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Ranma Saotome never thought a martial arts training mission to China would turn out like this! An accidental dunk in a cursed spring changes boy Ranma into a young girl, every time he is splashed with cold water. Hot water reverses the effect - but only until next time!

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Ranma Saotome never thought a martial arts training mission to China would turn out like this! An accidental dunk in a cursed spring changes boy Ranma into a young girl, every time he is splashed with cold water. Hot water reverses the effect - but only until next time!

30 review for Ranma ½, Vol. 1 (Ranma ½

  1. 5 out of 5

    Owlseyes on notre dame, it's so strange a 15-hour blaze and...

    Surely funny, fighty enough and full of natural phenomena to tame. But I’ve found pretty challenging the fight Ranma has to undergo with a new, beautiful teacher in school. She’s got the power to drain the battle-aura, rendering anyone unable to fight. Ranma has got to study the advice of the old Geeser: “attack the pressure points that will negate” her stealing power. -How to reach those points without getting into a compromised,shameful position? She’s got a powerful trick called the “8 treasur Surely funny, fighty enough and full of natural phenomena to tame. But I’ve found pretty challenging the fight Ranma has to undergo with a new, beautiful teacher in school. She’s got the power to drain the battle-aura, rendering anyone unable to fight. Ranma has got to study the advice of the old Geeser: “attack the pressure points that will negate” her stealing power. -How to reach those points without getting into a compromised,shameful position? She’s got a powerful trick called the “8 treasures of the deadly 5 yen piece”. She’s, however, sort of clumsy while eating.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    If you enjoy Fruits Basket, I highly recommend checking this series out! I adored it when I was younger, and it definitely lived up to my 10-year old obsession with this series.

  3. 4 out of 5

    IzamaRi H. Fabela

    RESEÑA COMPLETA ➜https://goo.gl/s5fGgr ¿Ustedes recuerdan cuál su primer crush? Yo sip, aunque han pasado varios años recuerdo que mi primer gran amor no fue con alguno de los príncipes de Disney como todas las niñas de mi edad, sino que estaba completamente loca por un chico que al echarle agua fría se convertía en mujer… muy típico, ¿oh no? Así que ya se podrán imaginar lo emocionada que estoy por tener en mis manos el manga de mi primer amor infantil y si fuera por mí me pondría a fangirl RESEÑA COMPLETA ➜https://goo.gl/s5fGgr ¿Ustedes recuerdan cuál su primer crush? Yo sip, aunque han pasado varios años recuerdo que mi primer gran amor no fue con alguno de los príncipes de Disney como todas las niñas de mi edad, sino que estaba completamente loca por un chico que al echarle agua fría se convertía en mujer… muy típico, ¿oh no? Así que ya se podrán imaginar lo emocionada que estoy por tener en mis manos el manga de mi primer amor infantil y si fuera por mí me pondría a fangirlear como loca con ustedes pero sé que aún debe haber algún despistado en el mundo que no conoce la historia de Ranma Saotome (si, aunque no lo podamos creer), así que por ahora en esta primera reseña me contendré para poder contarles de la historia. En este primer tomo la autora nos presenta a la familia Tendo compuesta por un padre, Soun Tendo y sus tres hijas, Kasumi, Nabiki y Akane. Esta familia es dueña del Dojo Tendo de estilo indiscriminado de combate sin armas, pero solamente Akane es quien practica artes marciales. Kasumi y Nabiki prefieren encargarse de otras cosas dejando a su hermana menor a cargo de todo. Un día ellas se enteran que su padre dispuso antes de su nacimiento que una de ellas se casaría con el hijo de su mejor amigo, al cual nunca ha visto. Las tres hermanas no están muy conformes y menos cuando el supuesto prometido llega y resulta ser una mujer quien además está acompañada por un panda. Akane que era la menos interesada en el compromiso se descubre feliz con la chica recién llegada pero pronto averiguará que la chica pelirroja es en realidad un hombre que al mojarse con agua fría se convierte en mujer y al mojarse con agua caliente regresa a la normalidad. Este chico es Ranma Saotome y esta peculiaridad se deba a que su padre, Genma lo llevó a China a entrenar, más específicamente a los estanques encantados de Jusenkyo donde cada estaque está maldito y las personas que caen dentro de ellos tomarán la forma física de lo que se haya ahogado por primera vez ahí al tocar el agua fría, ya sea un animal o una persona y la maldición sólo puede ser revertida al tocar el agua caliente... RESEÑA COMPLETA ➜https://goo.gl/s5fGgr

