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

Title: Ranma 1/2 Vol 2

Author: Rumiko Takahashi

Series: Ranma 1/2 #2

Page Count: 224

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 2

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My Review:

As with the first volume, things start with an amusing tone. I love seeing how Dr Tofu changes in Kasumi’s presence and how the townspeople avoid his clinic in these moments, knowing it’s dangerous to go near him.

The arrival of Ryoga adds several interesting elements into these story. His ability to get lost, even on a straight road, is highly entertaining, but I also feel sorry for him as he spends so much of his life traveling to get anywhere.

What’s more amusing, is Ranma has no idea what Ryoga is out to get him. Then, when he thinks he has figured it out, he is proven wrong and things get far more hilarious from there.

The battle at the school between Ryoga and Ranma is amusing, especially the moments with female Ranma and Akane.

One particular moment stands out here, and it shows that, despite changing into a girl regularly, Ranma has no idea what it’s like to be female and doesn’t quite get the significance of what happened. Perhaps he will come to understand more as the series goes on.

When the real reason is revealed, it’s quite a shock. However, things get even more complicated with the presence of P-chan.

I love the reaction, or lack thereof, of Akane’s father, Soun, to what happens in his house. As wild as those events are, he simply goes with the flow, sometimes not even batting an eye at what is going on around him.

Another great addition to the story is Kodachi the Black Rose. Her arrival sets up what is to come next in the series and

From the new characters to the zany fight scenes scattered throughout, this is a fun volume. Every time I think ‘This story can’t get more ridiculous’, it does and I absolutely love it. There is something about this over-the-top, martial arts-filled series that is an absolute blast to read.

I loved this volume and cannot wait to continue reading through the series as part of my TBR.

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

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