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September 23th

Yashahime North American Debut and Inuyasha Streaming
The widely-anticipated Yashahime series has announced multiple options for viewing in North America. The series will debut on the same day in the USA on Crunchyroll, Funimation Channel, and Hulu on October 3rd, subtitled, with dubbed episodes following shortly thereafter. Additionally, Funimation will also begin streaming the first 54 episodes and all four films of the original Inuyasha anime, which is also on HBO Max right now. So for new fans its the perfect time to catch up! Source: Anime News Network

September 20th

Mao Chapter 61
Mao meets a fellow colleague from his distant past and discusses the fate of Daigo. Source: Rumic World

September 18th

Yashahime Cast Expands & Theme Announced
More cast have been announced for October 3rd's debut of Yashahime, including Ryohei Kimura replacing Akiko Yajima as Kohaku, Takehiro Urao as Hisui, the demon-slaying son of Miroku and Sango, and Ai Fairouz as Takechiyo the tanuki who deals in demon bounties. Additionally, boyband SixTONES have been announced as with their single NEW ERA as the first opening theme of the series. Source: Anime News Network

Akemi Takada Exhibition Continues
Akemi Takada who contributed character designs to Urusei Yatsura, Creamy Mami, Kimagure Orange Road and many other beloved series is having another exhibition of her work at Mitsukoshi Ginza's store late in the month. The even is free to the public, and will have prints and merchandise for sale. Additionally, Takada will be in attendance on September 26th for a signing event. The entire show will be open from September 23rd to 28th. Thanks to Ian Lepard for the news. Source: Crunchyroll

September 13th

Mao Chapter 60
Mao tracks down the man who is mangling people with his earthen medicinal techniques and discovers an unfamiliar face unconnected with his past. Source: Rumic World

September 8th

Yashaime Ending Theme
In preparation for the October 3rd premiere of Yashahime the series has announced that the first ending theme will be "Break" by the performer Uru. The song was written and composed especially for t he series. The single ships on October 28th. Source: Anime News Network

September 4th

Mao Chapter 59
Volume 7 kicks off with Mao recalling his old friend Daigo, a master of manipulating the earth and making powerful golems from rock and soil. Source: Rumic World

August 30th

Mao Chapter 58
Nanoka investigates the origins of cats and their connection to onmyoji, plus a mysterious doctor uses earth to heal the wounds of local villagers only for them to dissolve into piles of soil when his treatment wears off. Source: Rumic World

August 23rd

Mao Chapter 57
After a week off, Mao returns with Hyakka, Otoya and Nanao trying to help clear the backlog of patients that have been waiting to see their doctor. Hyakka struggles to find the proper treatment for a number of unusual demons as Otoya does his best to stand in for Mao. Source: Rumic World

August 12

Inuyasha Retrospective Ahead of Yashahime
An Inuyasha retrospective will be running from November 7-23 to celebrate the history of the series as well as the launch of Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon on October 3rd. The exhibition will be held at Tokyo's Parco Factory and highlight the history of the anime. Source: Inuyasha Anime Exhibition & Comics Natalie

August 9

Mao Chapter 56
Hikubi begins to unravel his late master's plan for Byoki's purpose and how he might be able to use Mao in a similar fashion. Source: Rumic World

August 6

Yashahime Voices Announced
The three main actresses have been announced for the Inuyasha sequel series Yashahime. Sara Matsumoto will play Towa (previous roles include Namida Suzumeno in Boruto, Hiro Kurusu in Kono Oto Tomare!). Mikako Komatsu will play Setsuna (previous roles include Izumi Shimamura in Ajin, Inko Amifumi in Aldnoah.Zero, Maam in Dragon Quest: The Adventures of Dai, Taki Tsunozaki in Food Wars). And Azusa Tadakoro will play Moroha (previous roles include Nao Nakamura in Trickster, Astaroth in Seven Mortal Sins and Miharu Fukamachi in Popin Q). THe series will debut October 3rd and will be produced by Sunrise with main character designs by Rumiko Takahashi herself. Source: Yashahime Official Website

August 2

Mao Chapter 55
Hikubi battles Mao as he explains how he came to know Shiranui and find the presumed dead Sana in a watery temple at the end of the Tokugawa Era. Source: Rumic World

