OK, Well, I learned my lesson of never picking on Kurai that much and sometimes to know what Angel can do……
Also, to learn what the hell I’m talking about, here’s the link of Angel’s review of Ranma 1/2 and the Storyline that I have written with her.
Well, I never thought in a million years that I would review an anime like this would make me rethink the harem genre to an extent and this is also a very well-known anime among otaku and fans with the element of gender bending or basically Rule 63 the Anime and for those you don’t know about that rule (and you should and you will, eventually), Rule 63 is a rule of the internet that reads as follows: “For any given male character, there is a female version of that character.” I just never thought that rule has some more backstory to it. Saotome Ranma, a teenage martial artist, and his father Genma travel to the ‘cursed training ground’ of Jusenkyo in China. There, despite the warnings of the Chinese guard, they fall into the cursed springs. From now on, whenever Ranma is doused in cold water, he turns in to a girl, and a cute, well-built red-head at that. Hot water changes him back into a man again, but only until the next time. To make matters worse, his father engages him to Tendo Akane, a girl who hates boys.
First glimpse of the show, it had the keywords of harem, marital arts, fan service and gender switching and my thoughts were that the show is going to be either “meh” or something that was insulting and irritating and when I got to watching it, I turned out to be wrong. The show is actually pretty funny in a way where they use fan service not to ogle at the characters, but make the situations around them more humorous. They had a reason for the whole awkward poses/scenes and some of the characters being perverts than just doing them for the sake of doing them. However, with it being 161 episodes with 13 OVAs, it can get old very fast unfortunately.
Now for the characters, the main title character Ranma Saotome is the teenage martial artist who’s really knows his moves when it comes to fighting his opponents and can often be an ass but not so much, it makes him unlikable as I did like his character with what’s going on with him and knowing whenever he changes into a girl….even though his girl personality isn’t too shabby. wink wink nudge nudge (Why did I do that? Because you touch—-“gunshot”—-Yeah, that’s what I thought.) Akane could’ve been that one character that irritates me with her making ridiculous accusations and beating on Ranma but she wasn’t. I find Akane very tolerable as a character as she wasn’t just the tsundere type of character but one that is likable. Plus, I get why she hates boys, because most of them either want to fight and/or fuck her. I’d be pissed off, too, if I was her (Wait! takes a good look at him (her) self again……dammit Angel!!) There’s also his father who also has the effect of changing, but into a panda and when him and Ranma often clash heads, it is a delight to watch. Akane’s sisters, Nabiki and Kasumi, are the ones who always try to make Akane act more like a girl, although I thought even though Akane isn’t really a fan of the boys (except for one Dr. Tofu Ono, whom she had a crush on ever since she was little). Then there’s Ryoga Hibiki, Ranma’s rival from his old high school and yet he wants revenge for something, even though we don’t know what it is about in the first run but as it turns out he’s cursed, too, but his form is a little black pig and then there’s Shampoo, who now plans to kill the female Ranma but wants to marry the male one.
The animation by Studio Deen with Kitty Media has proven it has aged well but is like the many anime in the early 90s as it ages and while some of it does handle the fighting animation well, it does have the case of some speed lines in there and character designs do have a classic feel to it. The background music does have that zany feeling that the show is going for and for those serious moments with some subtle pieces. The Viz Media/Ocean Group dub is…….um……well, it does get better for a while and I did notice some incorrect mouth movements but it was at the time when English dubbing companies aren’t exactly taking it seriously but for what is it, the dub is OK.
FINAL VERDICT: I can see why this is a classic anime series as it handle the harem aspect of the show without being too edgy and it helps that some of the nudity is organic to some of the situation and it’s being played for humor. This is something that most anime fans should really watch but I would not rush into it quickly, with it being 161 episodes. Just take your time watching it and if you like it, continue to watch.
So, what does Ranma ½ get the grade of?
Low FIRST CLASS – 8.5/10
And until then, I’m MAK2.0 aka The Hybrid, bringing all the elements into one format.
RANMA ½ – animation by STUDIO DEEN & KITTY MEDIA / distributed by VIZ MEDIA
THE MIND OF THE HYBRID ONE – my Tumblr page.