Rumic Theater

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Rumiko Takahashi Anthology
高橋留美子劇場 / 高橋留美子傑作集
(Takahashi Rumiko Gekijō / Takahashi Rumiko kessakushū)
Manga
Written by Rumiko Takahashi
Published by Shogakukan
English publisher Canada United States VIZ Media
Demographic Seinen
Magazine Big Comic Original
Original run 1987 – ongoing
Volumes 4
Anime television series
Directed by Akira Nishimori
Studio TMS
Licensed by Canada United States Geneon
Network TV Tokyo
Original run 5 July 200327 September 2004
Episodes 13
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Rumiko Takahashi Anthology, also known as Rumic Theater, is a collective manga of many short stories. In Japanese it has been published under several different names, at least as Takahashi Rumiko gekijō (高橋留美子劇場?) and as Takahashi Rumiko kessakushū (高橋留美子傑作集?). Some editions are numbered 1–3 while other editions are unnumbered. Volume 4 currently only exists in an unnumbered edition. It is also a thirteen episode collection of anime from short stories by Rumiko Takahashi that includes the Mermaid Saga.

Manga[edit]

The Rumic Theater anime stories were adapted from a series of short stories published by Rumiko Takahashi in the 1980s. The majority of them are akin to her work Maison Ikkoku, in that they are domestic stories with a unique twist. An English language edition of the first two volumes was released by Viz in 1996. The four volumes published so far have individual titles:

  1. Pii no Higeki (Pの悲劇?)
  2. Semmu no Inu (専務の犬?)
  3. Akai Hanataba (赤い花束?)
  4. Ummei no Tori (運命の鳥?)

New chapters are published in Big Comic Original annually.

Stories[edit]

  • "The Tragedy of P"
  • "The Merchant of Romance"
  • "Middle-Aged Teen"
  • "Hidden In The Pottery"
  • "Aberrant Family F"
  • "As Long As You Are Here"
  • "One Hundred Years of Love"
  • "In Lieu of Thanks"
  • "Living Room Lovesong"
  • "House of Garbage"
  • "One Day Dream"
  • "Extra-Large Size Happiness"
  • "The Executive's Dog"
  • "Bird of Fate"

The Tragedy of P[edit]

Japanese Title: P no higeki

The Merchant of Romance[edit]

Japanese Title: Roman no akindo

Middle-Aged Teen[edit]

Japanese Title: Oyaji Low Teen

  • Air Date: July 20, 2003
  • Toshi Furuda: Akira Kamiya/Doug Stone
  • Kazuko: Kazuko Sugiyama/Sonja S. Fox
  • Minoru Furuda: Kappei Yamaguchi/Kevin Hatcher
  • Emiri: Satsuki Yukino/Jennifer Sekiguchi
  • Co-Worker: Kazunari Tanaka/Michael McConnohie
  • Yuko's Husband: Wataru Takagi/Patrick Seitz
  • Doctor: Minoru Inaba/Doug Stone
  • Nurse: Sachi Matsumoto/Wendee Lee
  • Summary: A tough, business-minded father loses his memory and believes he is a teenager. He meets a young school girl and can't help but become smitten with her.

Hidden in the Pottery[edit]

Japanese Title: Hachi no naka

Aberrant Family F[edit]

Japanese Title: P no higeki

As Long As You Are Here[edit]

Japanese Title: Kimi ga iru dake de

  • Air Date: August 10, 2003
  • Kochiro Domoto: Chikao Ohtsuka/Alfred Thor
  • Achara: Keiko Han/Reiko Matsuo
  • Hosoda: Minoru Yada/Reg Green
  • Sumiyo Domoto: Ikuko Tatsu/Georgette Riley
  • Narration: Ichiro Nagai/???
  • Part-Time Worker:Tomie Kataoka/Louise Chamis
  • Housewife: Chisato Nakajima/Hunter Mackenzie Austin
  • Summary: When Mr. Domoto is laid off of his prestigious job as a salaryman, his wife falls ill and asks him to fill in for her at the convenience store. There, his rough personality doesn't mesh well with his co-workers, but he learns from a hard-working foreigner named Achara to persevere.

One Hundred Years of Love[edit]

Japanese Title: Hyaku-nen no koi

  • Air Date: August 17, 2003
  • Risa Hoshino: Hiroko Emori/Louise Chamis
  • Koizumi: Satsuki Yukino/Hunter Mackenzie Austin
  • Date: Wataru Takagi/Michael McConnohie
  • Takanezawa: Yasunori Matsumoto/T.Axelrod
  • Doctor: Minoru Inaba/Stephen Martello
  • Risa's Son: Kozo Mito/Michael McConnohie
  • Senior Nurse: Chisato Nakajima/Barbara Goodson
  • Young Nurse: Sachi Matsumoto/Karen Thompson
  • Summary: Risa Hoshino comes back from the dead with amazing telekenetic powers. The old woman develops a crush on another patient and believes him to be the reincarnation of her jilted lover from decades ago.

In Lieu of Thanks[edit]

  • Japanese Title: Orei ni kaete
  • Air Date: August 24, 2003
  • Kobato: Satsuki Yukino/Michelle Ruff
  • Shiratori: Michie Tomizawa/Erika Schaffer
  • Ukai: Roko Takisawa/Jody Jaress
  • Kamoshita: Masayo Kurata/Erika Weinstein
  • Kyuu: Wataru Takagi/Jay Klein
  • Kobato's Son: Asako Dodo/Barbara Goodson
  • Mr. Kobato: Kazunari Tanaka/Sam Regal
  • Watari: Megumi Urawa/Lulu Chaing
  • Tachi: Ikuko Tatsu/Carrie Savage
  • Nakagawa: Sachi Matsumoto/Karen Thompson
  • Housewife: Chisato Nakajima/Hunter Mackenzie Austin
  • Summary: Mrs. Kobato finds herself in the middle of a battle between the stuck-up Mrs. Shiratori and the elderly Mrs. Ukai, who eventually bring a crab and a bird into the argument.

Living Room Lovesong[edit]

Japanese Title: Cha no ma no rabusongu

House of Garbage[edit]

Japanese Title: Poi no uchi

One Day Dream[edit]

Japanese Title: Higaeri no yume

Extra-Large Size Happiness[edit]

Japanese Title: L saizu no shiawase

The Executive's Dog[edit]

Japanese Title: Senmu no inu

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