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April 16th
MAO Chapter 225
Pressed by Daigo, Shiranui reveals what happened one night, nine hundred years ago, when he saw his rival meeting with Sana after faking his death. Then Mao returns home realizing that the events he has just witnessed have brought the events of the past back to the fore once again. Source: MAO Online

April 15th
Rumic Mini 040

In this month's Rumic Mini, we look at the bellywarmer, an item closely associated with Mr. Fujinami and a number of other fatherly characters in Japanese popular culture. Source: Rumic World YouTube Channel

April 11th
Urusei Yatsura Episode 36 Debuts
After a week off Urusei Yatsura returns to examine the origins of Shutaro's phobias by travelling through time. Plus, this week's episode debuts the new opening and ending themes by MAISONdesu, Bye My Darling and Haru Magai. Source: Tomobiki-cho

April 10th
Comiqueando Talks Maison Ikkoku
The Argentine comics site Comiqueando Online discusses Maison Ikkoku in a new article written by Gregorio Guerrero. The piece talks about the history of the series and its development in the seinen magazine Big Comic Spirits. Source: Comiqueando Online

April 8th
Rumiko Takahashi Promotes Onmyoji 0
On her Twitter account, Rumiko Takahashi has posted her artwork of the main character, Abe no Seimei from the new film Onmyoji 0 (陰陽師0). The film stars Kento Yamazaki, Shota Sometani and Rihito Itagaki. Source: Rumiko Takahashi's Twitter

April 9th
MAO Chapter 224
Little by little the mystery that has spanned centuries slots into place as Mao and his rivals learn how Shiranui and Yurako became immortal after having not been present the night the Spell of Pot Binding was cast which granted all of them immortality. Source: MAO Online

April 8th
New Urusei Yatsura Pachislot Out Today
The brand-new Urusei Yatsura pachislot machine (known as "Pachislot Urusei Yatsura") is being released in parlors across Japan today. Made by Excite and New Guin, the machine is supposed to be available in approximately 5000 units and features voices from the original 1980s incarnation of the anime. Source: Rumic World

April 6th
Colors Artbook Sales
On her Twitter account, it was announced that Rumiko Takahashi's new artbook, Colors 1978-2024 has sold over 10,000 copies in its first week of release. To celebrate Takahashi-sensei has decided to run a giveaway on Twitter for five lucky winners to receive signed copies of the artbook. Source: Rumiko Takahashi's Twitter

April 4th
Ideal Daughter
Takahashi-sensei's annual short story published in Big Comic Original is out today. This year we see the story of Futoshi Mayuda who finds himself falling in love with a young girl who is younger than his live-at-home daughter who seems to have no plans on getting married or moving out despite being 29 years old. You can read the summary on the site at the link below. Source: Rumic Theater

No Episode of Urusei Yatsura This Week
Urusei Yatsura is taking the week off as they transtion to the new fourth cour. In its place tonight Fuji TV aired a One Piece themed variety show, One Piece Variety: Become the Pirate King TV (ワンピースバラエティ 海賊王におれはなるTV/Wan piisu baraeti kaizoku-o ni ore wa naru TV). Source: Fuji TV

April 3rd
Rumiko Takahashi and Yoko Kondo
We have two newly translated interview with Rumiko Takahashi and her high school classmate and noted mangaka Yoko Kondo. Kondo has had a career publishing manga in the avant-garde manga magazine Garo. In these two new interviews the pair recall their early friendship and bonding over the works of Yasutaka Tsutsui and Ryoichi Ikegami. You can read them here and here. Source: Rumic World

April 2nd
MAO Chapter 223
MAO returns after a week off with a huge chapter revealing one of the central mysteries of the series- the origin of Byoki and the reason for the immortality of the Mao, his allies and his enemies. Source: MAO Online

April 1st
Urusei Yatsura 2024 Calendar

On our YouTube channel this month we're taking a look at the new Urusei Yatsura calendar, the first one made since the mid-1990s. The calendar features artwork from the 2022 adaptation of the series with an illustration for every two months. Source: Rumic World YouTube Channel

March 29
The Power of Money

Takahashi-sensei's new short story collection, The Power of Money (高橋留美子傑作集 金の力/Takahashi Rumiko Gekijo Kane no Chikara) is in stores today.

