Rumiko Takahashi is an accomplished manga artist with a background in writing short stories revolving around manga. For clarity purposes, the term manga is a comic art style that originated in Japan in the late 19th century. As of today, the art has become popular around the world, with many people carving a niche for themselves in the traditional comic art. Over the years, the manga industry was traditionally dominated by males. Nevertheless, it boasts of exceptional female artists such as Mina Petrovic, Alexa Pásztor, Jessica Prando, Jodie Snow, and others who have taken the fantasy genre and put their own positive spin on it.
Biography of Rumiko Takahashi
Rumiko Takahashi is a native of Niigata, Japan, where she was born on October 10, 1957. She developed a strong interest in manga at a young age, as she attended Niigata Chūō High School, where she founded a manga club and also served as a publisher of her own comic-strip in the newsletter of the club she founded.
Although she had a soft spot for the art at the time, Rumiko concentrated mainly on her academics. After graduating from high school, she proceeded to Japan Women’s University to study History. It was while she was in the institution that she decided to enroll in evening classes at famous artist Kazuo Koike’s Japanese manga school, Gekiga Sonjuku. Even though there were no Japanese women creating manga at the time, Rumiko managed to gain popularity through the manga she published between 1976 and 1977 through her university’s manga club.
The comic artist eventually published her first professional story in the boy’s magazine, Shonen Sunday, titled Katte na Yatsura, which means “Those Selfish Aliens.” The story won her the magazine’s new comic artist award in the year 1978. It was also in the same year that she created her first serialized story (a comedic science fiction story titled Urusei Yatsura) in Weekly Shōnen Sunday magazine. Other works she published in the same year include the Golden Gods of Poverty, Shake Your Buddha, and Time Warp Trouble.
The professional comic author began her second major series, Maison Ikkoku (a romantic comedy), in the 1980s in Big Comic Spirits magazine. She eventually concluded the series along with Urusei Yatsura in 1987, with Maison Ikkoku ending at 15 volumes and Urusei Yatsura at 34. Her third major series Ranma ½, which features a gender-bending twist, was started in 1987. It was completed in 1996 at 38 volumes while her fourth major work, Inuyasha, was started during the latter half of the 1990s.
Apart from English, many of her works are also available in other European languages. Canadian Bryan Lee O’Malley, American Colleen Coover, Japanese Chihiro Tamaki, and American Matt Bozon are some of the artists that have cited Rumiko and her work as a major influence.
Who Is Her Husband?
The Manga artist could possibly be single. However, some unverified sources claim that the comic author is married to the creator of Yu-gi-oh, Kazuki Takahashi, but it appears the report is false as there is no report anywhere else suggesting that Rumiko Takahashi is currently married to any man.
Her Net Worth
Rumiko Takahashi holds the record as one of Japan most affluent, successful, and highest-paid professional manga artist. She has come a long way in the industry and boasts an eye-popping net worth estimated to be around $76 million. Some sites reported that she rakes in $11 million annually and also has a fleet of cars and more than one mansion.
Other Facts You Need To Know
1. Her coach Kazuo Koike is the author of the critically acclaimed works, Crying Freeman and Lone Wolf and Cub. It was under his guidance that she created and published her first dōjinshi works such as Star of Futile Dust (1975) and Bye-Bye Road (1975).
2. During the run of her first serialized story (Urusei Yatsura), Takahashi lived in a small apartment with two assistants. She is said to have slept often in a closet because of lack of space. Her second major series, Maison Ikkoku, was created based on her experience living in the apartment complex.
3. Sometime in 2017, the Japanese manga star was inducted into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame as part of the 2016 batch.
4. Takahashi has worked together with notable personalities in the course of her flourishing career, including Mitsuru Adachi, Gunma Prefecture Maebashi-educated manga artist, with whom she released a one-shot titled My Sweet Sunday on March 16, 2009.
5. Takahashi’s stories Fire Tripper, Maris the Chojo, and Laughing Target were adapted into original video animations (OVAs) during the 1980s. One-Pound Gospel, a work she finished in 2007 after its chapters were sporadically published in 1998, 2001 and 2006, was also adapted into a live-action TV drama.
6. Her fourth work Inuyasha, which was serialized from 1996 to 2008 in Weekly Shōnen Sunday, is considered her longest to date.
7. All of the comic author’s major works (Maison Ikkoku, Inuyasha manga, Urusei Yatsura, Ranma ½) were all published by Viz Comics in the United States in the English language.
8. After winning the Grand Prix de la ville d’Angoulême at the Angoulême International Comics Festival in January 2019, Rumiko Takahashi became the second manga artist and woman to walk home with the prestigious award. Apart from the Seiun Award (which she won in 1987 and 1989), other envious awards she has won include Shogakukan Manga Award (1980, 2001), and Inkpot Award (1994).