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Ranma 1/2 Vol. 1&2 Review | The Game Scouts

Tin Salamunic: There’s always a sense of apprehension when revisiting beloved childhood memorabilia. Can nostalgia skew our memory so much that rediscovery of the things we once loved ends up in disappointment? It happens more often then not, but when returning to something we cherished for half a lifetime feels as exciting as it did decades ago, it’s impossible not to feel like a kid again. I grew up with Rumiko Takahashi’s comics and her work was the reason I became passionate about Manga and Anime. Both Maison Ikkoku and Urusei Yatsura were one of my earliest obsessions, but nothing ever came close to my love and appreciation for Ranma ½. The mix of martial arts, humor, witty writing, and beautiful artwork fascinated me and I’ll never forget my desperate attempts at copying her drawings with cheap markers and copy paper. More than a decade later I find myself once again enamored by Takahashi’s extraordinary work. Ranma ½ is a timeless classic that’s as exciting today as it was back in the early nineties. With Viz Media’s latest re-mastering, Ranma’s quirky adventures are bundled in a flawlessly reproduced graphic novel with over three hundred pages filled with hilarious writing and charismatic characters.

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