Top-selling manga artist and one of history's best-selling female comics artists, with more than 170 million copies of her publications sold.
Her first professional gig came in 1978 when she published one-shot "Katte na Yatsura," which won the Shogakkan New Comics Award. Her second major series was "Maison Ikkoku," which appeared in "Big Comic Spirits" magazine.
She won the prestigious Shogakukan Manga Award twice, first for "Urusei Yatsura" in 1980 and then for "InuYasha" in 2002.
Her family was residing in Niigata when she was born. She was widowed by her husband Soichiro.
She belonged to the same generation as "Naruto" creator Masashi Kishimoto .