Rumiko Takahashi Biography
Rumiko Takahashi was born in 1957 in Niigata Japan. She attended women's college in Tokyo, where she began studying comics with Kazuo Koike, author of Cyring Freeman. In 1978, she won a prize in Shogukukan's annual "New Comic Artist Contest," and in that same year her boy-meets-alien comedy series Lum*Urusei Yatsura began appearing in the weekly manga magazine Shônen Sunday. This phenomenally successful series ran for nine years and sold over 22 million copies. Takashi's later Ranma 1/2 series enjoyed greater popularity.
Takahashi is considers by many to be one of the world's most popular manga artists. With the publications of Volume 34 of Ranma 1/2 series in Japan, Takashi's totla sales passed one hundred million copies of her compiled works.
Takahashi's serial titles include Lum*Urusei Yatsura, Ranma 1/2, One-Pound Gospel, Maison Ikkoku, and Inu Yasha. Additionally, Takahashi has drawn many short stories with have been published in America under the title "Rumic Theater", and several installments of a saga known as her "mermaid" series. Most of Takahashi's major stories have also been animated, and are widely available in translation worldwide. Inu-Yasha is her most recent serial story, first published in Shônen Sunday in 1996.