VIZ Media and one of its parent companies - Japanese publishing giant Shogakukan - have announced a BRAND NEW series set to debut from Rumiko Takahashi, one of today’s greatest manga creators.
This is the first new original manga series from Takahashi sensei since her epic INUYASHA series ended in 2008. Shogakukan’s popular WEEKLY SHONEN SUNDAY manga magazine, which has featured Takahashi’s work since the early 1980’s, will be debuting the new series and VIZ Media will be publishing the manga series later in 2009!
With over 170 million copies sold in Japan alone, Rumiko Takahashi’s various works continue to be loved by a multitude of readers, regardless of their age or gender. Takahashi’s works, full of wonderfully endearing characters that readers are drawn to, combine the various elements of comedy, love, fantasy, and martial arts, and continue to create truly unique worlds. Her works cannot be categorized by standard genres, and the signature style she has created has come to be known as the “Rumic World.” It would not be an overstatement to call the “Rumic World” a genre of its own.
In addition to INUYASHA, which spanned more than 500 chapters and 50 individual volumes, some of Rumiko Takahashi’s other notable works include RANMA ½, MAISON IKKOKU, MERMAID SAGA, ONE POUND GOSPEL and, URUSEI YATSURA (THE RETURN OF LUM). All of these titles are published in North America by VIZ Media. Several of these series, including URUSEI YATSURA, MAISON IKKOKU, RANMA ½ and INUYASHA have also been adapted into highly successful animated television series and feature film releases. Rumiko Takahashi has won the prestigious Shogakukan Manga Award twice, first for URUSEI YATSURA in 1981 and again in 2002 for INUYASHA.
VIZ Media is so excited to be publishing Rumiko Takahashi’s next great series and to bring you this news, but…. we don’t want to give it all away just yet, we just wanted to share a tidbit of exciting news for 2009 - so be sure to keep an eye out and ear open for more details, which we will be sharing with you soon!