Well, I finished this series a short while ago, so now it's time to put in a review for it. If you don't know what Ranma 1/2 is about, check out the synopsis above before reading.
Story: 7 (Good)
Ranma 1/2 does have somewhat of an ongoing story, although there is no major objective in the series other than Ranma's constant failed attempts to return his body to normal. Even though Ranma can return to 'boy-type' Ranma by taking a warm bath (cold water returns him to 'girl-type' Ranma, aka Ranko Tendo for some purposes), he still desires to once again become 'all man' by ridding himself
of the Jusenkyo curse that was placed on him when he fell into the Spring of Drowned Girl. He feels as though his pride as a man has been dented by being able to turn into girl form, either willingly (for some purposes he does this for his own gain) or unwillingly (for either Happosai's entertainment or when some mishap occurs).
I gave the story a 7 because despite it not having a lot of depth, each episode usually strives to be unique and entertaining, and more often than not, does this without complaint. After about the first 120 episodes however, the episode stories do become pretty predictable, but there is still much enjoyment to be had if you've come to like the characters (which I have). So the story ends up with a 'good' rating, because it was, afterall, 'good', and not particularly bad.
Art: 9 (Great)
For the time period, Ranma 1/2's art and animation was pretty well done. No complaints really, some parts are more well-done than others, while you have the occasional background or scene where you can tell there was *some* degree of slacking off. But there is nothing really you can bash it for considering when it came out and how many episodes it ran for. I'm quite surprised the level of quality remained fairly consistent, although the animation from the start of the show did change part-way through, as you can tell if you've seen the series through to the end.
Sound: 8 (Very Good)
Most of the music in this show is fairly catchy, you might find yourself humming along with it, or when you're by yourself just doing something random. Again, nothing really to complain about here, yet nothing particularly spectacular either.
Character: 9 (Great)
While most of the characters do stay the same throughout the series and don't develop too much, Ranma 1/2 has a vast array of likable characters, ranging from minor and hardly-ever seen to major and always up to something predictable, yet hilarious. In fact, one of the strengths of this show is knowing what each character is going to try and do in certain situations, because even though you can see it coming before it happens, you find yourself rooting for your favourite character in hopes that their plan is successful. That's part of the fun in this show. And sometimes you *think* you know exactly what's going to happen, only to have a twist thrown in that you never expected that will have you laughing hysterically, only to find yourself playing back that scene a couple more times before moving on.
Ranma, Moose, and Ryoga seem to be the usual favourites of this show, and quite honestly, when these three go at it, comedy can't help but follow. Ryoga is usually getting lost when he has to walk more than a few minutes in a straight line, Moose is completely clueless of anything without his glasses, and Ranma is the glue that ties them all together with his level-headedness and arrogance. Most of the characters have one or more traits about them that make them who they are, and you come to know them by those traits. So even though none of the characters are very deep (with maybe the exception of Ranma and Akane), you learn to love them. And it's all too easy to do so.
Enjoyment: 10 (Outstanding)
I'll admit, I did start to get a bit bored by the time I got around to the episode 120-or-so mark, but overall, I'm glad I picked up this series, as it was a great watch most of the time. The fact that it ran so long may have been to it's detriment, but I'm sure if you take it in small doses and watch a little here and there, you can retain most of the comedic atmosphere and avoid some of the boredom that comes with watching this show in marathons, as I did frequently at the start.
Overall: 9 (Great)
It wasn't the best show in the world, but it's one I believe most anime fans should at least try a bit of at some point or another, because it's got something in it for everyone. It's made by the creator of Inu Yasha, which in itself might make you think it's *like* Inu Yasha, but no. I'll tell you right now, this show is not like Inu Yasha, the show where absolutely *nothing of interest* ever happens. Sure, nothing really epic happens in Ranma either, but at least it's *interesting* nothing. Sort of like Seinfeld, in a way.
Another thing I liked about it is that this show does not try to be ecchi. Far from it. Sure, someone will walk in on Ranma as a girl the odd time and you might catch a glimpse of some (uncensored) boobs, but it's not meant to be a big deal, there is no big eccentric close-up like in the ecchi series of today, there is no "WHOOA! Nosebleed!" effect (none that I can recall), and there is no 'kawaii' exclamation from someone every couple of minutes. It's simply a moment for the character, and it passes, and it's not a big deal.
An example: Ranma goes to a public bath. Ranma gets splashed with cold water by Happosai. Oh noes, boobs (because of the situation), but no one seems to care (and why should anyone? It's just boobs.) Ranma fights with Happosai. Ranma is eventually done and turns back into a guy, having gotten his revenge by punching Happy out through the ceiling or something. And that's it. These days series make a big deal of boobs on 'kawaii' girls and panty shots at unexpected times, and make them out to be a big deal. Ranma does not attempt to do this (maybe because of the time when it came out). It assumes more maturity on the part of the viewer, and I commend the PG rating on this show and the fact that no one felt it needed to be censored. There exist some otaku out there that love this show because it's down to Earth, and there also exist some otaku out there who may not like it because of that as well.
SO IS RANMA 1/2 FOR YOU?
If you're looking for a comedy series with a lot of laughs, interesting characters, and some memorable moments that you can share with other anime fans, then go for Ranma 1/2. Martial arts fans, you get a lot of that in this show as well, but it's not taken very seriously, and in fact, sometimes it's taken to a ridiculous (yet humourous) extent (ie. Martial Arts Tea Ceremony, Martial Arts Gymnastics, Good Ole Days Martial Arts, etc).
If you're looking for boobs or panty shots, well, you'll get boobs, but they won't be a big deal (nor should they really unless childish ecchi is your thing). If you're an ecchi fan, sorry, this won't do it for you.
Are you a rather mature anime fan who likes that classic aged animation, comedy, anything-goes humour, and a wide array of likable characters? If so, then Ranma 1/2 IS for you.
A comedy/romance based on the manga by Rumiko Takahashi, Ranma 1/2 revolves around the arranged marriage of Ranma Saotome, a boy who has been trained by his father in martial arts since childhood and Akane Tendo, an average girl who is also a martial artist, living with her father and two sisters. Although their relationship starts off rocky at first, over time they begin to grow close to each other, but not without complications brought about by many of the other characters.
Story: The premise of Ranma 1/2, that makes it unique to other comedy/romance anime, are the many Jusenkyo springs which, if fallen into cause
the person to be cursed. Ranma is cursed and turns into a girl whenever he is splashed with cold water, and is changed back to a boy when splashed with warm water. The story focuses on the many love webs between the numerous characters, with most of them being in love with either Ranma or Akane. This leads to various conflicts which are usually resolved through martial arts or other supernatural elements. Although the first few seasons introduce new characters and elements, the latter few become stale and repetitive and fail to rap up many of the plotlines. You could almost say that nothing much drastically changed from season 3-4 to season 7
Animation: Hard to comment on the animation of an anime from the late 80's early 90's. However I have to say that it seems very well done for its time, The character's appearence are consistant and the fighting scenes, like I said, for its time, seems well done. Although in some instances they seem to come off a little choppy or with recycled animation.
