Overview: A manga capable of synthesizing harem, shonen, and shojo. Rumiko Takahashi's patented Takahashi Couple
supplements thise. Jerk With A Heart Of Gold
stuck in an Arranged Marriage
, Their personalities stop them from admitting their feelings, leaving openings for Ranma haters to interfere. This review is based on volumes 1-12.
Takahashi is either a genius or sadist.
As a genius, Takahashi invented Martial Arts And Crafts
, turnign anything into a fight: Martial arts Tea Ceremonies, Watermelon racing, etc. She masters the elements of any Harem/Reverse Harem anime involving a misunderstandings and people who don't listen. That second part's stupid, though. Akane's so anti-Ranma she won't listen to him tell the truth? Weak.
The story's funny with ridiculous. Mainly revolves around Ranma and Akane Being a Stud/Studette and Studette. The Art is cute and very 80s.
The Characters: Takahashi broke the mold with harem stereotypes by throwing in unique characters: arrogant samurai guy, a crazy ballet girl, an amazon with a commitment, a dude who was really a lady, and more!
Killing. Everybody's trying to kill Ranma, seriously murder
! These are teenagers literally trying to kill
each other! Proof? Kuno's sword is real, his sister's hidden weapons like spiked clubs and poison. Ryouga's Super Strength
(Say no more). Colonge using a shark as a weapon was overkill. Does Japan not have murder laws? Do the Japanese raise sociopaths?
Ranma's situation. Takahashi is a sadist because the Japanese are big on honor. Dishonoring yourself or anybody huge. Read This:
Pillars Of Moral Character
Mostly because of his dad, Ranma has a lot on him. The west find it funny because it's just silly fun. Petty debts to us. Because of all of the honors Ranma carries, it's laugh or cry for the Japanese. Ranma's life isn't funny. He's the most honorable guys in the story so can't choose any one person without putting a huge dishonor on himself and others. Add that Ranma's rivals/fiancees exploit his honorability; the story gets sadder.
Ssmmary: This an amazing manga classic that writes well. It's great until, learning about the honor stuff. Then the story is much deeper than a harem fighting anime. Depressing...