Friday, December 25, 2015

Ranma 1/2

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Synopsis :

Ranma Saotome and his father, Genma, both practitioners of the Saotome school of anything-goes martial arts, fall into the cursed springs of the legendary training ground of Jusenkyo in mainland China during a training mission. Each spring holds a different curse for any who come in contact with its water, all of which involve who or what has drowned in the spring in the past - Ranma emerges from the spring a girl and Genma a panda, both now cursed to change forms each time they come in contact with hot and cold water.

At the end of their training mission, Genma decides to take up residence with his old training partner, Soun Tendo, owner of the Tendo dojo and head of the Tendo school of anything-goes martial arts, dragging a reluctant Ranma along with him. Soun and Genma discuss the arrangements they had made in the past involving Ranma becoming engaged to one of Soun's three daughters in order to combine the two schools and allow Ranma to inherit the Tendo dojo. It's informally decided that he is to be engaged to Akane Tendo, Soun's youngest daughter, and the two must put up with one another - and their engagement - as Ranma and his father settle into domestic life at the Tendo household.

The very first anime that I ever watched, I have a lot of memories tied to this particular anime and my review might be biased cause of the nostalgia filter.

There is no overarching plot,  Ranma and his father return from their training and head to the Tendo family household where the two fathers have arranged a marriage between Ranma and Tendo’s youngest daughter, Akane Tendo. From there, it consists of the love-hate interactions between Akane and Ranma, and occasionally with a slew of other characters introduced.

Characters throughout the anime hardly change once their initial introduction and most either join the harem of either Ranma or Akane. As the anime continues, some characters have similar infliction's as Ranma, various martial art bouts for some, or just a random episode encounter. Thus humour ensues from there. From start to finish the anime never strides far from this path other than the occasional episode of emotional attachment.

The best part. of the anime for me, is when every-time Ranma and his chief rival Ryoga  gets into a fight, throughout the series, even though Ranma always somehow usurps Ryoga, the fights are entertaining and always kept me at edge.

Many characters on the series experiences a "change" everytime they got splashed by cold water, some notable forms are a piglet, a cat, and the MC's curse, turning into a girl. All of which creates entertaining situations throughout the series.

Animation was pretty good for an anime that was concocted in the late 80's and the OST's are catchy and fits with the mood the anime is trying to portray.

The 161 episode count might scare you but if you're a N.E.E.T. and trying to find a way to kill time, I highly recommend this anime for you.

Overall If you're looking for a comedy series with a lot of laughs, interesting characters, and some memorable moments that you can share with other anime fans, then go for Ranma 1/2. Martial arts fans, you get a lot of that in this show as well, but it's not taken very seriously.

(Btw, The story isn't really officially finished, I'm still hoping one day that it might get continued, I mean Sailor Moon got a revival, why not Ranma 1/2 too.)

Score : 9/10

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