Ranma 1/2, InuYasha and Urusei Yatsura… What do these three have in common?
Yes, all three are classic anime and manga, but what else? If you are thinking Takahashi Rumiko, then you are correct!
It’s the manga author named Takahashi Rumiko who gave life to beloved characters like Lum Invader, Muroboshi Ataru, Saotome Ranma, Tendo Akane, Shampoo, Inuyasha, Higurashi Kagome, and many others. And now, 35 whole years since she made her manga debut with a manga featuring a certain female alien invader, Weekly Shonen Sunday is celebrating her milestone with her classic characters right on the cover!
Takahashi Rumiko is one of Japan’s most beloved Manga artists and has her work translated into different languages all around the world.
She made her debut in 1978 with Urusei Yatsura which was serialized in Shonen Sunday, introducing us to the very sweet and very lovable Lum Invader. She then followed up with Maison Ikkokku in 1980 and Mermaid Saga in 1984. As Urusei Yatsura’s run ended in 1987, she followed it with her next big hit, Ranma 1/2 where we get introduced to a boy who turns into a girl when wet and has a lot of fiances.
Ranma 1/2 is easily her best selling work selling more than 50 million copies in Japan alone. It also had an anime and a live action special as well. As Ranma 1/2 ended in 1996, she followed it with her next hit; InuYasha. Like Urusei Yatsura and Ranma 1/2 before it, InuYasha became a smash hit with an anime adaptation and various merchandise like anime figures, T-Shirts, bags among others.
Takahashi Rumiko’s latest work is Rin-ne and like InuYasha, Ranma 1/2 and Urusei Yatsura, it is also serialized in Shonen Sunday. It started its run in October 2009. It has been 35 years since her debut and since then she has moved from making one classic to the next and hopefully, many more in years to come.