July 31

Rinne Leaving Crunchyroll
All seasons of the Kyokai no Rinne anime, in addition to 76 other titles whose rights are held by Sentai Filmworks, will be leaving the Crunchyroll streaming service tomorrow, August 1st. So if you haven't finished watching the series, now is the time! Source: Anime News Network

July 26

Mao Chapter 54
Hikubi, also known as Captain Shirasu, reveals his past with Mao and Hyakka and how his centuries of battle have prepared him for this chance to kill them both. Source: Rumic World

July 19th

Mao Chapter 53
Hyakka confronts the masked soldiers who reveals himself to be a face from the past who knows both Hyakka and Mao. Source: Rumic World

July 18th

Inuyasha Cafe Set to Open
As the premiere date for Yashahime approaches Japan is following in the promotional footsteps of many other popular anime and opening three cafe locations of Inuyasha to celebrate the series and its characters. The Osaka cafe opens on July 30th, Tokyo on August 8th and Nagoya on October 8th. Each locaton will have a unique collectible sticker as well as goods to buy and themed menu items celebrating various characters. Source: Crunchyroll

July 7th

Fans Vote on Inuyasha Favorites
A global poll on Twitter is being conducted by the Yashahime account to decide the two fan favorite episodes of Inuyasha. Both Kappei Yamaguchi and Satsuki Yukino will provide in character commentary on the episodes in a Youtube watch-a-long on July 18th. Just Tweet to @yashahime and include the hashtag #半妖の夜叉姫 to register your vote! Source: Crunchyroll

July 5th

Mao Chapter 52
Nanoka talks to Byoki about Sana while Mao and Hyakka explore the village attacked by the metallic scarecrows, while Hyakka reveals he has seen the metal creatures decades in the past. Source: Rumic World

June 28th

Mao Chapter 51
Nanoka helps Mao recover from his wounds before returning to the present and confronting Byoki while in the past robotic soldiers decimate a small village. Source: Rumic World

June 21st

Mao Chapter 50
Mao celebrates 50 chapters by facing off against Shiranui, the man who seems to have captured his sweetheart from centuries past. Mao lashes out against his former rival and reveals the secret of Shiranui's ties to the sea. Source: Rumic World

June 9th

Yukino and Yamaguchi Return for Yashahime
Satsuki Yukino and Kappei Yamaguchi have indicated via their twitter accounts that they will be returning for the Inuyasha sequel anime, Yashahime. Source: Anime News Network

Mao Chapter 49
Shiranui reveals just how Mao ruined his life as a child and the levels to which he has gone to seek his revenge against everyone. Source: Rumic World

June 2nd

Takahashi's Yashahime Designs
The Twitter account for the upcoming Inuyasha sequel anime has been posting Rumiko Takahashi's original design sketches for the main characters of the series, including: Towa Higurashi, Setsuna, Moroha, and all three main characters together. Source: Rumic World

May 31st

Mao Chapter 48
Mao and Nanoka battle against the strange gold-spitting mechanical beast that has attacked them in the street while Hyakka and Kumon realize how long this plot has been woven into their lives. Source: Rumic World

May 25th

Mao Chapter 47
Mao reflects on what Sana's return means as Nanoka ponders whether to tell everyone that Sana's voice seemed strange and unnatural to her. Source: Rumic World

May 17th

Mao Chapter 46
Mao finally catches up to Yurako only to realize he recognizes the mysterious woman from his past. Source: Rumic World

May 9th

Yashahime Story Revealed
As the global announcement of "Yashahime: Princess Half Demon" continues. Viz has confirmed to hold the English language rights to the series and have released the following summary of the upcoming anime:
The daughters of Sesshomaru and Inuyasha set out on a journey transcending time! In Feudal Japan, Half-Demon twins Towa and Setsuna are separated from each other during a forest fire. While desperately searching for her younger sister, Towa wanders into a mysterious tunnel that sends her into present-day Japan, where she is found and raised by Kagome Higurashi's brother, Sota, and his family.
Ten years later, the tunnel that connects the two eras has reopened, allowing Towa to be reunited with Setsuna, who is now a Demon Slayer working for Kohaku. But to Towa's shock, Setsuna appears to have lost all memories of her older sister.
Joined by Moroha, the daughter of Inuyasha and Kagome, the three young women travel between the two eras on an adventure to regain their missing past.
Rumiko Takahashi is confirmed to have designed the three main characters. Returning for the anime will be Teruo Sato as director, with character designs by Yoshihito Hishinuma, scripts by Kasuyuki Sumisawa and music by Kaoru Wada. Source: Yashahime Official Website

