Well Ranma 1/2 doesn't have a plot per say. It's more like a bunch of entertaining stories put together in the middle of a crazy scenario. However, that does not decrease the value of Ranma at all. It is a very good manga to pick up. Even considering the age and art style are quite different than most manga modern day. It is still very action packed and extremely hilarious. It happens to be one of my favorite manga of all time, just because the characters are all unique and funny. Just by reading Ranma you can discover the influence it has had on
many of todays manga. The stories aren't redundant and it very good read. In fact, I plan on reading the volumes multiple times. The action comedy romance is quite spectacular and unique to Ranma, unlike other series, it obtains a sense of originality that separates it from the rest and truly makes it great. Unfortunately, I don't which to spoil the series but all the twists and turns are funny and suprising that it will always make you have a "Laugh out Loud Moment". The Protagonists and the supporting characters are all memorable and it really is a manga that is worth reading, even if it does not particularly have a plot.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS TO ANYONE WHO LIKES MARTIAL ARTS AND COMEDY!
With a side of romance to boot, who would miss out on the opportunity to read this CHAOTIC AND SPECTACULAR MANGA!
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 suprise.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 other we meet along the way.
We have our core group of Ranma and friends, and a number of other characters that come and go.
(10) The art is amazingly detailed and crisp. Age is no qualm here as an excuse for sloppy art. This is top notch. Sometimes simple and clean, other times detail overload.
( 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, 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, 38 volumes is a lot to read through. 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.
(10) 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 Akanes explosive temper can get a little old
10/10 without a doubt. Bias included.
"More than a story, an adventure." - This is the general feeling given off by Rumiko Takahashi's "Ranma 1/2". A manga which really communicates with you, making the reader part of the story.
Ranma 1/2 is more of a collection of different "episodes" than a single story. The arcs are distinct from each other, with little or no connection between each other. The main plot however, is easily recognized as a dominant theme in all arcs. This setup makes the story lighter, as there are no unnecessary details clogging the flow of events.
Takahashi keeps the story simple all throughout, making it more
suitable to most reader's tastes. As most shounen manga some "typical themes", such as that of the "always-strongest-main-character" were recurrent, but they did not tarnish the work (though I may be biased here).
The manga fulfills its genre properly, providing the reader with lots of action, cut by good "doses" of romance and comedy. The manga ends on a generally satisfying note, leaving only a few, unimportant plot holes but neatly wrapping up the main story line.
In terms of artwork, the manga is simple, neat and realistic. It omits unnecessary details, providing only the essential elements for an enjoyable story. Through the art, the mangaka creates an effect of simplicity, making the reader appreciate the pleasure of a "normal" romance/comedy (normal as far as a shounen gender bender allows it anyway...).
Character-wise, what I most enjoyed in this story is how balanced the characters were. All characters were satisfactorily developed, having their strengths and their flaws. By displaying her character's flaws, Rumiko Takahashi allows us to relate more easily to them, something I find difficult to do when the character is presented as "perfect".
As the story progresses, the characters improve in the eyes of the reader and their relationships with each other changes, which is a gripping and realistic portrait of life.
A fantastic read, with deep, meaningful passages as well as light comedy contributing to one of the most enjoyable manga series I have read. I will definitely be re-reading this series in the future though I doubt that the enjoyment will be the same that I feel about the manga as I am writing. Rumiko Takahashi truly makes you experience her character's adventures making it a memorable and unforgettable experience.
Dealing with bias
As I may have been biased in this review (Ranma 1/2 is, after all, one of my favorites!) I will add this manga's average score (from MAL) to my own average score to give a fair overall score. Please note that the Ranma 1/2 statistics are taken today (24.10.13).
Personal Score - 9.50/10
MAL Average Score - 8.03/10
You know, I did try. For a long time I just ignored this series, too long, peculiar premise, no time. I finally ran into the first few volumes at the library and gave in. Why not? I thought. The whole series is out in English, the library actually has them, I enjoy Inuyasha and this is Rumiko Takahashi's other famous work. It can't be that bad, now can it?
