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Rumiko Takahashi

For more than 20 years, Rumiko Takahashi has created some of the most beloved manga (Japanese comic) titles, which have, in turn, been adapted into popular anime series that are a veritable who's-who of classic Japanese animation. One of the most popular series created from her manga, InuYasha, has been a big hit on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim for a couple of years now.

Takahashi has amassed an enviable record as the creator of numerous beloved series. Manga and anime such as Rumic World, Maison Ikkoku, Urusei Yatsura, Ranma 1/2, and InuYasha are well known to many longtime anime fans, and they're all Takahashi creations. Even more remarkable about her career is the fact that she is among the few female creators of shounen manga (comics predominantly intended for a male audience, although they can and do have a following among women as well).

Takahashi boasts a clean yet subtly detailed artistic style that can depict action or slapstick comedy with equal aplomb. She's expert at eliciting amusement with her characters' exaggerated facial expressions. On the writing side, her love of puns, wacky situations, and romance has led her to create some of the most unique and beloved manga series ever, each of which balances comedy and romance in varying proportions. Her superb and memorable characters have also won her acclaim and adoration by fans.

She also is fond of incorporating references to Japanese and other folklore in her stories. Her ability to produce thousands of pages of superb art and write clever and humorous plots and dialogue for Japan's weekly manga publications is nothing short of astounding.

Inuyasha There are more than 50 million copies of Takahashi's manga in print, to say nothing of countless hours of anime based on her works. And thanks to publishers and distributors like VIZ, AnimeEigo and Central Park Media, translated versions of Takahashi's anime and manga have won a loyal following Stateside as well.

Takahashi was born in 1957 in Niigata, Japan. A manga fan throughout her childhood, she founded the manga appreciation society at Niigata Chuo High School. She then attended the prestigious Nihon Joseidai university for women. She also studied the manga-ka's craft at Gekiga Sonjuku with Lone Wolf and Cub creator Kazuo Koike. It was there that she began to absorb Koike?s emphasis on characterization as the key to a manga's success. And while there, she sold her first manga story, Katte Na Yatsura (Overbearing People), to Shonen Sunday magazine, beginning a relationship that would prove long and fruitful for both.

During her college years, Takahashi lived in a tiny one-bedroom apartment in Nakano. Her observations of her neighbors and fellow lodgers would later appear in her popular romantic manga Maison Ikkoku. In 1978, Takahashi saw her first breakout hit with the publication in Shonen Sunday of Urusei Yatsura (Those Obnoxious Aliens!). That year, she also won the "Best New Comic Artist Award" from the leading manga publisher Shogakukan.

Urusei Yatsura is a funny yet touching story of klutzy, vastly unlucky and unrepentantly lecherous loser Ataru Moroboshi, who finds himself tapped to save the world from the alien Oni that threaten to invade Earth. The Oni have agreed to spare the planet if Ataru can beat the curvaceous and vivacious Oni Princess Lum in a game of tag. Unfortunately, Lum can fly, which complicates matters. He manages to win, though, only to have Lum interpret his shouts of triumph as a marriage proposal.

Soon Lum is living with Ataru and his apprehensive parents. A huge cast of human and aliens - comprised of more than two dozen major characters, most of whom are rivals for either Lum or Ataru - soon arrive to complicate the situation even further. And then there's the fact that Lum can zap Ataru with bolts of electricity when she catches him leering at other women. Urusei Yatsura | Collecting Ouija Boards | Pharmacy Online