May 8th

Inuyasha Sequel Anime Announced
In surprising news, an Inuyasha sequel anime has just been announced. Entitled "Hanyou no Yasha hime" (Half-Demon Princess Yasha/Yashahime). Shonen Sunday 2020 Vol. 24 announced the sequel anime with the text on the side of the image giving a description of the series as: "Time passes from the story of Inuyasha and Sesshomaru, and the daughters of the brothers open a new legendary door." Big thanks to Megan Smith for passing along the photo. Source: Rumic World

May 5th

Mao Chapter 45
A veteran of the Russo-Japanese War arrives with a powerful onmyoji that promises to bring trouble for Mao and his allies. Source: Rumic World

May 4th

UY Films Released in English
Discotek has announced that they will be releasing the first, third, fourth, fifth and sixth films from Urusei Yatsura both dubbed and subtitled on Blu-ray. These will be the same dubs that Animeigo commissioned for their DVD releases. Source: Anime News Network

Shizuka Itou Divorces
In this stress-filled time its sad when anyone divorces, unfortunately Shizuka Itou (Right from Kyokai no Rinne) has announced she and her husband are divorcing. She does make a point to say this is not a "Corona Divorce" and had been planned for awhile now. Source: Anime News Network

Satoko Kito Passes Away
Seiyuu Satoko Kito who played a small role as a hostess in Maison Ikkoku and more famously played Lamika in the original Vampire Hunter D film passed away on May 1st. She was 58. Source: Anime News Network

April 20th

Mao Chapter 44
Life seems to slow down for Mao and Nanoka as she wonders about his past with Sana and Christmas 1923 arrives. Source: Rumic World

April 20th

You Wa Shock!
As the seeming End of Days approaches, its only fitting that we share Rumiko Takahashi's interview about Fist of the North Star, the great 80s manga of over the top violence that influenced a generation! Source: Rumic World

April 19th

Mao Chapter 43
Nanoka shares the strange details of her conversation with Byoki and Mao gets a call about a strange family moving into an already occupied mansion in Tokyo. Source: Rumic World

April 14th

Rumiko Takahashi French Video Profile
Shonen Sunday has posted the full video of Rumiko Takahashi's French profile from the 46th Grand Prix d'Angoulême. Thanks to El Mundo de Rumiko for the report. Source: Shonen Sunday on Youtube

April 12th

Mao Chapter 42
Nanoka travels back to tell Mao of her encounter with Byoki but is shocked to find Kamon and Hyakka staying with him and sharing their own problems. Source: Rumic World

April 5th

Mao Chapter 41
Nanoka is confronted by Byoki in the present as Otoya begins to rebuild Mao's lost medicine pot while Kamon makes a surprising arrival. Source: Rumic World

March 30th

Mao Chapter 40
Kamon discovers Shiranui and battles him as Nanoka wonders about her new situation with Mao. Plus Shiranui has an ally in his hunt for Mao. Source: Rumic World

March 22nd

Mao Chapter 39
Hyakka reminds Mao of a water-caster named Masago from their days in training and Mao wonders if she could be the one behind the recent attacks. Source: Rumic World

Ranma Shirts in Japan
Amnibus, a fashion line in Japan, has recently produced a line of Ranma ½ vintage-style t-shirts and accessories for sale. Thanks to Ian for the link. Source: Amnibus

March 21st

New Takahashi Short - Iyana Rannaa
Big Comic Original has announced their annual Takahashi short story, Iyana Ranna (Disgusting Runner) which will appear in the April 3rd issue of Big Comics Original. Thanks to El Mundo de Rumiko for the heads up! Source: Big Comic Original

March 15th

Mao Chapter 38
Near death, Mao tells Nanoka and Otoya to bury him deeply if he dies so Byoki cannot recover his corpse while Shiranui, another onmyoji is revealed to be the water priest trying to capture Mao. Source: Rumic World

