France Knights Urusei Yatsura, InuYasha Creator Rumiko Takahashi

Urusei Yatsura anime header, depicting Lum holding a closed envelope


From a massive Kaiju No. 8 mural across the national library to the prime minister meeting with Eiichiro Oda and other cultural legends, France is certifiably mad for Japanese manga. That passion extends to one of the nation's highest honors—the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters)—which was just awarded to Urusei Yatsura, InuYasha and Maison Ikkoku creator Rumiko Takahashi.


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A ceremony was held today at the official residence of the French ambassador to Japan in Tokyo, at which Takahashi commented, "Thank you very much for giving me this prestigious award. I'm thrilled that people in France enjoy my work that depict everyday life in Japan. I'm now inspired to work even harder."


Takahashi joins fellow mangaka Jiro Taniguchi (The Summit of the Gods), Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira), Leiji Matsumoto (Galaxy Express 999), Akira Toriyama (Dragon Ball) and Go Nagai (Devilman) on the honorable list of recipients.


Source: Comic Natalie



Der shy man behind @Shymander, Liam is a timezone-fluid Aussie with a distinct fondness for anime, Eurovision and creating odd stats projects despite hating math.

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