Manga is an extremely popular source of entertainment, orginating from scrolls over hundreds of years ago. Around the 12th and 13th centuries, Toba Ehon embedded the concept of what a "manga" should be. Because of the popular feedback mangas were getting, animation studios caught interest in those books, and were engrossed to make them into a film of some sort. Shimokawa Oten was the first to create some sort of Japanese animated related show, dating back to the late 1916 or early 1917s.
The first official animated show to be created in Japan was titled "Astro Boy" and was created on January 1st, 1963. "Astro Boy" is still going on as well, titled "Go Astro Boy Go!" and scheduled in 2019.
The authors that are listed here are one of many authors that influenced and changed the category of the concept of both manga and anime.
- Akira Toriyama - Created the legendary Dragon Ball series, influencing future authors on storyline, character development, and the majority of the Shounen category. Many manga artists cite him as a source of inspiration.
Masashi Kishimoto - Author of the famous Naruto series. His work had been localized in the west, helping to introduce the concept of Japanese animated shows to foreign countries, helping many to be fans of anime and manga.
Hirohiko Araki - Writer of the popular Jojo franchise. An author of a heavily bizarre adventure, he sparks many references in his story, naming some of his characters on famous pop culture artists and is one of many that popularized the concept of a story that is extremely odd yet charming.
Eiichiro Oda - Composer of one of the most popular mangas to date, arguably the most popular manga even. Designed the story One Piece and has been currently thriving throughout decades as one of the most favored shows/manga from 1999 till this date.
These authors not only shaped the Shōnen genre, but also acted as an entrance to one of Japan's entertainment systems. Many authors write in a simliar style to these mangas, influencing me myself to fabricate a storyline as amazing as either one of their works.