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: 7.991 (scored by 2432724,327 users)
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Ranked: #7582
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Popularity: #312
Members: 49,256
Favorites: 2,939


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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.

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Mar 22, 2021
My first manga that I've read so I am really biased. The overall story and plot was decent so my review is completely based off of nostalgia.
The characters themselves are iconic and the comedy was quite something.

It was a shame that the anime didn't adapt the best arcs in the story (in my opinion) but that was all the more reason to read the manga. Although, I do remember some of the jokes being a bit iffy but nowhere near as bad as other animes during the time this was released and they are far and inbetween so I didn't notice as much.

I would recommend ...
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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