Book Review: Ranma 1/2 Vol 1 by Rumiko Takahashi

Title: Ranma 1/2 Vol 1

Author: Rumiko Takahashi

Series: Ranma 1/2 #1

Page Count: 304

Publish Date: May 1, 2003

Publisher: Viz Media

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Follows the adventures of half-boy, half-girl martial artist Ranma, whose transforming gender problems began at the Accursed Springs in China when he became cursed to turn into a girl when splashed with cold water, and back into a boy with hot water.

Ranma 1/2 Vol 1

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My Review:

High school life is hard enough, but toss in changing into a girl when splashed with cold water, and it gets even more complicated for Ranma. Toss in an unexpected fiance and life is extra chaotic.

The way we are introduced to the main cast is quite amusing. The day starts out fairly normal – until a girl and a panda show up at the door! You just know that things will get more crazy as time goes on.

The interactions between Akane and Ranma are always entertaining. Their initial meeting is vastly different from their second one and this really shows how differently Akane treats girls and boys.

We get to see exactly how Ranma and his fan, Genma, each became cursed while on a martial arts training mission in China.

As troublesome as gender swapping is for Ranma, he must continue to live the “normal” life of a teenager, attending high school. It’s here we meet even more characters and get a glimpse at the hurdles Akane must go through to get to school every morning.

This little snippet shows off Akane’s martial arts prowess and her popularity with the boys, which leaves Ranma stumped. It also leads to one hilarious introduction to Kuno, and his interesting view on life and Akane.

Watching Ranma navigate each interaction, not knowing whether he will be a boy or a girl is so entertaining. Especially when random chances with water shift him midway through.

Toss in the other characters and there is never a dull moment. Dr. Tufo grants us a look into Akane’s life, along with providing relief to Ranma’s many injuries, Kasumi is a mother-like figure, Nabiki is a sly one always looking to make a buck, and of course, there is their father, Soun who tries to make the best of the situation.

These are just some of the characters introduced in this volume, but they play the biggest roles.

We do get to see some character development with Akane, Ranma, Genma, and a few others, but this early in the series I don’t expect a lot to happen. This is merely laying the foundation for what’s to come.

Watching both sides of Ranma trying to navigate life, especially when encountering Kuno adds a special level of humor. You just these two will have numerous encounters as the series progresses that will be more outlandish than the last.

If nudity offends you, then I would avoid this book.

Overall, this is an entertaining beginning to the series. The characters, martial arts shenanigans, humor, and flow of the story all combine into something truly entertaining. I cannot wait to continue working through the rest of the series on my TBR.

I hope you enjoyed my review of Ranma 1/2 Vol 1. Have you read this book?

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  1. This does sound incredibly entertaining to read! I have not heard of these books before, but could see myself enjoying them. Thanks for introducing something new (for me).

    1. Author

      Thank you. It certainly was an interesting read.

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