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    Ranma 1/2 is fun, a little silly, and has very memorable characters. The setup is classic: Ranma has fallen into a cursed spring and now turns into a girl every time he's doused with cold water. Hot water will turn him back into a boy. Naturally, this is played up for slapstick (Oops! Ranma just accidentally fell into a pool!) particularly with Ranma's father, Genma, who fell into a cursed spring and now turns into a panda. (Genma seems more accepting of his curse, though, since he spends a fair Ranma 1/2 is fun, a little silly, and has very memorable characters. The setup is classic: Ranma has fallen into a cursed spring and now turns into a girl every time he's doused with cold water. Hot water will turn him back into a boy. Naturally, this is played up for slapstick (Oops! Ranma just accidentally fell into a pool!) particularly with Ranma's father, Genma, who fell into a cursed spring and now turns into a panda. (Genma seems more accepting of his curse, though, since he spends a fair bit of his time as a panda, communicating through signs.) The curse is a problem for Ranma, and so is the fact that he's been engaged to the daughter of one of his father's friends, Akane, and Akane hates men. Also, there's lot of martial arts. So it's a slapstick martial arts romantic comedy. Yes, that's a lot of categories, but somehow Takahashi got them all to work together. It's a super fun read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lina

    Ahh, Ranma, the good old days before you dragged on forever and ever with no good ending in sight.

  6. 5 out of 5

    First Second Books

    Every time a boy gets touched by cold water he turns into a girl, and will only change back into a boy when touched by hot water. His father has the same problem but only replace the word "girl" with "panda". Yes, panda. So over the top ridiculous, I really enjoyed it!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Petros

    After the huge success of Urusei Yatsura (I made a review about it as well), mangaka Rumiko Takahashi decided to make an equally queer series, with more focus on action and characters. And the result was Ranma! A must-series for all retro fans who seek quality. It still is amongst the longest and better comedies of the 80’s. In fact, every martial arts comedy manga in the last 20 years owes something to this series. The art style is of course very retro but will stay adorable no matter how many After the huge success of Urusei Yatsura (I made a review about it as well), mangaka Rumiko Takahashi decided to make an equally queer series, with more focus on action and characters. And the result was Ranma! A must-series for all retro fans who seek quality. It still is amongst the longest and better comedies of the 80’s. In fact, every martial arts comedy manga in the last 20 years owes something to this series. The art style is of course very retro but will stay adorable no matter how many years pass. This series has memorable character figures, distinguishable behaviors, a huge heart-warming variety in backgrounds and humor that still gets to you without needing realism, CG graphics or unbelievable visual effects. The story is mostly storyless every day situations, with the characters experiencing new pleasures or taking part in weird games and contests. A common trademark of all of Rumiko Takahashi’s works is the stale and unfinished scenarios (although Maison Ikkoku and Inu Yasha are exceptions). The series begins with a story, spends a few chapters introducing the characters and then has really thin continuity. All chapters are divided into stand-alone small story arcs and only those introducing recurring characters or another attempt at a given situation can be called to have an on-going scenario. Beyond that, no matter what happens in the end of an arc will have little effect in the beginning of the next. Although there is an evolving story, the series is focusing on humor rather in scenario continuity. Especially, after the third season, the continuity becomes very scarce. A major plus of the series are its characters. Almost all of them are hilarious albeit two are the most memorable. Ranma: A cult figure, Ranma is a young male martial artist. He and his father fell in a cursed pond and now every time they are showered with cold water, he turns into a girl and his father into a panda! He has to hide this fact from everyone and find a cure. If that is not enough, he has been arranged to marry Akane, who doesn’t like men in general. Also, everyday he faces challenging martial artists, other cursed-pond creatures and weird people who are either in love with his male or his female side. He can be seen as the ridicule of the perfect Japanese manly stereotype, as he is supposed to act like a man, even when hiding in a dress. Akane: A young female martial artist. She can be seen as the ridicule of the perfect Japanese girly stereotype, as she is good in beating people and completely useless at every task any typical housewife can do. She hates men and yet she is arranged to marry the queer Ranma. She is constantly chased by men who want to date her while defending her father’s dojo from challengers, as there are no male descendants to do the job. The one theme, which stays constant in the series, is the true love between Ranma and Akane, despite their flawed nature. In many chapters they have opportunities to part ways, but always the two come back to each other. Some of the best dramatic moments in the series are in these chapters. There are half a dozen other beautiful women that circle Ranma from time to time, giving the series a hint of harem anime. The main two are a Chinese noodle martial artist and a cross-dresser girl raised as a boy, who is also aimed to marry him. There are a hundred more secondary characters that spice up the story even more, from the pathetic fathers of the two main heroes, to their hentai martial arts master, to Akane’s day and night different sisters, to Ranma’s animal-based cursed rivals. To sum it up, most characters are essentially reverse stereotypes of the ideal images of Japanese people. You must be well aware of Japan’s traditions if you want to “get the joke” but even if you are not, they are still very funny most of the time. The main characters in Ranma are not totally stale as many of them change (not mature; CHANGE) as they interact with several secondary characters that are introduced later in the story. They also learn more fighting techniques and in theory become stronger. Still, they are not as memorable as those in Urusei Yatsura. About 1/4th of the chapters are not funny at all but the rest made me laugh hard and that is all that matters. It has a pretty high reread value, since you can start at any arc and you are almost guaranteed a good laugh without spoiling any story continuity (because there is almost none). Its humor is a parody of the Japanese culture and its stereotypes, becoming a sort of self-criticizing essay on Japan’s history and thus offering some food for thought as well.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mical

