29 Famous Manga and Anime Artists That Have Done Hentai

The manga industry is an interesting placeClannad

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In fact, let’s learn a thing or two about our favorite artists!Nichijou

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Don’t go, this will be fun!

 

We’re going to learn about hentaiThe Cat in the Hat

Do you know how many of your favorite mangaka have worked in the hentai industry? A lot. We all have to start somewhere, right?

1. Koshi Rikdo (Excel Saga)

Rikdo first created the character of Excel Saga in a hentai doujinshi. Unlike most of the artists on this list, that fact was thrust into the fans face as a joke in the Excel Saga anime.Koshi Rikdo (Excel Saga)

2. Rei Hiroe (Black Lagoon)

Black Lagoon is brash, so Rei’s hentai past shouldn’t be a surprise. He’s even written a few doujin’s starring the Black Lagoon cast, but most of his works involve other popular anime and video games, which he creates under the pen-name Tex-Mex.Rei Hiroe (Black Lagoon)

3. Maki Murakami (Gravitation)

Gravitation was the first yaoi manga to hit the mainstream in America, but that didn’t stop Murakami from creating hardcore yaoi…with her own characters no less! Talk about giving fans what they want.Maki Murakami (Gravitation)

 

4. Kenichi Sonoda (Gunsmith Cats)

Sonoda may have faded from the mainstream since the end of the ’80s, but he was one of the most prolific character designers of the era, working on titles like Bubblegum CrisisGall Force, and Royal Space Force.Kenichi Sonoda (Gunsmith Cats)

5. Satoshi Urushihara (Growlanser)

A big name in the Japanese art community, Urushihara is known for designing the characters of the Growlanser video game series and designing the covers of the popular Tenma Comics hentai-manga anthology.Satoshi Urushihara (Growlanser)

 

6. Kohta Hirano (Hellsing)

Kohta Hirano has a bit of a cult following due to the massive success of Hellsing. This might be old news to long-time fans, but every character originally appeared in one of his various hentai series that he made as a freelancer.Kohta Hirano (Hellsing)

 

7. Masamune Shirow (Ghost in the Shell)

Shirow has a bit of an amazing story. Starting out as a hentai artist, he managed to create the sci-fi classics Appleseed and Ghost in the Shell. What did he do with his newfound success? He went back to creating hentai, which he does to this day while working on some anime as a side job.Masamune Shirow (Ghost in the Shell)

 

8. Kwang-Hyun Kim (Freezing)

Freezing is a Japanese manga created by a Korean writer-artist duo, so for categorical reasons, it’s not a manhwa. Getting that out of the way, Kwang-Hyun has dabbled in the hentai industry, even writing a few doujin using the Freezing cast.Kwang-Hyun Kim (Freezing)

 

9. Shun “ToshSaeki (Shokugeki no Soma)

Tosh is a prolific hentai artist and has been published in several magazines catering to exotic tastes. He’s also currently the artist for Shokugeki no Soma, which is published in Weekly Shonen Jump.Shun "Tosh" Saeki (Shokugeki no Soma)

 

10. Akira Akatsuki (Medaka Box)

Looking at Medaka Kurokami’s design, and you won’t be surprised to learn that Akira started out in the hentai industry. It’s unknown if he still does hentai, but if he does it’s likely because he prefers it considering Medaka Box‘s success.Akira Akatsuki (Medaka Box)

 

11. Ken Akamatsu (Love Hina)

Akamatsu got his start in the industry drawing a hardcore Cardcaptor Sakura doujin, and I am so sorry for mentioning that.Ken Akamatsu (Love Hina)

 

12. Ito “Oh Great!” Ogure (Air Gear)

Starting out as a hentai artist, Oh Great! achieved mainstream success in the late ’90s to early 2000s with Tenjho Tenge and Air Gear and he has even designed alternate costumes for Tekken 6 and Soul Calibur IV. Oh Great! has never forgotten his roots, as he does still create hentai.Ito "Oh Great!" Ogure (Air Gear)

 

13. Sakura  Kinoshita and Kazuko Higashiyama (Tactics)

Perhaps the creators planned it from the start, or maybe the fujoshi were loud, but several yaoi doujin and spin-offs were created for the Tactics series by the original authors.Sakura  Kinoshita and Kazuko Higashiyama (Tactics)

 

14. Yu Aida (Gunslinger Girl)

Perhaps this isn’t surprising to series fans, but Gunslinger Girl originally started out as a lolicon doujin series. The story was too good to pass up, so Aida got a chance to clean it up.
Yu Aida (Gunslinger Girl)

15. Masaki Kajishima (Tenchi Muyo!)

We all have bills to pay, and Kajishima is included. His career started as a hentai artist, and he’s even done a few with the Tenchi cast.Masaki Kajishima (Tenchi Muyo!)

