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Ranma 1/2 - Reviews, Members and Others


Jun 4 2005, 10:45 PM (Post #1)
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Our first review for this topic comes from one of the Staff members of AnimeInfo.org. His review is based off a 5-way rating system with an overall average. His score for this Anime is a 9.5 out of 10, and these are his reasons:

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Ranma 1/2 is, and always will be, my first love when it comes to anime. A great theme, a multitude of characters, and an ongoing comedic setting make this Takahashi series an instant classic. The series revolves around the somewhat rocky but nevertheless romantic story of two young teenagers, Ranma and Akane, that are arranged to be married by their fathers, who are old friends. As with quite a lot of arranged marriages, Ranma and Akane do not get along at first, but through all the fighting and misunderstandings they grow to love one another.

But this romance is only 1/3rd of an excellent recipe that Takahashi throws together and cooks up for us. Add in the heart of the comedic element of the story - Ranma's embarrassing curse. Ranma and his father visited a place in China called Jusenkyo, containing a bunch of cursed springs that turn whoever falls in them into whatever drowned in the spring originally. Unfortunately for Ranma, he has the bad luck of being thrown into the Spring of Drowned Girl, causing him from that time to turn into a girl when hit with cold water. Hot water changes him back - but only until the next time. The curse causes all kinds of problems for Ranma, as both male and female characters pursue him with equal passion - much to Akane's jealousy. I really love the comedy of Ranma 1/2 - there are so many combinations and interconnectedness between the characters to use, leading to equally hilarious results every time. I can understand why the manga went 38 volumes - Takahashi seemingly had an infinitude of gags she could pull out of her hat to make Ranma 1/2 entertaining.

The final element is action, which Takahashi adds in with a unique twist. Ranma practices "Anything-Goes Martial Arts" - the very epitomy of improvisation - and many of the fights Ranma goes through in the series involve characters with very unique powers. It keeps the series fresh, surprising you with something different every time.

Because of this trifecta of elements, Ranma 1/2, I feel, succeeds very well in delivering its story and premise to an audience. The versatility of the cast makes it easy to make entertaining - like I said before, all the main characters seem connected in some way or another, and this makes for some very hilarious situations. I do have to concede though, that this hurts the plot value of Ranma - Takahashi trades the ability to tell an ongoing story for an episodic quality to the series that seemingly could have gone on forever without tiring. In my opinion, though, this is a minor setback compared with what else it has to offer. Animation for the series is smooth, mixes in manga and anime-exclusive stories, and assembles a cast of all-stars for voice actors, some of which have gone on to do even bigger things after success in Ranma (such as Megumi Hayashibara). Viz's dubbing here is also solid, with excellent voicing from Angela Costain as Nabiki and Michael Donovan as Ryouga, among others.

If you're a new anime fan (or even an old one with a taste for a mix of the best of anime) then Ranma 1/2, I think, is definitely for you. Its place in AnimeInfo.org's "Featured Series" is well earned, and definitely worth checking out.


Also keep in mind that more reviews will be added as the members find the time to write them. I myself will post one before the XT project is completed, as I hope some of the other staff will.
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Mar 8 2006, 07:32 PM (Post #2)
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I am unsure if this shouldbe in the Xt Project, as it isn't your work o_0 I'll give you time to reply before moving it though...
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Jun 9 2006, 07:16 PM (Post #3)
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Time's up. I'm afraid we can only accept reviews made by the author. By all means, do what I did and type your own review then link to external ones for further reading, but the Xt Project is a showcase of our writing/talents, not of others. Sorry.
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Jun 9 2006, 10:46 PM (Post #4)
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o_o when the hell did this get here?

Did he give permission?
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Jun 10 2006, 08:26 PM (Post #5)
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I don't care, o_O. I'll write a review sometime soon I guess so this can be moved back...XD.
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