Rumiko Takahashi

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Rumiko Takahashi (高橋 留美子 Takahashi Rumiko?) born October 10, 1957 is a Japanese mangaka.

Takahashi is one of the wealthiest individuals, and the most affluent mangaka in Japan.[1][2] The manga she creates (and its anime adaptations) are popular worldwide, where they have been translated into a variety of languages. Takahashi is also the best selling female comics artist in history; as of February 2010, over 170 million copies of her various works had been sold.[3][unreliable source?] She has twice won the Shogakukan Manga Award: once in 1981 for Urusei Yatsura, and again in 2002 for InuYasha.[4]

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Career and major works

She was born in Niigata, Japan.[5] Takahashi showed little interest in manga during her childhood; though she was said to occasionally doodle in the margins of her papers while attending Niigata Chūō High School, Takahashi's interest in manga did not come until later.[6] In an interview in 2000, Takahashi said that she had always wanted to become a professional comic author since she was a child.[7] During her university years, she enrolled in Gekiga Sonjuku, a manga school founded by Kazuo Koike, mangaka of Crying Freeman and Lone Wolf and Cub. Under his guidance Rumiko Takahashi began to publish her first dōjinshi creations in 1975, such as Bye-Bye Road and Star of Futile Dust. Koike often urged his students to create well-thought out, interesting characters, and this influence would greatly impact Rumiko Takahashi's works throughout her career.[6]

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