Rumiko Takahashi Anthology, also known as Rumic Theater, is a collective manga of many short stories. In Japanese it has been published under two different names: first as Takahashi Rumiko gekijō (高橋留美子劇場?) and then as Takahashi Rumiko kessakushū (高橋留美子傑作集?). Takahashi Rumiko gekijō is numbered from 1 to 2 (no further volumes were published under this title), while the Takahashi Rumiko kessakushū volumes are unnumbered and referred to under individual titles: Pii no higeki (Pの悲劇?), Semmu no inu (専務の犬?) and Akai hanataba (赤い花束?). New chapters are published in Big Comic Original annually. It is also a thirteen episode collection of anime from short stories by Rumiko Takahashi that includes the Mermaid Saga.
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 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
Japanese Title: P no higeki Air Date: July 6, 2003
Pitto: Nao Nagasawa
Housewife 3: Nori Kobayashi
Summary: The Tragedy of P follows the struggle of Mrs. Haga to keep her guest, Pitto the penguin, out of sight from Mrs. Kakei, the resident tattletale who will report the bird's violation of the pet free apartment building.
The Merchant of Romance
Japanese Title: Roman no akindo Air Date: July 13, 2003
Yukari: Satsuki Yukino/Michelle Ruff
Bride: Sachi Matsumoto/Carrie Savage
Female Customer: Chisato Nakajima/Wendee Lee
Summary: A wedding chapel that has fallen on hard times struggles to stay in business while its young owner seeks to deal with a recent divorce and the burden of keeping her friends employed.
Hidden in the Pottery
Japanese Title: Hachi no naka Air Date: July 27, 2003
Yukie Asakawa: Megumi Hayashibara/Tara Hudson
Tonegawa Mother: Tomie Kataoka/Barbara Goodson
Tonegawa Husband: Yasunori Matsumoto/Darrel Guilbeau
Yukie's Husband: Wataru Takagi/Sam Regal
Summary Mrs. Asakawa suspects her neighbor of beating her elderly mother-in-law being responsible for the death of her husband. The mystery unfolds when Mrs. Asakawa makes a shocking discovery hidden inside a potted plant.
Aberrant Family F
Japanese Title: P no higeki Air Date: August 3, 2003
Shohei: Megumi Hayashibara/J.D. Stone
Aisaki: Kappei Yamaguchi/Darrel Guilbeau
Aisaki's Girlfriend: Kumiko Nishihara/Hunter Mackenzie Austin
Friend: Sachi Matsumoto/Jennifer Sekiguchi
Summary: Hazuki's family is virtually in the poorhouse. Therefore she is shocked when her father decides to go on an expensive family vacation. Soon she suspects that her father's motives may involve a suicide pact for her and her family.
As Long As You Are Here
Japanese Title: Kimi ga iru dake de Air Date: August 10, 2003
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
Japanese Title: Hyaku-nen no koi Air Date: August 17, 2003
Koizumi: Satsuki Yukino/Hunter Mackenzie Austin
Date: Wataru Takagi/Michael McConnohie
Takanezawa: Yasunori Matsumoto/T.Axelrod
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
Japanese Title: Orei ni kaete Air Date: August 24, 2003
Kobato: Satsuki Yukino/Michelle Ruff
Shiratori: Michie Tomizawa/Erika Schaffer
Kyuu: Wataru Takagi/Jay Klein
Kobato's Son: Asako Dodo/Barbara Goodson
Mr. Kobato: Kazunari Tanaka/Sam Regal
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
Japanese Title: Cha no ma no rabusongu Air Date: August 31, 2003
Ichiro Todokoro: Kouji Yata/William Frederick
Makiko Todokoro: Nana Yamaguchi/Barbara Goodson
Priest: Hiroshi Kawaguchi/Michael McConnohie
Man 1:Isshin Chiba/Sam Regal
Man 2: Mitsudo Kouzou/Patrick Seitz
Woman 1: Yūko Satō/Hunter Mackenzie Austin
Woman 2: Sachi Matsumoto/Karen Thompson
Summary: A middle-aged man loses his wife, yet his wife's soul is bothered by the fact that he does not cry at her funeral. Her spirit soon returns to haunt him as he begins to develop feelings for the young office worker at his company.
House of Garbage
Japanese Title: Poi no uchi Air Date: September 7, 2003
Ritsuko Hirooka: Kumiko Watanabe/Karen Thompson
Yoshio Hirooka: Yasunori Matsumoto/Partrik Seitz
Manager's Wife: Miyuki Ichijo/Barbara Goodson
Ritsuko's Father-in-Law: Wataru Takagi/William Frederick
Kenta Hirooka: Sachi Matsumoto/Tara Platt
Ami Hirooka: Keiko Han/Reiko Matsuo
Summary: The Hirooka's front door is mistaken for a garbage drop spot, and when the Boss's wife starts throwing out his favorite things, Ritsuko and Yoshio have to do everything they can to save the tacky items, or risk losing a promotion.
One Day Dream
Japanese Title: Higaeri no yume Air Date: September 14, 2003
Shinonome's Wife: Ai Orikasa/Wendee Lee
Saeko Shima: Sumi Shimamoto/Jennifer Sekiguchi
Shinonome's Classmate: Akira Ishida/Kevin Hatcher
Young Mother: Isshin Chiba/Mackenzie Hunter Austin
Oda: Mari Maruta/Carrie Savage
Summary: Shinonome is a downtrodden company man who is going through life without finding true happiness. His junior high school reunion soon rolls around and his thoughts turn to a girl he once loved named Shima.
Extra-Large Size Happiness
Japanese Title: L saizu no shiawase Air Date: September 21, 2003
Ryuuichi: Nobuo Tobita/Liam O'Brien
Baby Ghost: Chie Kojiro
Grandfather: Teppei Takasuki/William Frederick
Real Estate Agent: Isshin Chiba/Sam Regal
Young Ryuuichi: Asako Dodo/Kirsty Pape
Summary: Ryuuichi's mother, Kayoko moves in with her son and his young wife, Hanako. But problems start to arise when Hanako starts behaving oddly and risking the anger of her mother-in-law who they are counting on to invest in their new home. Hanako claims a large spirit is the cause, but only she can see him.
The Executive's Dog
Japanese Title: Senmu no inu Air Date: September 28, 2003
Matsuko Kogure: Ai Orikasa/Kirsty Pape
Kanna: Fumi Hirano/Erica Shaffer
Yuko Kogure: Machiko Toyoshima/Jennifer Sekiguchi
Mrs. Matsurida: Mari Mashiba/Sonja S. Fox
Gorgeous: Wataru Takagi/Liam O'Brien
Summary: The Kogure's are asked to take care of Mr. Matsurida's dog Gorgeous, but when his mistress moves in and the children draw eyebrows on the dog, things become complicated.
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