Midjourney Reference Art: Anime

Create your prompt in the style of a legendary Anime creator.

Text-to-image generative AI applications (like Midjourney) are incredibly powerful tools that can help you create any image that you’re able to sufficiently prompt.

These applications can create art in the style of nearly any known artist. Below, find reference art for some of the best-known artists. Use these reference images to prompt for art to be created “in the style of _______.”

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Akira Toriyama

Style: Dragon Ball
Key Descriptors: Dynamic, Action, Humor, Fantasy, Expressive

Hayao Miyazaki

Style: Studio Ghibli
Key Descriptors: Whimsical, Imaginative, Ethereal, Natural

Katsuhiro Otomo

Style: Akira
Key Descriptors: Cyberpunk, Futuristic, Dystopian, Intricate, Political

Mamoru Oshii

Style: Ghost in the Shell
Key Descriptors: Philosophical, Atmospheric, Symbolic, Moody, Complex

Yoshitaka Amano

Style: Final Fantasy
Key Descriptors: Ethereal, Fantastical, Dreamlike, Romantic, Fluid

Masashi Kishimoto

Style: Naruto
Key Descriptors: Dynamic, Action-packed, Detailed, Expressive

Osamu Tezuka

Style: Astro Boy
Key Descriptors: Versatile, Expressive, Playful, Depth

Takeshi Obata

Style: Death Note
Key Descriptors: Realistic, Intricate, Cinematic, Expressive, Dark

Kentaro Miura

Style: Berserk
Key Descriptors: Gritty, Dark, Intense, Fantastical, Violent, Atmospheric

Rumiko Takahashi

Style: Inuyasha
Key Descriptors: Playful, Quirky, Expressive, Romantic, Supernatural

Naoko Takeuchi

Style: Sailor Moon
Key Descriptors: Magical, Elegant, Feminine, Dreamy, Intricate

Eiichiro Oda

Style: One Piece
Key Descriptors: Vibrant, Inventive, Whimsical, Action-packed, Imaginative

Tite Kubo

Style: Bleach
Key Descriptors: Intricate, Dynamic, Gothic, Expressive, Dark

Kunihiko Ikuhara

Style: Revolutionary Girl Utena
Key Descriptors: Surreal, Symbolic, Abstract, Subversive, Allegorical

Go Nagai

Style: Mazinger Z
Key Descriptors: Bold, Edgy, Action-packed, Dramatic, Provocative, Playful

Shuichi Shigeno

Style: Initial D
Key Descriptors: Gritty, Intense, Action-packed, Realistic, Dramatic

Kōji Morimoto

Style: Robot Carnival
Key Descriptors: Experimental, Surreal, Abstract, Atmospheric, Poetic

Satoshi Kon

Style: Paprika
Key Descriptors: Psychological, Unconventional, Cinematic, Intricate

Hiroyuki Imaishi

Style: Gurren Lagann
Key Descriptors: Energetic, Bold, Vibrant, Explosive, Playful

Tatsuya Ishihara

Style: Clannad
Key Descriptors: Whimsical, Charming, Delicate, Emotional, Expressive

Masaaki Yuasa

Style: Mind Game
Key Descriptors: Bold, Experimental, Vibrant, Surreal, Imaginative

Kenichi Sonoda

Style: Gunsmith Cats
Key Descriptors: Dynamic, Action-packed, Futuristic, Edgy, Retro

Isao Takahata

Style: Grave of the Fireflies
Key Descriptors: Heartfelt, Thoughtful, Delicate, Realistic, Reflective

Mamoru Hosoda

Style: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
Key Descriptors: Whimsical, Imaginative, Spirited, Thought-provoking

Hideaki Anno

Style: Neon Genesis Evangelion
Key Descriptors: Introspective, Complex, Evocative, Cathartic

Seiji Kishi

Style: Angel Beats!
Key Descriptors: Energetic, Colorful, Comedic, Quirky, Whimsical

Keiichi Hara

Style: Miss Hokusai
Key Descriptors: Poetic, Tender, Magical, Emotive, Serene, Evocative

Kazuya Tsurumaki

Style: FLCL
Key Descriptors: Bold, Eccentric, Whimsical, Playful, Avant-garde, Colorful

Sayo Yamamoto

Style: Yuri!!! on Ice
Key Descriptors: Edgy, Dynamic, Cinematic, Intense, Provocative

Makoto Shinkai

Style: Your Name
Key Descriptors: Serene, Romantic, Dreamlike, Melancholic, Emotional

Takashi Okazaki

Style: Afro Samurai
Key Descriptors: Bold, Action-packed, Edgy, Detailed, Vibrant, Graphic

Yoshiyuki Sadamoto

Style: Neon Genesis Evangelion
Key Descriptors: Evocative, Detailed, Emotional, Realistic, Intimate

Akitaro Daichi

Style: Fruits Basket
Key Descriptors: Lively, Quirky, Expressive, Playful, Vibrant

Hiroyuki Okiura

Style: Jin-Roh
Key Descriptors: Evocative, Meticulous, Emotional, Realistic, Intense

Kenji Kamiyama

Style: Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Key Descriptors: Intellectual, Cyberpunk, Philosophical, Complex

Yoshiyuki Tomino

Style: Mobile Suit Gundam
Key Descriptors: Striking, Whimsical, Playful, Fluid, Vibrant

Tetsuro Amino

Style: Macross Plus
Key Descriptors: Atmospheric, Meticulous, Serene, Ethereal, Mystical

Sunao Katabuchi

Style: In This Corner of the World
Key Descriptors: Emotional, Poignant, Intimate, Evocative, Reflective