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

  1. Inuyasha
  2. Ranma 1/2
  3. Maison Ikkoku
  4. Urusei Yatsura
  5. Urusei Yatsura: Beautiful Dreamer
  6. RINNE
  7. Ranma ½: Nihao My Concubine
  8. Urusei Yatsura: The Final Chapter
  9. InuYasha the Movie: Affections Touching Across Time
  10. InuYasha the Movie 3: Swords of an Honorable Ruler
  11. Fire Tripper
  12. InuYasha the Movie 2: The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass
  13. Mermaid Forest (OAV)
  14. Urusei Yatsura: Only You
  15. Mermaid Forest (TV)
  16. Ranma ½: One Grew Over the Kuno's Nest
  17. Ranma 1/2 OAV: Tendo Family Christmas Scramble
  18. Maison Ikkoku: Through the Passing of the Seasons
  19. Ranma ½: Nettō Uta Gassen
  20. Urusei Yatsura OAV: Inaba the Dreammaker
  21. InuYasha the Movie 4: Fire on the Mystic Island
  22. Urusei Yatsura: Remember My Love
  23. Urusei Yatsura: Lum The Forever
  24. Ranma ½: Big Trouble in Nekonron, China
  25. Ranma 1/2 OAV: Shampoo's Sudden Switch - The Curse of the Contrary Jewel
  26. Rumiko Takahashi Anthology
  27. The Laughing Target
  28. Mermaid Scar
  29. Ranma 1/2 OAV: The Two Akanes! 'Ranma, Look at Me!
  30. One Pound Gospel
  31. 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!

    Source: NHK

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