The Results are in for NHK's Ultimate Rumiko Takahashi Poll
posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
NHK announced the final results during its program for the fan-favorite series, characters, and songs by popular manga creator Rumiko Takahashi on November 16. Takahashi has authored popular series like Ranma 1/2, Inuyasha, Urusei Yatsura, and Maison Ikkoku over the course of her 38-year professional career. Voters ranked her impressive body of work with none other than Inuyasha in the top spot followed by the gender-bending martial arts comedy Ranma 1/2 and filling out the top three is romantic comedy Maison Ikkoku.
NHK Rumiko Takahashi Poll: Best Series
- Ranma 1/2
- Maison Ikkoku
- Urusei Yatsura
- Urusei Yatsura: Beautiful Dreamer
- Ranma ½: Nihao My Concubine
- Urusei Yatsura: The Final Chapter
- Inuyasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time
- InuYasha the Movie 3: Swords of an Honorable Ruler
- Fire Tripper
- Inuyasha the Movie 2: The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass
- Mermaid Forest (OAV)
- Urusei Yatsura: Only You
- Mermaid Forest (TV)
- Ranma ½: One Flew Over the Kuno's Nest
- Ranma 1/2 OAV: Tendo Family Christmas Scramble
- Maison Ikkoku: Through the Passing of the Seasons
- Ranma ½: Nettō Uta Gassen
- Urusei Yatsura OAV: Inaba the Dreammaker
- Inuyasha the Movie 4: Fire on the Mystic Island
- Urusei Yatsura: Remember My Love
- Urusei Yatsura: Lum The Forever
- Ranma ½: Big Trouble in Nekonron, China
- Ranma 1/2 OAV: Shampoo's Sudden Switch - The Curse of the Contrary Jewel
- Rumiko Takahashi Anthology
- The Laughing Target
- Mermaid Scar
- Ranma 1/2 OAV: The Two Akanes! 'Ranma, Look at Me!
- One Pound Gospel
The character poll was even more thorough with 150 characters listed in the final result. In first place is the titular Inuyasha, followed by bikini-wearing alien Lum from Urusei Yatsura, and the villainous Sesshōmaru (Inuyasha). Shampoo was the highest ranking character from Ranma 1/2, taking fourth place and just placing above Ranma Saotome in fifth.
In the songs category, Urusei Yatsura took the top spot with its opening theme "Lum's Love Song" by Yūko Matsutani. "Change the World" by V6 from Inuyasha took second place and the impossibly catchy "Jaja Uma ni Sasenai de" by Etsuko Nishio from Ranma 1/2 took third.
Fans were able to choose from 52 anime series, about 1100 characters, about 700 TV episodes, and about 160 songs. Did your favorites make the top spots? Let us know in the forums!