March 8th

Mao Chapter 37
Mao battles the masked boy who uses the spear that nearly killed Byoki so many centuries ago. With Mao at a disadvantage against the weapon his healing poison jar is his only hope. Source: Rumic World

February 29th

Mao Chapter 36
Mao is asked to help a sick boy, but when he arrives he realizes he has been lured into a trap by the mysterious masked boy that was watching Kuchinawa's investigation in Kyoto. Source: Rumic World

February 23rd

Mao Chapter 35
Kuchinawa returns and investigates an imperfect use of the life-extending technique he has discovered in Kyoto while Nanoka uses more modern methods to look back into the ancient Chinese origins of the technique and its historical uses. Source: Rumic World

February 21st

Funko Pop Inuyasha Figures
Funko has announced that they will release a series of Inuyasha figures in their ubiquitous line of figures. Inuyasha, Kagome and Sesshomaru will be widely available while demonic Inuyasha will be a Hot Topic exclusive and Sesshomaru in his demonic dog form will be available only at Game Stop. Additionally an Inuyasha versus Sesshomaru diorama is also being made as well. Source: Funko

February 15th

Mao Chapter 34
Mao discovers Mokuzu's hand in creating Byoki and learns more about the mysterious figures involved in the ancient conspiracy against him. Source: Rumic World

Le Figaro Interview Translation
We've translated the interview Le Figaro conducted with Rumiko Takahashi at the beginning of the month into English. It can be found at the following link and includes an overview of her work in France, where she is as popular as she is the rest of the world over. Source: Rumic World

February 9th

Ranma Themed Perfume
Having released Inuyasha fragrances previously, Japanese perfumier Fairytale Parfum has now release a collection based around Ranma ½. The fragrances contain two perfumes themed around male and female Ranma and two eau de toilette featuring Akane and Shampoo.The Ranma scents are described as changing over time from a masculine to a feminine scent. The Ranma cologne/perfume retails at 2500 yen while the eau de toilette both sale for 1500 yen. Source: Fairytale Parfum

February 2nd

Mao Chapter 33
Mao faces Mokuzu, a face from his and Hyakka's past who reveals a disturbing secret about the origins of Byoki as more of the secretive past of Hyakka and Mao's mystric order slowly filters out. Source: Rumic World

January 27th

Takahashi Interviewed by Le Figaro
Rumiko Takahashi was interviewed in esteemed French newspaper Le Figaro thanks to her recently winning the presitgious Angouleme International Comics award. Source: Le Figaro

January 27th

Inuyasha Mobile Game
Inuyasha is coming getting a new mobile phone game from Korean developer Hammer Entertainment. The game, entitled Inuyasha – Yomigaeru Monogatari (Inuyasha – The Awakening Story) will debut in the first half of 2020. Source: Anime News Network

January 26th

Mao Chapter 32
The Lord of the Shikigami comes seeking Mao after hearing from his minions, but Mao has laid a trap in preparation for the giant creature from the seas. You can read summaries of all of the latest chapters of Mao at the link below. Source: Rumic World

January 18th

Mao Chapter 31
Nanoka battles against the frog and turtle shikigami in the ruins of Tokyo as Mao explains her elemental balance to her. Source: Rumic World

Yuki Kaiji on Rumiko Takahashi
Voice actor Yuki Kaiji (Eren Yaeger in "Attack on Titan") discusses his love of Rumiko Takahashi, his favorite character (Miroku) and shows of the drawing of Miroku and Mao Takahashi made just for him. Source: Comic Natalie

January 12th

Mao x Golden Kamuy
With a big "thank you" to Sakaki and Jecka and their excellent Shonen Sunday Talkback blog we have a translated copy of Rumiko Takahashi and Satoru Noda's interviews from late last year about the comparisons between Mao and Golden Kamuy. Please support both the excellent Shonen Sunday Talkback blog as well as Twitter account to keep up with all the latest news on every Shonen Sunday series! Source: Shonen Sunday Talkback

January 8th

Mao Chapter 30
Hyakka returns to Tokyo to see Mao about the shikigami coming from the west revealing they might have something to do with one of their "brothers" from the past. Source: Rumic World

