We all have our versions of the "Holy Trinity", as it were... For me, Leiji Matsumoto, Go Nagai, and Shoji Kawamori were the biggest reasons for my Otakudom today. Growing up with Space Battleship Yamato, Mazinger Z and Super Dimension Fortress Macross gave me an early introduction into anime. Later I would find myself searching for any anime on US television, and discover that there were also english versions of manga being printed, such as Area 88 by Kaoru Shintani and Appleseed by the mad genius that is Masamune Shirow. So who influenced YOUR otaku-dom? We didn't all get an early start like I did, but it's always heartening to see which creators influenced our love for this UNIQUE art form. So if you would, comment below with your favorite anime/manga creators!