Japanese manga queen Rumiko Takahashi wins top French prize

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.