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More About Ranma 1/2 by Rumiko TakahashiOverviewA remastered 2-in-1 edition of the all-time classic hit from one of Japan's most beloved creators, available for the first time in a format faithful to the original work. One day, teenaged martial artist Ranma Saotome went on a training mission with his father and ended up taking a dive into some cursed springs at a legendary training ground in China. Now, every time he's splashed with cold water, he changes into a girl. His father, Genma, changes into a panda What's a half-guy, half-girl to do? Contains volumes 1 and 2
Years ago, Genma promised his old friend Soun Tendo that Ranma would marry one of Soun's three daughters and carry on the family's martial arts school. Except that the girl picked to be Ranma's bride doesn't seem to like him, Ranma keeps getting into fights...and did we mention that whole changing into a girl thing? Reads R to L (Japanese Style) for teen plus audiences.
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- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2014-04-14
- Reviewer: Staff
One of the bestselling manga from the early ’90s, a gender-bending rom-com mixed with copious martial arts action, returns in this rerelease. World-class martial artist Ranma Saotomé has been cursed with a special fate: when doused with cold water, he turns into a girl. This oddity is little more than an irritation to him until he becomes engaged to Akané Tendo, a prodigiously strong fighter who also happens to hate men. Akané has two sisters, and together they form a triad of womanhood: the motherly type (Kasumi), the independent artist (Nabiki), and the Diana (Akané). As the sisters’ world and its love triangles are explored, female Ranma gets some badly timed admirers of her own, and slapstick comedy and eye-catching battles ensue. Add in a rival of Ranma’s set on revenge (who turns into an adorable but spiteful piglet) and soon Akané and Ranma are thrown together in ways that challenge societal preconceptions of masculinity, femininity, love, and identity—albeit through the lens of feminism 25 years ago. Takahashi (Inu Yasha) is one of the most renowned manga artists of all time, and the masterful storytelling and expressive body language make this a timeless manga classic. (Apr.)