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Okay, /a/. Who are the biggest names in manga and anime?
Who are the eminence grise, the grandmasters, the gods?
Who helped shape the rise and evolution of Japanese 2D? Alternatively, who have left landmarks and lasting classics in the field?

I've started a very incomplete list here:

Osamu Tezuka (Astro Boy, Black Jack, etc)
Fujio Fujiko (Doraemon)
Shigeru Mizuki (GeGeGe no Kitaro)
Ikki Kajiwara (Ashita no Joe)
Akira Toriyama (Dragonball)
Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira)
Hayao Miyazaki (Ghibli films)
Hideki Anno (Evangelion)

Possible candidates:
Naoki Urasawa (20th Century Boys, Monster, etc)
Kengo Hanazawa (I Am a Hero)
Ito Junji (Uzumaki, etc)
Kiyohiko Azuma (Azumanga, Yotsuba&!)

Any glaringly obvious mistakes in this list? Who's missing? Be sure to give an example of their work too.
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Perhaps I should've included Gen Urobuchi (Madoka) too.
You ought to make your choices more controversial OP
They don't have as much an influence on the industry, but have been renounced for their extremely high quality works with uncontested art:

Takehiko Inoue (Slam Dunk, Vagabond) & Kentaro Miura (Berserk)
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Mitsuteru Yokoyama (Adaptations of Chinese Classics, Tetsujin 28 etc)
Ishinomori Shotaro (Cyborg 009, Kamen Rider etc)
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>no Miura Kentaro
>no Murata Yuusuke
>no Araki Hirohiko
>no Boichi

what are you doing OP?
Hiroyuki Imaish (Dead Leaves, Gurren Lagann)

Whether you like his stuff or not, you gotta admit that his art style is distinctive.
Put in Tomino.
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Adding on,
Ikeda Riyoko (Rose of Versailles, Onii-sama e etc)
Rumiko Takahashi (Urusei Yatsura, Ranma 1/2 etc)
Nagai Go (Mazinger Z, Devilman, Cutey Honey etc)
Yoshiyuki Tomino (Gundam, Xabungle, Ideon etc)
Leiji Matsumoto (Harlock, Yamato, GE 999 etc)

There's a lot more to this. And there was a similar poll for manga conducted in Japan years ago:
1. Tezuka Osamu (Firebird, Astro Boy, Black Jack, and countless other masterpieces)
2. Toriyama Akira (Dr Slump, Dragon Ball)
3. Fujiko F Fujio (Doraemon, Hattori-kun, and dozens of other masterpieces)
4. Oda Eiichirou (One Piece)
5. Inoue Takehiko (Slam Dunk, Vagabond)
6. Mizuki Shigeru (Gegege no Kitarou, and many other youkai folklore manga)
7. Akatsuka Fujio (Bakabon no Papa, and many other gag manga)
8. Hasegawa Machiko (Sazae-san, Apron obasan, etc. First female manga artist and creator of the longest running cartoon series in history)
9. MIyazaki Hayao (internationally acclaimed anime director. Nausicca of Valley of Wind is his sole manga contribution)
10. Akimoto Osamu (Kochikame. The longest running manga still in serialization)
10 (tied) Urasawa Naoki (Yawara, Master Keaton, 20th Century Boys, and many other mature works)
>8. Hasegawa Machiko (Sazae-san, Apron obasan, etc. First female manga artist and creator of the longest running cartoon series in history)
Oh hell, I forgot all about the creator of Sazae-san.
Shinichiro Watanabe (cowboy bebops)
I think the word you were looking for is "acclaimed".
>adding Gen
No, by all means no.

Add Mitsuru Adachi, delete Junji Ito.

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