Well, that depends on your taste. Ranma 1/2 is a comedy. A rather plotless, inane comedy filled with slapstick and truly horrible puns. (Shampoo, granddaughter of Cologne? Yeesh.) And it
is indeed reminiscent of Inuyasha, though, that really should be the other way around-Ranma came first. The art is markedly similar, Takahashi-san does have a unique, enjoyable style, and it hasn't changed greatly over the years. Neither has her sense of humor; the comedic interludes of Inuyasha immediately sprang to mind as I read. But there was nothing else to pull you in. No clearly defined antagonist (Random romantic rivals coming out of the woodwork, but no villain or even anything close.), no particularly sympathetic protagonist (Ranma? Bit of a jerk, really. And the whole lot act like idiots on a regular basis.), and not much of a plot. Boy and girl forced into arranged marriage. Boy also changes sex involuntarily. Stuff happens.
Five volumes was more than enough for me. Your mileage may vary.
To start things off, I have a lot of love for Rumiko Talajashi and her many works, but so far I have loved Ranma 1/2 most of all, so if my review seems a little biased, please forgive me.
Let me give you a quick summary of what this story is all about. Ranma Saotome is a 16 year old martial artist who went on a training mission to China with his father. His father took him to one of Chinas roughest training areas, The Jusenkyo springs, a place covered with hundreds of small springs each with a curse.
Those who train there often fall into the springs attaining the curse. Its safe to say that Ranma and his father, Genma, are one of those unlucky few. And what IS the curse?? No they don't grow an extra head, no they don't have to kill someone to get through the day, and no they aren't forced to suffer the tortures of hell every waking minute of their lives, the curse Ranma and is father attain is far worse. For Genma, after getting knocked intoi a spring by one of his sons kicks is cursed to tansform itno a panda whenever splashed wth cold water as for Ranma well... instead of a panda HE is cursed to transform into a buxom young lady whenever doused with cold water. Now these curses wouldn't seem so bad if it wasn't for the fact that only hot water can transform them back to normal, and with sudden downpours, waterparks, and the surprising lack of proper water disposal hot water is pretty damn hard to come by. To make matters worse the two were so depressed about their curses they forgot to jump into the one spring that could cure them, The spring of drowned man! Not only that but Ranma's father has arranged for him to marry, Akane, the daughter of Genmas good freind and a girl who hates boys. These two would be lovers get off to a rough start, but slowly except each other, unfortunately Ranma and Akane have a habit of collecting rivals and "fiances". Will Ranma and Akane fall in love? Will Ranma ever rid himself of his curse?
Well theres a basic summary of the series, Ranma 1/2 is fairly episodic, and lacks in major plot development, however although the story jumps from one idea to another these ideas are very genuine and unique and add a certain pizaz to the series. Another point that should be noted is the fact that Ranma 1/2 is mostly a romantic comedy, but the different story arcs seem to revolve more around comedy and action then romance.
I give the story of Ranma 1/2 a 8/10, because although it lacks major plot, the comedy aspect is just too good to give a lower score.
Art: I love this series with all my heart, but while the art does accomplish what it is meant to do, (characters,setting,etc) looking at other anime and manga it most definately could be better. Don't get me wrong the art is good, but it could be better.
I'll give the art of Ranma 1/2 a 7/10.
Now here is where this series definately shines!! If there is one thing Rumiko Takahashi is amazing at, its her characters. Read this series and you'll find the most crazy, nonsensical cast of characters imaginable. Not a single one of them is flat in any way shape or form, even the one time characters who show up for only one chapter make an impact.
I believe the source of this success is the balance each character has. Not one is too good or to evil. Each of them, even Ranma, can have there own selfish little tendancies causing them to seem like antagonists. This is an extremely interesting point becasue you can never tell if the characters will be for or against Ranma when they enter the chapter.
I genuinely wish I could go into more detail about the characters but I'm afraid it would take up too much time.
Call me crazy but I'll the character of Ranma 1/2 a 10/10
This is one of the most enjoyable series I have ever read! I have spent hourse reading through the manga multiple times and each time the jokes get even funnier! I don't know how else to explain it, although Ranma 1/2 is halarious it also balances romantic aspects and action into a wonderful and memorable story, that you will be sad to finsih.
I give it a 10/10
If you don't like episodic stories and beleive this one is a waste of your time, I beg you to reconsider!! Your mind will ultimately change for the better after reading Ranma 1/2
Again a 10/10
Call me silly for giving a manga that lacks in story development a 10/10, but when the series finally does touch down on the main plot, it makes you remeber them. This is a series you will want to read again and again.
