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Ranma 1/2 (DVD)
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Ranma 1/2 (DVD)
Advantages: Amazing and hilarious.
Disadvantages: None whatsoever.
'Ranma 1/2' is one of the greatest media franchises the world has ever seen. Rumiko Takahashi is the genius behind the show and original manga. Takahashi is also responsible for so many other outstanding manga and OAV (Original Animated Video).
Anything Takahashi publishes is golden, Ranma and my personal favourite 'Urusei Yatsura' are both classic comedy of errors whilst her other shows are all amazing and show a true range of talent and depth. I would recommend that if you watch Ranma to watch the first episode first otherwise it is difficult to understand where it is coming from.
Ranma is about a boy, about a boy and a girl or about a boy and a girl and a girl. You see Ranma isn't a typical boy, whilst training at the Jusenkyo Training Ground in China Ranma is cursed and as a result whenever he is touched by cold water he becomes a girl, hot water reverses this effect. Akane is a young woman who wants to be the best, a keen marshal artist and sportswoman who hates boys. In the first episode we learn that Soun and Genma (Akane and Ranma's fathers) have a long standing arrangement to see a marriage between their children. Akane has two older sisters but they elect Akane to be the lucky girl.
So far so crazy, things become even more insane from here on. Genma is also cursed, cold water makes him into a Panda. Shampoo's curse is turning into a cat, she has vowed to find and kill the female Ranma but is in love with and intends to marry the male Ranma. There are many other cursed characters within the series many of whom consider Ranma to be their enemy or fiancée or both.
Ranma often doesn't help matters as he has a tendency to change sex and use his feminine or masculine charm on anyone who is causing him trouble. Akane maintains that she despises Ranma even though she acts jealously whenever he receives any other female attention. Nabiki, the middle sister to Akane and Kasumi, is a great character. She is a troublemaker who is often scheming in order to make money.
In total there are 161 episodes, 11 OAV, 3 films, the manga and many other games and assorted miscellany. The first series of 18 episodes are Ranma ½, the following 143 episodes are six series of what is known in Japan as Ranma ½ Nettohen. With a non prime time slot Ranma ½ Nettohen flourished despite a significantly reduced budget, however as it was created before the Manga was finished many episodes do not follow plot from the manga and are not as well scripted as they should be. Most people believe the golden age of Ranma to be the OAV years.
Ranma is outstanding, I would heartily recommend any aspect of the Ranma-verse to anyone who is or isn't yet a fan of Japanese Animation. A great online source of information on anything by Rumiko Takahashi is www.furinkan.com. Watch the first episode of Ranma ½ on Youtube now. There is no uk release of Ranma but the individual region 1 series can be purchased at a reasonable price. Make sure if you buy it on Ebay it is the US release as there are some dodgy knock off's floating around where the subtitles are wrong.
Summary: Watch it.