Rumiko Takahashi is one of the best-known names in manga and anime, and a viral video is teaming up her best characters in the ultimate tribute.
The greatest works of manga legend Rumiko Takahashi (creator of classics like Inuyasha and Ranma 1/2) have officially teamed up in an unbelievable tribute video. Any manga or anime fan should be familiar with the name Rumiko Takahashi. The artist is well-regarded as one of the biggest names in manga because of her iconic characters and stories that have become loved worldwide. Some of her best-known works include Urusei Yatsura and Ranma 1/2, both of which are romantic comedies with supernatural elements. Urusei Yatsura was Takahashi’s big break into the world of manga, but Ranma 1/2 became an anime that spoke to so many people. Ranma 1/2 even became a symbol for the Trans community as Ranma became viewed as a huge Trans icon.
Takahashi’s greatest achievement though is arguably Inuyasha. Her take on the ever-popular isekai story follows a girl named Kagome Higurashi who finds herself transported to an alternate reality based around the ancient Japanese Sengoku period. There, she meets a half-human half-demon warrior named Inuyasha, and the two team up to help her find a way home. The series was a departure from Takahashi’s usual comedic roots by being more focused on a serious action story. This landed well with fans as the series would gain an anime, countless films and even a sequel series named Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon that recently finished its second season earlier this year. Inuyasha, Ranma 1/2 and Urusei Yatsura are undoubtedly Rumiko Takahashi’s best-known works, but there’s a little-known team-up between characters from the three shows that has become a viral sensation today.
In a tweet from a user named Delty, they shared a clip from a 2008 special called It’s a Rumic World 50th Anniversary Weekly Shonen Sunday. It features Ranma from Ranma 1/2, Kagome Higurashi and Inuyasha from Inuyasha, and Lum and Atsura from Urusei Yatsura on-screen together for the first time. Their interactions feature Atsura being a creep as always as he guns after Kagome and Ranma in their female form before being attacked by Inuyasha, Lum and Ranma. It’s an incredibly funny interaction and an amazing way to bring these fan-favorite characters together in what Delty considers to be “my Avengers Endgame.”
The Viral Team-Up’s Popularity Will Immortalize Rumiko Takahashi’s Works
The best thing about this little OVA is that it will undoubtedly immortalize these iconic Takahashi characters. While Inuyasha will certainly live on for years to come because of its ongoing popularity, Ranma 1/2 and Urusei Yatsura have gone well past their peak with the latter not seeing an official anime release since the 1980s. Delty’s tweet going viral means that more people will see these characters today and wish to seek out what made Rumiko Takahashi earn a spot in the Harvey Awards Hall of Fame earlier this year. In a sense, these beloved stories will never be out of the public eye because of this legendary team-up.
Takahashi has her whole career to thank for these characters. They not only gave fans some of the best tales in the medium, but they also helped her rocket into fame because of her signature brand of humor and excellent taste in action. She’s even still working today with a brand-new manga called Mao that brings Inuyasha to the 20th century and continues to unfold its story since its debut in 2019. With classic manga like Inuyasha, Rumiko Takahashi has certainly left her mark on manga and anime over the years, and this unbelievable tribute video featuring a team-up of her best-known characters is an amazing way to highlight just how important she is to fans worldwide.
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