Rumiko Takahashi Anthology is a 2003 thirteen episode anime based on Rumic World, itself a collection of short manga written and illustrated by famed manga-ka Rumiko Takahashi.
The manga has been published periodically by Rumiko Takahashi since 1987. New stories are published annually in Shogakukan's Big Comic Original. The majority of chapters/episodes are domestic stories, each with a unique twist. An English language edition of the first two volumes was released by Viz in 1996.
The anime was licensed by Discotek Media and ran from July 5, 2003 to September 27, 2003.
Rumiko Takahashi Anthology provides examples of:
- The Alcoholic: Pops from "The Merchant of Romance".
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Gorgeous the dog has a pair drawn on. It's permanent marker so they never wash off.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: The mother-in-law from "Hidden in the Pottery". She effectively ruins poor Ruruko's life just because she wanted her son all to herself.
- Driven to Suicide: Hazuki from "Aberrant Family F" is worried her parents plan to commit family suicide after her father loses their money. Turns out she was right, but not because of their debt. Rather because the father believed he was dying and couldn't bear to leave his family alone. They all survive and it turns out he wasn't dying after all.
- Easy Amnesia: Mr. Furuda gets beaned on the head and wakes up with a memory that only stretches to when he was thirteen.
- Everything's Better with Penguins: Pitto from "The Tragedy of P". Even Mrs. Kakei wanted to pet him when she found out.
- Evil Is Petty: Ruruko's mother-in-law not only abused her and spread all sorts of terrible rumors about her to the neighbors, when Ruruko, in tears, called her out on it, her mother in law then procedded to pull a Wounded Gazelle Gambit and made everyone think Ruruko was abusing her. What's worse, it worked.
- Gonk: The Baby-Ghost from "Extra-Large Size Happiness". He barely looks human.
- Good All Along: The Baby Ghost. The wife believed that it was trying to sabotage her attempts to move her family out of their apartment and after they missed their appointment, they discover that a landslide happened in the neighborhood with the house they wanted to buy.It turns out, the baby ghost was trying to protect them.
- Love Martyr: Poor, poor Ruruko. She had to put up with an abusive mother-in-law who hated her, belittled her and spread slanderous rumors about her to the neighbors, all because she didn't want to share her son with her. The only solace in her life was the love of her husband, only for him to die with his mother in a car accident and even worst, his final word was "Mother". Even after all of that and her still dealing with the effects of the rumors, she still loves her late husband and misses him. You just can't help but want to hug the poor girl.
- Miniature Senior Citizens: Risa Hoshino in "One Hundred Years of Love".
- Mistaken for Cheating: Mr.Furuda.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: The mother-in-law in "Extra-Later Size Happiness" turns out to be oye, despite initially coming off as stern and exasperated by her daughter-in-laws strange behavior(which was due to a largo baby ghost that only she could see at the time)and threatening to not invest in a house they want to buy. However, after overhearing her daughter-in-law breaking down in tears to her husband over the entire thing, she shows concern for her well being and reconciles with her.
- The Unsmile: Mr. Domoto's "smile" is enough to scare away customers!
- The Woobie: There is atleast one in each episode.
- Poor, Poor Ruruko.(See Love Martyr for details).
- Mr.Domito might be stern and intimidating, but you cant help but feel sorry for him, after 30 years of hardwork as a salaryman, he lost his job when his company went bankrupt. The way he cries after confiding in one of his coworkers shows that he wasnt a bad guy.
- Mr.Furuda was underappreciated by his family, who werent even sympathetic to his amnesia or noticed that he didnt want to move without them...atleast until they have a Jerkass Realization.
- Unfinished Business: Mrs. Todokoro's is that she wanted to give her husband his anniversary present.
- You No Take Candle: The Thai part time worker in "As Long As You Are Here". She gets better towards the end of the episode when she's had time to learn more Japanese.