A lot of people already said it but I guess it is a good reason to watch Inuyasha then:)
I love both series very much,and that is because I'm a big fan of Takahashi Rumiko, the creator of both, Ranma 1/2 and Inuyaha.
The story isn't really similar, but the art and the characters sure are! Inuyasha is more dramatic and serious , while Ranma has a quite stupid and illogical story, it is amazingly funny though! If you like the funny moments in Inuyasha you should know that if you watch Ranma 1/2, you'll laugh at least every 5 minutes. Also, if you were craving for a more serious story in Ranma 1/2, you should watch Inuyasha.
The main characters are also very alike, Ranma Saotome and Inuyasha even have the same voice and the behavior is almost the same. This goes for their relationship with the main female as well! Of course there are a lot of fighting scenes and interesting antiheroes in both series.
As a conclusion, if you are a Takahashi fan and only watched one of these two, you should definitely check out the other one!  read more
Both anime are by the same person, great comedy and mostly liked by people who watched it as a child or watched when they just starting to like anime, both has prideful and powerful protaginist and with a girl that they must work together
The characters, story and art are very similar. What else do you expect if it's made by the same creators? Though the genre is not exactly the same thing. They added action (Not matrial arts, but fighting most of the time monsters) and adventure to InuYasha, so Ranma 1/2 has more comedy. Ranma 1/2 is also older, they made InuYasha after Ranma 1/2. So the art looks very similar, but InuYasha's art is better.
There are some characters with almost excatly the same personality..
Akane Tendo - Kagome Higurashi
Ranma Saotome - InuYasha
Ryoga Hibiki - Koga
Cologne - Kaede
and probably more.. InuYasha and Kagome's relationship is almost the same as Ranma's relationship with Akane.. It gives me the same feeling.
If you liked Ranma 1/2 I strongly recommend you to watch InuYasha.
If you you watched InuYasha you might think Ranma 1/2 sucks because its old. That's what I thought before watching it, and now I'm really glad I've tryed this series.
Im almost sure you'll like it, vica versa ^^ read more
The characters are very similar and both series since they are written by the same author. Each series is on the lengthy side and although there is more story in InuYasha it still follows a similar comedic and romantic pattern with Ranma 1/2
there both great animes that idk they just remind me of eachother in many ways. they love tringals-the fights-realistice in some ways to real life (not by much in some situations but anyway XDDD)
n i think they have all the things that a anime needs to make at list me wanna watch :D
Another really funny anime series, written by the same manga-ka. Both series are very alike because they don't focus on a main plot. Instead, they tend to concentrate on the characters, their evolution and their relationships throughout the series.
Urusei Yatsura was the first big series and success of Rumiko Takahashi, it was on Urusei Yatsura where she developed her clever and wacky classic comedy stories that she would also use later on Ranma. Both series went to being highly influential on the anime industry and comedy anime was never the same after them, especially Urusei Yatsura.
Needless to say that if you enjoy one, you'll also enjoy the other.
Firstly, they're by the same mangaka, Rumiko Takahashi, and they have the same wacky, absurd type of comedy, stupid, crazy, unique characters, and surreal, insane (mis)adventures, all put into a rather normal, slice of life-ish situation.
In both anime the 2 main characters don't exactly get along well with each other, even though they live under the same roof and are destined to get married.
Also, the male and female protagonist of both series have about 3 or 4 people who are hopelessly in love with them, and constantly chase after them trying to break the couple up, and who, also, deeply hate the fiancée of their loved one.
In both series the main female character (Akane/Lum) is a short-tempered, easily angered tsundere, but actually cares a lot about the main guy (Ranma/Ataru).
Both anime have a huge cast and a lot of weird supporting characters.
Also, both are really long series, and have a bunch of OAVs, specials, movies, and OSTs.
The main difference is that Ranma 1/2 is better, funnier, and about martial arts, and Urusei Yatsura is a sci-fi series (even though Ranma has some fantasy/supernatural elements too). read more
They are made by the same manga-ka.
The main characters don't get along very well even though they live together and are destined to be married.
Other people who are desprately trying to break them up both sets of main chartacters who live with their parents and go to the same highschool.
Both shows are long running comedies that emply lots of slap stick and ironic humor and mnisadventures. Also both shows have their share of movies and ovas, and a huge OST set.
A lot of the themes of Ranma 1/2 were first developed in Urusei Yatsura. There are so many similarities, in fact, that you may wander why you should watch one if you've seen the other (just remember that Urusei Yatsura was a hit in Japan and Ranma wasn't).
