Shoujo Saturday: Ranma 1/2 by Rumiko Takahashi

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This week I’m covering a classic, although it’s really not a Shoujo series, it is in the art style and I’m going to count it as Shoujo. It’s Ranma 1/2 by Rumiko Takahashi.

Plot Synopsis: On a training journey in the Bayankala Mountain Range in the Qinghai Province of China, Ranma Saotome and his father Genma fell into the cursed springs at Jusenkyo. When someone falls into a cursed spring, they take the physical form of whatever drowned there hundreds or thousands of years ago whenever they come into contact with cold water. The curse will revert when exposed to hot water until their next cold water exposure. Genma fell into the Spring of the Drowned Panda while Ranma fell into the Spring of the Drowned Girl.

Plot: The plot is pretty good, though the romance comedy parts can be grating to western audiences.

Characters: I love most of the characters, although Genma is a bit of jerk.

Art: It’s Rumiko Takahashi, so it’s going to be great.

Overall: If you liked Rumiko Takahashi’s other work you’ll want to read this.

For those who like: Rumiko Takahashi, Action, Comedy, Romance.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above.

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