December 31st

New Inuyasha Fragrance
The Japanese perfumeier Primaniacs has released a series of fragrances based on a number of anime series and has now annouced plans to do a series based on Inuyasha. The fragrances will retail for 5, 417 yen and will go on sell February 21, 2020. An earlier set based on Inuyasha, Kagome and Sesshomaru was released on August 31st, will the new set will have scents based on Miroku, Sango, Kikyo, Shippo and Naraku. Thanks to El Mundo de Rumiko for the news! Source: Primaniacs

December 26th

Mao Chapter 29
Mao confirms another face from his past in Kuchinawa who is actually his old associate Kamon. Elsewhere Hyakka plans his return. Source: Rumic World

December 19th

Mao Makes List of "Dangerous" Manga
Brutus men's magazine interviewed a list of manga creators and literary figures about which series they found to be the most thought provoing and interesting of the year and our beloved Mao made the list. Other series on the list include SpyxFamily by Tatsuya Endo, Land by Kazumi Yamashita and I Want to Hold Aono-kun So Badly I Could Die by Umi Shiina. Source: Anime News Network

December 15th

Mao Chapter 28
Nanoka and Mao arrive just in time to disrupt the serial killer and realize that his manservant, Kuchinawa, might be a face from Mao's past. Source: Rumic World

December 7th

Mao Chapter 27
Nanoka and Shiraha investigate Mao's history in an attempt to find out what might have happened to Sana. Meanwhile in the past a serial killer continues to murder young women in the wake of the earthquake. Source: Rumic World

November 29th

Commision for Cultural Affairs Award
Japan's Agency for Cultural Affairs have announced that the recipients of their award for accomplishments in culture and arts will go to Rumiko Takahashi, Mobile Suit Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino, and Studio Eiken founder Hidenori Murata. The award is also special this year as it is the first presented of the Reiwa Era. The ceremony will be held on December 6th at the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Science and Technology. Congratulations to Takahashi and everyone else on this distinguished award. Source: Anime News Network

November 24th

Mao Chapter 26
Mao ponders why his master might have made him the scapegoat for the ominous sword he was given and girls begin to go missing in the wake of the earthquake. Click the link below to read this and all the latest chapter summaries of Mao. Source: Rumic World

November 19th

NHK Ultimate Rumic Fan Poll
The results of the months long polling for everything Rumiko Takahashi related are finally in. The top ten favorite series are:
1. Inuyasha
2. Ranma 1/2
3. Maison Ikkoku
4. Urusei Yatsura
5. Urusei Yatsura: Beautiful Dreamer
6. Kyokai no Rinne
7. Ranma 1/2: Nihao My Concubine
8. Urusei Yatsura: The Final Chapter
9. Inuyasha: Affections Touching Across Time
10. Inuyasha: Swords of an Honorable Ruler

The top three favorite characters are:
1. Inuyasha
2. Lum
3. Sesshomaru

The top three favorite songs are:
1. Lum no Love Song
2. Change the World
3. Jaja Uma ni Sasenai de
For more results see Anime News Network's translated coverage. Source: NHK

November 17th

Mao Chapter 25
Hyakka explains how he knows Mao and what their master once told him about his reasoning for choosing Mao as his successor. Source: Rumic World

November 10th

Mao Chapter 24
Hyakka, a face from Mao's ancient past returns and seeks to steal his sword. The pair face off in the ruins of Ryouunkaku, the first western skyscraper in Japan. Source: Rumic World

November 9th

Studio Pierrot Daikaibou
The early days of famed animation house, Studio Pierrot is featured in the new mook Studio Pierrot Daikaibou that looks at three of the earliest series to put the company on the map: Urusei Yatsura, Creamy Mami and Kimagure Orange Road. Cast lists, episode listings and art for each series is featured along with interviews of famed creators like Akemi Takada. Thanks to Ian Lepard for the news. Source: Crunchyroll

November 3rd

Rumiko Takahashi 35th Anniversary Interview
Thanks to Laura Arias Moreno you can read the in-depth interview conducted with Takahashi for the 35th anniversary boxset celebrating her life and works. The interview touches on many all of her series through Kyokai no Rinne as well as her childhood and some behind the scenes information that has never been revealed before. Source: Rumic World

