Ranma 1/2 (vol. 4) Paperback – 12 Jun 1996
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I particularly enjoyed The Maison Ikkouko books enormously.
Inuyasha with Kagome is utterly fantastic.
So I wanted to try some of Rumiko's earlier work and stumbled upon this Ranma 1/2 books.
This series was brought to my attention by a VIZ media re-release,in omnibus format.
That was £10 for the two volumes,whereas you can still get the originals,some for less than £1.
Obviously Post and Packing adds £2.80 but still,good value none the less.
Looked at critically,I suppose the stories can be a little repetitive but not for long as the characters
and situations change around quite a bit with romantic comedy thrown in at every delicious turn.
I don't read the books back to back so allow myself to forget and a fortnight later am chuckling away again at
everyone's antics and eating up the brilliant artwork,sometimes getting out the magnifying glass to read
the small print on incidental things like ads on lamp posts or shop signs which add to my thorough enjoyment of these books.
So,let me get this straight....,cold water turns Ranma into a girl but his...,er..,friends into animals,
warm water turns him back into a boy and the rest human again.
Yes...,it's complicated,and very amusing.Water can come from anywhere,even along the street !
P-chan is extremely funny and works on several levels,good old Takahashi,another great read.
But in the 22nd volume of this series, Takahashi showed us the darker side of the Ranma story. There are plenty of funny moments, but it also has a very powerful and impressive opponent, some harrowing fight scenes, and what seems to be the death of a major character.
Ranma finds his rivals Ryoga and Mousse, both savagely beaten by a pair of animalistic warriors. Ranma arrives just in time to see their cloaked leader mistreat Akane -- and during the fight, the dragon-woman Herb splashes Ranma with water. Herb is from the ancient Musk Dynasty, a tribe that took on the attributes of animals. And the water is from the Pail of Preservation -- and it locks Ranma in his female form.
Ranma can regain his male form, but only if he gets the Water Pot of Liberation, which Herb is also searching for. So Ranma, Ryoga and Mousse (who want the pot for themselves) set out to defeat Herb and her bodyguards. But Herb is a more lethal opponent than Ranma has ever faced before -- and his own attacks don't work, especially when Herb's startling secret is revealed...
Takahashi's more recent works -- such as the Inuyasha series -- rely more heavily on action and fantasy than the Ranma series did. And so the Musk Dynasty story seems almost like a warmup for Takahashi's later work, with its emphasis on gritty action, understated romance and lethal villains. Herb even looks a bit like her later villain Sesshomaru.
Okay, there's still plenty of humour, such as the Musk warriors who are obsessed with women and breasts, or the way that Ryoga and Mousse keep distracting them ("Look at HER boobs!").Read more ›
A new kid has arrived at school: stalkery, cadaverous Hikaru Gosunkugi, who harbors a crush on Akane and deep hatred of her fiancee Ranma. So he begins trying to find out what Ranma's hidden weakness is, but the fearless young martial artist claims there is nothing. Unfortunately, Gosunkugi is spying when Ranma's weakness is revealed -- cats -- and he tries to use it against him... with shocking results.
No sooner has Ranma recovered from his peculiar adventure than the tenacious Amazon Shampoo arrives again. Not only does she have a Jusenkyo curse of her own -- the cat -- but she has her wizened great-grandmother Cologne in tow. Cologne is determined to see Ranma marry Shampoo. And so, as Ranma squares off with a rejected suitor of Shampoo's, the old lady traps him in the body of a girl...
The fourth volume of his gender-bending action-romantic-comedy introduces some important characters. As well as bringing the incredibly persistent Shampoo back, it also introduces wizened-yet-feisty Cologne, and Mousse, a formidable master of hidden weapons. Or rather, he WOULD be formidable if he weren't legally blind.
The fourth volume also has the advantage of showing that Ranma isn't perfect -- up until now, the teenage martial-artist hasn't been slowed down at all, whether by lunatic athletes or ultra-strong romantic rivals. Giving him a raging cat-phobia -- so bad he passes out -- gives him more humanity. As Akane says, "It's cute to have a little weakness.Read more ›
I love this book, because it introduces even more new characters, and deepens Ranma and Akanes will they/ won't they relationship.
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