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Rumiko Takahashi Launches MAO Manga Series in May

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Story centers on boy, girl at intersection of two worlds

This year's 20th issue of Shogakukan's Weekly Shonen Sunday magazine revealed on Wednesday that Rumiko Takahashi (Urusei Yatsura, Maison Ikkoku, Ranma 1/2, Inuyasha, RIN-NE) will launch the tentatively titled MAO manga series in the 23rd issue on May 8. The story is set in a "land where two worlds intersect," and it centers on "a strange romance between a boy and girl who meet by fate."

The magazine has teased in December that Takahashi would launch a new manga series this spring. The Tsukuru Shuppan's Tsukuru magazine also noted in April 2018 that Takahashi was planning to "begin a new work soon."

Takahashi received the Grand Prix d'Angoulême at the 46th Angoulême International Comics Festival in January. The award entitles Takahashi to be the marshal for the 2020 awards.

In her career of over three decades, Takahashi has created manga such as Urusei Yatsura, Maison Ikkoku, Mermaid Saga, Rumic Theater, Ranma 1/2, One-Pound Gospel, and Inuyasha. Many of her works have become internationally popular and inspired anime and live-action adaptations. As of March 2017, her works have a combined 200 million copies in print.

Most recently, Takahashi ended her RIN-NE manga in Weekly Shonen Sunday in December 2017. The 40th and final compiled volume of the manga shipped in Japan in January 2018.

Sources: Weekly Shonen Sunday issue 20, Comic Natalie

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