er art style is very soft and inviting with a noticeable feminine quality, yet at the same time it is solid and powerful with very masculine appeal. Overall her charictures have a very human quality that most manga seems to lack. Her manga artwork ranges from realism to an exaggerated cartoon style. Some find her cartooning to be simplistic but even in it's minimalist style it has an increadible aesthetic beauty. She is easily able to draw accurate and detailed art, depending on her time restrictions or artistic intentions. Her style has really changed over her career. It started out well, and has gotten better and more detailed year after year.
akahashi has an absolute genius for characterization. It was her characters that first attracted me to her manga. All of her comics are graced by an unforgettable cast that carry the story along. She has an unparalleled ability to create characters that the readers are sympathetic with. They're all strange, yet so believably rendered that they begin to feel like real people. For her characters she tends to give them a multitude of strange traits and human flaws stretched to extremes. Usually there aren't any villains in her works. Conflict is created with grudges, misunderstandings, jelousy, rage, ambition and differences of opinions between the characters. One re-occuring theme in her works through all the conflicts the casts go through together is that ultimately friendship prevails.
ach and every wonderful character has an immature and childish nature. The casts of her manga do mature as their respective series moves on, but they always retain some of their immature behavior. A symbol in most of her works that she sometimes inserts is the image of a baby chick who makes the sound "piyo piyo." The chick is the symbol of immaturity and suggests that the characters will remain innocent and immature forever. Perhaps this re-occuring theme in her works stems from her own name. If we analyse the name Rumiko it becomes a three-ideogram name which breaks down as follows
Ru (to stay or remain) - Mi (beautiful) - Ko (child)he popularity of her comics lies with her talent for understanding and depicting the intricate web of human relationships. Even in her early days she had already developed her acute awareness of how people think and the fine lines between love and hate. Seeing as comic creators tend to be a bit anti-social, it is surprising that she has developed the ability to understand people and human nature so well. Many are equally surpised that she has a unique ability to see life from the perspective of both males and females.
he is undeniably my favorite manga artist and writer ever. I have read a lot of great manga in my lifetime and her comics are the only ones that I can still get excited over. My three favorite manga series of all time, Urusei Yatsura, Maison Ikkoku and Ranma 1/2 are all her creations. No other writer on the face of the earth can make stories like Takahashi.