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antvasima's review
A very well-written, rather epic story, and Krista really "gets" what makes Akane tick. If you took away the rage disorder the original was easily one of the most genuinely compassionate, idealistic, brave, helpful, and heroic characters in the series, so I think this story summarised it pretty well.

Here the flip personality of a violent paranoic is toned down, but Akane usually managed to keep it under control when people relied on her, and has to given the serious situation. She also greatly patterns herself after Kasumi, so I thought the development made sense, and personally I much prefer reading about genuinely sympathetic characters.

Regarding her skill, she was stated outright as having more potential than Ranma, has now been given several extra years of training, and I don't remember her being a bully about it, so it's mostly okay.

Possibly not enough humour thrown in for a Ranma story, but there were a few more serious manga arcs, and it doesn't enter Cerebus Syndrome territory. It may not be an actual masterpiece, but still very good, and going by what I've seen over the years, most writers seem to enjoy it.
I don't think any comment was ever made about Akane's potential in the manga or anime. The closest to what you're saying is that the Battle Douji was somewhat translated as bringing out Akane's true potential and she was beating Ranma rather soundly with it, but it never said that Ranma was anywhere near his potential either (and in fact, in their only real fight against one another in that arc, he was holding back rather drastically out of guilt) and the Douji did just as well against Ranma without anyone in it as with Akane.

Everything else you're saying is pretty much on the mark, however. Highly recommended, and Akane is fairly badass considering that she had the most normal upbringing of all the martial artists in the series. Who knows how powerful she'd be after finishing up puberty and getting a few years of Ranma-style training.
comment #5711 68.195.51.157 9th Jan 11
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