Sound: The sound is fitting to the tone of the show, music for battles scenes come off as both serious and silly at the same time, which many of the battles are. The opening's and ending's also fit the show very well and were enjoyable. I watched the show in japanese, and although the voice acting was average, it gets extra points for having the great Kappei Yamaguchi as male Ranma, and Megumi Hayashibara as female Ranma.
Character: The anime feature various characters, alot of which have feelings for either Akane or Ranma, and spend alot of their time trying to wedge them apart and win the favor of the one they love. Like Ranma, many of the characters also have Jusenkyo curses and change their form, some curses include a cat, duck, pig and panda. There are also many minor characters who appear only a few times, usually they present some type of martial arts, or perhaps supernatural challenge.
Enjoyment: I was disapointed with the way the repetitive plot and shallow ending, but overall I did enjoy it. Many of the situations were very humorous as well as the over the top personalities of alot of the characters. If you are a Rumiko Takahashi fan (although if you are you have probably seen this already) or just like overly silly comedy/romances with quite a bit of action then I would have to recommend this to you.
Ranma 1/2 is something that is difficult to pin a single description on. At times there are lots of action scenes, explosions, and various attacks flying around. At other times it is side splitting humor due to an awkward time and place for Ranma to transform, or situations he gets roped into, and still other times where Akane's explosive temper or jealousy takes us by surprise. Scattered here and there are some genuinely sweet and tender moments as well.
(8) Ranma 1/2 is episodic. It has no overarching plot other than to perhaps reverse the curse placed on Ranma and several others we meet along the
way. We have our core group of Ranma and friends, and a number of other characters that come and go.
(8) The art is generally very good. Age is no qualm here as an excuse for sloppy art. The animation quality is a bit simple at times. But at others, especially during fight scenes, is very good. Quality overall is still very good though. Although in rare occasions, the art quality drops significantly.
(9) The sound quality suffers a little bit due to age. Especially having been on VHS for over half of the series lifetime. But otherwise the sound quality is still very good to great. Surprisingly enough the core group of characters have very good English dubs. Even a lot of the supporting and background characters have good voice overs. Occasionally we run into a bad voice over, but by far that is in the minority.
( 10) The characters here all have a healthy dose of insanity. With few exceptions most of the characters have some unique personality traits that either put Ranma and crew in massive trouble, or cause such an awkward scene that you can't help but burst out laughing. Also with few exceptions most of the characters are so tenacious that they just cannot give up. ever. It doesn't matter how many times they get pounded into the ground, or launched into the sky, or made a total fool of, they just keep coming back for more. But it fits with those characters personalities and makes them what they are. We do have a number of one or two shot characters that appear for a scene or two and are never seen again.
(9) Ranma 1/2 is a very long series, 161 Episodes, 12 (now 13) OVA's and two movies are a lot to watch. This series is no exception to getting a bit burnt out on itself. I won't lie and say I enjoyed every single one of the stories, but I'm willing to forgive them in light of the insane fun of the majority of the set.
(9) Overall I loved Ranma 1/2 and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a bit of insane fun mixed with various action bits and a romance plot that is extremely warped due to the number of opposing parties involved. Not to mention that Ranma is both a boy and a girl, and with the plentiful insanity, various people either love him or hate him depending on which he is at the time.
The only bad things I can say about the series is that sometimes enough is enough. Ranma's immaturity, and Akane's explosive temper can get a little old
9/10 without a doubt. Bias included.
*This could easily be a solid 10, but the series was never finished. The anime cuts off roughly in volume 22 (out of 38) of the manga. The OVA's only take on a few more stories but leave a substantial number untouched.
There are still a lot of interesting characters that we never see, and a lot of fights, plots, and other bits that I would have loved to see animated. Not to mention the resolution of the series as a whole.*
During my sophomore year of high school, I was getting back into anime after a short hiatus and one particular series that I actually picked up because I heard of it from Robot Chicken was Ranma 1/2, and before you ask: yes, Robot Chicken really did a sketch inspired by Ranma 1/2 and it's hilarious. What really drew me to this particular series outside of the obvious was the fact that it was done by Rumiko Takahashi: the same person who made InuYasha. Back then, I had this completely asinine idea in my head that if the person who made my favourite series worked on
another series, it would be just as good to me if not better. Yeah... I kinda had to learn that wasn't always true when I picked up Ranma 1/2. Don't get me wrong: I genuinely did enjoy watching Ranma once upon a time, but that enjoyment slowly dissipated and turned into boredom and annoyance as time went on.
I understand this isn't really a "fair" comparison, since InuYasha came out several years after Ranma finished its run but I see way too many people comparing it to that despite some rather glaring differences (even in the points where people claim it to be similar). For starters, Rumiko Takahashi has this habit of using a will-they-wont-they dynamic which I find rather irritating nowadays considering the fact that I actually want my romances to go somewhere. The way Rumiko Takahashi uses this dynamic in Ranma amounts to nothing more than stalling. Some episodes there would be a couple of moments I found rather sweet going on between Ranma and Akane, and the next moment, Akane is beating the shit out of Ranma for no apparent reason. The difference between InuYasha's romance and Ranma's romance is that it actually goes SOMEWHERE!!!! Kagome and Inuyasha managed to come to terms with their feelings for one another as did Miroku and Sango! No such thing happens in Ranma for reasons I'll explain in a paragraph or two later.
Once upon a time, Ranma did have a plot behind it. Initially, the story was about Ranma trying to find a way to undo the curse placed upon him that causes him to turn into a girl but that little plot point soon got thrown to the wayside as Takahashi opted to focus more on short arcs and episodic comedy moments. It also doesn't help that the Ranma anime overtook the manga frequently and had to keep using redundant filler episodes to stall for time. If I'm not mistaken, it's these factors alone which caused the Ranma anime to be cancelled before it could air the rest of the story (Huh.. it would seem that our good friends at Studio DEEN managed to fuck up other shows with shitty filler before doing Rurouni Kenshin). It also doesn't help that Ranma 1/2 is also a harem series... did I forget to mention that because it's kind of important?
Now when it comes down to being a harem series, Ranma 1/2 DOES have some merits to stand on. The thing is that this series has Ranma dealing with multiple obligations to marry because his amoral father just got him into that mess for laughs, so at least it's not like Love Hina. HOWEVER... Ranma 1/2 is also the progenitor for the much-maligned love dodecahedron trope that never ceases to make me rage (it's one of the reasons why I lack the will to keep watching Nagi no Asukara despite the fact that I've only got 6 episodes left at the time of writing). Say what you will about InuYasha, but the worst that it actually had was the Kikyo vs. Kagome debate. Here, we have multiple obligations to marry, people who want Ranma/Akane for themselves, blah blah blah. You get the picture, right? One of the MANY reasons why I'm not a particular fan of love polygons/harems is because of the fact that it's so blatantly obvious who's going to end up with whom and yet the author decides to fuck with our ships because romantic tension? I don't know but it's not cool so please stop doing that shit.