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This first invigorating romp introduces us to Ranma Saotome, the heir to the 'Saotome School of Anything Goes' martial arts. Ranma has an interesting and colorful history; having spent most of his life on one long training mission with his father, Genma. Ranma also has a small, but rather interesting problem; he spends roughly half of his time in the body of girl! Cursed at an ancient spring in China after a training mishap, whenever Ranma gets splashed with cold water he turns into a she! Not t This first invigorating romp introduces us to Ranma Saotome, the heir to the 'Saotome School of Anything Goes' martial arts. Ranma has an interesting and colorful history; having spent most of his life on one long training mission with his father, Genma. Ranma also has a small, but rather interesting problem; he spends roughly half of his time in the body of girl! Cursed at an ancient spring in China after a training mishap, whenever Ranma gets splashed with cold water he turns into a she! Not to be outdone, his father becomes cursed with the body of a panda at the same time. Now take into account that Ranma is about to find himself unwittingly engaged (to several women it turns out) as well as fending off a slew of male admirers (for the female-side) and martial arts hijinx ensue! An incredibly funny read that offers something for everyone and the fun just keeps on coming, installment after installment! Please enjoy!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Hitarthi Pandya

    3.5 not read, just watched it this was the first anime i watched after first coming to Australia...i remember it was the holidays so me and my brother went to the library (we both practically lived in the library during holidays) and borrowed the dvd. i vaguely remember the first episode and some other scenes here and there. hahah it was then the most unusual thing we had ever watched but we continued watching the whole thing

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ariolander

    My very first manga this was my introduction to the world of Japanese animation and their graphic novels. Back in the day when books were flipped and in large format I remember dropping $17 for my first volume back in the days when Pokemon was big.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ruth Flores

    Me declaro oficialmente enamorada de Ranma.

  12. 4 out of 5

    John Wiswell

    Ranma Saotome is a martial arts prodigy who accidentally fell in a haunted pool and now turns into a girl whenever he’s splashed with cold water. His father, growing desperate over his son’s condition, arranges a marriage for him with the daughter of another martial arts school, the Tendo School. This teacher has three daughters who live in a cozy relationship with each other, and I knew I was in love with the book when the two sisters utterly bailed on Akane, the middle child, since she’s never Ranma Saotome is a martial arts prodigy who accidentally fell in a haunted pool and now turns into a girl whenever he’s splashed with cold water. His father, growing desperate over his son’s condition, arranges a marriage for him with the daughter of another martial arts school, the Tendo School. This teacher has three daughters who live in a cozy relationship with each other, and I knew I was in love with the book when the two sisters utterly bailed on Akane, the middle child, since she’s never liked boys and this suitor is a girl half the time. That’s my favorite aspect of this book: the ability to take the fantastic in stride and be inane about it on a personal level. Ranma ½ is packed with character, and it seems like every plot development spurs someone to reveal a new side of themselves. Ranma is hurt and meets the local doctor, who Akane Tendo is actually smitten with and trying to turn herself into someone he’ll admire. The doctor is smitten with Akane’s older sister, and whenever he’s in her presence, he turns into a jibbering idiot. While Akane pines for the doctor, the entire school’s male population is after her hand in marriage, and subject themselves to combat against her in the hopes of proving themselves, every morning before the first class bell. Rumiko Takahashi has always had the knack for twisting romance into funny characterization, but it’s almost intimidating how the book bursts with personalities, and usually really strange ones. Given the sensibility, we should have expected that Ranma and Akane, who both detest having a marriage arranged, actually start to like each other in an adorably awkward romance. Any time it gets too serious, someone can always dump water on Ranma and turn the book back into a comedy. And it is a SitCom, even if my copy is listed as an ‘Action’ title. The fights are mostly played for laughs, and the greatest violence is someone’s hair getting chopped off and a bully getting “bufoon” (SIC) bruised into his forehead. Combat is also where the book is least comprehensible, actions leaping across panels without fluid logic, but it’s forgivable because the combat isn’t deathly serious and could at any time devolve into slapstick. When we meet Ryoga, Ranma’s sworn enemy, the boy fights with an array of bandanas and a heavy parasol. The point is being over-the-top, not choreography. I haven’t laughed reading prose or sequential art like this in months, and am checking my library for more volumes now. Gerard Jones and Matt Thorn’s translation can be a little awkward (there’s no way Ranma is a “karate” expert, and “You’re scaring them spitless” reads hackneyed), but it’s light enough to get the tone across and keep up with Takahashi’s jovial pace. There’s nothing to prevent me from wanting much more of these characters and their bizarre world.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Steph