Mao Chapter 23
Nanoka returns home and discovers the identity of Uozumi, her housekeeper. Meanwhile Mao hears that more flaming heads are haunting the ruins of Tokyo which makes him think of a long forgotten event from 900 years ago. Source: Rumic World

October 28

Mangakabon on Takahashi
Shogakukan has released a series of books profiling a variety of mangaka that have worked in their family of magazines (Shonen Sunday, Young Sunday, etc) and will be publishing their 14th volume focusing on Rumiko Takahashi. Previous books have contained tribute art by other mangaka, interviews and essays. Takahashi's "Nanimonai Heya" short will be republished along with an updated timeline of her work. Big thanks to Takkun for the news! Source: Shogakukan

Anime News Network's Top 5 from Takahashi
Anime News Network have written a short piece discussing their collective top five Rumiko Takahashi anime. Thanks to Ian for the heads up. Source: Anime News Network

October 27

Mao Chapter 22
Nanoka wonders about what Byoki could be doing in the present and presumes he may have something to do with her grandfather as well. Mao cannot go to the present with her but gives her a protective bracelet and sends her on her way home. Source: Rumic World

October 19

Mao Chapter 21
Byoki flees through the gate, passing into Nanoka's time as she watches helplessly as Mao is unable to follow. Realizing now what caused her parent's death, she knows that Byoki will seek her out in the future as his new vessel. Source: Rumic World

October 17

NHK Rumiko Fan Poll Preliminary Results
The preliminary results of the NHK ultimate Rumiko Takahashi fan poll. NHK is not releasing the full results of the poll and fans can still vote until November 4th, but for 11th through 30th place in the Character Polls and 4th through 10th place in the favorite song poll the results are currently in. Click the link here to see the current results and remember to vote! Source: Anime News Network

October 13

Mao Chapter 20
Nanoka watches Mao's transformation as he does battle with Byoki among the wreckage caused by the earthquake. Amidst the battle a young child appears that surprises Nanoka. Click here to read all the weekly summaries of Mao. Source: Rumic World

October 6

Mao Chapter 19
Mao's history with Byoki is revealed as he remembers his first encounter with the beast and wounds they both suffered that day 900 years ago. Source: Rumic World

October 4

Maison Ikkoku Re-Release
Viz has annouced plans to republish Maison Ikkoku, Rumiko Takahashi's seminal series about struggling college student Yusaku Godai and his love for his widowed apartment manager Kyoko Otonashi. The new editions will see print in June of 2020. Source: Anime News Network

September 28

Mao Chapter 18
Uncertain about her grandfather's identity Nanoka hurries back to the past only to realize she has arrived on September 1, 1923- the moment the Great Kanto Earthquake ravages Tokyo. In the sky she sees the huge cat's eye of Byoki among the black billowing smoke. Source: Rumic World

September 22

Mao Chapter 17
Nanoka confesses to Mao that she is from a century in the future, a thought that he dismisses without a second thought. Returning home she realizes it has been a month since she was last there and is shocked and confused when she learns her grandfather never called the police to search for her. Source: Rumic World

September 20

NHK To Air Takahashi Special
NHK BS Premium will air a program on the 38 year history of Takahashi anime featuring results from a months long poll on favorite series, characters, episodes and music. Previously the channel had featured similar shows on Precure, Macross and Gundam. The program will air October 17th. You can cast your votes by clicking here. Thanks to Ian for passing along the news! Source: Anime News Network

September 15

Mao Chapter 16
Mao faces off against the ayakashi who seek to suck his blood and then summons Genbu, the spirit of water to vanquish the keystone that Byoki has placed outside of the church. Source: Rumic World

September 10

Takahashi X Noda
Shonen Sunday and Young Jump are having a rare crossover, as Rumiko Takahashi and Satoru Noda both meet one another to discuss Mao and Golden Kamuy. The first part of the interview is in Shonen Sunday with the second following in Young Jump. Both parts will be collected in Shogakukan's Manga Webry app. Additionally both artist autographed a shikishi together. Source: Anime News Network