Don't even get me started on how Akane is a violent tsundere. Once upon a time, I actually found that shit funny but now it's one of those tropes that I just can't deal with anymore. Okay, there are some exceptions like Kaori from Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso, Shana from Shakugan no Shana, and Taiga from Toradora (the latter two to a certain degree) but Akane is NOT one of them. Really, what the fuck do people like so much about tsunderes to begin with, especially if they're obnoxious and aggressive like Akane is? Why would ANYONE want Akane to be their waifu if she's prone to beating the shit out of you without good reason? Are you people masochists or something? Okay, that's not entirely fair to say since Akane does have her cute moments but her obnoxious tsundere moments far outweigh the moments where I found her to be a good character.
Maybe I'm just taking Ranma 1/2 too seriously. I mean, it IS primarily a comedy series, right? Well here's the problem: I don't really find this shit funny anymore. Okay, that's not entirely true since I still get *some* amusement out of watching random episodes (especially episodes from Season 4-onward when Richard Ian Cox takes over as Ranma's English voice actor). At the same time, I just don't get the same kind of amusement from watching Akane beat the shit out of Ranma for whatever reason or watching Ranma behave immodestly whilst he's a girl like I used to. I get so caught up in the lack of realism to the point where I end up frustrating myself and I just want to close the tab I have open and watch an episode or two of Ed Edd n Eddy just to regain my composure.
Am I a pleb who has no taste in the so-called "classics" like everyone else does? Eh, probably. One thing's for sure though: Ranma 1/2 is among the many programmes and mangas which have long since fallen off my radar. I suppose I could go ahead and read Busou Renkin to see if Nobuhiro Watsuki was the one behind it but my experiences with Ranma make me hesitate to do so. The moral of the story, children? Shows and mangas aren't automatically good just because the guy/girl who made your favourite series created another series. With that said, I suppose Ranma 1/2 is good enough. It's one of those shows that works best in small doses, just don't expect to sit through the entire thing and you should be fine. Feedback is always welcome, and with that I'm out. Peace :)
A person needs good taste and a sense of humor to enjoy Ranma ½.
If you possess these attributes then Ranma ½ should appeal to you.
Don't expect it to be like Akira or Death Note because this is a true comedy.
If you enjoy Monty Python then Ranma ½ will entertain you.
If you aren't amused by it then you have no sense of humor.
The episodic format often prevents a long story arc from developing
but most of the story arcs that occur throughout the series develope
the overall plot with the character learning new techniques
although some of the story arcs bring the story back to square one.
The main form
of plot developement that happens is cast expansion
which means more and more characters are introduced that can later be
used in subsequent episodes.
This massive cast of characters eventually developes a complicated web of relationships that change very little but the web does continue to get larger.
In other words the situation grows more than it actually progresses.
The art quality was magnificent early on in Seasons 1 and 2
and later on in Seasons 6 and 7 but Seasons 3, 4, and 5 were inconsistent.
This inconsistency is because different animators with varying levels of skill
animated different episodes throughout these middle seasons.
Asami Endo worked on way too many episodes and her style detracts from the quality of the seasons that she worked on extensively.
Atsuko Nakajima was the greatest animator and every episode she made
was entertaining and her style of art and animation was perfect in every way.
Yuka Kudo and Chi Isono were also excellent animators.
The sounds effects and music are perfect and they fit the series well.
Above all else the characters are hilarious, charming, and unusual.
The characters are actually extremely deep and most of them have extensive
back stories that provide extensive information about their past.
Whoever said they're not deep is completely wrong and obviously didn't pay any attention to the comprehensive background information that was given to tell about the events that led up to the ongoing circumstances of
the series and give depth to the characters by telling parts of their life story.
The characters are extremely eccentric but they have believable personalities
because they almost always act in character.
The characters have consistent personalities that make them believable and insanely hilarious. The characters are this anime's best characteristic.
Enjoyment is what this anime is all about.
You should chill out and make sure you have a sense of humor before you watch this anime.
Overall: It was painful to remember about this anime, Ranma is sort of your typical pointless anime, no good story, no real point to the entire story, and defiantly not funny enough to be considered a good comedy series... it deserves to be lumped up in the pile of "boredom-inducing-fillertasitc" anime, along with Naruto, Inuyasha, and others...
Story: they laid out the story in the first episode, ranma is engaged to akane because of odd circumstances, and they didnt advance whatsoever till the very end, actually, it didnt have a story at all pretty much, just random junk happening, if you like a massive pile of
fillers, this is your thing.
Art: its old school, but its not that impressive or anything, not bad, not good either. The art seems really bland compared to the Anime of today, so if you are just starting this out, you will notice that really easily, though I'm not saying old school anime is not good...
Sound: well, nothing really outstanding here, no epic soundtrack or anything...
Character: theres not that much depth in the characters and they introduce them by the dozens, even the main characters are not that deep, it feels like they just slapped it together out of randomness and kept going not knowing where to go.
Enjoyment: well its ok the first couple episodes you watch, though it goes downhill from there, it never really picks up or goes on an epic story arc or anything, just pointless random bickering and fighting. It gets old very fast, even with the mass produced new characters.
Ranma ½ is a classic 1980s anime, from the animation style to the soundtrack. Genma has a unique tune that plays every time he becomes a panda, and so do other characters. This is a fun and light-hearted anime, where you will laugh at times and shake your head at other times. There are many repeated jokes throughout the series, some of which get worn out after a while, where others stay fresh and get a new spin on them at times. The story does not progress at a decent rate, feeling like a stand still at times, due to
the series appearing to be broken up into mini-stories that are about five episodes each. Overall it is an enjoyable anime to watch and to see an anime that has been influential to many that have come after it.
You might enjoy this if: You want to get nostalgic or want an anime that will bring your spirits up after watching a soul-shattering, depressing anime.
You might not like it if: You get frustrated when you want two people to get together and love each other, but they just will not do it!
Note to the Viewer: If you enjoy the anime, check out the Ranma ½ manga. There are a lot of chapters, and there is additional story in them.
EXPANDED REVIEW FROM SLC ANIME:
Positives included the late 1980s art style and storytelling, the opening song that typified late 1980s J-Pop, the fact that it was a fun and light-hearted anime, and the nostalgia felt by some. A good point brought up was that if you are going to continue watching the anime after the group meet up, it must be a decent anime. Many group members plan to continue watching, so it must be decent. Something that was a positive and humorous was that while many characters hated Ranma, they only hated one gender of Ranma, not both of them.
There were a few negative points brought up. One was how most of the characters had one specific quirk that identified their personality, and the quirk would be played out over and over again. Another negative was the progression of the story, or lack thereof. The series was split into mini stories of about five episodes each, and would go one to the next without a lot of actual progression. Ranma ½ is a good dessert anime, one that could be watched an episode or two at a time, in between more serious shows.
There were mixed reviews on the English dubbing and with Ryoga as a character. People either loved or hated the English dubbing and we will leave it at that. Some people enjoyed Ryoga’s lack of a sense of direction and personality as a pig, while others did not like it at all and found him annoying.
Let me start off right away by saying; no, I haven't read the manga. Although I had heard about Ranma 1/2 before, it was only since very recently that I came in contact with it. And it just so happens that I prefer watching anime than reading manga.
Besides, everybody keeps saying that the manga is superior, so why would you need me to confirm it for you? And if it is true, than I must truly adore the manga should I ever read it. Though the manga may be better, I will remain ignorant of that for this review.
