Rumiko Takahashi

Rumiko Takahashi (高桥 留美 子jap, Takahashi Rumiko, born October 10, 1957 in Niigata, Niigata Prefecture) is one of the most famous Japanese comic illustrators ( mangaka ) and is often called Princess of Manga. She is one of the richest individuals in Japan. Your annual income is estimated at the equivalent of € 2-3 million. Besides manga she also wrote numerous short stories.


At 18, she drew on the Niigata Chuo High School her first manga Kyojin no Hoshi, which was published in 1975 in the Journal of the manga club at her school. During her studies at Nihon Joshi Daigaku (English Japanese Women's University ), she lived in a 14 m² large student apartment. This life and living situation they sat around in the Maison Ikkoku Series. During her studies she attended the evening by Kazuo Koike ( Lone Wolf & Cub ) led Manga School Gekiga Sonjuku. She drew some short stories and was sponsored by the publisher Shogakukan New Artist Award.

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

1980 began her second major series Maison Ikkoku in the Big Comic Spirits, aimed at an older audience. Until 1987, she worked on both series simultaneously as Urusei Yatsura and Maison Ikkoku 34 with tape graduated with Volume 15. Then she turned to another narrative and began the dark, grisly Mermaid Saga. This series was released sporadically until 1994. In 1988, she began another series, One Pound Gospel, which also appeared irregular and remained unfinished.

In 1987 her third major series Ranma ½. Already tape 5 more than 1 million copies were sold in less than a month. With Ranma ½, she was also an international success. Finally, on 6 July 1995 her hundred millionth copy of the book sold ( Ranma ½ Volume 34 ). After nearly a decade, this 1996 ended after 38 volumes.

Then she started her fourth major series Inu Yasha, which appeared from 1997 to 2008 in Japan. In contrast to Urusei Yatsura, Maison Ikkoku and Ranma ½ the more romantic comedies, it resembled more of the darker Mermaid Saga. This series was their most versatile based by linking action, romance, horror, fantasy, drama, comedy and fairy tale historical fiction.

Since April 2009, appears in the magazine Shōnen Sunday manga Kyōkai no gutter.


Rumiko Takahashi is the first woman who could take in the area shōnen manga ( manga for boys) successfully foot. However, their works are equally popular in girls.

In Takahashi's stories are usually mixed several genres that have depending on the series of different strengths shares: In Urusei Yatsura and Ranma ½ outweigh thanks to the wacky characters, the comedic elements, Mermaid Saga and InuYasha are a lot darker and more brutal, and play Rumic World and Maison Ikkoku in everyday life.

Rumiko Takahashi's stories are characterized by interesting and wacky characters. Most Takahashi characters are neither wholly good nor bad, but human. In her comedic series often find characters with reversed gender roles. Your female characters break with the traditional image of restrained ( Japanese ) woman and men are equal. While your female (main) characters have one hand female awarded properties, but on the other hand also equally independent and assertive to short-tempered.



  • Urusei Yatsura (1978-1987, 34 volumes)
  • Maison Ikkoku (1980-1987, 15 or 10 volumes)
  • Rumiko Theatre (1980 to now, so far 4 volumes)
  • Mermaid Saga (1984-1994, 4 volumes)
  • Rumic World (1984-1985, 3 volumes)
  • Ranma ½ (1987-1996, 38 volumes)
  • One Pound Gospel (1987-2006, 4 volumes)
  • Inu Yasha (1996-2008, 56 volumes)
  • Kyōkai no channel ( since April 2009)
  • My Sweet Sunday (2009, short story, together with Mitsuru Adachi )