Friday, June 03, 2005

Educating Ranma: More Stories From The World Of Japanese Animation



Ok, take a father and son who study martial arts. Watch them train in China and each fall in Jusenkyo's cursed pools. Whenever the father (Gendo) gets hit by cold water, he turns into a giant panda. When the son (Ranma) gets hit by cold water, he becomes that redhead girl in the photo. Yes, hot water will turn them back. Complicate this story with a promise Gendo Saotome made to his longtime friend Soun Tendo that his son will marry one of his 3 daughters. Forever emasculated by this curse, Ranma is forced into an engagement with tomboy Akane even though they can't stand each other. Now living with the Tendo family, the Saotome's only wish is to become normal again. Can they or will Akane kill Ranma first?

This is the basis for Rumiko Takahashi's classic animated series Ranma 1/2. All 161 episodes of this series ran in Japan from 1989 to 1992 including films, straight to video episodes and specials. The series is highly rewarding even though it takes some time to deal with seeing female Ranma's chest (but then again it's a guy... or a girl... or well, deep down it's a guy.) Only someone like female manga writer Rumiko Takahashi (responsible for the popular Inuyasha series now running on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim) can take a crazy idea like gender confusion and create a love story.Posted by Hello

6 comments:

Teri said...

Is this your next elective surgery? If so, what size would you get?

An80sNut said...

No, you can't get a good view if you own them. I believe in renting.

Vavoom said...

Forget about renting... get good at drawing. You can make all the naked Manga characters you want!

Interesting series, Nut. I'll check it out. Thanks for the great tip!

Davydgrey said...

What the going rate, Martin? I already have a pair that I get free access to, kind of like a vacation home...

RT said...

'Oly shit that's an animation of me!

Well, sans the thought of a penis and male attitude...

Where's boko???

An80sNut said...

So you mean this is the closest we are going to get to seeing what RT looks like? hahaha

Vavoom - I wish I had the artistic talent. Then again, I wish I had the time to pursue skills like that. I'd redesign my site.

DG - Heard that the going rate is a slice of pizza.