This is the last post of my first week as a blogger, and I wanted to start a long running series. In lieu of that here is the first BrOtaku Recommendation of an anime! These will be series I personally enjoy, and hope to spread to others. This keeps the anime community growing, and means I get to enjoy more of what I love. So without further ado my first recommendation is…
It is extremely rare for me to both read a manga to its conclusion and watch its anime in the same manner. Ranma ½ is not only one of these instances but the first. This manga/anime comes to us from the brilliant mind of Rumiko Takahashi, who also gave us Lum, Inu Yasha, and Maison Ikkoku. Ranma’s story is a comedic martial arts story with harem and romance elements that takes place in somewhat modern Japan. Don’t go into this anime expecting deep plot, instead expect a fun story filled with ridiculous antics.
The story of Ranma ½ (predictably) follows Ranma Saotome, a high school aged martial artist who travels and trains with his father (Genma). When Ranma and Genma come back to Japan they visit the Tendo household where one of the three daughters is arranged to marry Ranma. However, upon arrival the Tendo family finds that both father and son have been cursed in their training. Now when Ranma is splashed with cold water he turns into a girl, and his training and fights take on a new level of strangeness.
The show takes some pretty crazy twists and turns as is expected from a Takahashi manga. These range from other martial artists who turn into animals when splashed with cold water, to the most outlandish martial arts contests. The reason for this show being my first recommendation is not just nostalgia. This show is an excellent start for people who are transitioning from American cartoons to Japanese anime, due to it’s unique art style and the slapstick humor reminiscent of the cartoons. The brief instances of nudity might throw them off, but those scenes are pretty tame when compared to the ecchi of today. For anime veterans this show serves as a “blast from the past” so to speak. It gives them a sense of anime history, and insight into how modern anime troupes came to be.
Long story short you should watch it. Yes I mean all 7 seasons, 13 OVAs, and 2 movies as well as reading all 38 manga volumes. Now I wouldn’t recommend you watch/read it all in a weekend. You’d fry your brain, and you need that to read my blog. Now that you have my first recommendation out there, let me know what you think of Ranma ½ by following my social media pages or dropping me a line here! With that I’ll wish you a happy Friday (or not if you’re backlogging this), and say…
Arigatō my fellow BrOtaku!