Manga of the week: Princess of Manga

Rumiko Takahashi is the Princess of Manga! One of the wealthiest women in Japan, she has over 100 million copies of her books published world wide. Most of her manga have been adapted into anime.

We have three of her major series available at the library.

MIk cover
Maison Ikkoku was Takahasi’s second major series and is often considered to be one of the all-time best romance manga. The series follows Godai, a student waiting to re-take his college entrance exams, trying to win the heart of the recently widowed Kyoko, who has just taken the job of building manager of the Maison Ikkoku. Complications in the romance include insane building residents and Shun Mitaka, a suave, handsome, rich, tennis coach who is also interested in Kyoko. This series ran from 1980 to 1987.

Ranma 1/2 was Takahashi’s next big series. It ran from 1987 to 1996.

Ranma 1/2 is a martial-arts-comedy-romance. The main character, Ranma, is cursed to become a girl when splashed with cold water. Hot water changes him back. Ranma has spent his entire life on a martial arts training trip and his father, Genma, has now brought him to the Tendos, to choose a fiancee. Neither Ranma nor Akane, his new fiancee are thrilled to be engaged. Hilarity ensues with magic potions, magic mushrooms, cursed rivals, cursed fiancees, uncursed fiancees, crossdressers, ghosts, dragons, phoenixes, and a variety of strange martial art schools.

Inu Yasha cover
Inu Yasha was started in 1996 and continues today, although the anime series has stopped.

The story centers around a time traveling middle school student, Kagome, who is a reincarnation fo Kikyo, a priestess who had once loved and then appeared to be betrayed by, Inu-Yasha, a half-demon. Kagome and Inu-Yasha travel the land, with a company of friends, to restore the Shikon no Tama and keep it out of the hands of the evil Naraku.


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