Ranma ½

I’m currently watching Ranma ½, a popular anime that ran in 161 episodes from 1989 to 1992.

A Japanese friend recommended it to me. He said he read the manga when he was nine. It was on the border for what a nine-year-old was allowed to read – it was embarrassing to “be caught” reading it – but still the manga was included in Jump, the mainstream boy manga magazine.

Ranma ½ is a light anime. The main character Ranma turns into a girl when water is poured on him. His father turns into a panda. In the stills below, from episode 9 and 10, a new character, Ryuuga, turns into a little pig. (Girl-Ranma saves herself from his attack by sprinkling water on him, thus making him transform.)

But despite the gag factor, the story also has depth, like when the main female character Akane burst into tears at the chiropractor’s office in episode 9. Unexpected (she’s a hard tomboy) and logical at the same time, just like a good script should be.

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