Someone mentioned that I should get some Ranma 1/2, so I
Ranma 1/2 is truly one of the most strangest Anime series that
one can find. The premise is simple [ya, right!!!]:
- In mainland China there is the Jusenkyou Cursed Springs Martial
Arts Training Grounds. Anyone who happens to take a dip in any of the
springs is cursed to change form whenever cold water is splashed on
them. Hot water changes them back.
- Ranma ends up acquiring one of the curses. In particular, he
falls in a spring named Nyanneechuan or the "Spring of
Drowned Girl". When Ranma gets splashed with cold water, he
changes into a red haired girl.
- Ranma's father, Genma, also has been cursed. He falls into
Shonmaoneechuan or the "Spring of Drowned Panda". When
he is splashed with cold water, he changes into a panda bear.
- For reasons that are not all that clear [mainly because I don't
own those particular T.V. episodes, yet], there are three other
persons who are also cursed.
- There is Shampoo, an Amazon, and one of Ranma's fiancee [Ranma
has love polygons not love triangles]. She changes form
into a cat... Ranma hates cats.
- There is Ryoga who is in love with Ranma's "primary" fiancee,
Akane.... He always seems to be lost, even when he knows where he is.
He changes form into a small pig.
- Finally, there is Mousse. He is in love with Shampoo. He changes
form into a duck.
- Shampoo's great-grandmother, Cologne, who runs a cafe.
- The ninja master, Happosai, and panty thief.
- Various other persons, some supernatural......
Ranma 1/2 comes in a few different forms. First, there is the
original T.V. episodes, which consists of two series, where the
initial plots were developed. The first series is 18 episodes long
and the second series is 143 episodes long, for a grand total of 161
T.V. episodes. Second, there are the OAVs. An OAV is a direct to
video release which has become quite popular in Japan and unlike the
U.S. market, direct to video releases are high quality releases.
Lastly, there are two full length feature movies.
Ranma 1/2: T.V. Series 1
Ranma 1/2: The OAVs
Ranma 1/2 - The Movie
Ranma 1/2 - The Movie 2
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