Japanese manga queen Rumiko Takahashi wins top French prize

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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.

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.

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