Rumiko Takahashi is one of the most important mangaka (female manga artist) in Japan, and is known as The Princess of Manga. At the age of eighteen, Takahashi went to a women's college in Tokyo, where she attended a six-month course of manga techniques. In 1978, she won the title of Best New Author. She decided to make manga her profession and made her debut with the story 'Katte Na Yatsura'. Her next work, the series 'Urusei Yatsura', appeared in the manga magazine Shonen Sunday. This very successful series ran for nine years.
With 'Maison Ikkoku', Takahashi explored a new kind of manga, in which the characters have to face everyday life. At the end of this series, she started 'Ranma 1/2', the longest of all of her series. Other titles by Takahashi include 'Mermaid Saga', ('Mermaid's Forest', 'Mermaid's Scar', and 'Mermaid's promise'), 'Rumic World' and 'One-Pound Gospel'. One of her most popular creations is 'Inuyasha, a Feudal Fairy Tale'.