Rumiko Takahashi

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May 19, 2022

Takahashi Rumiko (高橋 留美子, Takahashi Rumiko born October 10, 1957) is a Japanese manga artist. With several commercially successful works, beginning with Urusei Yatsura in 1978, Takahashi is one of Japan's richest and most famous mangakas. Her works are enjoyed worldwide, where they have been translated into many different languages, with more than 200 million copies in circulation. She has twice won the Shogakukan Manga Award, once in 1980 for Urusei Yatsura and once in 2001 for Inuyasha, and twice won the Seiun Award, once in 1987 for Urusei Yatsura and once in 1989 for Mermaid Saga. She also received the Grand Prix de la ville d'Angoulême in 2019, becoming the second woman and second Japanese to win the award. In 2020, the Japanese government awarded Takahashi the Order with the Purple Ribbon for her contributions to the arts.

Biography and career

Childhood and career start

Takahashi Rumiko was born on October 10, 1957 in Niigata, Japan. According to an article, as a child, Rumiko's interest in manga was no more than that of other children, she also doodles in her notebook pages but never thought of becoming a professional mangaka. . However, in a 2000 interview, Takahashi Rumiko herself stated, "'I've always wanted to be a professional manga artist, ever since I was a kid." While entering the literature department of Nihon Josei University (Nihon Josei daigaku - Japan Women's University), Rumiko began attending Gekiga Sonjuku, a famous school of dramatic manga (劇画, gekiga) led by famous magaka Koike Kazuo founded and started his composing path. It was thanks to Koike's guidance that Rumiko learned a lot of important knowledge as well as improved her "skills" a lot, especially understanding the importance of the diverse personalities of the characters, thereby forming his unique character-building style. And since then, student Rumiko has begun to find a job that she truly loves. Commenting on Gekiga Sonjuku, Rumiko said, "I don't see it as a school, I see it as joining a club." Also during his time at Gekiga Sonjuku, Rumiko worked with Yamamoto Atsuji and works as an assistant to Umezu Kazuo, a well-known mangaka about horror stories. And in Nihon Josei, she also became close friends with mangaka Meijiro Hanako and novelist Hikawa Reiko. In 1976, Rumiko officially entered the path of a professional mangaka, starting with publishing short stories in his magazine. Nihon Josei High School Manga Club. Her early works at that time can be mentioned as Thus A Half of Them Are Gone, Bye-Bye Road. Having said that, Rumiko's choice to become a professional mangaka was a very difficult one. She has encountered many obstacles, from funding to the lack of support from her family. At the same time, the competitiveness of this job is really high, plus in Japan, it's disappointing