Story - 7/10
This is the deciding factor
whether you are going to like Ranma 1/2 or not. Let me put it this way; if you were expecting your typical long-runner shounen anime with story arcs of 30 episodes (or more) each, with multiple, powerful bad-guys, then you are looking in the wrong spot. Ranma 1/2 is not like Naruto, One Piece, Dragon Ball or Bleach. It simply doesn't take itself serious enough for that. Basically, it's an 161 episode long, episodic romantic comedy with a good dose of action. There are no major villains, no battles to decide the fate of the world, no casualties and no story arcs. That being said, if you enjoy these collections of short, silly, light-hearted scenarios, then you'll probably enjoy Ranma 1/2. If not, I suggest you skip this one completely.
So storywise, there's not much going on here, but naturally there is a plot. It follows 16 year old Saotome Ranma, who, during a training journey through China with his father, Genma, falls into a cursed spring at Jusenkyo. It was in this spring that a young girl tragically drowned some 2000 years ago. Now, a curse rests on Ranma, and whenever he is splashed with cold water, he transforms into a red-headed girl! He transforms back when doused with warm water. I don't think I need to tell you what awkward situations this can bring. But he is not the only one. His father, Genma, fell into a spring where a panda drowned, thus causing him to turn into a panda. A little later, they both return to Japan, where Genma has made a promise with his old fellow trainee Soun Tendo that his son was to marry one of his daughters and inherit the Tendo Anything-Goes-Martial Arts Dojo. Ranma's fiancée turns out to be Akane Tendo, a tsundere prototype. And you guessed it! They don't get along at all, and constantly deny their engagement to one another.
More characters pop up as the show progresses, such as Ryoga Hibiki, the directionally challenged rival of Ranma, who transforms into a black piglett, dubbed by Akane as P-chan, and Shampoo, an Amazon sworn to kill girl-type Ranma (for a little while at least) and marry boy-type Ranma. She turns into a kitty when splashed with cold water.
For pretty much the rest of the anime, several boys fall in love with Akane, several girls fall in love with Ranma, and even girl-type Ranma (aka the pigtailed girl) gets some attention. Ranma strives to lift his curse, is challenged by a whole array of goofballs to some bizarre forms of martial arts (dining martial arts?) and struggles with his relationship with Akane. And that's pretty much all I can tell you. Really, there's not many risks for spoilers.
Animation - 7.5/10
Taking into account that this anime is relatively old (around 20 years), I really don't feel like I can complain about it. I haven't seen many anime of this age, so I can't compare it all that well. But to me, at least, the art and animation is satisfactory. I have noticed some small errors, such as Ranma's hair being colored black in certain shots while he was in girl form. These errors are fairly rare though. Lipsynching is a little sloppy most of the times, but that's not such a big bother. Animation does what it needs to do, albeit a bit on the simplistic side mostly. In short, if you like this kind of old-school style, you should appreciate it.
(Also, though it might not look like it, this anime contains nudity, so be warned)
Sound - 9/10
For an oldie, I found the sound quality to be really good compared to others like Dragon Ball. The casting and voice acting is spot on, nearly every character, period. Overacting is not an issue, since it's generally a comedy. The soundtrack consists of some very memorable, recognisable and fun tracks. Wether they're battle themes or play during the funny slapstick scenes, they will always stick to you. Then again, if you've watched 161 episodes, you are at least going to remember some music anyway.
Since this is a long-runner, there's multiple OP's and ED's. Some are very catchy, while others are rather forgettable. But no matter what, you will never in your life forget about the very first opening theme and the second season's ending. It's physically impossible!
Characters - 8/10
There is barely any character development. Yeah, since this anime is episodic, don't count on the characters' personalities changing. With the exception of Ranma and Akane growing towards eachother more, and perhaps Ranma's and Ryoga's relationship, what you see in the beginning is what you gotta deal with for the rest of the series. Akane is the perfect tsundere, and possesses all necesarry qualities, 'nuff said. Ranma's personality doesn't change when he turns into a girl, but he's not afraid to take advantage of his curse. He's just as stubborn, thick-headed and arrogant as his fiancée Akane, so they usually end up squabbling. In a way, Ranma is a tsundere too. Shampoo is a sneaky girl that wouldn't mind resorting to dirty tricks to win Ranma all for herself. Ryoga is quite resentful towards Ranma, mainly because he too has a crush on Akane. When facing Ranma, he's aggresive, but when with Akane, he turns into a major softy. Mousse is a short-sighted fighter who is in love with Shampoo, and has a few bones to pick with Ranma. Kuno has a crush on both Akane and girl-type Ranma. He's arrogant, and possibly the biggest imbecile of the show. Both Genma and Soun are birds of the same feather. They're cowards and appear to be completely useless in a real fight. And the last one I want to adress is Happosai, Soun and Genma's old master. He is the resident "ero-jiji", whose main hobby is stealing women's underwear. He's also a total jerk, and the most hated resident of the Tendo dojo.
Ranma 1/2 has a huge array of characters, and though they may be stereotypical and extreme, they are the driving force behind the anime. It's those over-the-top character traits that make the show fun to watch, and put our main hero in yet another sticky situation.
Conclusion - 8/10
I found Ranma 1/2 to be a fun ride, and I'll definitely check the OVA's and movies later. However, though it has good qualities, it will not appeal to everyone. Heck, I'm not even sure what demographic this anime tries to target, but I suppose it's largely a shounen. If you don't mind episodic, romance mixed with martial arts and overall silliness, give this one a 8 😆😆😆😂😂😂
I first heard of Ranma ½ maybe a full year ago on a “Top Ten Funniest Anime” list. It sat comfortably in the number two spot, right before Full Metal Panic: Fammofu. After watching the latter, I was still curious about the former, so I gave Ranma a shot as well. The first time I saw the episode number on my favorite anime website, I honestly felt intimidated. This anime is REALLY LONG. If you aren't prepared, back out while it's still possible. Because of a vow- To always finish every anime I start, no matter how long, stupid, or bad it is- I had
to watch every moment of this anime, all one-hundred-sixty-one episodes. It took me no less than six months, possibly more. And I'm genuinely sad now that it's all over, for two main reasons:
1.It definitely felt incomplete. More on that later.
2.I grew a somewhat powerful bond with the characters over the seasons and actually feel devastated having to let them go like this.
How sad. A pitiful little six. For those of you who don't realize, a strong plotline is the most important component of an anime. However, Ranma ½ just doesn't pull it off. Let's begin with my earlier point: it felt incomplete. The more sensitive people may consider the next paragraph a breeding ground of spoilers. It is for that reason that I indent here in order to be fair to everyone. However, in my personal opinion, these shouldn't count as spoilers, but warnings. I won't tell you what does happen, only what doesn't.
Ranma never confesses to Akane. Their relationship never gets anywhere. Ranma never becomes all-man. If there is any conflict that isn't resolved in the same episode it originated in, it will invariably persist throughout the series. Unfortunately, I can only think of one exception (codewords “Martial Arts Tea”). The last episode doesn't actually feel conclusive until its final moments, and not because anything happened there either; just because it was a familiar looking scene. The final two episodes have their own special conflict a step above the regular events of the series. However, ironically, not even that lonely circumstance is given a satisfying ending. Just another “we're back where we started” ending. Absolutely every single possible step forward is chained in place because of the character's inability to move out of square one. I don't know why they refuse to progress the plot even in the series' dying moments. Although an actual storyline may prevent the writers (namely Takahashi) from using ideas they surmised after they made it canonically impossible (i.e. if Ranma became all-man halfway through, then they couldn't use the female Ranma ever again), they should at least grant us a true ending where at least SOMETHING happens.