16. Kazuya  Minekura (Saiyuki)

If you read Wild Adapter or Saiyuki, it’s pretty obvious that Kazuya started out as a yaoi hentai artist.Kazuya  Minekura (Saiyuki)

17. Kazushi Hagiwara (Bastard!!)

Hagiwara heads a doujin circle called Studio Loud in School for the purpose of creating hentai retellings of various Bastard!! chapters, which are pretty smutty to begin with. The man gets props for actually advertising the fact on the back of a few official volumes.Kazushi Hagiwara (Bastard!!)

18. Hanaharu Naruko (Suisei no Gargantia)

Remember Suisei no Gargantia? That one happy anime created and written by Gen Urobuchi? He got a former hentai artists to design the attractive characters. Now that dance scene makes a lot more sense.Hanaharu Naruko (Suisei no Gargantia)

 

19. Hiromitsu Takeda (Maken-ki!)

Maken-ki! is the first mainstream series of Takeda’s, who is famous in the hentai community for popularized a certain drawing style known as the “ahegao,” just be sure to clear your browser history after researching.Hiromitsu Takeda (Maken-ki!)

20. Tony Taka (Shining Hearts)

Tony Taka is one of the most famous illustrators in Japan due to his unique style. His mainstream success comes from being the character designer of the Shining video game series, but he does work on eroge and has released a few hentai art books.Tony Taka (Shining Hearts)

 

21. Toshihiro Ono (The Electric Tale of Pikachu)

The first ever Pokemon manga and the cover art of the influential Crest of the Stars were drawn by the same person that created Anal Justice and various futanari (don’t Google it if you want to stay pure) and shotacon hentai.Toshihiro Ono (The Electric Tale of Pikachu)

 

22. Nozomu Tamaki (Dance in the Vampire Bund)

Before striking mainstream success with Dance in the Vampire Bund, Tamaki was known for writing hentai with actual storylines. Some might argue that the stories are better than Dance in the Vampire Bund.Nozomu Tamaki (Dance in the Vampire Bund)

23. Shouji Sato (Highschool of the Dead)

Sato is currently the most popular and successful hentai artist turned mangaka in the industry. Highschool of the Dead was a massively popular anime, and his current hit Triage X is getting an adaptation for the Spring 2015 season.Shouji Sato (Highschool of the Dead)

24. Mine Yoshizaki (Keroro Gunsou)

Everyone has to start somewhere, and Yoshizaki started out writing hentai based on popular video games before creating Keroro Gunsou and Arcade Gamer Fubuki.Mine Yoshizaki (Keroro Gunsou)

25. Go Nagai (Mazinger Z)

Go Nagai is known for including erotic moments in all of his manga series, so it’s not terribly surprising that he has done his fair share of hentai.Go Nagai (Mazinger Z)

 

26. Keito Koume (Spice & Wolf)

The cover artist of the Spice & Wolf light novels also creates hentai? Maybe you can rest easy (or cry with disappointment) knowing that none of what he has done is Spice & Wolf related.Keito Koume (Spice & Wolf)

 

27. Takemaru “Okayado” Inui (Daily Life with Monster Girls)

Okayado started his career as a simple fan artist sharing his love of monster girls on Pixiv. Now, he has created the world-wide phenomenon that is Monster Musume.Takemaru "Okayado" Inui (Daily Life with Monster Girls)

 

28. Kentaro Yabuki (To Love-Ru)

There are rumors that Kentaro Yabuki has been involved in the hentai industry in the past, but his creations were under a pen-name. However, he did recently draw ero-art using several To Love-Ru characters.Kentaro Yabuki (To Love-Ru)

29. Kiyohiko Azuma (Azumanga Daioh)

Azuma is known for his two wholesome comedy series Azumanga Daioh and Yotsuba&. Before hitting the big time, he headed up a doujin circle and even created a one-shot about a student-teacher “tutoring” session.Kiyohiko Azuma (Azumanga Daioh)

 

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Aaron Magulick has been a fan of anime ever since being exposed to it in the late '90s. A fan of nearly all genres, he is not afraid to explore the creepier side of the industry.
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