There is a character Ryuunosuke that has a very similar relationship to her father to Ranma's and his dad. That character is also a female martial artist like Akane and a female crossdresser like Ukkyo. Lum and Ten wear tiger stripes like Ryoga, and all of them have fangs. Themes of Japanese folklore pervade both series. Lum's obsession with Ataru is similar to ... well, all the girl's fascination with Ranma. Ataru's relationship to Ten is similar to Ranma's relationship to P-Chan. Cherry the preist is reminiscent of Happosai. Mendou is reminiscent of Kuno, though he was trained in much the same way Ranma got Cat-Fu. As I said, the similarities are extensive. read more
In the shows both contain main characters that are cursed and turn into animals and/or the opposite gender under certain circumstances. They are also both filled with comedy, although Fruits Basket adds a bit of drama, whereas Ranma is simply all out silly. Ranma 1/2 is more episodic and Fruits Basket has a more continuous story development. All in all, the premise of both are quite similar, and are worth a viewing.
Both the anime have curses in which the characters chage into other forms. In Ranma 1/2 ,Ranma turns into a girl when doused by cold water and the other characters turn into different animals like a pig, a panda, a cat, a duck etc. In Fruits Basket different characters of the Shoma family turn into different animals of the Zodiac when hugged by a member of the opposite sex. Both series have comedy.
Asu no Yoichi is a spiritual successor to Ranma's "Martial Arts Comedy Romance" genre. There's a family dojo with sisters, the main characters practice a martial art, and there's lots of accidental falling in cleavage moments.
Both shows are comical, and include a male protagonist who have been segregated from society due to their training and everything that they experience in the city is new to them. Not to mention both of them are freeloading from a girl, both male protagonist are very strong but allow themselves to be beaten up by a specific girl.(usually the girl they like) Both male and female protagonist like each other but can't admit it.
Both Ranma and this Kampfer guy have the same problem-when they turn into a girl, thay don't stare at themselvees in the mirror naked,and don't musturbate on themselves.
Though they don't do it with different reasons-Ranma is a man of honour,when Kampfer guy is a pussy even in male form.
so same problems,same jokes,if u liked one u may like another.
Both are about boys that sometimes turn into girls, both are very funny as well. If you like a good long story with something diffrent I think you schould cheek out Kämpfer and Ranma 1/2. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender will love this as much as straight people but I can see how an LGBT person would like this one alot!
These two shows are 50% similar to each other I guess because they both go their separate paths throughout their storylines.
1. They are both gender bender shows
2. They both have plenty of nude scenes
3. They both contain fighting scenes (for all of you action lovers)
4.They both have catchy credits
Both of these series are created by Rumiko Takahashi. The animations style and character design are very similar. Ranma is based more on martial arts while Masion Ikkoku has more to do with day to day life. Both series share the same kind of humor and odd family/friend relationships.
In relation to this anime its made by the same wonderful creator Rumiko Takashi so you will notice a similar drawing style and maybe a few familiar scenes. The difference is mostly in Maison Ikkoku has a lot more romantic developments than pitted rivalry's. One of the things i felt could have been more explored in Ranma was the romantic aspects of the show and when i found out that Maison Ikkoku existed i was instantly curious and after watching only 5 episodes i knew this is just what i wanted. It is nowhere near as long as Ranma so do not be intimidated to start it off, also unlike Ranma's ending they wrapped it up in a movie tho the movie adds a few characters that never made it onto the show.
If you love the comedy and the romance of Ranma this may be a good follow up show for you, it has just such a familiar feel while making it all feel closer to reality.  read more
Both were long ongoing 80s martial arts comedy anime. The atmosphere and feel is generally the same with a recurring Chinese theme and animal characters. Ranma has more romance and fanservice in it and Dragon Ball changes to a more serious mood later on.
The lead characters are incredibly similar. Kaname and Akane and both short-tempered, and violent, but also kind, sweet, and easily embarrassed.
The male leads, Sagara and Ranma, are both romantically and sexually clueless. The relationship that they have with the female lead is also very similar. Both have incredible ability in combat, which often gets them in trouble.
An extremely skilled and strong male protagonist with a big secret has to go to school with a fiery tempered dark-haired girl who continually beats the crap out of him for social faux pas or for accidentally getting into some sort of sexually suggestive situation.
Slayers has the same style of humor of Ranma except less odd martial arts and more magic but about the same number of explosions and destruction! The music and cell-animation in both shows are just wonderful and highly recommended if you want a good laugh!
Kyoukai no Rinne is pratically the second incarnation of Ranma 1/2.
Both are comedy anime, made by the same author and both have basically the same feel.
While Ranma relies on gender bending, people turning into animals and martial arts parodies to make the audicence laugh, Rinne's gags are all about the interaction with ghosts and the main character's financial problems.
Well the author is the same..
The setting is different but the storyline is similar...
You can call Kyokai no rinne the concept of Inuyasha and storyline of Ranma1/2...
Boy meets girl..
they solve problems of ghost/people together
The story aimlessly rotates in the same point....