This series is episodic, and what I previously mentioned was only one of the flaws such a setup brings. The tones vary from episode to episode, sometimes with two neighboring stories feeling like two different anime for the a lack of a consistent voice. Special techniques Ranma learns during the course of one episode are quickly forgotten after the credits roll. He and Ryoga only readily use one attack each that we saw them train to obtain. The rest you never see again, even when they would clearly be useful. There are characters you only see once. And while the romantic scenes between Ranma and Akane become more common the longer you watch the series, they never last a very long time or tell you anything that you wouldn't already know.
However, each of these individual episodes are creative and well written. Ranma 1/2's colorful cast of friends, family, and enemies make this series an interesting watch to those who are already used to a decidedly more “American” structure. Even if they don't add to an overall plot, these are still very fun tidbits about the Tendo family and their daily affairs, about Ranma and his futile shear for a cure, or about some strange relic that's been unearthed. Excepting the episodes which yank the cast back onto linearity at the last second in order to prevent plot progression, Ranma's individual storylines and arcs are filled with action, comedy, and occasionally even heartwarming moments. Something which I can say about Ranma with a clear conscience is that it is never, ever dull. However, it's famous sense of humor may have been only slightly overrated. You'll still enjoy it if it's your style.
I don't care about animation quality. I like eye candy as much as the next guy, but the only time I'll ever be angry about animation is if it somehow detracts from from the overall experience. And I enjoyed Evangelion's ending, so it looks like I have pretty low standards regarding this subject. Or a low attention span. Anyway, Ranma ½ has a noticeably slow frame rate along with a purposeful lack of detail. I love the art style anyway, as its movements and colors, along with Rumiko Takahashi's flawless character designs, fit the series perfectly. I liked the lighting in particular. The backgrounds are relatively simple, too, though again, it really shouldn't matter if you like the anime.
Ranma ½ has fantastic music. The battle themes and everyday songs were well composed and well used. None of the songs have stuck with me, but I was instilled with excitement or a sense of calm whenever I heard them play. There wasn't a single opening that I didn't try to sing along to, even if most of the endings lack that charm. It's hard to describe music, though. The Japanese voice acting was great, too. Every voice fits each character with perfection.
No doubt the series strong point. Its varied cast is full of faces, voices, and personalities that you're certain to remember long after the series ends. None of them are simple, lazy archetypes, but full-fledged well thought out people that really help flesh out Ranma's crazy universe, even if you sometimes don't see certain favorites for ten or so episodes. However, they don't often develop.
As I mentioned earlier, while Ranma ½'s storyline isn't as strong as I'd like, everything else pretty much makes up for it. This is an anime that I find impossible to hate. There's too much spirit in it for me to ever even comprehend slandering its good name. Simply put, it isn't hard to see why this is a classic, though you'll have to see the anime for yourself to truly realize why, even with my detailed description.
While Ranma's story may never reach condescending levels of greatness, the depth of the characters, the hilarity and fun, and its truckloads of charm pull through to give it a passing grade. This series isn't for everyone, but if you want to immerse one of your good-humored friends in the world of anime, this would be an excellent first step.
The best point of the story of Ranma 1/2 is that is very original, bringing us a totally new concept about the cursed springs of jusenkyo and how a guy
wants to get its masculinity back.
It have such variety on its themes: Sometimes is a romance, sometimes is a harem, sometimes is a hilarious comedy and most of the time is a martial art
shonen with weird fighting styles (Like the tea ceremony martial arts and the cheerleaders martial arts)
Mostly, the series dont focuses on the principal plot and take different ways like showing the characters, the relations between them and how they
react to various situations.
Well, it have filler, but its keeps the crazyness of the show that characterizes it and make the anime so fun to watch.
For its time, it got really nice art and character desing.
Nothing outstanding, but you must enjoy how animated are the fights and the faces that the characters take.
Theres not much to talk about it, so, moving on.
8/10 (Very good)
Most of the OST of the series are funny and catchy songs that express the randomly fun of Ranma 1/2. Maybe are not such memorable songs but fits perfectly with the show, and it have a few fight songs, like the one from Ranma vs. Ryoga battle, my personal favourite.
If you speak spanish, i personally recommend to see it with the latin american dub, that is very smartely planned;For example, Ranma have a pubescent voice that fits with him sassy personality.
The strong point of the show; You have Ranma, that is not the tipic boring and shy harem protagonist; he is cheeky, impertinent and cynical, just like his father, Genma: One social mantained that lives of the compassion of his friend and old training mate, Soun Tendo.
Genma, along the time he spend traveling with his son, commited he to three girls:
Ukyo, childhood friend of Ranma, Shampoo, a chinese amazon and Akane Tendo, the daugther of Soun. Akane is a mulish girl that constantly fights with Ranma, who insults her calling it fat, flat chest, butch or any insult you can imagine.
Ranma have rivals and enemys too, the most noteworthy is Ryoga, who thinks our protagonist have the fault of hes...little problem.
Like i say, most of show is hold in how the relations between the characters evolve and, in the case of the antagonist, how they improve they fight skills.
I enjoyed this anime a lot, certainly is not one of the best shows of all time but if youre new in the world of anime of you just want to have a good time, check it out.
Ranma 1/2 is a classic anime/manga written by Rumiko Takahashi. This anime/manga is possibly the anime/manga that has started the popular comedy action mangas that are made today and for good reason.
Progression (3): Ranma 1/2 is an action comedy manga/anime so it does not really need much progression. Often, what will happen in an episode/chapter will be events that happen in random intervals in Ranma's life that are hilarious.
Story (5): This manga/anime story is not that great, however it is very unique. The reasons why I say it is not that great is because it is repetitive and no progression to the story happens at
all. This is not needed however because this is a show mainly about making the viewer feel good, and thus during this time the story is the least thing on the viewer's mind. However, the biggest point damager for this category was the ending which was very unsatisfactory because it left no closure for the reader.
Art (10): The drawings to be honest are not that great, especially within the manga. However, Rumiko's unique style of art actually has enhanced it, even though it is not very realistically drawn, due to the style of art it enhances the comedic effect much more and actually fits the atmosphere well. At times, the poorly drawn faces with the look of surprise just make you laugh uncontrollably. The fact that this was to be taken for fun makes the artwork very excusable and even fitting. The battle scenes within this show were also surprisingly good and well done. It may just be for the fact that you watch this show for 2 reasons: the comedy and the fight scenes.
Sound (10): The music fits the anime well, there are even specific tracks that I would listen to without the accompaniment of the episode.
Characters (9): The characters within this show are all very lovable and interesting. It is impossible not to get latched to at least one, and even though there is no character development, the fact that it does not need any for the comedy makes that a statement that cannot boast much damage to the show overall. The thing that did bug me about the characters were their indecisiveness at times especially when it came to romance and the fact that some of them were somewhat annoying because they could be such jerks at times that you would want to see them get something coming to them only to find out that they were way too powerful.
