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Ranma ½

Ranma ½

Alternative Titles

English: Ranma ½
Synonyms: Ranma 1/2
Japanese: らんま½

Information

Type: Manga
Volumes: 38
Chapters: 407
Status: Finished
Published: Aug 5, 1987 to Feb 21, 1996
Authors: Takahashi, Rumiko (Story & Art)
Serialization: Shounen Sunday

Statistics

Score: 8.031 (scored by 14656 users)
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Ranked: #8172
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Popularity: #159
Members: 24,760
Favorites: 2,063
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Volumes: /38
Chapters: /407

Synopsis

In China, there lies a famous training springs, a place where martial artists can hone their skills to great levels. Unfortunately, the springs are also cursed! Teenage martial artist Ranma falls into the "spring of drowned girl" and now changes into a woman every time he's splashed with cold water. That doesn't stop his father from engaging him to Akane, the daughter of an old friend and a tough girl who has better thing to do than worry about boys. But Akane isn't the only girl who has a chance for Ranma's affections -- two other girls have also been betrothed to him. But Ranma has better things to do than worry about his love life -- such as making a plethora of crazy rivals and even more suitors!

Background

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 has been republished in 2-in-1 omnibus edition in the original right-to-left format by VIZ Media under the Shonen Sunday imprint since March 11, 2014.

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Characters

Saotome, Ranma
Saotome, Ranma
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Tendo, Akane
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Hibiki, Ryouga
Hibiki, Ryouga
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Shampoo
Shampoo
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Kuonji, Ukyo
Kuonji, Ukyo
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Happosai
Happosai
Supporting
Saotome, Genma
Saotome, Genma
Supporting


More reviewsReviews

Bluegojoe
Jun 25, 2008
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 read more
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Tasolth
Jun 18, 2010
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. read more
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Blacklightcore
Oct 23, 2013
"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.

Story (9)

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 read more
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ejala
Oct 17, 2008
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 read more
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