Rumiko Takahashi

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Rumiko Takahashi ( Jap. 高橋留美子 , Takahashi Rumiko * 10. October 1957 in Niigata , Niigata Prefecture ) is one of the most famous Japanese comic -Zeichnerinnen ( mangaka ) and is often princess manga called. She is one of the richest private individuals in Japan. Your annual earnings are estimated at the equivalent of € 2-3 million. In addition to mangas, she also writes numerous short stories.


At 18, she drew her first manga Kyojin no Hoshi at Niigata Chūō High School , which was published in 1975 in the magazine of the Manga Club at her school. During her studies at Nihon Joshi Daigaku (German Japanese Women's University ) she lived in a 14 m² student apartment. She implemented this living and living situation in the series Maison Ikkoku . While studying, she attended the Gekiga Sonjuku manga school run by Kazuo Koike ( Lone Wolf & Cub ) in the evenings . She drew a few short stories and received the New Artist Award sponsored by Shogakukan .

Takahashi's professional career began in 1978 with the manga Katte na Yatsura , which was published in Shōnen Sunday magazine. In the same year started her first manga series Urusei Yatsura , which was first published irregularly and regularly from mid-1979. The series immediately became a huge hit and continued until 1987. In October 1981 this resulted in an anime series. Urusei Yatsura's success can be measured by the fact that the limited Laserdisc collection of 195 episodes, 5 movies and 9 OVAs sold out for 330,000 yen within two weeks.

In 1980 her second major series Maison Ikkoku began in Big Comic Spirits , which is aimed at an older audience. Until 1987 she worked on both series at the same time as Urusei Yatsura graduated with volume 34 and Maison Ikkoku with volume 15. Then she turned to a different narrative and began the dark, gruesome Mermaid saga . This series was published sporadically until 1994. In 1988 she started another series, One Pound Gospel , which was also released irregularly and remained unfinished.

1987 started her third big series Ranma ½ . Volume 5 has already sold more than 1 million copies in less than a month. With Ranma ½ she was also internationally successful. Finally, on July 6, 1995, her hundred millionth book was sold ( Ranma ½ volume 34). After almost a decade, this ended in 1996 after 38 volumes.

She then began her fourth major series Inu Yasha , which appeared in Japan from 1997 to 2008. In contrast to Urusei Yatsura , Maison Ikkoku and Ranma ½ which were more romantic comedies, it was more like the darker Mermaid saga . This series became its most eclectic by combining action, romance, horror, fantasy, drama, comedy, and fairytale-based historical fiction.

From April 2009 to December 2017 the Manga Kyōkai no Rinne was published in Shōnen Sunday magazine . Since May 2019 she has been working on her new series Mao , which will also be published in Shōnen Sunday .


Rumiko Takahashi is the first woman who could successfully gain a foothold in the field of shōnen manga (manga for boys). However, her works are equally popular with girls.

In Takahashi's stories, several genres are usually mixed, which have different proportions depending on the series: In Urusei Yatsura and Ranma ½ the comedic elements predominate thanks to the wacky characters, Mermaid Saga and InuYasha are significantly darker and more brutal, and Rumic World and Maison Ikkoku play in normal everyday life.

Rumiko Takahashi's stories are shaped by interesting and wacky characters. Most Takahashi characters are neither clearly good nor bad, but human. Her comedic series often features characters with reversed gender roles. Her female figures break with the traditional image of reserved (Japanese) women and are equal to men. Her female (main) characters on the one hand have feminine characteristics, but on the other hand they are equally independent and assertive to quick-tempered.


  • 1981: 26th Shōgakukan Manga Prize ( Shōnen / Shōjo category ) for Urusei Yatsura
  • 1987: 18th Seiun Prize for Urusei Yatsura
  • 1989: 20th Seiun Prize for Mermaid Saga
  • 1994: Inkpot Award from the San Diego Comic Book Convention
  • 2002: 47th Shogakukan Manga Prize ( Shōnen category ) for Inu Yasha
  • 2017: Inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame
  • 2018: Inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame
  • 2019: Angoulême Grad Prix


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. List of Top 10 Income Taxpayers 2004 (Japanese)
  2. science fiction awards database - Rumiko Takahashi . Retrieved November 24, 2017.
  3. ^ Rumiko Takahashi Inducted into Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame. Retrieved January 24, 2019 .
  4. Heidi MacDonald: Rumiko Takahashi wins the Grand Prix at Angoulême! In: The Beat. January 23, 2019. Retrieved January 24, 2019 (American English).