Rumiko Takahashi Ranma ˝

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If you’re looking for a wickedly funny and totally hilarious Japanese manga or anime, then Ranma ˝ is perfect for you. It is the creation of Rumiko Takahashi, appearing in Japan’s Shonen Sunday from 1987 to 1996. Its 38 original volumes of black and white pages, interspersed with the occasional color, have been repeatedly published, albeit in different formats.

Indisputably, Ranma ˝ has created its own following, especially considering how long it has been featured in Japan. Eventually, the manga got picked up for distribution in the United States by Viz Media, releasing its first volume in 1993. Incorporating some minor changes in the grouping of the volumes, Viz Media cut down the number of volumes by 2, therefore the United States version of the original manga had 36 volumes. Still impressive by any standard, Ranma ˝ became the longest running manga for Viz Media as it held steadfast to its publicist for 13 years.

Eventually, Ranma ˝ the Manga, became adapted as a TV series and even found its way into movies. Fans of Japanese anime maybe find it endearing to know that Ranma's creator immortalizes her hometown in this series.

Plot

A very original story, Ranma ˝ is about an ordinary boy who falls into a cursed spring that changes him into a girl when doused with cold water. He reverts to his original form, that of a boy, when the process is reversed, when he is splashed with hot water. The concept itself already presents some mind-bogging ideas and the situations in which Ranma finds himself only adds to the chaos in the story.

To make it even more interesting, upon returning from his trip to the cursed springs, he finds himself engaged to a tomboyish-girl, Akane Tendo, whom he has never met in his entire life. Their marriage has been arranged by the heads of their families with the primary purpose of prolonging the Tendo line.

Because Ranma also delves in the Martial Arts, and is surrounded by a zoo of characters, some of whom were also cursed and have changed into animals, you can just imagine the countless hilarious scenarios that ensue. Through it all, you’ll find that the love/hate relationship that Ranma and Akane had in the beginning is slowly evolving into a deeper and more serious love "affair" though they both will not admit it.

Popularity

This series is very popular with young boys because of the martial arts element, the number of girls being linked to Ranma, the number of boys being linked to Ranma (?!) and all the nuances of his relationship with Akane. As such, you may be exposed to some nudity and relatively violent scenes from the martial arts episodes, although these are mostly second place to the hilarity and absurdity that come out of the series.

Overall

All in all it's a fun piece of entertainment whether you chose to read the manga or watch the series.
Keywords: Martial Arts Animals Akane
Illustrations and Layout Very Good
Entertainment Value Excellent
Replay Value Very Good
Plot Excellent
Genre Action, Comedy, Romance, Martial arts, Shounen, Harem
Volumes 38
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  1. 26/12/2006 9:33am
    1. The GunGrave of Trigun
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      Would you recommend the product? Yes     Price you paid? None indicated     Rating: 10
      Pros: ONE OF THE BEST ANIME SHOWS EVER
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      One of the best shows ever made you should buy all the seasons. I have seen almost all the seasons, but one, and there is 8 of them and 4 OAV seasons. THe only bad thing about it if you are going to show it to kids beware of the nudity to children and there's little beep beep in there but it's a good manga and anime to start off with.

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  1. 27/12/2006 10:47pm
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      Would you recommend the product? Yes     Price you paid? None indicated     Rating: 10
      Pros: Hysterical, cool martial arts
      Cons: none
      Hysterical. Watched the whole anime series 3 times and read and own the manga.

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  1. 24/1/2007 2:27am
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      Would you recommend the product? Yes     Price you paid? None indicated     Rating: 8
      Pros: hilarious, sweet martial arts
      Cons: too many similarities to inuyasha
      I love this series even though its rather similar to Inuyasha. But otherwise...its hilarious so I love to read it when im down.

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  1. 20/2/2008 6:49am
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      Would you recommend the product? Yes     Price you paid? None indicated     Rating: 8
      Pros: Cool fighting scenes and good comedy
      Cons: REALLY, REALLY, bad ending
      I own all the anime series and the movies and half the manga series and I used to really love this show. But when I got the last season and watched the last episode I felt like throwing my collection in trash can and burn it because it was by far one of the worst endings that I have ever seen in my life. I would still recommend this series and to tell those of you how love the series but never seen the last season one important piece of advice, DON'T EVER BUY THIS SEASON JUST FORGET ABOUT IT, KEEP THE DREAM ALIVE AND JUST FORGET ABOUT IT. This has been a public service annoucement from Franco.
         


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