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

'''Rumiko Takahashi''' is the best-selling female comic artist of all time, 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 made into an anime ({{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. The anime adaptations for her longer series have an unfortunate tendency to end well before their manga does: the ''Manga/InuYasha'' manga ran for nearly two more years after the end of the ''English dub'' of the anime; ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' barely got two-thirds of the way through its story and was heavily laden with {{filler}}, to boot; and ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'' likewise ended early, although it did get an OVA adaptation of its proper conclusion. ''Manga/MaisonIkkoku'' is her only major series whose animated adaptation spans the whole story. ''Manga/InuYasha'' got picked up again after the Manga Series finished as a second series, titled ''Inuyasha: The Final Act'', that continues the series from where the previous anime left off and tells the remainder of the story through to its conclusion.

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 Shōnen Sunday, which has carried all her major works to date, on April 22, 2009. It is also being [[http://www.therumicworld.com/main.php 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''
* ''Rumiko Takahashi Anthology''
* ''Manga/{{Rinne}}''

!!!{{OAV}}s adapted from manga by Takahashi include:
* ''Anime/FireTripper''
* ''MarisTheChojo''
* ''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''