Enjoyment (10): I would put an 11/10 here if I could because it's that enjoyable. Out of all the other anime/manga I have watched/read this was by far just the most enjoyable due to its pure fun. Every time I came out of reading this pick-me-up it has the effect of making me smile. It surpasses just about every other manga/anime I have read/watched so much in this art that I would give an 11, it's that good in making one feel good. However I cannot give something above a 10, thusly I shall just give it a 10. Often, the immersion I would have with this show would be unbreakable because of the interesting characters, the funny (which often made me shed tears of laughter), and sometimes the awesome battle scenes.
*Funniest anime/manga I have ever seen
*One of the best feel good anime, anytime you watch this, you will probably come out of the episode with a smile on your face
*Unique for a manga/anime (possibly the first martial arts comedy manga/anime)
*Characters are lovable
*Immersion is nigh unbreakable, you will almost always be glued to the screen because something funny or awesome is bound to happen
*Great fight scenes
*Story has virtually no progression (Not really an issue, since this story is more for laughs)
*Story is almost nonexistent (Again, not an issue since this is a purely feel good anime, and does not require it)
*Characters are too indecisive
*No character development (This was not needed in this type of show)
*The ending had no closure
*The sad realization that the show has ended and the fact that you may never find another manga/anime that's as funny as this one or has as many enjoyable characters as this one.
Overall Score: 8/10
***Please keep in mind that this is just a review and a personal opinion. I am just being entirely honest here about what I thought was good and what I thought was bad. This is not a hate review or a love review, and I try my best to be unbiased and write what I truly thought about the show/manga after watching/reading it. If you enjoy/hate this anime/manga, feel free to accept my thoughts on said anime/manga or discard it.
I've heard from enough folks over Ranma 1/2 being one of Rumiko Takahashi's most famous works and finally worked up the nerve to see what all the fuss was about getting all 161 episodes to the series (or 18 + 143 if you know they are two separate TV anime). Suffice to say, I don't really get what all the hype to the series is about since it has a good deal of issues I took notice of throughout its rather long run.
As the entirety of Ranma 1/2 is actually two TV titles, both carry with them different storytelling approaches and levels of quality to
them. The first series appeared to have a more ongoing storyline as there was building developments with the characters Ranma interacted with and the introduction of new characters he confronted took place over the span of several episode arcs. While Ranma's cross-gender gimmick was milked for comedy at a number of points, the first series still created a balance of comical and serious moments with Ranma seeking a means to cure his curse, handling his relationship with Akane and dealing with the various rivals that get in his way. Due to low ratings however, the first series was abruptly cancelled and the second one took over for the rest of its TV run. The second series is more gag comedy driven and episodic in developments to a great extent. While having some developments with more characters introduced, it does not offer much in terms of advancement for the established character relationships in the series and advancement drags to a halt as many episodes felt more like filler. Also, much of the comedy in the series did not really grab my interest as it relied heavily on slapstick, perversion and the obnoxious or self-absorbed traits of many of its characters as such where I found myself struggling at a number of points just to press on with the series and it gets repetitious in a hurry since the same gags kept getting hammered for Ranma 1/2's 161-episode run.
In terms of visuals, Ranma 1/2 is on par with other early 90s anime titles with having low-budget animation with its washed-out backgrounds, minimalist details and plain-looking character designs. Animation shortcuts are liberally used throughout the series thanks to its long episode length, though the ridiculous fighting styles employed by some characters (tea ceremonies, skating, gymnastics, etc...) lend to some fun choreography at points despite the show's penchant for reusing many of its gags.
Overall, I just don't get why Ranma 1/2 is considered a classic by many anime fans. The show runs into quite a bit of filler that hampers its plot development (which I would assume is due to the anime surpassing its manga source material in plot as Inuyasha suffered), relies too heavily on the same annoying comedic gags and not offering enough fleshing out of its characters to know them beyond whatever character archetypes they are milking. Suppose your mileage may vary on how you warm to Ranma's comedy, especially if you've seen enough anime for a decade-plus as I have to see all the typical comedic gags that it milks.
Ranma is probably the anime that got me completely hooked on all anime. It was not the first i had ever seen but it was in the first 10 at least. When i saw the very first episode of this show i immediately sat down and watched the entire series from beginning to end over the span of a month. This is truly my all time favorite anime and this is my review of it.
The story of Ranma is not a very deep or complex one, it doesn't even have a conclusion. Ranma is majorly episodic and has very few two part episodes. Ranma
has constant conflicts in his life between rivals,love interests and his own personal goal of removing his curse.This premise sets of the show for hours upon hours of laughter and excitement with lots of surprising moments. The show is simple and sweet which is all a romance comedy action anime like Ranma should be. Being set in the 80s the show tends to have lots of wacky and silly humor poring out of it which can be unappreciated by some people. I love anime of this generation cause of its boldness and just ability to be unpredictable cause it was the start of the industry's explosive growth.
As far as characters go Ranma is riddled with bizarre characters that never cease to amaze me. The supporting cast is full of original and funny characters that almost make it feel like some kinda odd themed game show at times. The show used to catch me off guard by throwing in standard character types but with a wacky twist or just by making them goofier than they were ever meant to be. One of the best things about Ranma is all the characters are really original and don't feel like rip offs from another show. They also did not hold back on the soft color pallet full of primary colors. It can be really hard to talk about Ranma characters since they are very 1 dimensional but they are all fairly memorable and even the show acknowledges this at times with some of the gags. The only characters that are every really expanded upon deeply or at any length are Ranma and Akane and it usually is about there subtle and tsundere emotional connection.Even if it lacks a lot of character development i grew to love all the characters a lot.
There is at least a dozen frequent minor characters that are all noteworthy and important to the series but my personal favorite has always been Shampoo. Shampoo is the Chinese amazon with the unrelenting love for the main character that drives her to try wacky and mystical love schemes a like. She was also my favorite character visually cause it always just felt like she was special, when you saw the way she was drawn in the first season it was obvious she was not just my favorite. Compared to most other character she stands out quite a bit with her blue hair and Chinese clothing.
When i watch anime from the 80s time period i'm always given a warm fuzzy feeling from the way everything looks but Ranma used to give me this really vibrant feel of joy when i watched it. I was always enchanted by the backgrounds even if some were recycled too often, it always just seem to set me in the right mood for the show and i could forgive it easily. I was also very glad to see the usage of color was so utilized as compared to other shows of the time. A lot of shows got away with just changing characters hairstyles and wearing school uniforms but in Ranma most characters get quite a few different uniforms that really show off the colors of the rainbow. Another great thing i liked about the show is that only a few characters had strange hair colors, with the exception of Ranma and Shampoo everyone has natural hair colors like black or brown. I like that the show used the color of there surroundings to emphasize the characters more than eye catching neon hair colors.