    Loved this! The characters are all very charming and cute, I’m a big sucker for this art style too. Reading this now I found some parts hard to read, with how many times they made comments on what a girl should look like or should behave like, including using the word tomboy multiple times. I feel like I could easily just read past this though and try not to take it too seriously given it was written when it was.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    This. Was. So. Good. I knew this was a manga that a lot of people loved and was a classic but I didn't know what to expect going into it. This was just absolutely so much fun. It's adorable and hilarious. I honestly laughed out loud many times. I picked up only the first volume to see what I thought but now I'm wishing I had picked up more because I loved this so much.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Sleeping with Ghosts

    Lindos recuerdos de preadolescente. Me acuerdo cuando Ranma se cambiaba de sexo (y el color de pelo) y era como tabú todo eso en esa época. Y me acuerdo de Shampoo, con las coletas violetas y dos chorlitos que me recordaban a Usagui Tsukino.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jorge Miguel Gascón

    Si me ves, Ranma soy de ti  Este amor está creciendo Por favor, Ranma di que si  Y te entregaré mi corazon 

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sylwia (Wish Fulfillment)

    This seems to be purely strange and entertaining, without any deeper meanings, which is not my cup of tea. I might read one more volume, though, because the characters are likable and their love story drama is engaging.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Steven Guitink

