Rumic Theater
Questions
柊re these all of Rumiko Takahashi's short stories?
Yes, this site now lists all of Takahashi's short stories, and has a brief synopsis and image of almost all of them. A few of her works from her college days have never been collected and are hard to find these days. The same can be said for "Kemo Kobiru no Nikki" and "Kemo no 24 Jikan" the autobiographical manga Takahashi wrote. But of course, because Rumic World is such an extensive site you can read these titles on Tomobiki-cho, one of Rumic Theater's sister sites. Other works that have yet to be collected include the four chapter work "Moon, the Great Pet King" from 1992 and 1993, "With Cat" from 1999 and "Delinquent" a series of four panel gag strips from 1997.

標hat is "Takarazuka"?
In the story "Reserved Seat" Masahiko's grandmother forced him to go see many Takarazuka plays which he had grown to hate. Takarazuka is a modern form of theater in which the cast is entirely female. The male roles are played by women, and elaborate and sometimes gaudy costumes are worn. Usually at the end of the production the cast comes on stage and does a big dance routine similar to a Las Vegas show. For example this is "Der Tod" or Satan from the play "Elizabeth". The costuming is very similar to what you might see in modern manga or anime. There are five troupes of Takarazuka actresses, Flower, Moon, Star, Snow and the newest- Cosmos. Each troupe preforms a show while the other troupes prepare their next production. The name "Takarazuka" comes from the town where the plays first originated. This also happens to be the home town of "the God of Manga" Osamu Tezuka.

標hat does "1 or W" mean?
The title "1 or W" may be confusing to some non-Japanese speakers. It's actually a multi-layed pun. First you have to consider the characters. Ichiyanagi is the "1" since "ichi" in Japanese means "1". The "W" refers to Wakatabe. When you think about their predicament, the title becomes a little more clear. In Japanese "W" carries the meaning "Double" (hence Viz's translation as "One or Double"). That's a more obvious numerical pun- "single and double".

標here can I find the anime?
It has gotten somewhat difficult in recent years to purchase the three Rumic World anime titles, "Firetripper", "Maris the Chojo", and "The Laughing Target". This is because Central Park Media has not renewed their distribution rights to these titles and no new company has decided to license them. There are still copies for sale out there, and I would recommend Amazon.com as your best source. We've started a petition to bring these titles to the attention of American anime companies, and you can help us by clicking here and signing the petition. The "Rumiko Takahashi Anthology" series is fairly easy to find, and you can purchase it by clicking here.

標ho is Maitreya Buddha?
Maitreya is the Buddha of the future. Buddhism, like all the other major religions, forcasts a supreme being returning to purify its followers. He is supposed to arrive when the human lifespan has been reduced to 10 years by war, plague, famine, etc.

標ho is Kannon?
Kannon is another Buddhist diety. She is the bodhisttva of compassion and is one of the most widely worshipped dieties in Japan. She is often depicted by the Japanese as having eleven faces so that she can spread her sweetness and mercy in all directions.

標hat is "print club"?
A print club is a small photo booth that friends climb into to have their pictures taken. In Japan they can choose a variety of backgrounds and random borders (like the heart one shown here). After the photos are taken the machine prints them out as a set of stickers that friends usually exchange with each other.

肘s there any difference in the Japanese "Rumiko Takahashi Anthology" and the English version?
Not with the actual television show, but the Japanese DVD boxset got a much, much nicer extra. The Japanese version came with a book that collected the color pages for all of Takahashi's short stories. The "Mermaid Forest" boxset came with the same. Too bad they didn't bring those books out here.

標here can I find out more about Rumiko Takahashi and her works?
This site is a part of the largest and best Rumiko Takahashi collective on the internet, Rumic World. Here you will be able to browse sites relating to her major works such as Urusei Yatsura, Maison Ikkoku, Ranma ス, and Inuyasha. Her smaller, less recognized series, such as Mermaid Saga and One-Pound Gospel are also featured along with the internet's most detailed biography of the author.