Mangaka twitter responses to “Top 4 Manga That Made You Who You Are”

There’s been a trending twitter hashtag () that asks people to choose their Top 4 series that were instrumental in their development. Several mangaka in my tweeter feed participated, so I figured I’ll share their responses. (I also get a little bit personal at the end)

Ken Akamatsu (Love Hina, Negima, UQ Holder)

  • Kimagure Orange Road
  • Macaroni Houren Sou
  • Mach SOS

Bishoujo Harem + Tear-jerking gag + Dark Fantasy + DynamicPro theme = Akamatsu Work

Yoshiaki Sukeno (Binbougami ga, Twin Star Exorcist)

  • Oretachi no Field
  • One Piece

Shinobu Kaitani (One Outs, Liar Game)

  • Ore wa Chokkaku
  • Gakideka
  • Harris no Kaze
  • Dokaben

Osada Yuko (Shiori Experience, RUN day BURST, ToTo)

  • Dr. Slump
  • Rokudenashi Blues
  •  Migimuke Hidari

Amano Kozue (ARIA)

  • Urusei Yatsura
  • Boku no Chikyuu wo Mamotte
  • Ping Pong
  • Honey & Clover

Fukuchi Tsubasa (Law of Ueki, Saike Matashitemo)

  • Dragon Ball
  • Yaiba
  • Mahoujin Guru Guru
  • Shounen Ashibe

Tsumugi Musawo (Koi to Uso)

  • Hunter x Hunter
  • 7SEEDS
  • Iryu Team Medical Dragon
  • Full Metal Alchemist

Ogaki Rokurou (Shinobi no)

  • Kyukyoku Choujin R
  • Blade of the Immortal
  • Rough
  • Dragon Ball

Kudo Makoto 

  • Full Metal Alchemist
  • Corpse Princess
  • Bleach
  • Naruto

Yuki Domoto  (Rivnes)

  • Flame of Recca
  • Hoshin Engi
  • Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

Kawahara Ren (Midara na Aoi-chan wa Benkyou ga Dekinai)

  • Yu Yu Hyakusho
  • Ushio to Tora
  • Full Metal Alchemist
  • 3×3 EYES

Kouichi Ohnishi (Otome Sensou)

  • Berserk
  • Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind
  • Ikkyu
  • Battle Angel Alita

Dragon Garow Lee (Yamcha Isekai)

  • Dragon Ball
  • Hajime no Ippo
  • Ashita no Joe
  • One Punch Man

Inoue Kazurou (Midori no Hibi, Aikora)

  • Nemuta-kun
  • Kira Kira!
  • Mugen Shinshi
  • Ushio to Tora

Sasuga Kei (GE Good Ending, Domestic na Kanojo)

  • Asari-chan
  • Ushio to Tora
  • Kokowa Green Wood
  • 1 + 2 = Paradise

Nanatsuki Kyoichi (ARMS, Kiba the Arms Peddler)

  • Hi no Tori
  • Cyborg 009
  • Devilman
  • Sasuke

Amahara Teikoku (The World of Moral Reversal, 33-sai Dokushin Onna Kishi Taichou)

  • Hunter x Hunter
  • Parasyte
  • Yu Yu Hyakusho

and….. me! ;p

I figured I’ll wrap this up by sharing my own four series that were instrumental in my growth over the years.


Pokemon Adventures or Pokemonster Special is one of first serialized manga I’ve owned while growing up. I actually grew up in Japan in 1997, right when the first Pokemon anime started airing and the whole nation was engulfed in the Pokemon craze. I read the first four volumes countless times because it was one of the few manga I had available during my elementary years, and this is definitely the manga that I cherished the most in my early childhood.

Rurouni Kenshin this is the series that really ignited my love for manga during my early teens. The likable cast, various life lessons, awesome action, and character growth, and the satisfying made me appreciate manga as a medium more than ever before. Funnily enough, I actually prefer the Korean localization of this series because many of the skill names are a lot cooler than the original Japanese.

Ichigo 100% this series has a special place in my heart because it was really my gateway to the “romance” genre. Before, while I enjoyed reading romance in my manga here and there, I was still pretty cautious about diving into a full–fledged romance series. Ichigo 100% was one of the first series that I ventured into the romance genre, and I’ve fully embraced this side of the manga world ever since. Even to this day, the final message of choosing your dream as well your loved one’s dream even if it means to be separated for a while is one of the most memorable things I’ve read.

Hoshi no Samidare or Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer. I was a bit iffy about what to choose here, and I’m still not 100% sure if I made the right choice, but this series deserves it’s place here. Unlike the other three which were series I encountered in my early childhood, I didn’t read this series until I was in college and already read a fair share of manga through the years. Still, the question of “what it means to be an adult” that is explored in this series left quite an impression in me, so I decided to include it here.


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