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Forget the Presidential Debates. Two Manga/Anime Legends Go Head to Head: Akira Toriyama meets Rumiko Takahashi (1986)

Posted by invizweb on October 10, 2008

Taken from Terebaru 1986. Translation by Toshiaki Yamada via Rumic World.

It is rare that Akira Toriyama and Rumiko Takahashi, the two most popular mangaka in Japanese manga history give interviews, but we had an opportunity to talk about manga and anime with them.

First of all, we asked them to tell us about their new anime Dragon Ball and Maison Ikkoku!!

You are both writing very different stories than your previous series, going from Dr. Slump to Dragon Ball and from Urusei Yatsura to Maison Ikkoku. Please give us some comments about this?

Toriyama: For one thing, I wanted to change tempos and structures so as to draw a clear line between the old and new series. For example, I drew Dr. Slump in an American-like style and am writing Dragon Ball in a Chinese-like style.

Takahashi: Eventually, if you don’t change the tempos of your stories, making a new story becomes meaningless. And sometimes I can draw new manga because I changed tempos.

Toriyama: It would be difficult to draw manga if you don’t change your stories.

So, what elements did you take special care with when you changed the tempos of the stories?

Toriyama: I made it a rule not to play around this time. I reduced play-things as much as possible. When I wrote Dr. Slump, I really played with my stories. For instance, I myself appeared in the manga…(laughs). But this time the story is important.

How about you, Takahashi?

Takahashi: I have wanted to write apartment stories for awhile. In the past I lived in an apartment in Nakano. And next to my apartment, there was another strange apartment on the verge of collapsing.

So, is the life at that apartment the inspiration for Maison Ikkoku?

Takahashi: To be honest, that is not the only one. My room, for instance…

Perhaps, your room was empty like Godai’s.

Takahashi: Yeah! There was nothing more than what was necessary for living. These days’ people don’t live in shabby houses like that. In my mind, I imagined just a bed and stereo, etc.

Toriyama: I often take my ideas from my experiences as well.

Takahashi: Speaking of which, I think it was a few years after Maison Ikkoku began its run. One day I went back to my hometown, and for some reason I read my diary from my high school days. I was really convinced that the writer of this diary was destined to write Maison Ikkoku. And I thought that showed through there.

How do you create your characters, their appearances and natures?

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New Episodes of Ranma ½ and Inuyasha!

Posted by invizweb on October 10, 2008

(C) Rumiko Takahashi

(C) Rumiko Takahashi

By BZou for Otaku International (August 02, 2008)

In celebration of her 30th anniversary creating manga, Rumiko Takahashi is exhibiting a collection of her artwork. As of 2008, Takahashi has sold 170 million copies of her works, an achievement few other creators have managed. The exhibit itself will be held from July 30th through August 11th in the Ginza district of Tokyo on the eighth floor of the Matsuya building.

For those who do not know who Rumiko Takahashi is, Takahashi is the creator of such masterpieces such as Ranma ½ and Inuyasha. Michihiko Suwa, producer of the Inuyasha anime announces that a brand-new, 30 minute animated special entitled Kuroi Tetsusaiga (Black Tetsusaiga) would be shown exclusively at the gallery. In addition to the Kuroi Tetsusaiga special, there will also be a new Ranma ½ anime special entitled Okumu! Shunminkou, which is based on a story from Ranma ½ volume 34 by the same name.

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THROUGH OTAKU EYES / Love conquers all, and Takahashi proves it

Posted by invizweb on October 10, 2008

Kanta Ishida / Yomiuri Shimbun Staff Writer

Who is the artist who played the greatest role in the “globalization” of Japanese manga?

It might be Akira Toriyama, whose Dragon Ball became synonymous with manga. Or it might be Katsuhiro Otomo, who showed his skill at precise description in Akira, or Naoko Takeuchi, who excited enthusiasm among girls across Europe and the United States with her Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon. Or maybe it’s Fujio F. Fujiko, as there can hardly be a child in Asia who doesn’t know Doraemon.

All these names are necessary when talking about Japanese manga’s foreign expansion.

But I’m beginning to think it may be the works of Rumiko Takahashi that showed the world the essence of manga more widely and deeply in and after the 1980s.

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A Rumiko Takahashi Bio

Posted by invizweb on October 10, 2008

courtesy of Pop-Cult

For more than 20 years, Rumiko Takahashi has created some of the most beloved manga (Japanese comic) titles, which have, in turn, been adapted into popular anime series that are a veritable who’s-who of classic Japanese animation. One of the most popular series created from her manga, InuYasha, has been a big hit on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim for a couple of years now.

