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Film Friday- Ranma 1/2

Film Friday- Ranma 1/2

The manga has been adapted into two anime series created by Studio Deen: Ranma ½ and Ranma ½ Nettōhen, which together were broadcast on Fuji Television from 1989 to 1992. In addition, they developed 12 original video animations and three films. In 2011, a live-action television special was produced and aired on Nippon Television. The manga and anime series were licensed by Viz Media for English-language releases in North America. Madman Entertainment released the manga, part of the anime series and the first two movies in Australasia, while MVM Films released the first two movies in the United Kingdom. The Ranma ½ manga has over 53 million copies in print in Japan. Both the manga and anime are cited as some of the first of their mediums to have become popular in the United States.

Anime

An anime television series was created by Studio Deen and aired weekly between April 15, 1989 and September 16, 1989 on Fuji TV for 18 episodes, before being canceled due to low ratings. The series was then reworked by most of the same staff, retitled Ranma ½ Nettōhen (らんま½ 熱闘編) and launched in a different time slot, running for 143 episodes from October 20, 1989 to September 25, 1992. The anime stays true to the original manga but does differ by keeping Ranma’s sex transformation a secret from the high school students, at least throughout most of its length. It also does not introduce Hikaru Gosunkugi until very late in the series, instead, Sasuke Sarugakure, the diminutive ninja retainer of the Kuno family fills a number of Gosunkugi’s roles in early storylines but is a major character in his own right. The anime also alters the placement of many story arcs and contains numerous original episodes and characters not adapted from the manga.

Viz Media licensed both anime series in 1993, making Ranma ½ one of the very first anime titles licensed by Viz. The English dub produced for the series was recorded by The Ocean Group in Vancouver, British Columbia. They released the series on VHS from their own Viz Video label, and on DVD a few years later in association with Pioneer Home Entertainment. Their releases collected both anime series as one, separated episodes into what they call “seasons”, and changed the ordering of many of the episodes. Viz themselves re-released it on DVD in 2007 using their own DVD production company. At Otakon 2013, Viz announced that they re-acquired the TV series for Blu-ray and DVD release in 2014. The show is streamed on their anime channel service Neon Alley since Autumn 2013. Madman Entertainment licensed some of the series for release in Australasia, although their rights expired after releasing only the first four “seasons” as one series.

Films and original video animations

Studio Deen also created three theatrical films; The Battle of Nekonron, China! A Battle to Defy the Rules! on November 2, 1991; Battle at Togenkyo! Get Back the Brides on August 1, 1992; and Super Indiscriminate Decisive Battle! Team Ranma vs. the Legendary Phoenix on August 20, 1994. The first two movies are feature length, but the third was originally aired in theaters with two other movies: Ghost Sweeper Mikami and Heisei Dog Stories: Bow.

Following the ending of the TV series, 11 original video animations were released directly to home video, the earliest on December 7, 1993 and the eleventh on June 4, 1996. All but one are based on stories originally in the manga. Twelve years later, a Ranma animation was created for the “It’s a Rumic World” exhibition of Rumiko Takahashi’s artwork. Based on the “Nightmare! Incense of Deep Sleep” manga story from volume 34, it was shown on odd numbered days at the exhibition in Tokyo from July 30 to August 11, 2008. But it was not released until January 29, 2010, when it was put in a DVD box set with the Urusei Yatsura and InuYasha specials that premiered at the same exhibit. It was then released on DVD and Blu-ray by itself on October 20, 2010. Viz Media also licensed all three movies, and the original 11 OVAs for distribution in North America (however they released the third movie as an OVA). MVM Films has released the first two movies in the United Kingdom, while Madman Entertainment released them in Australasia.

Here are all the opening themes for the very long running series!

Character Special- Ranma 1/2 Part 2

Character Special- Ranma 1/2 Part 2

Shampoo

Shampoo is the champion of the Nyucheizu village. She came to Japan to kill the female Ranma, after he defeated her in an annual martial arts contest since he and Genma had hungrily devoured the prize, a well-stocked banquet table, while coming upon and watching the contest. Shampoo gave Ranma the “Kiss of Death”, a promise to track ‘her’ down and eventually kill ‘her’. Later, after male Ranma accidentally defeated her, she gave him the “Kiss of Marriage”, since the laws of her village force her to kill any female defeaters and marry male ones. Once she learned of his curse, she returned home, heartbroken.

