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!
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.
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!read more
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.read more
"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.read more
We love cute couples and following the development of their relative relationships in our favorite manga series. But let's turn up the heat, and see what happens when characters have more than a singular love interest. Let's enter the wild world of the harem manga!
Martial arts are an expression of power, showcasing the potential of the human body when pushed to its physical limit. It also makes for exciting anime, and allows animators and directors to showcase their prowess as things get heated.