1. The Power of Money
2. Room for Two
3. You Are No. 1
4. Nasty Runner
5. The Woman From the Past
6. Dedicated to S

Source: Big Comic Bros.

Urusei Yatsura Debuts on Crunchyroll
The original Urusei Yatsura series (HD remaster) has debuted on Crunchyroll for the first time. Source: Anime News Network

Haru Magai is Upcoming Ending Theme
A new ending theme for Urusei Yatsura has been announced. Haru Magai feat Ayuni D, NITO by MAISONdes will debut at the beginning of the fourth cour on April 11th. Source: Anime News Network

Sunday Thanksgiving 2024

After taking the last few years off due to Covid-19, Sunday Thanksgiving is back for the first time since 2020. Rumiko Takahashi and various other artists got together with assistants and editors, gave speeches, congratulated one another on their works for both Shonen Sunday and Sunday Gessan and did a pair of group drawings. Source: Tsubasa Fukuchi's Twitter

March 28th
Urusei Yatsura Episode 35 Debuts
Ataru is near-death after eating one of Ran's cupcakes intended for Rei and then Kitsune returns with a plan to transform Shinobu into a fox like he is. Finally Onsen Mark finishes his home visit rounds by traveling to Planet Oni and meeting Lum's mom and dad. Source: Tomobiki-cho

March 26th
Yashahime Chapter 31
Kagome, Rin and Inuyasha reunite with their children after years apart, and Kagome receives a message from home thanks to the modern technology of smart phones. With the children and their parents reunited, Sesshomaru prepares to battle against Kirinmaru. Source: The Inuyasha Companion

March 21st
Urusei Yatsura Episode 34 Debuts
Onsen Mark suspects his worst students of badly abusing the Principal and beating him into unconsciousness, then Ran's flowers from outer space start to spread malicious gossip all over town. Finally Onsen Mark makes a visit to the Moroboshi household to conduct his home visit. Source: Tomobiki-cho

March 20th
Lock On / Raiou Single
The opening and ending theme are the a-side and b-side for the new single from MAISONdes for the 2024 season of Urusei Yatsura. Source: Tomobiki-cho

March 19th
Newly Translated 1981 Interview
We have a newly translated early interview (from 1981) with Rumiko Takahashi where she discusses having recently won the Shogakukan Manga Award (for Urusei Yatsura), the lechery of her male characters and sexiness of her females. Source: Rumic World

March 18th
MAO Chapter 222
Shonen Sunday releases a day early this week as the resurrected Daigo confronts all the Goko clan members after 900 years. Next week MAO will be off and return in Shonen Sunday issue 19. Source: MAO Online

New Short Story - Riso no Musume

Rumiko Takahashi’s new short story Ideal Daughter (理想の娘/Riso no Musume) has been previewed for the April 5th issue of Big Comic Original. Source: Big Comic Original

March 14th
Urusei Yatsura Episode 33 Debuts
Mendo has a terrible encounter with the supernatural that involves his missing octopus, Akamaru. Then, the soul of a dead girl named Nozomi cannot pass on to the afterlife until she can fulfill her long-held dream of going on a date with Ataru. Source: Tomobiki-cho

March 12th
MAO Chapter 221 & Shonen Sunday's 65th Anniversary
This week's volume of Shonen Sunday celebrates the magazine's 65th anniversary and in MAO this week Daigo's memories fly to the fore of Natsuno's mind as he draws closer and closer to her after emerging from the five-sided temple. In the past, Daigo wonders why Mao was chosen to be the target of everyone's curses and realizes it has something to do with Haimaru. Source: MAO Online