As punishment for her failure to kill female Ranma or marry male Ranma, her great-grandmother Cologne brought her to Jusenkyo for retraining. During this training, she fell into the “Spring of Drowned Cat,” making her cursed to turn into a cat, the one thing Ranma fears most, and she blames him for this status. Despite this, Shampoo is no longer fixated on wanting to kill Ranma, and now just wants to marry him. Having returned to Nerima, Tokyo, Japan, she waits tables at the Cat Cafe (Nekō Hanten), her great-grandmother’s restaurant. She also sometimes delivers ramen by bicycle, occasionally running down people — particularly Ranma — on the streets and rooftops. She is actively pursued by Mousse, a childhood friend for whom she generally shows nothing but disdain.

She is highly skilled in unarmed combat, possessing considerable speed and agility. Shampoo is strong enough to casually walk through reinforced stone walls on a regular basis; in the anime she says she does this because the door takes too long. She can also efficiently use certain supernatural acupressure techniques for instant unconsciousness, temporary mind-control, or even selective memory-removal. Her weakness is her lack of durability, as she is recurrently defeated by single forceful attacks. She uses a pair of “chúi” as her primary weapons. Her combat is matched by Ukyo, Ranma’s other fiance. While Ukyo seems to have a better defense Shampoo appears to have a stronger offense.

Shampoo is constantly ogled by Mousse, her childhood friend and pretender, since Mousse is as clingy to Shampoo as Shampoo is to Ranma. She is generally unfazed and violent towards his affections because she has made Ranma her main priority; Shampoo is shown to have given Mousse various opportunities to woo her, though his clumsiness always gets the better of him. Mousse is generally shown to bear some maliciousness towards everyone except Shampoo (ironically this is because of Shampoo), though he is actually very polite, friendly and respectful.

Mousse

Mousse is a male Chinese fighter from the warrioress tribe, whose love for his childhood friend Shampoo has been unrequited. He has been in love with her for most of his life, but she finds him annoying at best, rebuking his advances ever since they were children. He comes to Nerima in search of this “new fiancé” that Shampoo has, and he stays to attempt to woo his sweetheart. He is extremely jealous of Ranma, who is the target of Shampoo’s affection, and he believes he needs to defeat or kill Ranma in order to have her care for him. She states that she will reject him even in such a case, and often attacks him because of his obsessiveness. Despite his becoming a far more dangerous fighter than Shampoo, she almost never affords him any measure of respect, though when she does, Mousse’s clumsiness gets the better of him. He works in the Cat Cafè (Nekō Hanten) with Shampoo and Cologne. Shampoo is well aware of Mousse’s love for her, so she never actually sends him away or uses this to take advantage of him in her efforts to woo Ranma; this, however, doesn’t prevent Mousse from engaging in combat with Ranma for her sake.

Mousse has extremely bad eyesight, which requires him to wear thick glasses, but he usually has them concealed within his robes or propped up on his forehead, leading him to sometimes mistake people and inanimate objects for other people. Due to his bad eyesight, he walked into a cursed spring, which turns him into a duck. Although Mousse’s view is blurry without his glasses and below average even with them, he has apparently learned to compensate for it in combat, as this has not hindered him from maintaining high accuracy entirely without assistance.

Mousse is an amazingly skilled, swift, strong, and dangerous martial artist, who fights by using hidden weapons. His arsenal includes chains, blades, darts, iron balls, hidden knives, bombs, tear gas, and even yo-yos and various silly household appliances, manifesting quantities far beyond on what he is realistically able to carry in his long sleeves and robe. He calls this ability “dark magic” simply because he is hiding objects in a dark place. He can also hide weapons in the feathers of his duck form and is able use them proficiently while flying. He is also extremely skilled in the unarmed Joketsuzoku style used by other Amazons. He is technically almost, but not quite in the same league as Ranma and Ryoga, apparently at least as strong as the former, and likely deadlier than either, though he has never managed to come out the victor in any confrontations with them, despite fighting unarmed combatants.

Happosai

Happosai  is the founder and grandmaster of Musabetsu Kakutō Ryū . He often alternates comically between his role as a villainous grandmaster to one as a lighthearted pervert. As a hedonistic short, old man, he openly makes perverse activities his proud hobbies (much to the shame of his own disciples), committing indecencies willfully such as groping women, peeping at women bathing or undressing, and stealing lingerie (he is often found carrying a big sack of lingerie leaping from house to house). He goes into withdrawals if he is unable to participate in such activities, which causes him to almost die at one point. He attempts to model himself as a former ladykiller, but in reality, he was turned down by every woman in the Amazon village, including Cologne, during his youth. He is also sadistic and vengeful, using his two students, Genma and Soun, as slaves and attempting to cripple Ranma for life by taking away his strength. Nevertheless, considering that both Soun and Genma have shown themselves to be powerful Martial Artists, have displayed abilities similar to Happosai, coupled with that their master returned to the Tendo Dojo to train either of them as an official heir to his school, this implies that Happosai did afford Soun and Genma at least some advanced training (though evidently nowhere near enough to outweigh all the injustices he dealt them).