September 9

Mao Ambassador
Seiyuu and Rumiko Takahashi fan Yudai Chiba is acting as ambassador to Mao. He will attend an event at Sanseido Bookstore in Ikebukuro on September 19th to celebrate the release of the first collected volume of the series. Thanks to Ian Lepard for the news. Source: Anime News Network

September 1

Mao Chapter 15
A weakened Mao turns to Nanoka and Otoya to lure the mosquitos away as he hovers near death, but Nanoka soon realizes that Mao is plotting something deeper. Click below to read this and all weekly summaries of Takahashi's newest series- Mao. Source: Rumic World

August 25

Front Page Redesign
We've refreshed our front page as Flash is no longer widely supported by browers. It was a long and lovely design that we'll certainly miss. Source: Rumic World

Mao Chapter 14
Mao battles a losing battle against the mosquito nuns that have taken up residence in his town and reveals that he is nine-hundred years old to a shocked Nanoka. Source: Rumic World

August 7

Mao Chapter 13
The loss of a keystone may lead to the Great Kanto Earthquake and so Mao sets off to investigate a Christian church that was built near to one that Nanoka knows is missing in the future. Source: Rumic World

July 31

Mao Chapter 12
Nanoka returns to the present and realizes that Shoko's prophecy aligns perfectly with one of the greatest tragedies in world history- the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. Source: Rumic World

July 24

Mao Chapter 11
Mao reveals the schemes laid by Sogen and Shoko and while much of it seems like little more than a criminal enterprise there seems to be a grain of truth in the visions of Shoko. Source: Rumic World

July 21

Mao Chapter 10
The power of Shoko's abilities is called into question as Mao's investigation unearths the true power behind the cult. Click below to read all of the latest summaries of Takahashi's newest series. Source: Rumic World

July 10

Takahashi Sits Down With Ace
Rumiko Takahashi granted an interview about all things related to Kyokai no Rinne at series completion in 2018. Now thanks to contributor Laura Arias Moreno we present the full interview in English. Source: Rumic World

July 9

Lum Encourages Energy Saving
The Tokyo Gas company has enlisted Lum, played by Kyoko Fukada to help encourage people to save on their electricity bills over the summer months. Ten also features in the ad, which is available to view on Youtube and will begin airing in the Kanto region today. Thanks to Ian Lepard for the news tip. Source: Crunchyroll

July 3

Mao Chapter 9
Mao continues to investage Shoko, the woman who can manipulate the lifespan of anyone that opposes her, click the link below to read summaries of all the latest chapters of Rumiko Takahashi's newest series- Mao. Source: Rumic World

June 26

Mao Chapter 7 and 8
Nanoka investigates the truth of her childhood accident and then Mao looks into the claims of a psychic who claims to have similar powers to his hated adversary. Source: Rumic World

June 12

Mao Chapter 6
Mao explains the origin of his unique sword and also discusses his little friend Otoya's unusual background. Source: Rumic World

June 5

Mao Chapter 5
Nanoka shows her stuff as her ayakashi powers overwhelm her and she helps in the battle against the spider woman. Source: Rumic World

May 29

Mao Chapter 4
Mao confronts the suspected serial killer in his home in hopes of finding a lead to the cat demon he has been pursuing. Source: Rumic World

May 22

Mao Chapter 3
Nanoka realizes she is traveling into the past, all the way back to 1923, and Mao begins to investigate a series of decapitation murders plaguing the area. Source: Rumic World

May 17

Inuyasha on Blu-Ray
Viz has announced that they will be released all of Inuyasha on Blu-ray beginning this fall. Previously, Viz released the four films and Inuyasha: The Final Act on Blu-ray. These will be using the original Japanese remasters. Source: Anime News Network

May 15

Mao Chapter 2
The truth behind Nanoka's past and who the mysterious Mao is slowly begins to unfold in the latest chapter. Click below to read the full summary. Source: Rumic World

May 12

Rumiko Interviews
With huge thanks to Laura Arias Moreno we have added two classic Rumiko Takahashi interviews to our archives! Both focus on Ranma ½, and the early 90's video games for the Super Famicom specifically. Source: Rumic World

May 9

Mao Online Launches
With the beginning of a new Takahashi series we see the beginning of a new phase here at Rumic World- Mao Online, the first Mao website on the internet launches today. We have the first chapter summary for Takahashi's great new series posted. Source: Rumic World

