Rumiko Takahashi is one of a small number of mangaka who have continued to turn out popular works for decades-- her first series, Urusei Yatsura , just celebrated its 30th anniversary last year, while her newest series Rin-ne continues to be a popular read on VIZ's new site as it is almost simultaneously released with its Japanese version.
Hobby Stock has started taking reservations for a new trading figures series titled “The Rumiko Takahashi Figure Collection,” and it features figures from Takahashi's three most popular series: Urusei Yatsura, Ranma ½ , and Inu-Yasha .
It's interesting to compare the three series: all are long-running, and all feature brash male leads and independent-minded female leads, but Urusei Yatsura is essentially a very long series of shorts in a particular universe, with some continuity but no overarching plot. Ranma had an overarching plot (curing the Jusenkyo curse victims) but never reached a real conclusion, favoring instead to feature a lot of shorter arcs revolving around martial arts rivals. Both of these two also featured a lot of comedy. Inu-Yasha, on the other hand, had a very distinct overarching plot with a firm conclusion, and considerably less comedy built into its story (the comedy is more comic relief). Rin-ne seems to be moving more towards innate comedy, but with more of an overarching story...so far, anyway.
But, now I'm just blathering, so let's talk figures! I'm guessing these will run about ¥500 ($5.25 USD), but that's just a guess...of course, imported elsewhere, the price will doubtless go up. But I think they're super-cute!
I want the Lum one, the one of female Ranma inspecting her new boobs, Shampoo in kitty form, Inu-Yasha himself...and I can't resist panda!Genma, with his “Thank you! I'm the dad” (“Doumo! Chichi desu”) sign.
Which ones would you want to grace your shelves?