Despite his small stature and age, Happosai is arguably, by far, the most powerful known martial artist in the entire series. Even without employing special techniques, he is able to effortlessly defeat Ranma, Ryoga, Genma and Soun combined within seconds, or overpower Taro’s monster form with a single finger. His defining and most often employed weapons are cannonball-like fuse bombs, ranging from regular to small house-sized, which he can seemingly instantly conjure out of nowhere when needed. He possesses knowledge in ancient martial arts techniques, near-forgotten pressure points on a human body, recipes for alchemical concoctions with various effects, and knowledge of many Chinese and Japanese magical artifacts. Other techniques include turning his body substance similar to air for invisibility, chi-blasts, momentum negation or redirection, and crippling fear generation. He has an enormously powerful large skyscraper-sized battle-aura (looking like a giant version of himself), which allows him to increase the scale of his fighting to great kaiju proportions for prolonged periods of time, and pushes him far out of the league of virtually any other character. Ranma and his fellow fighters have wisely optioned to simply stay out of sight and run for their lives on the rare occasion when the grandmaster has been in this mode. His main weaknesses are that he is seldom remotely serious and he is susceptible to sucker-attacks while he is distracted by lingerie and women.

Happosai is shown to be a constant foe to most of the cast, though he mostly plots against them if he feels that they have been disrespectful toward him (especially if they don’t indulge him in his twisted needs). Even when he is shown to be not behaving maliciously, his actions and intervention always result in grave consequences. One example of this is Hinako Ninomiya (Ranma’s teacher), whose life was saved by Happosai by teaching her a technique that allows her to absorb battle auras. She briefly became a foe to Ranma and his classmates as she was considered extremely dangerous before the two of them came to terms.

Cologne

Cologne is the great-grandmother of Shampoo. She accompanies Shampoo on her return to Japan to see what this “future son-in-law” was made of, but she ended up staying so that she could aid Shampoo in winning Ranma’s heart. She also opens the Cat Café in Nerima, where Shampoo and Mousse both work. She is a contemporary of Happosai, and well over three hundred years old, according to the anime. She calls Ranma “bride-groom” and “son-in-law” due to her attempts to have him marry Shampoo, just to watch him become enraged. Unlike the rest of the cast, Cologne seems to prefer to sit in the background and watch the madness unfold. If she has a motive, whether it is to help Shampoo in her efforts or to aid Ranma in his battles, only then will she step into the fray. She gets around by pogoing on a gnarled wooden staff that she sometimes uses as a weapon. Cologne is usually the voice of experience and knowledge to most of the cast, a sharp contrast to the devious master Happosai (who exclusively serves as a constant foe).

She is a grand master of the Chinese Amazon martial arts, and occasionally teaches Ranma and his rivals new techniques, such as the Kachū Tenshin Amaguriken,Hiryū Shōten Ha and Bakusai Tenketsu. She is the only martial artist in the series whose skill rivals that of Happosai, enabling her to, for example, casually defeat either Ranma or Taro’s chimaera form. In addition to Cologne’s immense skill, she is able to manipulate water and ice, create whirlwinds by using an opponent’s aura against them, shatter inanimate objects with a simple touch, fire chi-blasts, and touch pressure points to make a person feel like they are burning with even the slightest amount of heat. She is also knowledgeable in several other disciplines such as arcane lore, cooking, Chinese mythology, and magic artifacts.

Ukyo Kuonji

Ukyo Kuonji an okonomiyaki chef and a childhood friend of Ranma. Ten years prior to the manga’s beginning, she met Ranma during a training voyage to the country with Genma. Her father proposed an arranged marriage to Ranma, who was unaware that she was a girl, with his okonomiyaki cart acting as the dowry, to which Genma agreed. But when an oblivious Ranma said he liked okonomiyaki more than Ukyo, Genma stole the cart, breaking the engagement and leaving her behind. Shamed and ridiculed by her peers for not being feminine enough to keep her fiancé, she gave up her femininity and decided she wouldn’t like boys. She dressed and lived as one, even attending an all-boys school at one point. During this time, she devoted herself to okonomiyaki-style martial arts to prepare to exact revenge on the Saotomes.