    I'll fully cop to it. This is another series that I can't be impartial about. Aside from Sailor Moon - yeah, yeah, ha-ha, don't give a fuck - Ranma 1/2 was one of the most influential mangas/Animes of my childhood. It got me interested in Japanese culture, Japanese art and Japan as a whole. It's probably one of the reasons I'm here in Japan today. But that being said, I'll try my best without sounding like some sort of Pocky-gargling, Naruto-cosplaying Weeaboo who interjects random Japanese into I'll fully cop to it. This is another series that I can't be impartial about. Aside from Sailor Moon - yeah, yeah, ha-ha, don't give a fuck - Ranma 1/2 was one of the most influential mangas/Animes of my childhood. It got me interested in Japanese culture, Japanese art and Japan as a whole. It's probably one of the reasons I'm here in Japan today. But that being said, I'll try my best without sounding like some sort of Pocky-gargling, Naruto-cosplaying Weeaboo who interjects random Japanese into his speech because OH SO KAWAII DESU!!! No promises about the dick jokes however. I'm an Aussie and I reserve the right to use dick jokes whenever I damn well please! The premise of the series starts off simple enough. Ranma and his father Genma have returned to Tokyo to fulfil a childhood marriage promise to Genma's friend Soun. Ranma is to marry Akane, Soun's daughter in an attempt to merge their respective martial arts houses together to carry on their lineages. But then the complications start to pile up. Akane is a tomboy with severe anger management issues. Ranma has all the social graces of a monkey with a chronic case of the stupids. And somewhere on their martial arts pilgrimage, both Ranma and Genma were struck down with a curse that transforms them whenever they get hit with cold water. Genma turns into a panda. Ranma, a red-haired girl. Yeah....... This is where the main thrust of the story comes into play. What follows is a series of stories relating to the weird, wacky, colourful, crazy and sometimes dangerous friends, foes, family members and general lunatics Ranma and co have to contend with. This ranges from childhood rivals, to ridiculous martial arts masters, to supernatural threats, to crazed cult leaders to even members of their own families. First off, let's do the art. Overall the art style is very distinctive. Takahashi seems to be one of the pioneers in the whole Big-Eyes-Small-Mouth that manga has become associated with, with her characters generally having eyes as big as plates and mouths as small as puckered buttholes. But one thing that Takahashi does right is her attention to facial detail. Her characters have distinctive facial expressions for various emotions from sadness to happiness to anger to confusion and it gives them a lot of emotion and expression as a result. The fight scenes are also well telegraphed with a good amount of punch to the various moves the characters pull off along with some really awesome spreads that convey the sense of power the characters are utilising. But not everything's so crash hot beneath the surface. Takahashi for all of her distinctive style also has the habit of falling back onto it a lot more often than is sometimes needed. Strip away the hair, the clothes and the martial arts and the characters often have very similar facial features to the point of being carbon copies, what we in the industry call "Steve Dillon Syndrome". The characters are a mixed grab bag of crazy, kooky and hilarious, although your mileage will definitely vary from character to character. Like Urusei Yatsura that came before it, Ranma 1/2's major schtick is that it's a screwball comedy with most of the characters being unsympathetic/crazy/weird/extremely flawed all for the purpose of what makes them the funniest at the time. Just to give you an idea we have: - Ranma, a gender bending 16 year old who social skills are on par with a rhino with bowel issues. - Akane, a tomboy with a hair trigger temper and a megaton punch - Shampoo, a Chinese Amazon and one of Ranma's fiancees whose idea of getting rid of the competition is to literally GET RID of the competition - Mousse, Shampoo's childhood friend/stalker who's so blind he might as well be a walking Chaplin skit - Ryouga, Ranma's rival and a bloke who is so directionally challenged, he lost his way in a three legged race (I'm not kidding, that's a plot point) - Happosai, the grand master of Anything-Goes Martial Arts and a master pervert, skirt chaser and panty sniffer Amongst a whole host of other schemers, bullies, poets, psychoes, and weirdos that pepper the manga throughout its run. And if dealing with this particular brand of character is not your cup of tea, then you're probably going to not have a good time. But what I think works for me about this series is that Takahashi remembers a little something called 'Karma'. Unlike a lot of her imitators, Takahashi makes her characters suffer. They do something dumb, there's generally a comeuppance involved. They act dumb, they're made to look stupid. There's rarely a moment where stupidity gets away with the golden goose - unless you're Happosai, then all bets are off. Another thing that Takahashi does that so few of her imitators do is justify her characters' behaviour. A lot of fans of the series hate Akane for being a stroppy, aggro bitch, but for me, at least her behaviour is given a reason. The moment her classmates heard the rumour that any boy who bests her in combat would be given her hand in marriage, the boys jumped on this. She's had to beat off boy after boy for years, to the point where her lifestyle had to change. She had learn martial arts to fend them off. She's a tomboy because her life demanded the change. It doesn't excuse the worst of her behaviour, but it at least justifies it. At least she isn't one of the countless copycats who are bitches because......reasons. But still the characters are generally hit and miss, depending on your tolerance for stupid people doing stupid things. A lot of the stories revolve around miscommunications or relationship drama mixed in with fights, a lot of conflicts related to Japanese culture - such as Ryouga's obsession with personal honour - and that can rub people the wrong way, especially given that by and large, a return to the status quo is always the end result. Characters don't really change in this series. They might get stronger, faster or more skilled, but personality wise they don't change....much. The stories over the series by and large are pick and mix of various conflicts ranging from the above mentioned "stupid people doing stupid things". Overall the stories are decent, with a good range of intense, fight oriented yarns, to quieter more character, driven yarns and overall Takahashi strikes a good balance of getting the readers interest for the fights and keeping their interest with the character moments. Some of my favourites were Ranma's fear of cats, the three-legged obstacle race and Ryouga's learning of the Shishi Houkoudan. The added bonus is that since Ranma practices Anything-Goes Martial Arts and the series is a comedy, it allows for Takahashi to introduce some really strange, screwy and funny martial arts fights including Martial Arts Gymnastics, Ice-Skating, Competitive Dining and Tea Ceremonies. But again, there are moments where I think the writing flubs. One of the biggest problems I've noticed fighting mangas to have is the overeliance on stopping the plot at key moments during fights so the onlookers can explain how the fighters are fighting. It would be like if UFC commentators stopped the fight so they explain the mechanics of a backhand to the jaw. My problem with this is that it stops the flow of the story dead cold and doesn't really contribute anything that couldn't be explained more organically. Pokemon did it, Dragonball did it sometimes and Ranma 1/2 does it and its fucking annoying. Also while the series overall is committed to comedy first and foremost, it does feel like there are times when some characters get the raw end of the stick for no other reason than to make them suffer. Ranma gets hit with this a few times, such as with the Reversal Jewel Arc where he's completely in the dark for the entirety of the story that he's being manipulated. But on the other hand, its his own ego and arrogance that does him in, in that arc, but that arc still rubbed me the wrong way. Meanwhile however characters like Akane and Nabiki pull a lot of dodgy shit and rarely if ever get any comeuppance for it. That aforementioned Karma I mentioned? Yeah, kind of skewiff at times. Also and this is probably for some people going to be the straw that breaks the camel's dick - see there you go! - but if you're looking for a series that has characters grow and evolve and change in big ways over the course of the run, then run for the hills now, cause you'll find very little of that here. Even by the end of the series, things just return to the status quo. Granted, there is some development personality wise, but if you're looking relationship resolutions, characters moving up in the world, then you're shit out of luck. It's all for nought. I didn't mind it but there were times when I wish characters could have at least changed a little more over time. But there's a reason why Ranma 1/2 is one of my all-time favourite mangas and no, it's not because it has tits in it. It's funny, the fights are exciting, the characters are varied and distinct, the plots are wild and weird and it strives to be something different and have its own identity, especially in the current state of the manga industry where every comedy series is basically: "Horny 15 year old gets teleported to medieval world, becomes a Gary-Stu and has lots of not-sex with very willing demure waifus, WATASHI WA BAKA GAIKOKUJIN DESUYO."

