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Ranma 1/2, Vol. 20 Paperback – August 5, 2002


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  • Series: Ranma 1/2 (Book 20)
  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC; 1 edition (August 5, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569317402
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569317402
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,392,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

The spotlight on Rumiko Takahashi's career began in 1978 when she won an honorable mention in Shogakukan's annual New Comic Artist Contest for Those Selfish Aliens. Later that same year, her boy-meets-alien comedy series, Urusei Yatsura, was serialized in Weekly Shonen Sunday. This phenomenally successful manga series was adapted into anime format and spawned a TV series and half a dozen theatrical-release movies, all incredibly popular in their own right. Takahashi followed up the success of her debut series with one blockbuster hit after another--Maison Ikkoku ran from 1980 to 1987, Ranma 1/2 from 1987 to 1996, and Inuyasha from 1996 to 2008. Other notable works include Mermaid Saga, Rumic Theater, and One-Pound Gospel. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The spotlight on Rumiko Takahashi's career began in 1978 when she won an honorable mention in Shogakukan's annual New Comic Artist Contest for Those Selfish Aliens. Later that same year, her boy-meets-alien comedy series, Urusei Yatsura, was serialized in Weekly Shonen Sunday. This phenomenally successful manga series was adapted into anime format and spawned a TV series and half a dozen theatrical-release movies, all incredibly popular in their own right. Takahashi followed up the success of her debut series with one blockbuster hit after another--Maison Ikkoku ran from 1980 to 1987, Ranma 1/2 from 1987 to 1996, and Inuyasha from 1996 to 2008. Other notable works include Mermaid Saga, Rumic Theater, and One-Pound Gospel.

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Will Ranma ever meet his mom as a man.
"cooler7"
SO for all of y'all out there who have not yet read a Rumiko Takahashi Masterpiece READ ONE!
"nuri-no-miko"
First, it's very, very funny - it appeals to my sense of humor exactly.
Mary D. Pekowski

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By "becky-chan" on March 1, 2000
Format: Paperback
ALrighty then. Rumiko-san has to have the oddest sense of humor there is. The plot line for Ranma 1/2 goes something like this; boy-hating girl has a father, who say's she's to marry the son of an old friend. Old friend shows up (as a giant panda) and brings a girl along. old friend explains that his son turns into a girl when splashed with cold water (and turns back when splashed with hot water). From this point on, some of the craziest whacks pop in and out of the story. There's Ryoga, Ranma's arch rival with no sense of direction (and lots of Bandanas and umbrellas). Shampoo, the chinese amazon who wants to kill the girl form of Ranma, and marry the boy form. Kuno, the girl obsessed overdramatic moron who runs around with a BIG sword, and his twin sister, Kodachi the black rose, who is equally insane and dramatic. Happosai (can't spell his name, sorry) the panty stealing perverted midget man, and Pantyhose! the love triangles (and quadrilaterals and pentagons, aw hell, everyone want's to marry someone, except Akane and Ranma of course) might confuse you of at first, but you'll get use to it. And the best part is the fact that cold water will turn up in the oddest places (you'd never believe how many old ladies will be washing they're houses before school). And then of course there's the odd assorment of weapons that the characters use (spoons, umbrellas, bandanas, anything can be a lethal weapon when Akane's involved) you just won't be able to stop laughing. If you're a fan of Clamp, Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball Z or Slayers (Xellos-sama!) you'll love Ranma 1/2! And even if you have no idea what i just said, and are just nodding your head to keep me from talking anymore (just humor the crazy people they say) you'll like it! P-chan!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mary D. Pekowski on June 9, 2000
Format: Paperback
Well, I've finally read the entire Ranma 1/2 series (if you want to know where I read the untranslated novels, e-mail me). All I can say is wow. I love Takahashi-sensei more than ever now, but I can't help feeling a bit sad about it. This review is just to tell all you folks out there that have never read Ranma, (or have only read a little bit of it and disliked it) it's truly a great accomplishment. A few reasons why I like it. First, it's very, very funny - it appeals to my sense of humor exactly. But here's the interesting thing - Takahashi-sensei doesn't just leave it at that. In some of the later novels, Ranma is positively dramatic, and I'd be lying to you if I said I didn't cry on more than one occasion. Of course, I think perhaps the main reason that I like Ranma 1/2 is the romance, which is Takahashi's forte. Ranma and Akane's relationship goes so slowly, Takahashi just gives you little momments between the two, yet ultimately it is enough. Another huge part of Ranma - the action, of course! This is what draws many people in to reading Ranma, what first appealed to me. Takahashi is so fantastic with her action scenes, it makes you wonder where she gets it from! She can do a love scene, a comedy scene and an action scene all rolled into one. I haven't even mentioned the art-work yet. At first when I picked up Ranma, I made the mistake of thinking it overly simplistic, which I've come to realize is not the case. It's true that Takahashi goes for a simple style, but it's beautiful in it's simplicity. Takahashi truly communicates with her art in a way that others miss.
To conclude: read Ranma 1/2. Trust me when I say it's worth it. There will always be a special place in my heart for Ranma 1/2. Thank you Takahashi-sensei, for sharing your gift.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 2002
Format: Paperback
This was in fact my first Ranma 1/2 book, read it last night and laughed my cast off! Had just read a book about Baudrillard, and so was coming from a very strange place, and yet this Vol. 19 was incredibly enjoyable. Totally irreverent, stupid, and very very funny. I look forward to reading the rest of this series, it's a simulation I'm happy to be a part of. Martial Arts Cheerleading, O-KAY! You must read this for yourself, if nothing else it's hilarious. I am surprised I had not heard more about this series before, perhaps thats because of all of the sexchanging.
p.s.: I think the art work in this is superb, and perfect for the story, so forget the reviewer below who is obviously jealous, sheesh, insulting an artist in a forum where they can't fight back
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kate on November 6, 2004
Format: Paperback
In response to the child below me -- there are many different ways of drawing, and beautiful, over-intricate artwork does not make up for a good storyline and excellent characters -- which Rumiko Takahashi never fails to give. Clamp, since you chose the reference to them, can draw beautifully, but their storylines often crumble or lag -- something I haven't found in Takahashi's work. Obviously, this is someone who does not even bother to read the stories, but rather simply flips through to look at the pictures, otherwise one would realize what a positively ingenious (though corny-sounding at first) story that Miss Takahashi is capable of.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Banshee on July 30, 2000
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While Ranma remains stuck with his girly-girlie curse, he faces still another amorous martial artist - this time he's a dapperly young Frenchman! After tea ceremonies, circus acts, and Hawaiian surf-up, Ranma engages into a painfully rigorous training with REFINED ETIQUETTE FOR GOURMET DINING. However, even with all such savory French delicacies right under his young button nose, Ranma still ends up being sent to bed hungry. And, Picolet's really BIZARRE hereditary gives him a great advantage over all the speed-eating contests, so...Ranma has to find ANOTHER way quickly or he would be doomed to wear the tightly-laced iron corset so ruthlessly forced onto his nubile young girl's body AND eventually become Picolet's bride! And one of Akane's sisters, Nabiki is finally given the new role as a main character in the second story. So a sibling rivalry suddenly crackles in the air and Ranma finds himself with a SWITCHED fiancee...none other than Nabiki herself! Now all the lovestruck rivals had caught the wind of it, so poor Ranma is forced to shield the coy-faced young Nabiki from being viciously attacked. And what's more, Nabiki uses her subtle, catty ways to make some dough right off her new fiance as well as to get back at her easily-ruffled little sister! Aw, JUST PICK UP A COPY AND READ ALL ABOUT IT!
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