She later resurfaces at Ranma’s school, and after a heated battle, he discovers her true sex. He calls her “cute”, and she learns that he does not seem to get along with his “uncute” fiancée Akane. As a result, she reconciles with Ranma and attempts to reestablish their engagement. She calls him “Ran-chan” (occasionally dubbed as “Ranma-honey” in the English version), while he calls her “Ucchan”. Ranma still treats her only as an old friend, but unlike those of his other suitors, her plots to win him over have been mostly non-violent and considerably more effective. Despite this, she can turn underhanded and occasionally ambushes those she believes to be her romantic rivals. She has been willing to give up her house and restaurant, or rescind her craft for Ranma’s sake, if it would mean that they could be together; these sincere efforts and her friendliness make her Ranma’s second best suitor after Akane.

Ukyo and Shampoo are shown as more bitter rivals than any of the two towards Akane, and are constantly at each other’s throats. Though she is not above hurting Ranma either, she usually does it justifiably but not measuring her own strength. Unlike the other suitors, Ukyo is at better odds regarding Akane, as they are rivals but cautious friends; she has even lived at the Tendo Dojo for a while and is considered worthy of help from both Ranma and Akane at her okonomiyaki restaurant. Apart from Akane, Ukyo is the only alternative suitor to Ranma that goes to his same school and is also his classmate.

Ukyo’s style of fighting is a legacy style from her father based on their food preparation, and reminiscent of ninja patterns. She uses food-based techniques to stun, restrain or confuse opponents, as well as a chi-infused “batter dragon”, which fuses her techniques into one. She also uses a large spatula as a two handed weapon and has a bandolier of smaller spatulas she uses as projectiles. She is strong, swift, skilled, agile, and has a versatile range of attacks. As a combatant, Ukyo has been shown to be exactly equal to Shampoo in terms of ability. Shampoo appears to have a stronger offense, while Ukyo has a stronger defense, which has enabled her to stall Ranma or Ryoga for longer than her rival. Ukyo also has more and stronger special attacks, whereas Shampoo is more devious and can use various mind-control techniques.

Tatewaki Kuno

Tatewaki Kuno is an upperclassman at Furinkan High School and the older brother of Kodachi Kuno. Hailing from a very wealthy family, he wields both his fortune and his sword with equal ease. He has a huge ego, creating the nickname “The Blue Thunder of Furinkan High,” a moniker used by no one else, for himself. His ego is further apparent in that he is unable to conceive of Akane or female-form Ranma NOT being in love with him, and frequently assumes their actions are geared toward winning his affections. When speaking, he uses a regal tone (or Shakespearesque in the English version).

At the show’s start, he has been madly in love with Akane for some time. After being defeated by Ranma in his female form, he also falls for the “Pigtailed Girl” as he calls “her”. After briefly wrestling with his competing desires, Tatewaki decides he wants to be with them both and, in keeping with his ego, assumes that they are so in love with him that they will accept this. Tatewaki never realizes that the Pigtailed Girl is really his mortal enemy in a female body, despite witnessing Ranma’s transformation several times—he merely believes that Ranma has switched places with her in some manner. He once hears her called by Ranma’s name, and attempts to write it down for future reference. Despite this, he never makes a connection and continues to refer to “her” as his “goddess in pigtails”, or “the pigtailed girl” for the entire series. Akane’s sister Nabiki often sells him photographs of “the pigtailed girl” in various states of undress. He also has a strong rivalry with Kodachi, who similarly has a crush on male Ranma (and much like his sister refuses to believe that Ranma and the pigtailed girl are the same person), often leading to confrontations between the siblings. Unlike Kodachi, Kuno doesn’t actually behave in any malicious way, and albeit he’s a buffoon and extremely forward with the girls he likes, he is shown to be traditionally courteous.

As captain of the kendo team, Tatewaki was the school’s most powerful warrior before Ranma’s arrival. Despite constant defeats at Ranma’s hands, he is always confident in his abilities, believing himself to be incapable of losing. Though he is initially no match for Ranma, after losing his memory for a time, he shows the potential to become far stronger. With his sword, he is very powerful, able to create “air pressure strikes” easily capable of destroying a stone pillar, and he later becomes able to spin rapidly, which creates a constant barrage of the strikes and makes his defense nearly impenetrable. The cheerleader Mariko Konjo has a rather large crush on him, and calls Kuno her “first love”.