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ally Leake

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Ranma 1/2 Is such a great manga, It is about this boy who goes to China to train for martial arts, but he ends up falling into a spring, which happens to be cursed, causing his to turn into a beautiful girl Every time that he is doused with cold water, hot water reversing the effect. This manga has such memorable characters, and a great story all around. I Recommend this book to people who enjoy manga of course, I think some people who don’t enjoy manga could still enjoy this, Because Of The Gre Ranma 1/2 Is such a great manga, It is about this boy who goes to China to train for martial arts, but he ends up falling into a spring, which happens to be cursed, causing his to turn into a beautiful girl Every time that he is doused with cold water, hot water reversing the effect. This manga has such memorable characters, and a great story all around. I Recommend this book to people who enjoy manga of course, I think some people who don’t enjoy manga could still enjoy this, Because Of The Great plot.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Stoolfire

    Ranma is expected to marry the unknown daughter (Akane) of his father’s best friend. That was before the curse. Now every time Ranma is splashed with cold water he turns into a girl and his father into a panda, while hot water turns them back. Akane is supposed to marry to hold up the family legacy and keep the family martial arts school up and running. Akane has no interest in men, Ranma included, or marriage, which may have something to do with all the fighting and proposals she has to deal wi Ranma is expected to marry the unknown daughter (Akane) of his father’s best friend. That was before the curse. Now every time Ranma is splashed with cold water he turns into a girl and his father into a panda, while hot water turns them back. Akane is supposed to marry to hold up the family legacy and keep the family martial arts school up and running. Akane has no interest in men, Ranma included, or marriage, which may have something to do with all the fighting and proposals she has to deal with at school. Interestingly, Akane and family quickly accept the curse and welcome Ranma and his father into their home. The story features a good deal of gender-bending, awkwardness between the two leads, and high flying action. In the end it appears Ranma and Akane want nothing to do with one another but then things end on a playful note as Akane realizes she’s gotten over a previous crush. The personalities of the characters are extremely strong. Themes include life changing physical transformation and gender expectations. Readability is high as characterizations, plot, themes work with the illustrations. I believe the humor, action, and the constant challenging of expectations would be appealing to teen readers, especially girls. In some cases, the way things are phrased or some actions can generate some confusion as connotations and/or significance may be lost on American readers. Otherwise, this graphic novel could spark interest in Japanese culture and the language. 4Q 5P G, S The cover of this particular edition is not especially appealing because it isn’t able to convey much about the story or the characters, but the use of bright colors for the central characters is eye-catching. Manga for Older Teens, Action/ Comedy [I needed to read and review this novel for a course and the above was my course review with voya codes and all.]

  21. 4 out of 5

    Titas (I read in bed)

    It’s a Boy…It’s a Girl…It’s Ranma! I know the title sounds as if someone is confused about his own sexuality. But don’t worry its nothing like that. Ranma 1/2 = total ridiculous pandemonium with romance and martial arts. Ranma, a teenage boy travels with his father to China to be trained in martial arts. But while practising around he gets dunk in an ancient cursed spring and voilà – he turns in to a girl! Since then he changes in to a girl when ever he is splashed with cold water and the only rem It’s a Boy…It’s a Girl…It’s Ranma! I know the title sounds as if someone is confused about his own sexuality. But don’t worry its nothing like that. Ranma 1/2 = total ridiculous pandemonium with romance and martial arts. Ranma, a teenage boy travels with his father to China to be trained in martial arts. But while practising around he gets dunk in an ancient cursed spring and voilà – he turns in to a girl! Since then he changes in to a girl when ever he is splashed with cold water and the only remedy for the reverse is a splash of hot water! But wait there is more because his father has already promised a friend that Ranma will marry the friend’s daughter. If you think that is enough chaos then wait and repeat the same process for other characters with them changing into goose, pig, cat, panda (aww yisss, a big full shaped panda) and more. Multiple identity crisis, stupendous martial art action and some beautiful characters : do you need more? I was in school when this anime series came to telly for only a few months. But it was so funny that I read the manga later on the first chance I got. Adult humour + martial art + identity crisis + fantastic characters and art = DO NOT miss this if you like a good laugh any-time.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Georgina

