Any underrated manga authors (art and story) that youve encountered and should be looked into?
YAMAMOTO Kotetsuko - good fantasy writer that definitely deserve more praise, she does excellent character design in her works with older young adults interested in some type of romances in their small town setting (Omairi Desu yo). Her current Konya mo Nemurenai is my favorite on going as its just a simple multi world story of humans and demons trying to develop some type of love relationship with good comedy, art, and a good focus on plot.
1. Matsunaga Toyokazu - no one can tell a story with so little events better than him, he is the master of the most fulfilling works, and remains obscure still. His manga make me want to continue reading they are so good in providing a great story with a wonderful closure that you think what more can I ask?
2. Minoru Furuya - same story, to be fair his stuff is not that scanned online, but I do think he does get some more feedback in Japan.
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Kouji Kumeta - author of SZS, it feels like he is greatly admired yet underrated overall as an author, I think his manga need more attention, as Zetsubou-sensei was probably a hit for the anime.
I'm not being biased when I say Kishimoto. Right now, the manga is horrible (IMO), but back in Part I, it was great. Kishi introduced great and complex themes and gave Naruto a great character (at least, to me he was a great character) with real conflicts. The main drawback was that the manga was aimed at kids rather than older teens and adults, so he had to cater to the kids. But yeah, had he continued the direction, Naruto now would be a great manga, likely better than One Piece.
I have a feeling that working on one story for more than a decade has burnt Kishimoto out.