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Ranma 1/2 Volume 1 by Rumiko Takahashi

book 1: Ranma 1/2 Volume 1 by Rumiko Takahashi

I finally completed my Ranma 1/2 manga collection, so I have decided to have a Ranma reading marathon now that I can experience the story in order and all the way through. There are several volumes that I haven't read before, including the last few, so I am anticipating the venture. For those not familiar with the story, the premise is that this boy, Ranma, returns to Japan with his father, Genma, from a martial arts training expedition to China. They return to the home of Genma's friend, Soun, where he is supposed to marry one of Soun's daughters, Kasume, Nabiki, or Akane, and carry on the legacy of the "School of Indiscriminant Grappling" or "Anything Goes" martial arts style. Akane is volunteered, in spite of claiming to not like boys, and more mayhem follows when Ranma and Genma's little problem is discovered. While training in China each fell into a cursed pool that turns the victim into whatever last drowned there if that person is splashed with cold water. Hot water returns them to normal. Genma turns into a giant panda, while Ranma turns into a cute, Chinese, red-headed girl. Akane and Ranma also both have big egos and don't want to admit they like each other. All the while a steady flow of rivals and suitors keep appearing for both. There's a lot of silly martial arts hijinks, but what really gets me are how adorable Akane and Ranma are together, especially when they let their tough facades slip just a little. Volume 1 also introduces upperclassman Kuno, who wants to date both Akane and female Ranma, and Ryoga, who in his pursuit of fighting Ranma followed him to China and ended up in the cursed spring of a baby, black pig, which he uses to get close to Akane whom he has fallen for, as her pet P-chan.
Tags: comedy, fantasy, japanese, manga, young adult
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