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I love this series for many things, one of them being its consistent sense of humour and the other being the painful progression of Akane and Ranma's 'relationship'. This first volume starts off well, introducing Ranma and his hilarious father in a fun way. The martial arts scenes are good as well, I love how Ranma has to get 'serious' against Ryoga towards the end! It seems that whenever this is about to happen Ranma ends up drenched in cold water. My only wish with this volume is that I think A I love this series for many things, one of them being its consistent sense of humour and the other being the painful progression of Akane and Ranma's 'relationship'. This first volume starts off well, introducing Ranma and his hilarious father in a fun way. The martial arts scenes are good as well, I love how Ranma has to get 'serious' against Ryoga towards the end! It seems that whenever this is about to happen Ranma ends up drenched in cold water. My only wish with this volume is that I think Akane's crush on Dr Tofu could have been played out for longer, just for jealous comedies sake; since characters affections such as Ryoga and 'Blue lightening' are obviously completely one sided. That was probably one of the best things about Inuyasha in one respect; that a main character had feelings for someone besides the lead. But other than that it was fun and cute :] I do have one warning though, there is quite a lot of mild nudity on Ranma's part in his girl form; when I was younger (13) this bothered me a lot and some people might feel a bit awkward because of it. You get used it eventually though and it becomes quite comical becuase of how casual he is about his female body.

  23. 5 out of 5

    MissAnnThrope

    08 January 2013 Rereading this after nearly a decade, this made me giddy with feelings of nostalgia. This series has definitely stood the test of time. You can't help but be in a good mood when you read this. Ranma , Volume 1 is one of the funniest mangas out there. Rumiko Takahashi magically blends action, romance, silliness, and perversion into a laugh-out-loud fun package. Unlike a lot of shōjo manga, the lead female character, Akane, is tough and doesn't need any rescuing. The characterizatio 08 January 2013 Rereading this after nearly a decade, this made me giddy with feelings of nostalgia. This series has definitely stood the test of time. You can't help but be in a good mood when you read this. Ranma ½, Volume 1 is one of the funniest mangas out there. Rumiko Takahashi magically blends action, romance, silliness, and perversion into a laugh-out-loud fun package. Unlike a lot of shōjo manga, the lead female character, Akane, is tough and doesn't need any rescuing. The characterization in this series is its true strong point. There are so many fun likable characters to fall in love with. The entire volume is entertaining, but I particularly love the parts when Ranma has to deal with an assortment of adversaries. From his wacky father to an unwanted suitor named Kuno to Ryoga, an old rival, the confrontations are always hilarious. I love the interaction between Ranma and Genma. Their relationship reminds me of the lovingly abusive relationship between Bleach's Ichigo and his father. I'm looking forward to reliving the adventures with Ranma and Akane. So much fun!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    A teenage boy named Ramna is betrothed to a teenage girl but the girl is a tomboy who hates boys. Ramna is also a martial arts master who had a magical incident that causes him to turn into a girl when water hits him -- and his dad had a similar incident but he turns into a panda when wet. While all this is going on, there's another guy who likes Ramna's fiancée and challenges him to a duel to win her hand in marriage. During their fight, Ramna gets wet, turns into a girl, and now the nemesis fa A teenage boy named Ramna is betrothed to a teenage girl but the girl is a tomboy who hates boys. Ramna is also a martial arts master who had a magical incident that causes him to turn into a girl when water hits him -- and his dad had a similar incident but he turns into a panda when wet. While all this is going on, there's another guy who likes Ramna's fiancée and challenges him to a duel to win her hand in marriage. During their fight, Ramna gets wet, turns into a girl, and now the nemesis falls in love with him (as the girl)! It is a super strange martial arts fantasy with a one-of-a-kind love triangle. It is also hilarious at times and apparently partially responsible for inspiring Bryan Lee O'Malley to write Scott Pilgrim.

