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Takahashi in 2010.

Rumiko Takahashi (高橋 留美子 Takahashi Rumiko?, born October 10, 1957) is a mangaka who is one of the most affluent manga artists in Japan.[1][2] The manga she creates (and their anime adaptations) are popular worldwide, where they have been translated into a variety of languages. She has twice won the Shogakukan Manga Award: once in 1980 for Urusei Yatsura, and again in 2001 for InuYasha.[3]

Ranma ½ is Takahashi's third major manga series, which she began in 1987 after Urusei Yatsura and Maison Ikkoku. It is also her second-longest series after InuYasha. She purposefully aimed the series to be popular with women and children.[4] In a 2000 interview she was asked her if she intended Ranma ½ "as an effort to enlighten a male-dominated society." Takahashi said that she does not think in terms of societal agendas and that she created the Ranma ½ concept because she wanted one that may be "a simple, fun idea." She added that she, as a woman and while recalling what comics she liked to read as a child, felt that "humans turning into animals might also be fun and märchenhaft...you know, like a fairy tale."[5]


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  3. 小学館漫画賞: 歴代受賞者 (Japanese). Shogakukan. Retrieved on August 19, 2008.
  4. "Rumiko Takahashi Interview". Viz Media. March 2, 2000. p. 3. Retrieved on October 5, 2009.
  5. "Rumiko Takahashi Interview". Viz Media. March 2, 2000. p. 4. Retrieved on October 5, 2009.

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