Kodachi Kuno

Kodachi Kuno is the captain of the gymnastics team of the St. Hebereke School for Girls, who is referred to as “The Black Rose” (in Japanese, Kurobara no Kodachi), apparently due to her signature theatrical style of exiting a scene by leaving behind a swirling trail of black roses accompanied by high-octave laughter. She is an expert in Martial Arts Rhythmic Gymnastics, making her skilled in acrobatics and the use of balls, clubs, hoops, ribbons, and ropes as weapons. She is very agile, and she is not averse to using unorthodox methods in combat such as rigged weapons, explosives and various poisons. She attacks other people prior to competitions in order to win by default, which she calls “fighting in all fairness before the match.” She becomes enamored with Ranma after he saved her from a fall, and attempts to make him hers at any cost. She also hates Ranma’s female form, believing “her” to be a rival for Ranma, while her brother Tatewaki hates the male form, which is a frequent source of conflict between them. She is a good cook who prepares elaborate meals, and she often uses culinary expertise to her advantage by placing poisons, toxins, serums, and other strange substances in her victims’ food to attain something she wants from them.

Kodachi is considered the most malicious of Ranma’s fiancees and although she is shown in less occasions than Akane, Shampoo and Ukyo, her personality and methods make her the most dangerous of the four. She is shown to have a skewed version of what would make Ranma happy; she is considered to be pursuing Ranma mostly out of personal vanity, as she does not show to be particularly interested in his happiness or well being.

Wednesday News- February 8, 2017

Wednesday News- February 8, 2017

News-

Funimation to Stream Attack on Titan Anime’s 2nd Season- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-02-06/funimation-to-stream-attack-on-titan-anime-2nd-season/.111917

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Lupin III: Part IV Anime’s English Dub Premiere Listed at Katsucon- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-02-07/lupin-iii-part-iv-anime-english-dub-premiere-listed-at-katsucon/.111954

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Manga-

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  • Bleach Omnibus GN 18
  • Fire Force GN 2
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  • FukuFuku: Kitten Tales GN 2
  • Haikyu!! GN 8
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 3 Stardust Crusaders GN 2 (Hardcover)
  • Kamisama Kiss GN 23
  • Kuroko’s Basketball Omnibus GN 4
  • Love to Lie Angle GN 1
  • Maid-sama! Omnibus GN 7
  • My Hero Academia GN 7
  • My Love Story!! GN 11
  • My Pathetic Vampire Life GN 2
  • One Piece GN 81
  • Please Tell Me! Galko-chan GN 2
  • Say “I love you”. GN 17
  • So Cute It Hurts!! GN 11
  • Toriko GN 37
  • Yona of the Dawn GN 4
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Omnibus GN 9

Character Special- Ranma 1/2 part 1

Character Special- Ranma 1/2 part 1

Ranma Saotome, alias: Ranko, is the series’ main protagonist. A 16-year-old proficient martial artist, he spent most of his youth on training trips with his father. The last of these trips led them to Jusenkyo, China, where he fell into the Spring of Drowned Girl. Since then, he changes into a red headed, well built girl when splashed with cold water. When splashed with hot water, he changes back into a man, but only until the next time he is hit with cold water. Thanks to an agreement between his father and Soun Tendo, he is engaged to Soun’s daughter Akane. Due to a series of other involuntary entanglements, he has several additional love interests, most notably the Chinese Amazon Shampoo, okonomiyaki chef and childhood friend Ukyo Kuonji, and Kodachi Kuno, the younger sister of rival Tatewaki Kuno. He is very much in love with Akane, but does not want to admit it. When another man shows general interest in her, he can’t help but grow jealous leading him to becoming depressed, scheming something to separate them, or growing worried.

Martial arts is the 16-year-old hero’s life. Whenever his pride is damaged, Ranma will go to great lengths to rectify the situation. He can come across as petty, arrogant, and disrespectful, as he is prone to bragging and tossing insults. Despite these flaws, he retains a moral center throughout the series and has little to no problems helping those in need. Ranma also has an extreme fear of cats resulting from when his father trained him in the misconcepted ‘Cat Fu’ technique. If he is isolated with a cat in a very small space, or when he can no longer cope with his fear of cats, he begins behaving like a cat himself and becomes a master of the ‘Cat Fu’, and only Akane can calm him down. He and Akane drift closer throughout the series, each going to great lengths to save the other when in trouble. The reason why Ranma tolerates his big number of suitors is not only because he is generally very friendly and caring towards them (going through great lengths to make sure Shampoo doesn’t hate him, for example), but mainly because he considers himself a hunk. In spite of this, Ranma is the butt of most of the violence that happens in the story.

Akane Tendo

Akane Tendo is the female protagonist of the series and Soun’s youngest daughter at age 16. She first encountered Ranma’s male form as a naked stranger in the bathroom, as she originally believed him to be a girl. Her family chose her to be engaged to him and carry on the Tendo family dojo. Due to numerous arguments and misunderstandings, their engagement was not off to a good start and both later mellow out. In spite of Ranma’s apparent derision, Akane is actually often revered due to her beauty and strength.