May 8

Inuyasha Meets Mao?
The official Shonen Sunday website has posted two commercials for Takahashi's brand new Mao series. Both commercials are voiced by Kappei Yamaguchi and Satsuki Yukino, who stay in character as Inuyasha and Kagome respectively. They briefly introduce the characters of Mao and Nanoka, and compare the set up to Inuyasha, a series that it bears striking resemblances to in its first chapter. Thanks to Ian for the news! Source: Websunday.net

May 7

Mao Begins
Today is the day as Mao chapter 1 is published in Shonen Sunday #23. Stay tuned to Rumic World for all the news on the brand new series! Source: Rumic World

April 22

AAA Beat Down
Naoya Urata, lead singer of J-Pop band AAA has been charged for slapping a woman at a convenience store after she refused to have a drink with him. Urata claims he was drunk at the time. He has been charged with assault. AAA is best known for contributing "With You" to Inuyasha: The Final Act" . It bears mentioning that AAA ironically stands for "Attack All Around." Source: Anime News Network

April 19

Kazuo Koike Passes Away
Iconic manga writer Kazuo Koike passed away on April 17th at the age of 82. Koike wrote iconic series such as Lone Wolf and Cub, Lady Snowblood, Crying Freeman and Wounded Man. Koike ran a manga school, Gekiga Sonjuku, which Takahashi attended in her youth. She was the most notable graduate and always sang the praises of her mentor. Other graduates include Hideyuki Kikuchi (writer of Vampire Hunter D), Yuuji Hori (writer of the Dragon Quest games) and Tetsuo Hara (artist for Fist of the North Star). Source: Kotaku.com

April 16

"Mao" Announced as Next Takahashi Series
A name and image has been given for Rumiko Takahashi's next series- Mao, which will be appearing in Shonen Sunday's 23 volume within the next month or so. Very special thanks to Megan Smith for passing along the news and image. Click here for your first look at the new series. Source: Websunday.net

April 9

Kimi wa No. 1
Rumiko Takahashi will be publishing a new short story in Big Comic Original Vol. 9. Entitled Kimi wa No. 1 (You are Number 1) this will be Takahashi's first published work since Kyokai no Rinne ended last year. Thanks to Takkun for the news. Source: Big Comic Original

March 30

Lum and Ranma in New Mobile Game
Well-known and beloved seiyuu Fuyumi Shirai has passed away at the age of 82. Miss Shiraishi was best known as the voice of Mirai Yashima in Mobile Suit Gundam but is also known for portraying Pataliro in Patalliro! and the original voice of Ivan Whiskey in Cyborg 009 as well as Takai in Rumiko Takahashi Anthology. Source: Anime News Network

February 9

Lum and Ranma in New Mobile Game
Square-Enix's Schoolgirl Strikers 2 mobile game is set to feature Lum and Ranma from Urusei Yatsura and Ranma ½. Both Fumi Hirano and Megumi Hayashibara return to voice the characters. The game features multiple outfits for both girls as well as guest costumes of Ukyo and Benten for the rest of the cast. The collaboration runs from February 8 through the 27, 2019. Source: Crunchyroll & Schoolgirl Strikers 2 Homepage

January 24

Takahashi Wins Grand Prix D'Angoulme
Rumiko Takahashi has become the second Japanese artist to win the prestigious Grand Prix D'Angoulme. “In a society that does not accept differences … Rumiko Takahashi has always focused on highlighting the outsiders and the eccentrics,” the organizer said in a statement, and went on to cite her works as “extremely progressive.” Katsuhiro Otomo previous won the award in 2015. Source: Japan Times

January 21

Takahashi Nominated for French Comic Prize
Takahashi has made the short list for the prestigious Grand Prix D'Angoulme award alongside Chris Ware and Emmanuel Guibert. Takahashi is said to be the frontrunner for the French comic award. Source: Comics Beat

January 11

Urusei Yatsura Cafes Open
To celebrate Urusei Yatsura's anniversary, a series of themed cafes will be opening throughout Japan selling Lum inspired food and a variety of goods (with a few Maison Ikkoku bits mixed in). Thanks to Ian for passing along this news. Source: Crunchy Roll

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