Audio wise Ranma has a lot of standard sound effects from that period of anime but its soundtrack was pretty catchy. I remember season ones soundtrack being so charming and cute that i listened to it more than a few dozen times. As for voice acting, i enjoyed it pretty thoroughly. I have seen both Ranma in English and Japanese and i can say that both are pretty fair to amazing in voice talent. I did however resent the change in voice for Ranma in the English version as it was somewhat drastic. All in all the audio is very good though i feel it was strongest in season one.
Overall i enjoy Ranma more than anything i have ever seen before which is saying a lot about it. I love to laugh, i love bright and warm shows and I like too see things that i haven't before. Ranma offered me a lot of new things and if you have seen tons of anime and then watch it you may not see the originality as much as i do but it is there. I still wish a studio would remake or continue from where the first one left off even if they gotta recast the voice actors and add actual plot. I cant help but gush about how happy it makes me to watch this show. Season one was definitely the best season overall before they did the changes for big time production but the rest of it is great too.
Ranma 1/2 is Outstanding to me and i think people can still get lots of entertainment and enjoyment from this show.
Well, I give credit for at least trying to make a good anime; however, this was far from it. I don't mean to offend any lovers of Ranma 1/2, but the story was very poor. The plot, however, was imaginative, and it was enjoyable for a little while. The episodes kept drawing me back again and again, even though sometimes I'd yell out to myself "That was the worst episode EVER!"
The creator tried too hard to make Ranma 1/2 funny, so it fails dramatically later in the series. The events begin to be extremely predictable, and although sometimes the humor made me
laugh my heart out, most of it was simply annoying.
With my taste in anime (I like to see adventure, occasional humor, and a LOT of character development), I found this show to be somewhat... Annoying. All right, maybe very annoying. Some of the episodes are like a pornographic version of Looney Tunes (what with all the slapstick humor), and it really got on my nerves. Not to mention that the characters NEVER develop. This makes for fun characters at the beginning, but the quality of events and story begin to fail later on.
However, I still finished the series, and found some episodes very fun and hilarious; but when I finally reached that last episode, I breathed a sigh of relief and moved on to different anime.
I have to give the plot some credit. It's fairly original and even cute sometimes, and pretty inventive (I mean, Ranma turns into a girl when splashed with cold water, and this makes for some very humorous moments).
The music is fun and catchy. Not cool or exciting, just catchy, and sometimes a bit... Weird. But it's fun nonetheless.
The art fits the plot very well. It's fairly cute and an original way to illustrate, and I somewhat like it.
Depending on your taste in humor, characters and their development, you may want to give this anime a try.
This was my first anime I watched. That's why I wanted to watch more anime because of Ranma 1/2. This story was super funny and I LOVED the characters. It's like you get attached to them because there were many episodes... and I seriously did not want to go to sleep. I know nothing is perfect but I had to rate ranma a 10 0verall. There were 2 or 3 filler episodes I didn't care for but I still encourage all of you to watch it.
Ranma 1/2 is one of those classics, and needless to say, every classic has its backstory. Ranma began as a manga, written and drawn by Rumiko Takahashi, that ballooned into a wild success and became one of her most recognizable properties aside Inuyasha and Urusai Yatsura. Obviously the direction to go was an anime--which was cancelled after one season in Japan due to poor ratings.
I imagine there to be some confusion here. The show is listed having 100+ episodes, right? Ranma has multiple seasons. Well, you see, its a bit of a false claim. Season 1 of Ranma 1/2 as we know it
is technically a different series, with everything after it being part of a revival anime made several years after the first anime was cancelled. So we're actually looking at two different anime here: Ranma 1/2, and Ranma Nibun no Ichi (Ranma One Half). They were made by the same company, however, so many of the same traits exist in both shows.
First off is the story. Based off the manga itself, the Ranma anime is the tale of a boy and his father who fell into enchanted springs that change his father into a panda, and more importantly, the protagonist Ranma into the opposite gender. But oh no! Panda dad promised his old friend, Mr. Tendo, that his son would marry one of his daughters. Introduce the fiance Akane Tendo, and later on, the OTHER girls who Ranma was engaged to (sometimes by accident, sometimes by means of his irresponsible father).
All the episodes follow the adventures of Ranma and the people who surround and are affected by him, either via martial arts, the curse, or the fiance problem. As is, the show gets very creative with wacky ideas like 'Martial Arts Ice Skating' and 'Martial Arts Competative Eating'---and honestly, its REALLY fun to watch. The show is outright ridiculous in its problems and its solutions so its often hard to tear yourself away from the bizarre plot of the day. Martial Arts Gambling? Why not!
Now this kind of wackiness is hard to follow unless you're following along with great characters. The character writing can draw the line between good wacky and bad wacky, because you really don't want to follow wackiness done by characters who aren't enjoyable. Thankfully Ranma has a pretty wide cast of enjoyable characters. Ranma himself is kind of a jerk, but since the majority of the show is him getting his comeuppance, that really isn't a problem. The fiancees are varying levels of your mileage may vary. You'll hate some, you'll love some, but most will undoubtably be annoyed by Akane and the 'will they/won't they' tsundere nonsense.
The side characters as a whole are what make Ranma 1/2. You have the lost boy Ryouga with his inability to tell left from right, a severe emotional inbalance, and the strength of about fifty men....when he's not turned into a piglet. You have Kuno, with all the brains of a slug and all the ego of Uwe Boll (with a Lady Gaga egosister to match) who has no issue with being in love with two girls who hate his guts (not that he notices). You have the entire Tendo family, each a bit odd in their own way. And of course the fiancees, mainly Ukyo and Shampoo, who are conniving and clever but always silly and fun to love.
Then there's the art. This is when the Season 1 and the Nibun no Ichi difference come into play. You see, when the show was renewed, one of the suggestions made to make Nibun no Ichi more appealing was to give the characters wide, shimmering eyes and more squashed faces. This is present in season 1 too, of course, but upon renewal it was decided to further exaggerate it. It looks cute, I guess. I honestly preferred the original manga art, if I'm to be entirely honest---these big shiny eyes and squashed faces do nothing for me on the characters. I'm sure it works for someone, but that someone isn't me.
The sound is where it gets...tricky. There are some good openings and closings in Ranma 1/2. The first opening is pretty memorable, and songs like Zettai Part 2 and Earth Orchestra are pleasant in their own ways. But songs like Love Panic, Full of Memories, and Neverending Summer Vacation are just all in all not that great. While half the songs come off as very catchy, the other half comes off as generic bad romance 80s music. And I mean super 80s. Revv up that synth, son.
But the main problem lies in the actual bgm. Season 1's bgm sounds like it was stock music composed on a Cassio, and honestly, it doesn't get much better in Nibun no Ichi. The bgm is by no means AWFUL in Nibun no Ichi, but it just sounds like the same stock bgm with slightly improved quality. And I do only mean slightly improved. The first time I rewatched the show I was flabberghasted, and left wondering if the video stream had been altered or something. It was just that bad.
All in all, Ranma 1/2 is a mixed bag. It's clearly the inferior to the manga, however, it still has many of the aspects that made the manga so great. It even is wise enough to add onto that, introducing new characters and new dilemmas. There's definitely something here, but I feel they overall created an inferior product. I can only give it a 6/10, even though my nostalgia urges me to rate higher. But it simply isn't the 8/10 that I once believe it to be. Still watch it if you are a fan of the original, though. You'll find new stories and new characters and new adventures to satiate the Ranma urge now that the manga is done.
