The spotlight on Rumiko Takahashi's career began in 1978 when she
won an honorable mention in Shogakukan's prestigious New Comic
Artist Contest for Those Selfish Aliens. Later that same
year, her boy-meets-alien comedy series, Urusei Yatsura, was
serialized in Weekly Shonen Sunday. This phenomenally
successful manga series was adapted into anime format and spawned a
TV series and half a dozen theatrical-release movies, all
incredibly popular in their own right. Takahashi followed up the
success of her debut series with one blockbuster hit after
another-Maison Ikkoku ran from 1980 to 1987, Ranma
1/2 from 1987 to 1996, and Inuyasha from 1996 to 2008.
Other notable works include Mermaid Saga, Rumic
Theater, and One-Pound Gospel.
Takahashi was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame in 2018. In 2019, she won the Grand Prix at FIDB Angouleme. She won the prestigious Shogakukan Manga Award twice in her career, once for Urusei Yatsura in 1981 and the second time for Inuyasha in 2002. A majority of the Takahashi canon has been adapted into other media such as anime, live-action TV series, and film. Takahashi's manga, as well as the other formats her work has been adapted into, have continued to delight generations of fans around the world. Distinguished by her wonderfully endearing characters, Takahashi's work adeptly incorporates a wide variety of elements such as comedy, romance, fantasy, and martial arts. While her series are difficult to pin down into one simple genre, the signature style she has created has come to be known as the "Rumic World." Rumiko Takahashi is an artist who truly represents the very best from the world of manga. Many of her titles, including Mermaid Saga and her current series RIN-NE, are available in North America from VIZ Media.