Anime characters have an amazing ability to pull off different jobs, from traditional ones such as ninja or samurai, to occupations that wouldn’t be found in a historical anime. Of course, many of them are also mangaka. This is especially interesting since there are often times when you can clearly see similarities between the manga artist and his manga character.
It’s pretty interesting to try and find these similarities, whether it is in the look of the characters or their behaviour, so I’ve taken on this project myself. I thought it would be fun to compare some of my favourite mangaka anime with their anime counterparts. If you are interested, check out my findings below!
I chose only characters that are presented as a mangaka, so characters like Rukia or Mayuri don’t appear here even if they write manga.
I’m not including any assistants since there’s too many of them to count!
You should also know that this is just for fun, and I might have missed some similarities between the studio and its creator (I tried but it was a little difficult).
If you think of more similarities between manga artists and characters, let me know in the comments! Enjoy!
Kiyohiko Azuma Sachiko is a young woman who’s been taking care of her little brother for the last 12 years after they lost their parents. She’s mature, kind and is always ready with a plan to keep Shu safe.
Kiyohiko Azuma is the creator behind Yotsuba. So Sachiko was obviously based on him in some way. It would be hard not to since he used to draw his own sister who had the same name as Sachiko when he was younger. These days, Azuma is a family man and Sachiko’s personality reflects that; she cares for her brother and even has the same job as her creator (teacher).
Kenji Kawai The protagonist of this anime, Kawai is a mangaka anime who works with his assistants in an old-fashion studio. He’s a more carefree version of his creator, who freely admits that he isn’t good at drawing and has a lot of assistants to help him with that.
Yayoiso Kenjiro Hata Kenji Kawaii is based on the author of Hayate no Gotoku, Kenjiro Hata. To be more specific, Kawaii is basically Kenjiro using his other self as an avatar to the real world. Just like Kenjiro, he lives with two other guys, also assistants.
Hajime no Ippo
George Morikawa Hajime no Ippo (the anime) has been created by MAPPA, so it’s based on the author, George Morikawa. This anime is pretty straightforward with similarities – like the mangaka, the protagonist of this series has an amazing right hook!
Katsuhiro Otomo I bet you didn’t expect to see Akira on this list! The legendary manga and movies are obviously based on the artist behind them, Otomo. He’s not only part of a motorcycle gang and has superpowers like Kaneda and Tetsuo, he also draws manga!
Marimo Bando Wataru is one of my favorite mangaka anime of all time. He writes about kids and their everyday life and has a great sense of humour. The anime version of him is based on his assistant, Marimo Bando, who also helped with the character designs.