So for a closing statement I suggest you go out and try reading Ranma 1/2 and just try stopping!
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
and heard everything"-part. And on top of that, again ruined by trying to be funny.
Search for the cure:
There were sections where there was a potential cure, which turned out to not work... Until the end of the story. Period.
Rest of the Story: just random slapstick comedy.
There is nothing to rant about the art and drawings. Everything was looking good and was drawn well.
No mental character development. The characters did not change a bit from beginning to end of this manga. And so did the comedy. Always same behavior patterns. Was just annoying at some point for some characters ...
Well, I did read it till the end, so I did enjoy it to some degree. The Comedy was at first funny, but the jokes got repetitive and cracking the same joke over and over and over until the end, just got annoying. Same chapter's where so annoying, that I just skipped them.
There where some cute moments, but they always got ruined by the comedy.
Another famous hit by Rumiko Takahashi!
Her work never ceases to amazes me. Even though there wasn't really a main plot, it's still deserves appreciation. Work like this can never be forgotten in this world.
Ranma 1/2 is basically about a young teenage boy who was cursed by falling in cursed Chinese springs. By that he changes into a girl when splashed with cold water and back to a man with hot water. It's a hilarious process to watch him go back and forth between genders. He runs in to a lot of obsticals trying to become full male again, like being desired by females (and
males), fighting crazy people, and falling in love.
The art was very clean and basic, the story had a basic meaning (always accept for who you are), and the overall enjoyment... of course it deserves a ten.
It's my own opinion that I take to.. But, it's one that I highly recommend.
I'm not entirely sure what it was about Ranma 1/2 that had me hooked after one chapter, but whatever it was lead me to read all 401 chapters in less than two weeks. I'll just say right now that there is no overarching story in this manga. Generally, we have several shorter plots that are all set around a crazy situation.
Ranma Saotome and Akane Tendo are engaged to be married due to an agreement made by their fathers prior to their birth. However, while Ranma and his father were away in China, they became cursed.
Now, Ranma turns into a girl whenever he is doused with cold water. This curse problem obviously becomes a recurring story element with Ranma himself, but it also is reintroduced through new characters who have acquired similar curses.
I think this ludicrous situation is part of what had me so engrossed. The ridiculous and outlandish issues that every character viewed so casually had me laughing out loud through the majority of the chapters, which is something that happens rarely when I read. The fact that every competition, from ice skating to food delivery, has a martial arts component, the comments from no-name characters that point out how weird the situation is, and the violent habit Akane has of kicking people into the sky all contribute to a fair amount of chuckles.
If you're not a fan of other Shounen that involve planet destroying energy attacks, you'll probably find Ranma more bearable. The martial arts component (when presented in a serious light instead of comical) is cool to see, but isn't so crazy that you'll find yourself rolling your eyes at it. Fights are fast paced and action packed, and rarely ever involve two opponents eyeing each other down for five chapters. I'd say this is shounen for people who don't like shounen.
If you've read or watched Rumiko's InuYasha, you might experience a fair bit of Deja vu with the romance in the story. The love triangles are completely off balance, and the main pair argue all the time. Character development is significant, but spread out over a long period of time. You'll come out of this feeling satisfied that the main characters eventually matured a little.
If you're planning on watching the anime, I would recommend you read this first. It's much more entertaining.
Give it a shot! You'll be pleasantly surprised at how much you'll like it!
Quick Review on Ranma 1/2
Ranma 1/2 is a manga that is hard to put in words as to why I enjoy this series so much.The reason primarily being that overall the the manga doesn't have a strong plot,very intersting characters (kinda),and it is overall not very funny. But in my saying I believe that is what truly makes this series so good .That being that it isn't try to make a deep manga in my opinion it trying to make a entertain one .It's just fun ride the whole way through and seeing the charters being caught in different elaborate scenarios is just
so entertaining to sees.thats to me what really makes this series so great . Some other things I would like to mention is that I might be some what biased in that i really love gender bend and marital arts manga and many other things probably account to why i love it so much.But trying to be as objective as possible i I would give this series a (8.75) or higher