Being a teenage martial artist isn’t easy, especially for Ranma Saotome. During a training mission, Ranma takes an accidental dunk in a legendary cursed spring in China. Now, every time he’s splashed with cold water, he changes into a girl! That would be enough to complicate anyone’s life, even without the arranged fiancée who doesn’t like him (or says she doesn’t) and the constant stream of rivals and suitors for both his male and female forms. What’s a half guy, half girl to do?
The spotlight on Rumiko Takahashi’s
career began in 1978, when she won an honorable mention in Shogakukan’s annual 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 ½ from 1987 to 1996 and Inuyasha from 1996 to 2008. Other notable works include Mermaid Saga, Rumic Theater and One-Pound Gospel.
Takahashi won the 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.