One of my most favorite shows. It has Comedy, Love and Action. It has funny, interesting well developed characters (in all areas), lot of ridiculous stuff happening and it has Panda and the Red-head girl... What else do you need, to have fun?
Well.. the thing that I personaly cherrish the most about this show is the fact, that the autor managed to take the GENDER TRANSFORMATION, and use it in comedical love story with the matrial arts action, and leave out the fanservise and the inappropriate echi that ruins almost every new anime today.
Note: One more thing... Ive never ever before (or after) seen any
similar take on the Harem-style anime, that is in the Ranma 1/2.
Ranma 1/2 is a show that incorporates a very disliked and rare genre in anime known as gender-bender. While some would see that as an immediate turnoff since most anime incorporating this genre tend to butcher it, I would say that Ranma is one of the few that used it correctly. The characters in this show give an outstanding performance and that's what makes them so memorable. Even when one has favorites(Shampoo), the rest don't fall that far behind. The story is much like a cut and paste i want this here and that there kind of deal and surprisingly, that's
what makes it so fun. Now this might just be me being nostalgic but this show has been one of the bests I've seen even to this date. My only problem with this show is that is ended abruptly and left me wanting more. But even so I would recommend anyone who has enough time to watch 100+ episodes of greatness.
Ranma 1/2 can clearly be described as a Romance/Action/Comedy anime. If your don't like any of these genres then this is not for you because each other these genres are featured heavily.
That's not to say every episode will have romance, nor every episode will have action and so on. But its hard to find an episode that does not have at least one of these genres.
But of course are story about a boy that turn into a girl and back will always have great comedic appeal, any situation that could possibly go down in this condition, has.
I LOVED this anime, i watched it after
Inuyasha after finding our it was written by the same mangaka. If you liked Inuyahsa then you will definitely like this. It has a similar romantic ambiance to it and the action is very entertaining.
Although there are some faults, some of the jokes can get repetitive one you get to like the 60th episode, but the action is always fresh so wouldn't recommend dropping it halfway.
The characters are amazing and totally unique, character development id not always evident partially because the main point of the anime is that nothing happens in terms of romance or revelations. But if it did then more than half the jokes and such would be lost immediately.
As a urban fantasy anime, there is not a lot of magic or supernatural in the action scenes which is one if the main reason its so enjoyable, its a new thing rather than the cliche of the shounen genre. Just two guys fighting atop houses or in the school courtyard.
All in all this is a fantastic anime, one would definitely recommend to any anime veteran or long-time anime watcher. And if you enjoyed it then i would also recommend the manga it made me laugh 1000 times harder and there are small things the anime skips over but nothing too drastic.
(A little warning... this is a style of Review that I am trying out. I have three characters that are apart of my storyline that goes with my reviews. I am trying to integrate them into my reviews as well so please excuse the small conversation in it. This one is a trial version of where the male character Kurai suddenly turns into a girl as a April Fools joke by Angel.)
So wow, um… as you read from the description or just by knowing this pretty well known anime, this is a gender bender harem. As such, the show has numerous amounts of fan service,
awkward tension, misunderstandings, and secrets. You can’t watch the whole series without a boob popping out once in a while or the occasional pervert showing up now and again. (Kurai: “You are not going to be seeing mine!”) (Angel: “Sounding more like a girl already are we?”) (Kurai: “Shut up!”)
I have a big question, how is every freaken boy after Akane? I never see anything in her that would be the normal of a girl the boys would drool over. I guess in a way, that’s what makes this show special. She’s not the nerdy girl with glasses, the moe girl with childlike aspects, or a full adult style body. She’s just a normal girl who practices martial arts and is kind of (ok, really bad) at cooking. Sometimes she does have a sweet side but she doesn’t show it to just anyone so how they know about it would be beyond me. We can understand why everybody wants Ranma though; he’s strong, agile, and really athletic. He is also somewhat like a bad boy so it sums him up slightly. But even in the first episode, Ranma shows that he can be sweet and has a code that’s rather good. Now if only he wasn’t afraid of cats… (Kurai: “Ha! That’s the stupidest fear…”) (Angel: “Watch it or when I find out yours, your going down!”) (Kurai: *Shuts up*)
One could also wonder about a lot of characters in this show because they are really super stupid. They may have some times where they are at least a little smart but oh god that doesn’t last long at all. I can understand some of the love triangles and some of the problems with nearsightedness, directional problems, and other such things. BUT… that does not excuse more then half the stupid stuff they do. Believe me, if I go too much into the other characters, we will be here all night. That’s another problem with the series; we have the main characters; the supporting characters; the characters that come up every other episode; the ones that stay for a short time, go away and come back again in the next season; and then there are the characters we think may show up again and don’t. (Akuma: “What about the ones that turn into animals?”) (Angel: “I’m getting to that.”) The ones who turn into animals (and I talk about the ones that actually are more like main characters) are somewhat interesting and if you really get into the animals they turn into and their personalities, they pretty much all fit.
Ryoga who’s the pig, and he is pretty much as strong as a boar and a lot of times he runs head first into a situation without thinking. He gets lost easy to the point that he would get lost going to the bathroom in his own damn house! There is Mousse who turns into a duck, and he pretty much talks like one when he starts explaining things all the time. And yet, he is so nearsighted that even when standing two inches away from something, if he doesn’t have his glasses, he thinks it’s someone else. And then there is Shampoo who turns into a cat, she’s feisty and acts like a cat in how cunning she can be.
Then we get to the point where I bet every one wants me to point out, the fact the series runs to damn long! There are seven seasons, three movies, and 12 OVAs. I will get to the OVAs later on though but the seasons… this show should not of gone on as long as it did and it still didn’t end! The manga didn’t end either but I feel that most of the reason the series went on so long is they were playing it out for the end of the manga. The jokes are reused so many times that it feels stale and I hate to say it but most of the episodes aren’t really even part of the manga.
There are some inconsistencies that happen within the show, as in the first episode, Genma turns into a man after being a panda but he has clothing on. One of the big things about people who turn into animals is that they lose their clothing. It’s a major part of the story but yet at times it seems that it only happens when it inconsistencies them. Other times they turn back with clothing on. It makes it a little confusing.
The artwork is rather good for how old the show is and it aged rather well. It does get even better in its later episodes as it grew with the time although the older ones have a nice feeling that they did different animation for flashbacks to previous episodes. The female body is very sexually created and yet many of the girls do seem to have a bit of muscular body structure to show they have been working out. There is a lot of nudity and though in the earlier episodes, they luckily don’t show the nipple (Well, at least for the moving images but then they are sitting there, sometimes they do. In the later ones though, they show practically a well-detailed body.
The English voice acting… well it gets better over time. Oh come on now, you can’t tell me that after how many seasons Ranma got (and the many amounts of movies) it wouldn’t at least get better. Many times the lip sink does get out of sink but with so many characters screaming and having exaggerated mouth movements, it happens. The music can be really fun at times and then switch to a mysterious few cords. They may be annoying but since they have been used over and over, there are ones I can pick out perfectly as what the soundtrack is supposed to represent.