Ranma 1/2 (2-in-1 Edition), Vol. 1: Includes vols. 1 & 2

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A remastered 2-in-1 edition of the all-time classic hit from one of Japan’s most beloved creators, available for the first time in a format faithful to the original work.

One day, teenaged martial artist Ranma Saotome went on a training mission with his father and ended up taking a dive into some cursed springs at a legendary training ground in China. Now, every time he’s splashed with cold water, he changes ...

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Overview

A remastered 2-in-1 edition of the all-time classic hit from one of Japan’s most beloved creators, available for the first time in a format faithful to the original work.

One day, teenaged martial artist Ranma Saotome went on a training mission with his father and ended up taking a dive into some cursed springs at a legendary training ground in China. Now, every time he’s splashed with cold water, he changes into a girl. His father, Genma, changes into a panda! What’s a half-guy, half-girl to do?

Contains volumes 1 and 2!
Years ago, Genma promised his old friend Soun Tendo that Ranma would marry one of Soun’s three daughters and carry on the family’s martial arts school. Except that the girl picked to be Ranma’s bride doesn’t seem to like him, Ranma keeps getting into fights…and did we mention that whole changing into a girl thing?

Reads R to L (Japanese Style) for teen plus audiences.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
04/14/2014
One of the bestselling manga from the early ’90s, a gender-bending rom-com mixed with copious martial arts action, returns in this rerelease. World-class martial artist Ranma Saotomé has been cursed with a special fate: when doused with cold water, he turns into a girl. This oddity is little more than an irritation to him until he becomes engaged to Akané Tendo, a prodigiously strong fighter who also happens to hate men. Akané has two sisters, and together they form a triad of womanhood: the motherly type (Kasumi), the independent artist (Nabiki), and the Diana (Akané). As the sisters’ world and its love triangles are explored, female Ranma gets some badly timed admirers of her own, and slapstick comedy and eye-catching battles ensue. Add in a rival of Ranma’s set on revenge (who turns into an adorable but spiteful piglet) and soon Akané and Ranma are thrown together in ways that challenge societal preconceptions of masculinity, femininity, love, and identity—albeit through the lens of feminism 25 years ago. Takahashi (Inu Yasha) is one of the most renowned manga artists of all time, and the masterful storytelling and expressive body language make this a timeless manga classic. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781421565941
  • Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
  • Publication date: 3/11/2014
  • Series: Ranma 1/2 Series, #1
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 130,668
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

The spotlight on Rumiko Takahashi's career began in 1978 when she won an honorable mention in Shogakukan's prestigious Shinjin Comic Taisho (Newcomer's Award for Comics) for Those Selfish Aliens. Later that same year, her boy-meets-alien comedy series, Urusei Yatsura, was serialized in Weekly Shonen Sunday. This phenomenally successful manga series was adapted into anime format and spawned a TV series and half a dozen theatrical-release movies, all incredibly popular in their own right. Takahashi followed up the success of her debut series with one blockbuster hit after another. Maison Ikkoku ran from 1980 to 1987, Ranma 1/2 from 1987 to 1996, and Inuyasha from 1996 to 2008. Other notable works include Mermaid Saga, Rumic Theater, and One-Pound Gospel. Takahashi won the Shogakukan Manga Award twice in her career, once for Urusei Yatsura in 1981 and the second time for Inuyasha in 2002. A majority of the Takahashi canon has been adapted into other media such as anime, live-action TV series, and film.

Takahashi's manga, as well as the other formats her work has been adapted into, have continued to delight generations of fans around the world. Distinguished by her wonderfully endearing characters, Takahashi's work adeptly incorporates a wide variety of elements such as comedy, romance, fantasy, and martial arts. While her series are difficult to pin down into one simple genre, the signature style she has created has come to be known as the "Rumic World." Rumiko Takahashi is an artist who truly represents the very best from the world of manga.

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