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[From Viz]: Being a teenage martial artist isn't easy, especially for Ranma Saotome, who went through a major transformation on a training mission with his father. After an accidental dunk into a legendary cursed spring in China, Ranma now changes into a girl every time he's splashed with cold water. That would be enough to complicate anyone's life, even without the arranged fiancée who doesn't like him (or says she doesn't) and the constant stream of rivals and suitors for both his male and female forms. What's a half-guy, half-girl to do?
Ранма ½ らんま½ らんま1/2
Status in Country of Origin
38 Volumes (Complete)
Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at Vol 1, Chap 1 Ends at Vol 22, Chap 229 (Vol 34, Chap 365 Including OVAs)
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Ranma 1/2 is...
...a timeless manga that was probably a gateway comic for many of us. Though I agree that Ranma 1/2 lacks a stable plot and may sometimes feel repetitive, one of the good qualities I always found about this manga is that you can pick up any volume to read and not get too lost due to its episodic nature. It's also easy to like Takahashi's characters - all of them have their own quirks without falling into overly-stereotypical roles. I think it's also important to remember that Ranma 1/2 was an extremely innovative series for its time, and even to this day has very original qualities. I recommend this comic for anyone who just wants a lighthearted, enjoyable read, and who can use a smile.
If I could, I would give this manga an eleven. It has a large spot in my heart.
It starts off very funny with an original plot, but it quickly starts recycling into the same again and again. I tried reading this in one go but really couldn't. I guess it's an OK read if you take your time, though.
If you haven't read Ranma yet, perhaps you should. Typical of a Takahashi Rumiko work, it suffers from extended plot syndrome, which could have been more or less shortened, but due to it's comical nature, it doesn't suffer as much as any other manga would. Hilarious, Takahashi's art style and comical approach will leave you in tears of mirth. The only thing you can expect from this manga, is the crazy hilarity and unexpectedness. A gem and a classic, a must read.
Creative and silly. The characters are all distinctive (and exaggerated) and delightful. I never get tired of their antics.
I love this series. Even though people may say it has flaws, who is perfect. I reread it every once in a while, and I don't really mind the length. If you have time, like Takashi's work, and enjoy comedy with a gender bender twist, I suggest your try this out. I think you may really enjoy it!
Still a favourite
This was actually the first manga I ever read! I still adore this series, five or so years later. It's alot of what I look for in a manga- it's light, funny, and the artwork doesn't make your eyes bleed. It's not to be taken too seriously, which is a really nice trait one can find in manga and anime.
I love it!
This is absolutely hilarious! But inspite of the humor it also points out a few gender issues.
rather than a martial arts manga it is more like a romance and comedy to me but still a great manga
One of my favourite.
One of the best manga i have ever read. Other works of this author can't be compared to it.