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Ranma 1/2 (vol. 1) [Paperback]

Rumiko Takahashi
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Viz Media; 2 edition (4 Feb 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569319626
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569319628
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 12.8 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 696,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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While training at the Accursed Springs in China with his father, Ranma is cursed to turn into a girl when splashed with cold water, and back into a boy with hot water, then learns that his father affianced him to tomboy Akane Tendo. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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The first thing you should know is that this is one of the best comic series of all time, and is an excellent read even for those that don't usually read comics.
The second (and it's a close second) is that in 2003, the publisher had a re-think, and decided to publish the newest volumes (22 onwards) and republish the old ones in a newer, smaller, and cheaper format. So, when buying, if you want to have the whole collection look nice on your bookshelf, make sure you go for the latter.
The *older* design have covers that are mainly a single colour (volume 1 is red) with a kind of line-based design and a *small* picture of some of the characters under the title.
The *newer* versions have white backgrounds, and the picture on the front fills the entire page. To find an example, just search for volume 22, which is only available in the new format.
Do not let any of this put you off! It's also worth noting that this is one of the best translated Mangas around. While some of the original nuances are inevitably lost (in particular, the characters' significant use of the male or female form of speech), a heroic and often inspired attempt has been made to keep in the puns, particularly in the chapter titles.
Finally, if you're thinking ahead as to how much this lot will eventually set you back, bear in mind that at the current rate this version of the series will run to approximately 36 volumes. It's worth every penny though, especially in the new, cheap format.
Unconditionally recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic - simply not to be missed! 27 Aug 2006
How do you describe a manga like Ranma 1/2? A comedy? A romance? A mix between the two? You can't. The beauty of [i]Ranma[/i] is that it touches on every genre; it can range from funny to awkward to touching to sad. This is what is perhaps the mangas greatest accomplishment - no matter what type of story you usually read, there's always something here that you'll enjoy. However, it's biggest draw has to be the genuinely funny scenes between the characters - this is one of the few mangas that I have actually laughed out loud at!

Ranma, the lead character of the manga, is in a rather sticky situation at the beginning of the story. As both he and his father study martial arts, they travelled to an ancient training ground in China to perfect their trade.

Though their tour guide tried to warn them, they were careless, and Ranma knocked his father into the "Spring of Drowned Panda" - unbenowest to him, a panda once drowned in that very spring, and when splashed with cold water, the person who fell into that spring will inhabit the body of a giant panda!

Ranma suffered a similar fate - although he fell into the "Spring of Drowned Girl". I'm sure you can guess what happened next!

Luckily for them, being doused in warm water gives them back there original bodies.. however, Ranma's problems do not end there. His father has arranged for him to be wed to one of the young girls of his fathers oldest friends, who owns a tendo school, and he has to go back to Japan to meet them straight away!

While the art can begin to look a little dated (it was first published in Shonen Sunday in 1987!), it's smooth and quirky and easily stands up to more recent series.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is... 4 May 2005
this book is great. call me weird, but i think it's really really REALLY funny, its about this 'guy', Ranma, who is training for martial arts with his father, and they go to the 'valley of cursed springs'
they jump around and fight, until...father falls in one, but i gaint (And terribly funny) Panda comes out. Ranma falls into a spring and when he appers, 'he's' a girl. so when ever he's splashed with cold water, he turns into a girl, and hot water turns him back. this book is super funny and a great read :)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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From the publisher's indicia: "Ranma1/2 is rated T+ for older teens. It may contain..." Well who cares about publishers covering their backsides? This series (and the latest is vol.26) is suitable for anyone who can appreciate the content and that extends far beyond the presumed target audience to even include adults of mature sensibilities (though it helps if they have a sense of the absurd). Ranma 1/2 ranks alongside the best of graphic stories in that it is supremely entertaining.
I'd say this was suitable for anyone who enjoys the work of Alan Moore, Los Bros Hernandez,George Herriman, Joss Whedon, Robert Crumb, and Hayao Miyazaki, to name but a few, because on its own terms it is as good as any of them. On its own terms.
We aren't talking high art here, people, we're talking fun and nothing but fun (plus oblique perceptive comments on the roles of the sexes). It is constantly and consistently inventive, laugh out loud funny, and manages to engage sympathy for its characters despite most of them being self-centred, bad-tempered, petty, spiteful, violent, and unbelievably obtuse. They are also superhumanly resistant to damage, which is just as well given the bizarre variety of martial arts on display. And rather than running out of steam, the series gets stranger, more complex, and funnier as it continues. It also contains (among much more) scenes of nudity, sexual innuendo, romantic situations, eating, sport, fantasy, and frequent bathing. What more could a boy or girl want?
A couple of months ago, already hooked by Takahashi's 'Maison Ikkoku', I downloaded a couple of episodes off the net, liked what I saw, picked up three of the books on Ebay, and now own all 26 published to date (say 'thank you', Amazon). Try this book and that could well happen to you. Go on, try it out, it's the most fun you could have apart from...
Well, actually, right now I can't think of anything else.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The School Of Indiscriminate Grappling
I recently revisited Ranma 1/2 after it was recommended in a great comics manual (Scott McCloud's Making Comics), somewhat hesitant as I've drifted away from manga in the ten years... Read more
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Published on 6 Oct 2009 by T. R. Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars My Thoughts
Like previous reviews, this was my first manga book. The drawings are great and expressive, and the story is interesting. Read more
Published on 19 Jan 2003 by "krunchie_frog"
5.0 out of 5 stars It cracks me up so much!
Ranma 1/2 is one of the most famous titles in the Anime Community, it is written by the genius that is Rumiko Takahashi. Read more
Published on 17 Jan 2003 by TOW
5.0 out of 5 stars Top class manga
This is not the first manga book i have read so i was sorta hopeing to find something different in this one. I was not disapointed. Read more
Published on 29 Oct 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Funny
This is my first Ranma book, it was so funny. I think Akane's attitude to Ranma was funny, especially at the beginning. Read more
Published on 22 Oct 2000
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