Takeshi Obata

Prior to landing on Japan's list of the best manga artists of all time, Takeshi Obata found himself mired in a constant struggle to come up with a good story for his drawings. Hence, his partnership with Tsugumi Ohba. The partnership that paved the way for the birth of the record-breaking manga Death Note, which ran from 2003 to 2006. Obata's masterpiece was then adapted into different entertainment forms such as anime series and live-action films. Yet, before Light Yagami came in the picture, Cyborg Jii-chan G was Obata's first work to get serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump. Two years after Death Note's serialization, the Obata-Ohba tandem once again published Bakuman, another hit manga series from 2008 to 2012.

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