long series of comics about the world of pirates has been posted on Shounen Jump magazine and brought the name of Eiichiro Oda famous worldwide.

Eiichiro Oda