Ranma ½
Ranma 1/2
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Ranma ½

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Japanese: らんま½
English: Ranma 1/2
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Type: Manga
Volumes: 38
Chapters: 407
Status: Finished
Published: Aug 5, 1987 to Feb 21, 1996
Genres: Action Action, Comedy Comedy, Romance Romance, Ecchi Ecchi
Themes: Harem Harem, Martial Arts Martial Arts, School School
Demographic: Shounen Shounen
Serialization: Shounen Sunday
Authors: Takahashi, Rumiko (Story & Art)


Score: 7.981 (scored by 2535325,353 users)
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Ranked: #7722
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Popularity: #316
Members: 51,396
Favorites: 2,993


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Chapters: /407


Soun Tendou runs the Tendou Martial Arts School accompanied by his three daughters: Akane, Nabiki, and Kasumi. One day, the sisters' lives are turned upside down when their father announces that he has promised one of them to be married to a fellow martial artist's son in hopes of carrying on the family legacy. In addition to their mixed reactions, when the fiancé arrives, the last thing the Tendou family expects is Ranma Saotome and his father, Genma.

Ranma has been training in China with his father until an unfortunate accident changed them both. Now, when water touches them, Ranma turns into a girl and Genma into a giant panda. Ranma ½ follows Ranma as he attempts to get along with his newly betrothed, the youngest of the Tendou sisters, Akane. As the two begin to attend the same school, they deal with fellow friends and rivals, all of whom have something to say about their engagement.

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Ranma ½ was published in English by VIZ Media from May 1993 to November 16, 2006. It was VIZ's longest running manga at the release of its final volume. It was republished in 2-in-1 omnibuses in the original right-to-left format by VIZ Media under the Shonen Sunday imprint from March 11, 2014 to March 14, 2017.

The series was also partially published in Spanish in a special kanzenban edition (based on Japanese shinsouban) by EDT/Glénat España from December 2011 to June 2013, but the publisher went defunct. In June 2015, the license was picked up by Planeta Cómic.


Saotome, Ranma
Tendou, Akane
Hibiki, Ryouga
Kuonji, Ukyo
Tendou, Nabiki
Saotome, Genma
Kuno, Tatewaki
Tendou, Kasumi


Nov 14, 2023
Taking it as typical RT shonen (from what I have read so far) she's not the type to have overly gushy endings but ones left to your imagination with some guidance. Meaning you at least have an idea of what will eventually happen, even if not stated directly. Ranma, however, like other's accurately pointed out, has so many loose ends. You can anticipate how things will resolve but it is a huge frustration that so many were left up to the reader's imagination.

Character-wise: There were a few characters I could have done without, take Happosai, honestly got in the way and was so annoying. ...
Nov 3, 2017
Mixed Feelings
Story: (3)
We have a male protagonist, who is forced into a arranged marriage. Further the protagonist is cursed, when splashed with cold water, he will turn into a woman. So, the story is a romance, plus the search for a cure for the curse, somewhat.
The romance part was a huge let down, while there were some short romantic moment, those moments were never satisfying to read since all of those moments where destroyed by trying to hard to to be funny. (using characters go to jokes) The peak of the let down was the "on the brink of death, I love you, oh I survived ...
Jul 3, 2021
I don't care how "iconic" Ranma 1/2 is...I got seriously disappointed at this series.

At the end of 38 rather lengthy volumes only one of all the plot lines is ever resolved, leaving a very anti-climatic open ending. Regarding the humor, is completely repetitive. Yes, during the whole 38 volumes Rumiko Takashi basically repeats the same formula and gags over and over and over varying only the characters and the circumstances. Not to mention that with every new characters that is added, a new plot lines is added also ( and as I said before, only one of all those plot lines is ever resolved ). ...

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