Akane regularly feels inferior to Kasumi in beauty and feminine pursuits, to Ranma and his other fiancées in cooking, martial arts ability or gymnastics, and to other students in swimming. She is trying hard to excel in everything, but is either clumsy or completely inept at all (especially cooking — the taste of her cooking can incapacitate most people for a significant amount of time) except for schoolwork and certain sports activities, like volleyball. She is also a capable martial artist, particularly excelling in the use of a wide variety of archaic weaponry, and is quite popular with the boys at school, though she would prefer a little less attention from them, especially Tatewaki Kuno. When someone, frequently Ranma, belittles her lack of success, or calls her uncute, ugly, over-muscled, unfeminine and tomboyish, she often feels upset and also gets very jealous when one of Ranma’s other fiancees show physical affection towards him, although she will often state that she is not affected. She loves Ranma deep down, despite frequently refusing to show it.

Akane’s personality usually swings from violent, hot-tempered, aloof, bad-mannered scorn towards her suitor to friendliness regarding other loved ones or just strangers in general.

In spite of her apparent disadvantages, out of the four fiancees, Akane is considered to have the best claim as a suitor for Ranma; this puts her as the main target for the rest of the fiancees except Ukyo.

Ryoga Hibiki

Ryoga Hibiki is Ranma’s long-time primary rival, and the only one the latter has stated to truly consider as such. He has no sense of direction and is always lost on long strenuous journeys – traits he inherited from his parents. This caused him to be four days late for a duel he and Ranma had planned to fight, and Ranma left on the third day. After spending months looking for male Ranma to have the belated duel, Ryoga finally ends up at Jusenkyo in China, but is pushed into a cursed spring by female Ranma (while chasing Genma and not looking where he was going). Ever since then Ryoga turns into a black piglet when doused with cold water, which makes his constant wanderings much more dangerous from hungry hunters and predators, and he initially carries a large grudge at Ranma for that once he learned the truth.

Ryoga is the first major challenge to Ranma in Nerima. Their first fight showcases their strengths, and it is a close match. Akane accidentally discovers Ryoga in cursed form, and not knowing the pig’s true identity, adopts him as her pet and names him P-chan. She is the first person to show him real kindness, and Ryoga falls head-over-heels in love with her, and consistently acts as a fierce protector from both real and imagined threats, whether in normal or cursed form. She even takes him to bed with her, and generally beats him severely with her sleep-movements.

When not upset Ryoga is usually shy, humble, helpful, well-intended, and polite, especially around women. He tends to stock up on an assortments of gifts and local food specialties from the highly diverse locations where he ends up during his travels. Ryoga also has strong chivalrous streaks, and consistently protects any maidens in distress, or victims of bullies, monsters, or bandits that he comes across, and is overemotional enough to be brought to tears from compassion, including for Ranma. However, he also recurrently tends to be led more by impulse and emotions than common sense, is prone to anger and misunderstandings, and although he is generally more considerate and naive than Ranma, and needs considerably stronger reasons to turn petty and spiteful, when sufficiently pressed he has displayed a few rare more ruthless moments than his rival seems capable of. Ryoga is largely clumsy with his own strength when he is not engaging in combat, often going through walls and destroying property whenever he feels embarrassed. Ranma often takes advantage of Ryoga’s good nature: Ryoga is utterly incapable of seeing through a lady in disguise (mostly Ranma), though this is not a unique trait in him, as Shampoo and Ukyo have also used (blatantly obvious) disguises on other people with success.

Genma Saotome  is Ranma’s father and the sensei of the Anything Goes Martial Arts. He trained with Soun under Happosai. Because they were treated like slaves, they eventually sealed him within a cave and opened their own schools. Starting from a young age, Genma took Ranma on a continuous training trip to perfect his skills. So his wife Nodoka would agree to this plan, he promised to turn Ranma into a “man-among-men” under the threat of them both committing seppuku if he failed. He originally took Ranma to Jusenkyo because he had heard about it in a Chinese brochure even though he cannot read a word of Chinese. During their training there, Genma fell into a cursed spring, which gave him a giant panda curse. Unlike Ranma, he doesn’t have much trouble with his curse, especially because he can get away from his problems in his panda form. He and Ranma eventually return to Japan to fulfill an arranged marriage between Ranma and Akane to keep the school going. He hides from his wife by staying as a panda while she is around, and she simply believes Ranko, Ranma’s female form, has “Mr. Panda” as a pet.

