Ranma Saotome is a top-class martial artist and prodigy at the Saotome “Anything-Goes” school of martial arts. While training in China, he and his father meet a terrible fate when they accidentally fall into a cursed spring. Now, Ranma is cursed to turn into a girl when splashed with cold water, and only hot water can turn him back into a boy. Things are only complicated further when Ranma discovers that his father has arranged for him to marry one of Soun Tendo’s three daughters in order to secure the future of the Tendo dojo. Though Soun learns of Ranma’s predicament, he is still determined to go ahead with the engagement, and chooses his youngest daughter Akane, who happens to be a skilled martial artist herself and is notorious for hating men. Ranma ½ follows the hilarious adventures of Ranma and Akane as they encounter various opponents, meet new love interests, and find different ways to make each other angry, all while their engagement hangs over their head. – My Anime List
Based on 14 review scores:
All in all, thumbs up, especially the first season. You want a good time? Ranma 1/2 is the one for you.
This is a series that really needed to get a TV broadcast so it can grow beyond the fans that know it and into something more since it works just as well today as it did in 1989. With several more sets ahead, there’s a lot of comedy and fun to be had, and hopes that some of Takahashi’s other series can get a similar treatment. Very highly recommended.
One of the best things its genre has ever produced. Its example will be copied or taken into account by almost anything that follows it.
One of the classic series, this is a must-watch for every anime fan. It’s funny, exciting, and has a surprising amount of heart.
The cute gender-bending rom-com anime Ranma ½ is a fun series to sit through. It’s lighthearted, breezy and unorthodox, to say the least. It also looks marvelous in these new high definition restorations. Pick them up if you’re a fan or if you want to introduce yourself to the phenomenon.
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Some of the gimmickry, running gags, and regular cycles of new cast additions may eventually become tiresome, but at least at this early stage the series is fresh, funny, and fun. If you are an established franchise fan who never got around to getting earlier releases or is looking for a significant, space-saving upgrade, this set is definitely a worthy pick-up. If you have heard of the series before but never got around to actually watching it then this set is an ideal, economical way to get started. At least on the comedy front, it doesn’t disappoint.
Ranma 1/2 is just as enjoyable now in its unflipped, omnibus form as it was years ago when it was one of my first manga experiences. It has aged well, with the out-and-out lunacy of the story remaining fun and fairly fresh, the art still attractive and not too dated, and a generally entertaining atmosphere. If you’ve never read it or watched it, this is a good time to do so, because there’s a reason people are enamored with this classic. And let’s be honest here— who can’t love a romantic comedy with a few punches thrown around? It’s got something for everyone, young or old, boy or girl (or both!); it is a timeless work of art that should always be remembered in today’s anime scene.
What more can I say? This show is the best anime show I’ve seen and is perhaps the first one to get me into that genre among others.
Though Ranma has passed many episodes, it is still disappointing at how inconclusive the series has been so far and one can’t help but hope the series will be continued further at some point.
161 episodes makes this one of the longest running anime of all time, though it still falls behind anime such as Sailor Moon, Bleach and Naruto.
So while this anime is very good for slapstick comedy, it also has moments that make you think about gender, relationships, and the societal expectations of men and women.
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Are you a rather mature anime fan who likes that classic aged animation, comedy, anything-goes humour, and a wide array of likable characters? If so, then Ranma 1/2 IS for you.
Despite it’s many issues, Ranma 1/2 is a entertaining, cute, and light-hearted series that will keep you watching all the way to the end and get totally addicted to.
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With so many talented artists bringing their expertise to this title, Ranma is definitely a must see for anime fans. Although the length does drag the series down, don’t let it turn you off from checking it out. If you want a good laugh, then Ranma ½ is definitely for you.