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Encyclopedia > Ranma ½
Ranma ½ Graphic Novel, Volume 1 English version, Second Edition

Ranma ½ (らんま½, Japanese pronunciation: Ranma Nibun no Ichi) is a comedy anime and manga by Rumiko Takahashi (高橋 留美子) about a boy named Ranma Saotome (早乙女 乱馬) who was trained from early childhood to age 16 in the martial arts, and who frequently becomes a girl due to a magic curse. Download high resolution version (1005x1504, 555 KB) This image is a book cover. ... Download high resolution version (1005x1504, 555 KB) This image is a book cover. ... A scene from Cowboy Bebop (1998) Anime (アニメ) is Japanese animation, sometimes billed in the west under the portmanteau Japanimation. ... Rurouni Kenshin manga, volume 1 (English version) Manga (漫画) is the Japanese word for comics; outside of Japan, it usually refers specifically to Japanese comics. ... Rumiko Takahashi (高橋 留美子 Takahashi Rumiko, October 10, 1957 - ) is a Japanese manga artist. ... This article pertains to the Ranma ½ anime and manga series. ... Hawaiian State Grappling Championships. ...


The manga was serialized in Japan in Shogakukan's Shonen Sunday beginning in 1987. Takahashi has stated in interviews that she wanted to produce a story that would be popular with children. Ranma's main audience were boys from elementary to junior high school age. In western fandom, the anime is sometimes criticized for creating some internal inconsistencies compared to the manga, which was less popular in the United States. Another major complaint is the animated series padding out the original story excessively and lacks a strong ending, however the series in North America tends to be much more analyzed (overly so, according to some) than in the East. Takahashi's subsequent anime, InuYasha, also arguably suffers from such overextension. Shogakukan (小学館 Shōgakukan) is a major publisher of dictionaries, literature, manga, nonfiction, childrens DVDs, and other media in Japan. ... Weekly Shonen Sunday (少年サンデー Shōnen Sandē) is a shōnen manga magazine published by Shogakukan. ... 1987 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2nd English edition of InuYasha Vol. ...


Ranma was extremely popular among American otaku in the 1990s, and popularized many of anime's most common visual gags. The infamous 'cursed water' plot device has even come up in anime-themed custom role playing games as a quick transsexual device. In fact, the anatomical logistics of the cursed condition was purposely glossed over by Ranma's creator to avoid becoming too complicated or detract from its comedic effect. See Pregnant Ranma Problem In English, an otaku (plural usually otaku, since Japanese words are not pluralized using an s) is a variety of geek (or an overly obsessed fanboy / fangirl) specializing in anime and manga. ... Jusenkyo is the fictional cursed springs from the Ranma ½ manga and anime. ... This article is about traditional role-playing games. ... In anime fandom a pregnant Ranma problem refers to any discussion of the mechanics or logistics of a token gimmick, or plot device that would normally be governed by suspension of disbelief. ...


The manga is published in English by Viz Communications. The manga is flipped to the left-to-right format. The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Viz, LLC, headquartered in San Francisco, California, is a major American manga publisher. ...


Story

On a training journey in Qinghai Province, China, Ranma and his father, Genma Saotome, fell into the cursed springs at Jusenkyo. Each spring is associated with a story about someone or something that drowned in it hundreds or thousands of years ago, and anyone who falls in a spring is cursed to turn into whatever drowned in that spring whenever they come in contact with cold water, although they keep their original minds, personalities and skills in the new form; hot water reverts the cursed to their original form. Genma fell into the Spring of the Drowned Giant Panda, and Ranma fell in to the Spring of the Drowned Girl. Qinghai (Chinese: 青海; pinyin: Qīnghǎi; Wade-Giles: Ching-hai; Postal System Pinyin: Tsinghai) is a province of the Peoples Republic of China, named after the enormous Qinghai Lake (Koko Nor). ... Jusenkyo is the fictional cursed springs from the Ranma ½ manga and anime. ... Binomial name Ailuropoda melanoleuca (David, 1869) The Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca black-and-white cat-foot) is a mammal now usually classified in the bear family, Ursidae, that is native to central China. ...


Upon returning to Japan, Genma informs Ranma that he's been engaged to a girl that he has never met when only a few blocks away from that girl's house. At the same time, Soun Tendo tells his three daughters that one of them is to marry Ranma (whom they've never even heard of) in order that the Tendo dojo might be carried on. When they meet him, and find out that he becomes a she upon application of cold water, the two older sisters push the engagement on the youngest sister, Akane, since she "hates boys [due to the rude ways they treat her at school], and Ranma is half girl"; thus begins the love/hate relationship between Ranma and Akane that lasts for the rest of the series. Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ...


This, combined with multiple suitors for both Ranma and Akane, many strange forms of martial arts, and the various curses of many of the cast members makes this a bizarre series.


Ranma has been extremely popular in anime fandom since the early-middle 1990s, and for many was their introductory series. An enormous amount of fan fiction exists for the series — fictional crossovers in particular — potentially more so than any other anime popular in the United States. A fictional crossover occurs when otherwise separated fictional characters, stories, settings, universes, or media meet and interact with each other. ...


The majority of fanon for the series is infamous for being notoriously unreliable and sometimes outright contradicting plot points, albeit obscure at times and contradicting the original comic version. Fanon is a fact or ongoing situation in fan fiction stories related to a television program, book, movie, or video game that has been used so much by fan writers or among the fandom that it has been more or less established as having happened in the fictional world, but...


Sub-articles

This article pertains to the Ranma ½ anime and manga series. ... Furinkan (風林館 Fūrinkan) is a fictional high school and community in the Ranma ½ anime and manga series. ...

External links

  • Ranma ½ Perfect Edition (http://www.furinkan.com/), a Ranma ½ resource
  • The Ranma FAQ (http://www.wot-club.org.uk/RanmaFAQ/)
  • The Penultimate Ranma Fanfic Index (http://www.rakhal.com/ranmalst.html)
  • What The Translators Did to Ranma (http://www.zompist.com/ranma.html) - A link explaining differences between the English and Japanese version of the manga.

 
 

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