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Old 03-04-2017, 03:26 PM
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#34 Ranma
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Writer/Artist/Creator: Rumiko Takahashi
Genre: Anything-Goes Martial Arts Comedy
Publication: manga in Weekly Shōnen Sunday, 1987-1996
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Rumiko Takahashi is a giant of comedy manga, and Ranma is perhaps her best known series worldwide. It's sold over 50 million volumes in Japan, and also had a successful run in the US where it was one of the earliest consistently published manga imports (running in both monthlies and collected volumes) starting in 1992. It's been adapted into 161 TV episodes (of wildly varying quality), 12 OAVs, 9 specials, 3 movies, and 15 video games. It's hard to find an old-school anime/manga fan without at least a bit of a soft spot for Ranma.

It's also, of course, famous for gender-bending antics. While the handling of gender issues isn't always up to modern standards to say the least, it... could certainly be worse? Ranma's condition is initially treated as a curse that he wants to get rid of, but he gradually warms to it over the course of the series. Numerous other characters also willfully subvert gender roles, often successfully, and while it's sometimes the subject of cheap gags, they're generally viewed sympathetically at the end of the day. All in all it was probably eye-opening for a lot of young nerds.
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