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.

Shoujo Saturday: Inuyasha by Rumiko Takahashi

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Okay so while this is technically a Shonen series, it was written by one of the more well known Shoujo authors Rumiko Takahashi of Urusei Yatsura and Ranma 1/2 fame.

Plot Synopsis: The series follows the half demon, InuYasha, and a 15-year-old girl from Tokyo, Kagome Higurashi, who is transported to the Sengoku period after falling into a well in her family shrine, where she meets InuYasha. When a monster from that era tries to take the magical Jewel of Four Souls embodied in Kagome, she accidentally shatters the Jewel into many pieces that are dispersed across Japan.

Plot: For Rumiko Takahashi this is one of her more serious and darker manga, and it’s definitely not nearly as comedic as say Ranma 1/2, although it does have it’s funny moments it’s dispersed enough through the drama that this series has. I love this plot and it’s probably one of my favorite romance stories I’ve read in a Shonen series.

Characters: Kagome is a pretty typical middle school girl and when she’s transported back into the sengoku era and finds out that demons are real she freaks out. Seeing the story through her eyes is a joy to say the least and I love to see her berate Inuyasha.

Art: Amazing artwork and definitely one of the better series in terms of Art that I’ve read.

Overall: Definitely worth reading if you haven’t seen the anime version, which recently got the last arc animated a few years ago.

For those who like: Romance that’s not crappy like Twilight, A kick ass male lead and an even more kick ass female lead, Action and Drama.

Not for those who don’t like: Any of the above or anything that’s a better read than Twilight ever will be. In which case get the heck off my site cause you’re going to be disappointed!