Illustration in the style of Rumiko Takahashi
Rumiko Takahashi is a well-known and wealthy Japanese manga artist
Rumiko Takahashi is a well-known and wealthy Japanese manga artist with a successful career spanning several decades. Her popular works, including Urusei Yatsura and Inuyasha, have been translated into various languages and have over 200 million copies in circulation. Takahashi has won several awards, including the Shogakukan Manga Award twice and the Seiun Award twice, and in 2019, she became the second woman and second Japanese to win the Grand Prix de la ville d'Angoulême. In 2020, she received the Medal with Purple Ribbon from the Japanese government for her contributions to the arts.
Takahashi's interest in manga began during her university years, and she enrolled in Gekiga Sonjuku, a manga school founded by Kazuo Koike. She published her first dōjinshi creations in 1975 and worked briefly as an assistant for horror manga artist Kazuo Umezu. Her professional career began in 1978 with the one-shot Katte na Yatsura, which earned her an honorable mention at the Shogakukan New Comics Contest. She then began her first serialized story in Weekly Shōnen Sunday; Urusei Yatsura, a comedic science fiction story. She later wrote Maison Ikkoku, a romantic comedy for an older audience, and became a prolific writer of short story manga during the 1980s.