1957, in Niigata, Japan, Takahashi Rumiko was born. She attended a women's
college in Tokyo, and there she started studying manga with the creator of
Crying Freeman, Kazuo Koike. Then later became an assistant to the
horror-manga Orochi creator Kazuo Umezu. In 1978, she won the annual "New
Comic Artist Contest," and in that same year started the series Urusei
Yatsura, which ran in the weekly Shounen Sunday. The series was a
success and continued for nine years. Later she enjoyed even greater success
with the series Ranma 1/2.
Takahashi is thought to be one of the world's most popular manga artists. She
has sold over 100 million copies of her compiled works, with the release
of Volume 34, of Ranma 1/2.
She has created many series such as Urusei Yatsura, Ranma 1/2, One-Pound
Gospel, Maison Ikkoku, Mermaid Saga, and Inu Yasha. She has also created
many short stories that have been published as Rumic Theater. Most f her
series have been adapted to animation, and are available worldwide. Inuyasha is
her latest series, which began in 1996, and runs to date.