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Ranma 1/2 (vol. 5) Paperback – 12 Jun 1996

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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Viz Communications,U.S.; First Edition edition (12 Jun 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156931084X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569310847
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 1.5 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 753,617 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Mar 2002
Format: Paperback
Any one who is familiar with the Ranma 1/2 series will know the excellence of the art and content in the books. Anyone who has never read the graphic novels, this is something new.
The novels are comic strips based around a boy named Ranma who turns female when he touches cold water. He turns back to a man when he touches hot water. In comparison his dad turns to a panda his rival [Ryoga] a pig and a oriental girl [shampoo] a cat. It may sound bizzare but once you get into it, it's a graphic novel you want to read again and even purchase more from the series.
One slight problem with this volume is that it continues from volume 4 so the first chapter may confuse someone unfamiliar with the series. However, from any volume the story is very basic and easy to pick up.
The basic story is there is a oriental girl named Shampoo who wants to marry Ranma, her grandma is going to many lengths to see that they marry. The reason Ranma refuses is because he is engaged [by parents] to a girl called Akane. Ryoga, Ranma's rfival wants Akane and wants Ranma out the way of his chances. I won't ruin the story but believe me it is something you won't have red before.
The main themes in this book are martial arts. There are various fights throughout the novel all with excellent art. Along with this there is hilarious humour throught the book.
Overall, if you like graphic novels or manga with martial arts comedy and teenage characters, or if you are looking for something new this is highly recommended.
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It's by Rumiko....,what's not to love ?!
It's great artwork coupled with an original story that involves two principle families.
The theme really is essentially romantic with martial arts thrown in for good measure.
I'd seen a couple of movies of Ranma 1/2,but didn't get the overall story well.
I viewed it as a comical Anime and enjoyed it but didn't cotton on to the water thing.
Reading the newly released Omnibus of volume 1 and 2 of Ramna 1/2,I finally GOT it !
The penny dropped.Now,of course,these books are a complete pleasure to read.
I guess,like everybody else,my favourite character is Shampoo.
Her inclusion is pure genius..........,oh wait..,It's Rumiko....,of course it's genius !
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The fight continues 3 Nov 2005
By E. A Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The fourth volume of "Ranma 1/2" ended with Ranma and Akane being menaced by Cologne on a shark's back. And the fifth volume has the old ghoul continuing her efforts to force Ranma to the altar -- along with some interesting new variations on traditional martial arts.

After barely escaping Cologne, Ranma is forced to use his ultimate attack -- cat-fu -- in order to get the Pheonix Pill. Later on, Cologne accidently encounters Ryoga, and offers to train him to defeat Ranma. After Ranma whips Ryoga's butt in front of Akane, Ryoga agrees to be trained by the old woman. Her lesson: the lethal "breaking point" technique, which can shatter a massive boulder with only a touch...

Later, Ranma stops a runaway horse. After accepting some (drugged) tea from the man he rescued, Ranma wakes in a wedding kimono -- turns out that the guy, Sentaro, is the heir of the martial-arts tea-ceremony dynasty. He wants Ranma to defeat his betrothed, so he can get out of marrying her. Ranma isn't sure why Sentaro wants this -- until he finds that "Miss Satsuki" is actually a chimp.

Finally, Akane, Ranma and Shampoo are all signed onto the Miss Martial Arts Takeout Race, with romance or food as the reward. Their goal -- to be the first to take their intact food to the targeted house, and have the occupant eat it. Only it turns out to be Kuno's house. And where better to have a nasty quadruple showdown than in the kendo nut's basement?

The fifth volume of "Ranma 1/2" has solid amounts of what Takahashi does best -- romantic tension, serious fighting, and the weirdest martial arts you can imagine. And plenty of the quirky new character Cologne, who delights in setting up crafty plots to trap Ranma into marriage with her great-granddaughter.

Takahashi also builds on her previous storylines, such as having Ranma newly strong and fast from his endless "chestnuts" training. But it wouldn't be much fun if he didn't have a real challenge -- in this case, the newly dangerous Ryoga. And the scene where the two rivals square off with their newly-acquired skills is wonderfully intense.

But there's no skimping on humour, from Ranma choking down Akane's terrible food ("I can learn to like this slop! I can!") to Sentaro blubbering when he finds out Ranma's true gender. One of the best scenes has poor Ryoga almost getting boiled alive -- again -- and attacking Cologne, only to have her flip him naked onto the floor.

Romantic rivalry and lethal battles make up the fifth volume of "Ranma 1/2," another delightful collection. And remember -- "it will not be you to whom I pledge my love!"
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Ranma 1\2 Graphic Novel Series 15 Feb 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am 15 years old and greatly enjoy this series. Rumiko Takahashi is a wonderfully skilled storyteller. Her ability to write well is well complimented by her wonderful art and well developed not to mention rather lovable charectors. It is a great series for any body who likes anime and also a great way to become introduced to it. Even if you dont follow the series you will love any one of the graphic novels.
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Ranma 1/2 volumes 1-9 are the best anime comics you can buy. 2 Jan 1998
By Andrewh@innermedia.com Andrew Horton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Ranma 1/2 vol 1-9 are the best anime comics you can buy because of many things. First, it is funny. In fact it's so funny that even after reading it my 5th and 6th times I still laugh. Also, Ranma 1/2's artwork is very good. And with over 200 pages per book you get plenty of it! Finally, it has a good story. After reading the first book you will want to read all the rest!
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I love Ranma! 12 Sep 2004
By D. Chambers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Ranma 1/2 is sooo deathly entertaining. I've read both InuYasha and Ranma, and i can't decide between them. For thick plots, InuYasha, for humor, Ranma. But they are both funny, and both have thick plots. Just Ranma is more funny. In this one, Shampoos great grandmother is trying to force Ranma into marrying Shampoo! Aiiiee! lol, gotta read it!
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The Ranma 1/2 series is no doubt the best anime series yet! 21 Oct 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Ranma 1/2 series is so funny, charming, and romantic. The abashed love of Ranma for his fiancee, Akane, creates romantic but hilarious situations. His "other half" as a girl also lends itself to much laughter as both boys and girls find themselves in love with him. I highly recommend this series for all anime lovers.
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