Friday, July 6, 2007

People in Manga to Know About - Rumiko Takahashi

Rumiko Takahashi (also called "The Princess of Manga")
Born 1957, Manga Career Started 1978

Famous works include:
Ranma 1/2
Maison Ikkoku

Quick Bio:
Writer/artist Rumiko Takahashi didn't even become interested in manga until her late 20's. Now, Takahashi is the best selling female comics artist in history; with well over 100 million copies of her various works sold worldwide.

Rumiko's forte is the ability to write romance and mix it perfectly with another genre. She essentially started the "one man, multiple fiancees" theme with Ranma 1/2, which inspired several other manga like Tenchi Muyo and others. Her style is very straightforward and she uses a lot of thick black lines. Her character design is so good, a page could be filled with tons of characters, all distinctly different from each other.

Effect on Hobotaku:
In the 80's and 90's, most anime and manga fans started out with Rumiko Takahashi's Ranma 1/2.
Ranma 1/2 and Inuyasha's popularity and success in the U.S. has been one of the major catalysts for ushering in more manga and anime into the States.

In Conclusion:
Rumiko Takahashi, writer, penciller, inker, creates manga so awesome, that she's one of the major reasons we have manga and anime so quickly re-dubbed and made for the United States. Her successful management of her properties has made her one of the richest people in Japan, but she's still spends her time working on Inuyasha.

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