Rumiko Takahashi, the creative mind behind manga classics like Inuyasha and Ranma 1/2, is releasing a huge collectible to honor her artwork and legacy.
According to Crunchyroll, RUMIKO TAKAHASHI COLORS 1978 – 2023 will feature 400 pages of hand-picked content, including iconic cover art and popular panels from notable series such as Inuyasha, Ranma 1/ 2, Urusei Yatsura, Maison Ikkoku and many more. The collection will also feature a 10-page interview in which Takahashi shares her artistic process and her thoughts on the present and future. The cover of RUMIKO TAKAHASHI COLORS 1978 – 2023 highlights many of the mangaka’s beloved characters and the item retails for 6,800 yen (about $47). The book is expected to drop later this year.
Takahashi is probably best known to North American manga readers for his shōnen fantasy romance series Inuyasha, which appeared in Shuiesha’s Weekly Shōnen Sunday from November 1996 to June 2008. The story follows Kagome Higurashi fifteen years old, who was transported back in time to Japan’s Sengoku Period. In the past, she met a half-human, half-dog demon and together, they set out on a journey to find all the fragments of the powerful Shikon Gem.
Inuyasha doesn’t just stand next to other classics like Naoko Takeuchi’s Sailor Moon and Yu-Gi-Oh! by Kazuki Takahashi! is one of the best-selling manga series of all time with more than 50 million copies in circulation around the world, but it has also received many prestigious recognition points during its debut, including winning won in the shōnen category at the 47th Shogakukan Manga Awards.
Inuyasha inspired two anime series
Inuyasha has been adapted into two anime by Sunrise, which first aired from October 2000 to March 2010; The studio has also created a number of affiliated films. A sequel, Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon, premiered in October 2020 and tells a story centered on Inuyasha and Kagome’s daughter, Moroha, as well as Sesshomaru and Rin’s twin daughters, Towa and Setsuna.
Takahashi is also famous for Ranma 1/2, a martial arts adventure manga series serialized in Weekly Shōnen Sunday from August 1987 to March 1996. The plot revolves around a famous martial artist who is cursed. turns into a girl when she catches a cold. water, only to change back when exposed to hot water.
Like Inuyasha, Ranma 1/2 has performed well with manga readers and has sold over 55 million copies worldwide. Studio Deen’s anime adaptation premiered in April 1989, ending in September of the same year.
Both manga were distributed in North America by VIZ Media.