[AniFemTalk] Women behind the scenes

This Wednesday is International Women’s Day, and this year’s theme is #BeBoldForChange. This theme covers pledges in several categories including “I’ll celebrate women’s achievement” – so that’s exactly what we’ll do.

  • Who are your favorite female manga artists/anime directors/animators/writers and why?
  • Which women creators are best known for one piece of high profile work, but have other work you wish more people knew about?
  • Which women in other areas of Japanese pop culture (e.g. television, music, novels, art, fashion) do you think deserve more recognition for their accomplishments?


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  • SimplyStrange

    I have a few favorite female manga authors and mainly the reasons I like them is for the artwork and the story they’ve told: Naoko Takeuchi (sailor Moon), Rumiko Takahashi (Inuyasha, Ranma 1/2), Arina Tanemura (Full Moon o Sagashite, The Gentlemen’s Alliance Cross), and Yoshiki Nakamura (Skip Beat, Tokyo Crazy Paradise). Out of all of these I think Yoshiki Nakamura is the less well-known, and people really only know of Skip Beat although I wish Tokyo Crazy Paradise would be officially translated… I have all the manga in Japanese already (my display picture), but having more people know about it would be awesome!

  • Black Emolga

    My current favorite mangaka at this moment in time Yoshihara Yuki.

  • Brainchild129

    Goodness, most of my favorite mangaka are women. Kaoru Mori tops the list because her art never fails to blow me away. Fumi Yoshinaga is close, thanks to her delicate, nuanced art, skillful writing, and love of food. So is CLAMP, as theirs was the work that got me into manga in the first place. Setona Mizushiro is a criminally underrated one, as she has a way of dealing with difficult subjects in very sensitive yet interesting ways. I could easily add a dozen more just from looking at my shelves, in genres ranging from shonen to josei to yuri.
    In retrospect, it was the fact that the world of manga was so friendly to women that helped draw me to it in the first place. In comparison to western mainstream comics, the difference is almost laughable. It’s always been inspiring to see just how many women are out there making manga of all sorts going all the way back to the 70s.

  • Alex Erde

    I’m bummed no one has talked about the Mangaka for one of my favorite series, Princess Jellyfish, Akiko Higashimura. I loved her work on that series and I want to look up more of her work. In between these chapters in princess jellyfish she tells the comedically honest stories about her as a teenager growing up being a fan girl for olympic runners.

  • HyruleJose

    My favorite female mangaka who wrote the manga one of my favorite anime (Fullmetal Alchemist) is based off is Hiromi Arakawa. Kinda sad she had to publish under a male pseudonym. She’s also the creator I’d wish more people knew about her other work as well.

  • Danwen Huang

    A veteran director in the anime industry that doesn’t get enough credit, Mitsuko Kase: httpsanimelist.net/people/7165/Mitsuko_Kase