URGGHh Words are not enough to express how awesome both of these animes were *tears up* I personally fell inlove with both because of the love/hate thing going on oAo SERIOUSLY!!!! I also liked the fact that despite Aoba's "tomboy-ish-ness" lots of people were still able to develop a crush on her....WHICH MADE KOU SO FRIGGIN JEALOUS....well yeah i exaggerate too much but come on...don't you think that his jealousy was so cute :3 ^_^ same with Akane from ranma 1/2, even ranma has his lapses wherein he would sort of accidentally admit that he likes akane (indirectly) by being all jealous and stuff urrghhh JUST SERIOUSLY WATCH THIS IF YOU LOVE TSUNDERES :D both the guy and the girl here are :)
lol i know i'm making no sense to you right now but PLEASE give it a shot >u< read more
Both are old-style animes around the time of the original DBZ. The stories do have one main difference involving the TYPE of romance relationship however. Ranma is a romance that requires the characters to slowly warm up to each other, whereas in Aoshi they jump right into the relationship, although it fits given the beginning of the story.
Both are rom-coms where a boy and a girl are forced to be a couple by their fathers. Though the boy and the girl hate each other at first, after a while, hate starts to change into love. Both series have also other girls who have crush on the boy. Also, while Ranma ½ is ecchi, Nisekoi isn't.
Both involve 2 characters who treat each other harshly, especially at first, but as the series develops they begin to have their moments where they break that front and eventually have romantic feelings toward each other. Both have hilarious comedy and i highly reccomend this anime to any who enjoyed Lovely complex. If you've seen this anime and liked it, you must watch Ranma 1/2. I'd even consider it a step up.
While Ranma 1/2 has way more episodes then Juubee-chan, I'd like to think of both of them as action comedies. I think its the comedy within the characters that drive both anime. Their also old school anime with old school fighting techniques.
Both have the main character being the strongest, encountering rivals along the way who constantly re-challenge him time and time again. Many times involving a new technique or way of powering up for the rival side character to stand up to the MC this time around.
Both have filler, many episodes of which is dedicated to a certain side character. Developing the character further.
Both are action shows where the MC blows away some side characters (Beelzebub, the MK5. Ranma, Kuno.) Sending them flying into the distance. It doesnt sound like much, but it happens so often it sort of sets a tone for the show.
Both of these shows also have some sort of wishy washy ending that solves nothing. But the fact that comedy and just having fun with the crazy different sorts of characters the plots conclusion isn't a focus and is missed less then it usually would be. read more
Lot's of humor, hate-love relationship (not admitting that they like the other person), main character has a goal and it's for a type of sport she's enthusiastic about just like Ranma and his martial arts.
Well, Kenshin is a lot more violent and it's more realistic (in battling scenes and all) than Ranma. Ranma doesn't have that much of a serious atmosphere as Kenshin has, it has more cheerful scenes. They both have interesting long battles, cute lover quarrels and stubborn girl characters. I'm definitely sure you'll love Ranma as well! (^_^)
The setting in these two series is very similiar. Guy goes to live with a family that has three daughters. Both of the series contain same kind of humour and even though Ranma ½ has more battling, they share the same kind of feeling.
both are very funny comedies as well as having one male lead that has a lot of girls that love him as well as both having action in them as well besides just the romance and comedy. so i think a must watch if your a fan of one or the other.
Rozen maiden will bring out a pedophile in you ,and ranma will make that woman in you come to the surface.
both have some very funny moments and some strange love,which you will see in no other anime.both have some fighting loving and missunderstanding.
Akane and Louise are both violent girls. Ranma and Saito are both popular with girls. The funny thing about Ranma 1/2 is that it's full of trouble. It's the same thing for ZnT. Plus, ZnT can be considered as a romantic comedy too, I think. The only difference is that ZnT is a tiny bit more serious than Ranma 1/2.
Both have bizarre comedy, take place in Dojo though one of the leads is a part time singer. The romance is different though both very slap stick Chou has a lead romantic couple while Ranma has two people who like each or but just don't get along. Ranma is a gender bender hes a male who turns back and forth from female. The lead girl in Chou just dresses up as a boy at school. Chou Kuse ni Narisou is sometimes refer too as the female version of Ranma 1/2.
Martial arts comedy where a boy martial artist (Ranma practices an anything-goes style, while Kabamaru is a ninja descended from the Iga) is invited to live with a new family thanks to a parent/grandparent, but the new family's daughter/granddaughter doesn't get along with him.
Ayano and Akane both act the same if the person they like disrespects them they get mad and fight them though Ranma and Kazuma are both stronger than them and like to tease them. The differences in both shows are huge in Ranma 1/2 it is a light hearted random dojo fighting show while this show is more darker and sort of funny but mostly action packed. Another common thing about both of shows are Akane and Ayano both have dads who want to push them to fall in love with the lead guy.
Even though Rumiko Takahashi only did the character designs for Moeyo Ken, this series has a similar feel to Ranma 1/2 with the comedy, the characters, and the romance. For example, Yuuko Kondo has a personality akin to girl-type Ranma Saotome and the young waitress girl Sayoko Yamazaki has both the appearance and personality like Kasumi Tendo.