[[caption-width-right:300:The artist and her extended family. ]]

Rumiko Takahashi (born October 10, 1957) is the best-selling female comic artist of all time, selling more than 170 million copies of her work in Japan alone, and one of the names by which to reckon the evolution of anime. One of the wealthiest women in Japan, all of her longer running {{manga}} have become TV series, and nearly everything she has written has been adapted into animation ({{OVA}} or TV). Perhaps more importantly, her influence and the nature of her series since 1980 have been cited as large contributors to the perception and acceptance of anime as a medium today. Of course, every master was once an apprentice; Takahashi was a graduate of the ''Gekika Sonjuku'' program, a college course by Creator/KazuoKoike, and meant to teach people how to be a manga artist.

The animated adaptations for her longer series have an unfortunate tendency to end well before their source comics do the ''Manga/InuYasha'' manga ran for nearly four years beyond the anime's end (to put it in perspective, IY's ''English dub'' had been completed for almost two years at that point); ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' barely got two-thirds of the way through its story and was heavily laden with {{filler}}, to boot; and ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'''s anime likewise ended early, although some of its later arcs were adapted as {{OAV}}s, and its proper conclusion was the subject of the fifth movie. ''Manga/MaisonIkkoku'' is her only major series whose animated adaptation spans the whole story. ''Manga/InuYasha'' received a second TV series after the manga concluded titled ''The Final Act'', it picks up where the first TV series stopped and follows the manga to its conclusion (but heavily compressed).

She is noted for [[PuniPlush a distinctive stylized rounded style]], sometimes [[OnlySixFaces to an excessive degree]], [[LoveDodecahedron intricate relationships]] among the characters, [[WeddingDay happy-ending weddings]], [[DoesNotLikeShoes barefoot characters]], so much BelligerentSexualTension that she has [[TakahashiCouple her own page]], and an ability with puns and allusions on both visual and verbal levels. One example would be a character from ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' whose name, depending on whether the reading is Chinese, Japanese, or English (not to mention ''which kanji'' you're using), means "hair care product", "unpolished gem", "mountain girl", "she whose breasts are as mountains" all of which describe the character in some way.

In stark contrast to her better-known comedic works, Takahashi has also written a number of shorter dramatic manga, many of which are grouped together under the collective name "Rumic World". She has also ventured into the macabre and outright horror with her ''Manga/MermaidSaga''.

She started a new manga series, ''Kyoukai no Rinne'', in Shonen Sunday, which has carried all her major works to date[[labelnote:]] (except for ''Manga/MaisonIkkoku'', which ran in a seinen magazine)[[/labelnote]], on April 22, 2009. It was also being released in Japanese and English simultaneously (as simply ''Manga/{{Rinne}}'').
!!!TV anime series adapted from manga by Takahashi include:
* ''Manga/UruseiYatsura''
* ''Manga/MaisonIkkoku''
* ''Manga/MermaidSaga''
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''
* ''Manga/InuYasha''
* ''Manga/RumikoTakahashiAnthology'' (an animated compilation of some of her short stories)
* ''Manga/{{RINNE}}''

!!!{{OAV}}s adapted from manga by Takahashi include:
* ''Anime/FireTripper''
* ''MarisTheChojo''
* ''Manga/TheLaughingTarget''
* ''Manga/OnePoundGospel''
* ''[[Manga/MermaidSaga Mermaid Forest]]'' and ''[[Manga/MermaidSaga Mermaid's Scar]]''

!!!Live-action TV series adapted from manga by Takahashi include:
* ''Manga/MaisonIkkoku''
* ''Manga/OnePoundGospel''