Few days ago, checking the second hand bookstore I usually buy my stuff, I found this jewel: Ranma ½!
This manga is comedy gold and a piece of art.
Ranma ½ was also one of my favourite anime and is written and illustrated by Rumiko Takahashi. Rumiko is one of Japan’s most affluent manga artists. Her works are popular worldwide, where they have been translated into a variety of languages.
Long story short, Rumiko is the best selling female comics artist in history; as of February 2010, over 170 million copies of her various works had been sold.
The story of Ranma ½ revolves around a teenage boy named Ranma Saotome who has trained in martial arts since early childhood. As a result of an accident during a training journey, he is cursed to become a girl when splashed with cold water, while hot water changes him back into a boy.
Throughout the series Ranma seeks out a way to rid himself of his curse, while his friends, random enemies (for the most absurd reasons) and MANY fiancées (the main and his love Akane, despite their trademark awkward love-hate manner) constantly hinder and interfere. The comedic formula lies in his sex-changing (sometimes for his own advantage) and sexualized characters.
Here’s a video to give you an idea…
The story gets more fun and with more characters.
I loved so much this manga that I even have some of the figures one of my ex’s gave me many years ago.
Anyway, I read it in 10 minutes. To me Ranma still is one of the best mangas and characters EVER created. Pure GOLD!!