Genma follows his own interpretation of the “Indiscriminate Grappling” code, which is not exactly all that virtuous itself to begin with. He frequently preaches duty and honor as a martial artist, but seems to be a poor example by which to set those standards. Though he himself claims to be a model martial artist, and makes a point of telling Ranma about the right thing to do, he is not above acting cowardly, stealing a dowry, or only looking out for his own well being. He usually tries to flee from any problems he has caused or is entangled in, foisting the matter on Ranma if he cannot. His love of food regularly overpowers his love of his son, once trading him for a bowl of ramen, and in another, he traded the infant Ranma for a meal of fish. He is very open with his panda form, and regularly uses it to avoid questions as pandas cannot speak. In panda form, he communicates by writing on wooden signs which he seems to pull out of a type of hammerspace in that form.

While he’s usually either too lazy or scared to show it, Genma is an accomplished martial artist. He is extremely strong and agile despite his size, and his panda form increases his abilities even further, managing to give his son a run for his money in most of their serious battles or spars. Most of his special techniques are ridiculous to behold (but, amazingly enough, not completely useless), and he uses those quite often. However, he created a couple of “serious” schools: the Umisenken that allows him to hide his aura and execute ambush attacks from behind; and the Yamasenken that allows him to make opponents lose focus, create powerful vacuum-slice barrages, or strike deadly, piercing blows. These techniques having been found to be much more dangerous than he thought, he decided to seal them; he is revealed to have created the techniques to be able to survive in dire conditions by way of thieving. He usually resorts to grapple Ranma in the way he grapples a tire when he is a panda to sway him. Genma is also able to invoke a battle aura of epic proportions similar to Happosai’s, but he can only use it for very brief periods (possibly just half a minute) before collapsing from overexertion, making it rather useless.

Soun Tendo

Soun Tendo the head of the Tendo family, one of two that practices Anything Goes Martial Arts. He has a large house that is occasionally in need of repairs due to the fights that take place there. While he owns the Musabetsu Kakutō Ryū Tendo Dojo and is its current master, it has not been explicitly shown to have students, making the source of his income uncertain. Community representatives frequently approach him when they have problems with unusual phenomena, so this may provide some of it, and he has rented out the dojo for social meetings. He is shown to be quite careful with the expenses and gets upset when his daughter Nabiki spends his savings on expensive gifts, or when Ranma throws dinner on the floor. In spite of this, he is a very mindful and accommodating host at his dojo towards all sorts of visitors.

He studied under the founder of the style, Happosai, with Genma, who is a close friend. Their training was nothing short of abuse and slave labor, so they eventually managed to get away from him. He and Genma set up an arranged marriage between his daughter, Akane, and Ranma in order to unite the Tendo and Saotome Schools and continue its legacy. Despite protests from both parties, they believe the two will eventually grow to love each other. Soun is eager for his daughter to say she loves Ranma or vice versa. He’ll start announcing wedding plans if Ranma and Akane seem romantically involved.

Soun is very emotional, often brought to tears just by thinking of a sad thought (though this tendency to cry is an anime-only trait). He is also a widower, left to single-handedly take care of his three daughters. He is very respectful to his deceased wife, whose grave he visits regularly, and he constantly mourns her. He’s extremely protective of his three girls, especially Kasumi, and becomes sad if their affection is in doubt. Perhaps for this reason, he tends to become very angry whenever he suspects that Ranma is ‘cheating’ on Akane or otherwise is treating her badly, being intensely paranoid in this regard. He generally assumes that most incidents are Ranma’s fault, and he often manifests himself as a ghostly, floating oni head to scare or intimidate Ranma in such a situation. In combat, Soun frequently fights clad fully in traditional samurai armor and he is skilled in both hand-to-hand combat and the use of a wide variety of archaic weaponry. In the anime, he spends most of his time playing shogi with his old training partner Genma.

Manga Monday- Ranma 1/2

Manga Monday- Ranma 1/2

Ranma ½  (pronounced Ranma One-Half) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Rumiko Takahashi. It was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Sunday from September 1987 to March 1996, with the chapters collected into 38 tankōbon volumes by Shogakukan. The story revolves around a teenage boy named Ranma Saotome who has trained in martial arts since early childhood. As a result of an accident during a training journey, he is cursed to become a girl when splashed with cold water, while hot water changes him back into a boy. Throughout the series Ranma seeks out a way to rid himself of his curse, while his friends, enemies and many fiancées constantly hinder and interfere.

Ranma ½ has a comedic formula and a sex-changing main character, who often willfully transforms into a girl to advance his goals. The series also contains many other characters, whose intricate relationships with each other, unusual characteristics, and eccentric personalities drive most of the stories. Although the characters and their relationships are complicated, they rarely change once they are firmly introduced and settled into the series.

