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Required Reading: Rumiko Takahashi on Rin-ne

VIZ interviews world-famous mangaka Rumiko Takahashi.


 InuYasha
 InuYasha
She is quite probably the most widely-read mangaka of the last decade or so: Rumiko Takahashi's Ranma 1/2, Urusei Yatsura, and Maison Ikkoku were major players in the western anime and manga boom of the '90s, and her more recent follow-up InuYasha blew them all away with its popular run on Cartoon Network.

But InuYasha is over, and Takahashi has moved on to a new series: Rin-ne, a supernatural comedy/drama series with the potential to reach the same heights as her past works. VIZ interviewed Takahashi about the title, whose first collected volume just hit stores this week (review pending!).

 Rumiko Takahashi
 Rumiko Takahashi
Takahashi is charming in the interview, even sometimes self-efacing (she holds that the honor of creating the first manga ever to be simultaneously released in Japan and North America is more than she deserves). As for the manga itself, Takahashi reveals that she doesn't have an ongoing story written up in advance; she thinks up as she goes. As such she's still "feeling [her] way" with protagonists Sakura and Rinne, as well as the overall story.

Also of note: she would like to return to her Mermaid Saga at some point, and she is happy to feel that the popularity of her series worldwide shows that "what makes people laugh or moves them doesn't change from country to country," that in the end we're all the same. Which is a feeling I find pleasant as well!

What's your favorite of Takahashi's series? I've enjoyed all of them on some level, but my favorite is actually her Rumic World shorts. Of her longer series, Urusei Yatsura totally floats my boat.
constanzadellarosaon Oct. 23, 2009 at 4:57 p.m.
Rumiko Takahashi is like the Blondie of the otaku world: she has at least a #1 series in each decade since she started working!
By the way, more Mermaid saga would be awesome. I loved it though I haven't read the whole manga published so far.
N15PCAon Oct. 24, 2009 at 9:55 a.m.
I love Maison Ikkoku.  Just look at my avatar!  
 
I wish I would get her to sign my DVDs box set's to Maison Ikkoku.  
 
I though Ranma 1/2 was ok show.  I would of like Urusel Yatsura more, but to much disco music and disco dance places from me to like it.  I guess that what happens when your show is from the early 1980's.
 
I feel to many people that make anime just make it up has their go along.  Rumiko Takahashi is just one person who can get away with it in anime and still make pretty good shows for the most part.

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Creator of some of the most popular (and longest) comedy franchises, like Ranma 1/2 and InuYasha.

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