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Ranma 1/2, Vol. 1 (Library Edition) Hardcover – January 8, 2008


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Product Details

  • Series: Ranma 1/2 (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC (January 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1421519798
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421519791
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,812,071 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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This book is about Ranma, a boy who turns into a girl with a splash of cold water!
Rachel
Of the many mangas (that's anime in book form for those of you who are new) I have read, I'd have to say this one tops them all.
Karo-kusa
Action, Comedy, Romance ,Drama with fantasy elements are seamlessly blended in a very entertaining package.
Gremio

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Gremio on June 21, 2000
Format: Paperback
Who doesn't know Rumiko Takihashi? Well, many people don't, but those with even little exposure to the world of anime and manga will definitely know her name. Before I even could prenouce anime right, I already knew about her most popular series, "Ranma 1/2". I dislike the anime version due to the dubbing, which I dislike for personal reasons. However, the manga is not dubbed (duhh) so apparently I would like it much more.
The story stars Ranma and his father Genma. One normal day they go to the cursed springs for training. During the training, Ranma knocks Genma into the lake of "drowned Panda", and when Genma emerges, He is a huge, fat Panda! Genma whacks Ranma into a spring, and he suffers a similar fate. Ranma falls into the "spring of drowned girl".
While Ranma and Genma are not always a panda or girl, things are far from okay. Whenever they touch cold water, they turn into the cursed form. Touching them with hot water transforms them back into their normal form. Thing get worse when Ranma gets engaged to the moody Akane.
The artwork is quite good. Character designs are adorable, almost whimsical is appearance.The backgrounds are pretty detailed. The artwork is overall pretty nice. It's no CLAMP or Yukito Kishiro, but its good.
The plot starts off pretty well and moves forward at a brisk pace. From drama to humor, the plot is a real page turner. The story is very unique. Their are tons of character's, each different and charming in their own way. Character development is exceptional, and at times the characters become the driving point for the entire series. And despite the art style, the character's behave is very "real" ways, and are believable. Teenagers will un-doubtfully love this series.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Gremio on June 30, 2000
Format: Paperback
Who dosen't know Rumiko Takihashi? Well, many people don't, but those with even little exposure to the world of anime and manga will definitly know her name. Before I even could prenouce anime right, I already knew about her most popular series, "Ranma 1/2". I dislike the anime version due to the dubbing, which I dislike for personal reasons. However, the manga is not dubbed (duhh) so apparently I would like it much more.
The story stars Ranma and his father Genma. One normal day they go to the cursed springs for training. During the training, Ranma knocks Genma into the lake of "drowned Panda", and when Genma emerges, He is a huge, fat Panda! Genma whacks Ranma into a spring, and he suffers a similar fate. Ranma falls into the "spring of drowed girl".
While Ranma and Genma are not always a panda or girl, things are far from okay. Whenever they touch cold water, they turn into the cursed form. Touching them with hot water transforms them back into their normal form. Thing get worse when Ranma gets engaged to the moody Akane.
The artwork is quite good. Character designs are adorable, almost whymsical is appearance.The backgrounds are pretty detailed. The artwork is overall pretty nice. It's no CLAMP or Yukito Kishiro, but its good.
The plot starts off pretty well and go's at a brisk pace. From drama to humor, the plot is a real page turner. The story is very unique. Their are tons of characters's, each different and charming in their own way. Character development is exceptional, and at times the characters become the driving point for the entire series. And despite the art style, the character's behave is very "real" ways, and are believeable. Teenagers will undoubtfully love this series.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 27, 2004
Format: Paperback
Being a teenage boy can be tough. Being a teenage boy who turns into a girl is even worse. The first volume of the talented Rumiko Takahashi's "Ranma 1/2" series introduces us to Ranma Saotome, a tough teenage martial artist, and one of the few guys for whom a cold shower actually works.
Genma Saotome and his son Ranma appear at the Tendo home, after a lifetime of martial arts training. If Ranma marries one of the Tendo girls, the future of their training center will be secure. Only one problem: Ranma turns out to be a girl accompanied by a panda. After youngest daughter Akane bumps into a naked boy in the bathroom, Ranma (now a strapping boy) reintroduces himself.
It turns out that Saotome Sr. and Jr. had a magical mishap in China's cursed springs, and now cold water turns Ranma into a girl, and his dad into a panda. Hot water restores them to their normal forms. He quickly finds himself affianced to Akane (who says she hates boys and calls him a pervert), and going to a school where the reigning athlete falls in love with him (in girl form) but wants to kill him (in boy form) To make things worse, an old schoolmate of Ranma's shows up with a mysterious grudge, fully planning to bash in Ranma's head.
As this was the beginning of the series, the first stories are also the shakiest, since they have to establish the story and characters. The artwork is a bit smudgier. And the characters are somewhat different than they are later in the series: Akane is more belligerent (not to mention long-haired), Soun more dignified, and the slapstick comedy is less prominent. But by the time Ryoga appears, the stories have gotten their footing.
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