Have a favourite manga that you've loved and read? Chances are that it was created (both written and drawn) by a female managaka. In writing this post, I was surprised and pleased about how many of the manga I love were written by women. Across all genres and topics, their names leapt effortlessly out at me.
In comics drawn outside of Japan, China, and Korea, there's a separation of the job of writer and artist. The mega stars are companies DC and Marvel. These lineage of comics were written and drawn by many different male artists and writers over decades.
Where are the women? I thought. I racked my brain and Google to find a citation of a female artist or writer that has ever written a Batman, Superman, or Spiderman story. I couldn't find one with a quick five minute search and stopped looking.
Really now? How is this possible. The list I complied below of female japanese mangaka is just scratching the surface. This list is only based on manga that I've personally read and all of these names are like the JK Rowlings of Japan.
You all know ofcourse that JK Rowling had to crop her name into initials to hide gender because her publisher thought boys wouldn't read a story by a female author. Stupidity seems to be still entrenched in our society today.
Fortunately, the huge influence of manga has brought an onslaught of female mangaka outside of Japan that I can rattle off without hesitation; Nina Matusmoto: Yokaiden, Svetlana Chmakova: Dramacon, Mark of the Succubus: Irene Flores and Ashly Raiti...and that's a good thing. :)
Hiromu Arakawa: Full Metal Alchemist
Takahashi Rumiko: Inuyasha, Ranma 1/2
Clamp: X1999, Tokyo Babylon, xxxholic, Magic Knight Rayearth
Akira Amano: Katekyō Hitman Reborn!
Yellow Tanabe: Kekkaishi
Yumi Hotta: Hikaru no Go (writer)
Katsura Hoshino: D Gray Man
Kozueko Morimoto: Gokusen
Yuki Urushibara: Mushishi
Fuyumi Ono: 12 kingdoms
Yoko Kamio: Hana Yori Dango
Ikeda Rikoyo: Rose of Versaille
Yazawa Ai: Paradise Kiss
Watase Yuu: Fushigi Yuugi
Natsuki Takaya: Fruits Baskets
Masami Tsuda: Kare Kano
Naoko Takeuchi: Sailor Moon
Chiho Saito: Utena
Fumi Yoshinaga: Antique Bakery
Yun Kōga: Loveless
Tomo Takabayashi: Kyo Kara Maou