  25. 4 out of 5

    emily_oriley

    Ah, Ranma..... Never before was there a series I hate and love so much. Love because of the boundless humor. Hate because after 36 volumes, 7 seasons, 1 OVA box set, 2 movies and 1 live action special, there is NO F***ING ENDING!!!!!!!!!! I even had to rebuy 2 seasons and the movies after my buddy lost them >.< Ok, ok, deep breath. I am calm. This series is one of my favorites. It is a great winding down series that requires no thought process on your part -kinda like watching Beevis & Ah, Ranma..... Never before was there a series I hate and love so much. Love because of the boundless humor. Hate because after 36 volumes, 7 seasons, 1 OVA box set, 2 movies and 1 live action special, there is NO F***ING ENDING!!!!!!!!!! I even had to rebuy 2 seasons and the movies after my buddy lost them >.< Ok, ok, deep breath. I am calm. This series is one of my favorites. It is a great winding down series that requires no thought process on your part -kinda like watching Beevis & Butthead. And ya gotta give Rumiko credit for her guts. You know all those random thoughts you get that you're embarrassed even popped in your head and would never in a million years show another living soul? She made bank on every single one. Brava, Rumiko, brava.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Casie25

    On a training journey in China, Ranma Saotome and his father Genma fell into the legendery cursed springs Jusenkyo. When someone falls into the cursed spring, they take the physical form of whatever drowned there whenever they are in contact with cold water. The person will turn back to normal when they are exposed to hot water. Ranma fell into the spring of the drowned girl while Genma fell into the spring of the drowned panda. On their return to Japan, they both settle in the dojo of Genma’s o On a training journey in China, Ranma Saotome and his father Genma fell into the legendery cursed springs Jusenkyo. When someone falls into the cursed spring, they take the physical form of whatever drowned there whenever they are in contact with cold water. The person will turn back to normal when they are exposed to hot water. Ranma fell into the spring of the drowned girl while Genma fell into the spring of the drowned panda. On their return to Japan, they both settle in the dojo of Genma’s old friend Soun Tendo. In order to carry on the Tendo Dojo, they agreed that Ranma should marry Akane, one of Tendo’s three daughters. And so begins the crazy high school adventures of Ranma and Akane.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Julia

    This was my first introduction to manga, and it has been the standard I've used to compare all others. A hilarious combination of gender/body humor, teen silliness and lots of martial arts action make it ideal for just about all teen/tween boys and girls. Ranma and his father are cursed on a special martial arts training retreat so that when doused with cold water they turn into a teen girl and a panda respectively. This is easily reversed with hot water, but the humor and tension of the story co This was my first introduction to manga, and it has been the standard I've used to compare all others. A hilarious combination of gender/body humor, teen silliness and lots of martial arts action make it ideal for just about all teen/tween boys and girls. Ranma and his father are cursed on a special martial arts training retreat so that when doused with cold water they turn into a teen girl and a panda respectively. This is easily reversed with hot water, but the humor and tension of the story comes from Ranma's interactions with fellow teens as both a boy and a girl--particularly with the tempestuous, martial arts champion fiancee chosen by his father.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Emmy Lou

    10-6-12: Emmy Re-Reads Still as good as the first time around! :D 1-8-11 Ah, Ranma 1/2. I can honestly say this is one of my favorite series in the world, manga or not. I ordered this from the library because I wanted to read all of Takahashi-sensei's work. I didn't think it'd be too spectacular. I mean, what could she write that'd be better or just as good as InuYasha? The answer: Ranma! This series is full of colorful characters and hilarious shenanigans. Pick this book up and you won't be disap 10-6-12: Emmy Re-Reads Still as good as the first time around! :D 1-8-11 Ah, Ranma 1/2. I can honestly say this is one of my favorite series in the world, manga or not. I ordered this from the library because I wanted to read all of Takahashi-sensei's work. I didn't think it'd be too spectacular. I mean, what could she write that'd be better or just as good as InuYasha? The answer: Ranma! This series is full of colorful characters and hilarious shenanigans. Pick this book up and you won't be disappointed. You're in for a wild ride with Ranma, Akane, and the rest of the gang!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Starbubbles

    it's a great series. i read through vol. 21, but probably won't go and review/rate them since i no longer have access to them. it really wouldn't be right to do these without the ability to properly assess each book. this series is a great example of takahashi's inability to create endings though. ranma 1/2 is just like inuyasha in the respect that problems never seem to resolve themselves. but, unlike inuyasha (where you want to throw it out the window when kikyo comes back from the dead for li it's a great series. i read through vol. 21, but probably won't go and review/rate them since i no longer have access to them. it really wouldn't be right to do these without the ability to properly assess each book. this series is a great example of takahashi's inability to create endings though. ranma 1/2 is just like inuyasha in the respect that problems never seem to resolve themselves. but, unlike inuyasha (where you want to throw it out the window when kikyo comes back from the dead for like the 3rd time) the repeats and non-endings are comical leading you to not mind so much.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Alison H

    This is a cute and funny book I had enjoyed. Its a complete series and is an old japaneses manga that you read left to right. I is something I've enjoyed and is like a romantic comedy that is good for multiple ages. The characters are have very well shown persinallitys and are very colorful. Its a good book that I recremend to the every day manga reader or anime fan. This book also has its own show.

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