Manga

Written and illustrated by Rumiko Takahashi, Ranma ½ began publication in Weekly Shōnen Sunday issue #36 of 1987, following the ending of her series Urusei Yatsura. From September 1987 until March 1996, the manga was published on a near weekly basis with the occasional colored page to spruce up the usually black and white stories. After nearly a decade of storylines, the final chapter was published in Weekly Shōnen Sunday issue #12 of 1996. The 407 chapters were periodically collected and published by Shogakukan into a total of 38 black and white tankōbon volumes from 1988 to 1996. They were reassembled into 38 shinsōban from April 2002 to October 2003.

North American publisher Viz Media originally released Ranma ½ in a monthly comic book format that contained two chapters each from 1992 to 2003, and had the images “flipped” to read left-to-right, causing the art to be mirrored. These were periodically collected into graphic novels. On March 18, 2004, after releasing 21 volumes, Viz announced that it would reprint a number of its graphic novels. The content remained the same, but the novels moved to a smaller format with different covers and a price drop. Each volume covers roughly the same amount of material as the Japanese volumes, but retained its left-to-right format and had minor differences in grouping so that it spans 36 volumes rather than the original 38. The final volume was released in stores on November 14, 2006, thus making it Viz’s longest running manga, spanning over 13 years. At Anime Expo on July 7, 2013, Viz Media announced they would began re-releasing the manga in a format that combines two individual volumes into a single large one. With the first volume published on March 11, 2014, it marks the first time the series has been released in North America in its original right-to-left format. Madman Entertainment publishes the two-in-one version in Australasia.

Together with Spriggan, it was the first manga published in Portugal, by Texto Editora in 1995.

Film Friday- Boys over Flowers aka Hana Yori Dango

Film Friday- Boys over Flowers aka Hana Yori Dango

The manga has been adapted into a 51-episode anime series (which closely follows the manga) and an anime film. The manga has been licensed by Viz Media for publication in the United States. The manga series has also been adapted into live-action television drama series in both Japan and Korea, and in Taiwan it was also adapted into two live-action films.

In 1997, an anime series was produced by Toei Animation and broadcast by Asahi Broadcasting Corporation. It was shown from 8 September 1996 to 31 August 1997, with a total of 51 episodes. The storyline is closely based on the manga version with little changes to the storyline. The opening sequence for this anime series features Tsukushi dancing with F4 and the whole of the student population. The anime was originally licensed by Viz Media in 2003. Discotek Media has since rescued the anime.

Television series

Hana Yori Dango had been adapted into several live-television dramas:

  • 2001 – Meteor Garden on CTS, Taiwan
  • 2002 – Meteor Garden II on CTS, Taiwan
  • 2005 – Hana Yori Dango on TBS, Japan
  • 2007 – Hana Yori Dango Returns on TBS, Japan
  • 2009 – Boys Over Flowers on KBS2, South Korea.
  • 2010 – Meteor Shower on Hunan TV, China.
  • 2014 – Kaisi Yeh Yaariyan on MTV India, India

Films

In 1995, the manga was first adapted into a Japanese feature-length film entitled Hana Yori Dango. This film starred Yuki Uchida as the main character Makino Tsukushi.

Another film, entitled Hana Yori Dango Final, was released in theaters on June 28, 2008 This film is an ending to the Japanese TV series, with the actors from the television series reprising their roles. The film focuses solely on Tsukasa and Tsukushi’s adventure to retrieve the precious family heirloom: a tiara called “Smile of Venus” which was stolen by a mysterious man in black who was obsessed with sex games. A cameo appearance was made by Naohito Fujiki, who played Hanazawa Rui in the 1995 live-action film.

The film was a box office success in the Japanese box office, grossing a total of 7,750,000,000 yen. The DVD for the drama became the best-selling DVD in 2008, and is also the third Best-Selling Japanese Film DVD of all time.

Wednesday News- February 1, 2017

Wednesday News- February 1, 2017

News-

Crunchyroll Announces ‘Anime Movie Night’ Theatrical event Series- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2017-01-31/crunchyroll-announces-anime-movie-night-theatrical-event-series/.111689

The Winter 2017 Anime Preview Guide- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/preview-guide/2017/winter/.110591

How Often Do Japanese Kids Go To Cram School?- https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/answerman/2017-02-01/.111712

Anime-

  • Bleach Set 2 BD
  • Cosmo Warrior Zero DVD
  • Fate/kaleid liner Prisma Illya 2wei Herz! BD
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  • Shomin Sample BD/DVD
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Manga-

  • Alice in Murderland GN 5 (Hardcover)
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  • Junji Ito’s Dissolving Classroom GN
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  • Love in Hell: Death Life GN 2
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