Japanese manga queen Rumiko Takahashi wins top French prize

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Japanese manga queen Rumiko Takahashi wins top French prize
Managing director of French publisher group Glenat, Jean Paciulli, receives the Grand Prix de la ville d'Angouleme award on behalf of Japanese cartoonist Rumiko Takahashi during the 46th Angouleme International Comics Festival (Festival International de la Bande Dessinee d'Angouleme) on January 23, 2019, in Angouleme. Yohan BONNET / AFP.

by Alain Jean-Robert

ANGOULÊME.- Japanese manga creator Rumiko Takahashi has become only the second woman to win the top prize at France's biggest graphic novel festival.

The 61-year-old, one of the stars of the Japanese form, took the grand prize at Angouleme Comics Festival -- which opens Thursday -- for her life's work.

Two years ago she was one of a number of women French writer Riaad Sattouf said should have got the prize instead of him.

The author of the bestselling "Arab of the Future" refused the prize, and lashed Angouleme's failure to honour enough female creators.

Takahashi -- who was not in the western French city to receive the prize -- is only the second Japanese to win the accolade, despite the huge popularity of manga in France.

Katushiro Otomo, the author of the "Akira" series, won in 2015.

France is the biggest market in the world for the comics outside Japan, and this year the Angouleme festival is celebrating the form.

Latest figures show that more than one in three graphic novels sold in the country are manga, with sales jumping 11 percent in 2018 to 16 million copies.

The hugely prolific Takahashi is one of the most read authors in the world, with her 200 works selling more than 200 million copies.

She is best known in the West for her "Urusei Yatsura" series, a comedy science fiction story, the romantic comedy "Maison Ikkoku", and the martial arts saga "Ranma 1/2", which helped manga break through in the US.

Her latest work, the 40-volume "Rin-ne", is a about a young girl who can see ghosts.

Takahashi pipped the American Chris Ware, author of "Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth", and French illustrator Emmanuel Guibert to the prize.

The Golden Wildcat prize for the best graphic novel of the year will be awarded at Angouleme on Saturday.

© Agence France-Presse

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