Takahashi has amassed an enviable record as the creator of numerous beloved series. Manga and anime such as Rumic World, Maison Ikkoku, Urusei Yatsura, Ranma 1/2, and InuYasha are well known to many longtime anime fans, and they’re all Takahashi creations. Even more remarkable about her career is the fact that she is among the few female creators of shounen manga (comics predominantly intended for a male audience, although they can and do have a following among women as well).

Takahashi boasts a clean yet subtly detailed artistic style that can depict action or slapstick comedy with equal aplomb. She’s expert at eliciting amusement with her characters’ exaggerated facial expressions. On the writing side, her love of puns, wacky situations, and romance has led her to create some of the most unique and beloved manga series ever, each of which balances comedy and romance in varying proportions. Her superb and memorable characters have also won her acclaim and adoration by fans.

She also is fond of incorporating references to Japanese and other folklore in her stories. Her ability to produce thousands of pages of superb art and write clever and humorous plots and dialogue for Japan’s weekly manga publications is nothing short of astounding.

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The Legacy of Ranma ½

Posted by invizweb on October 10, 2008

Taken from Shonen Sunday January, 1996 (via Rumic World)

In Japan, the mourning period for Ranma ½ still continues. The week after the last episode of Ranma in Shonen Sunday, a Ranma Memorial Section started, and has continued for several months. (Rumors of a shrine with candles in the Shogakukan offices are unsubstantiated.) Rumiko Takahashi herself, while working on a new manga feature for this Fall, has even come forward to console her fans with unrevealed secrets of the series. Want to know what would happen if Mousse got contact lenses? If Ranma had fallen half-in, half-out of a Jusenkyo pool? So do thousands of Japanese fans, whose letters to Takahashi have been answered in the Ranma Memorials. Reprinted here are some answers to those stay-awake-at-night questions.

Question: Before they came to the Tendo house, how did Ranma have any money to go to school? You never see Genma working. In the early days, when he went to school with Ryoga, he must have at least had money to buy bread…

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Happy 51st Birthday Rumiko Takahashi

Posted by invizweb on October 10, 2008

誕生日おめでとう 高橋 留美子 !

Decades ago when This One was still but a child of 10 or so, a subsidiary magazine of Electronic Gaming Monthly introduced me to the concept of anime, Japanese animation. Sure I watched a Doraemon movie but I thought animated media was for kids. The concept of cartoons for teenagers and adults was one foreign to my parents still to this day, and there was no Adult Swim then (yes I know there was Heavy Metal but that film was not in my awareness for another decade).

The particular anime that video game otaku introduced me to was a show entitled Ranma 1/2, based on a manga by Rumiko Takahashi of Nerima, Japan. Ranma Saotome was a teenage Martial Artist who was trained by his father, Genma, to be “a king amongst men.” Although the two were financially impoverished, they got by working marks. Along their journeys, they caught word of “the ultimate training grounds,” the purportedly cursed Jusenkyo Springs in China (probably in Yunan somewhere I would guess). Apparently, these springs were haunted by the spirits of those who drowned in them. If one was to fall into the springs, they would be cursed to assume the form of the fallen whenever s/he touched cold water. Not heeding the warnings of their bilingual Guide, they jumped on rail thin bamboo shoots overhanging the springs to spar. Ranma brutally knocked his father into a pool. He was startled seconds later when a rabid panda in his father’s now tattered gi pops up and paws him into a body of water. The brunette Ranma comes up for air and is started to find that he is now a buxom redhead girl. After some brief adventures in China, Ranma and father head to Japan to join the household of Genma’s good friend Soun Tendo as a prospective son-in-law to one of his daughters. Youngest daughter Akane Tendo also happens to be a very strong martial artist. And thus Ranma and Akane’s paths meet and chaos ensues~!

Sure it was not a perfect story. Ranma would announce his transformations as a curse until he needed to use them for a gainful purpose. No resolution one way or another was ever made of how he genuinely felt over his body and of his feelings towards Akane Tendo. The show/comic was homo- and transphobic at times (though in addressing the change in Ranma’s anima and animus, some transfolk may identify with this martial arts comedy fairy tale). And although the series was not Nietzsche, or even Jack Kirby’s Fourth World, Ranma’s coming of age story was like many of its kind: a young boy’s body changes drastically and he is confused over the metamorphosis to adulthood. He will be self-conscious and resentful at times. And thus like many other Hero’s Journeys, Saotome’s work as an allegory (the water which changes his gender is also representing of life and death) on many levels while providing hours of entertainment on end. And thus This One’s life was enriched if by a bit. So This One extends his most cordial and sincere wishes to the Queen herself, Rumiko Takahashi.

And for your edutainment intent, here are 5 articles throughout the 10 PM hour to commemorate 51 years of Rumiko Takahashi.

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