March 9th
TARAKO (1960-2024)
Beloved seiyuu TARAKO has passed away. Best known as the star of Chibi Maruko-chan, to Rumic fans she appeared as Sugar in Urusei Yatsura, the other Akemi from the Bunny Cabaret in Maison Ikkoku, and most recently the Wishing Star in the new Urusei Yatsura anime. TARAKO was famous amongst fans as she originally audtioned for the role of Lum in Urusei Yatsura but did not get the part. Instead she appeared in almost every episode of the series as various background voices throughout the series run. Source: The Mainichi & TARAKO; What's Your Job?

March 8th
Rumiko Takahashi Manga in Stop Piracy Ad

A very creative ad campaign for the "Stop Pirate Edition" program to combat the pirating of manga ran in the Asahi Shimbun today. It has a number of panels from manga such as Ranma 1/2, Maison Ikkoku, One Piece, Banana Fish, Bleach, Golgo 13 and many others. The clever part is the video campaign's song by Vaundy 「ありがとう」(Arigato/Thank You) uses the words of the panels which match the song lyrics. You can see the video here. Source: STOP! 海賊版 on Twitter

March 7th
Akira Toriyama (1955-2024)
Terribly sad news to hear of the passing of Akira Toriyama at the age of 68. From his work on Dragon Ball, Dr. Slump, the Dragon Quest series and Chrono Trigger, he will always be one of the foremost mangaka in history. We'll share this 1986 interview between himself and Rumiko Takahashi and offer our best wishes to his family and fans. You can read the interview at the link below. Source: Rumic World

Urusei Yatsura Episode 32 Debuts
With seemingly no decent futures in existence where Lum, Ataru and Shinobu are all happy, Inaba shows them how to manufacture a personalized ideal future, however the other rabbits object to the idea and decide to destroy all of the potential futures. Then, in his quest to visit the homes of his students, Onsen-Mark arrives at Shinobu's house in rough shape. Source: Tomobiki-cho

March 6th
Rumiko Takahashi/Lum Appear in Grand Jump

In today's issue of Grand Jump (volume 7) Becoming the Landlord of the Oldest Western-style Home in Setagaya (世田谷イチ古い洋館の家主になる) by Kazumi Yamashita (山下和美) details the artist trying to preserve the antique home. In the latest chapter Rumiko Takahashi appears (in the guise of Lum) as she becomes involved in the process to save the house. The story is based on the true story that we covered in the article on the Theodora Ozaki house that Takahashi-sensei has contributed funds to help save. Source: Rumic World YouTube Channel

Megan Thee Stallion Talks Kagome
Megan Thee Stallion names Kagome the definitive anime 'hot girl'. “Definitely Kagome from Inuyasha,” “She got all the boys fighting over her; she’s running around with her jewelry around her neck trying to put it all back together, and she just always comes out on top. Also, she has good hair [laughs] that’s important.” Source: Polygon

March 5th
MAO Chapter 220
Natsuno grows weaker as Daigo's protection of her begins to wane when suddenly everyone is summoned once more to the five-sided shrine where the dark pact was once made to find the true successor to the Goko clan. Source: MAO Online

March 2nd
Week 2 MAO Volume 19 Sales
For the week of February 19-25th MAO volume 19 sold an additional 10,874 copies for a total of 23,2414 copies in its first ten days of release. It was in 50th place on the Oricon charts. Source: Manga Codex Twitter

March 1st
Rumiko Takahashi's Train Mascot - Marin

We're taking a look at a very obscure part of Rumiko Takahashi fandom this month as we look at Marin, the train mascot Rumiko Takahashi designed for the JR Line's Keiyo branch running from Tokyo to Chiba. You can check out the video version by clicking on the image or you can read the article version here. Source: Rumic World YouTube Channel

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