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    The only thing “special” about this Christmas Special is how especially boring it is.

    • Ilian Todorov

      Well I love Rumiko Tkahashis works, she can write pretty dark stuff too, such as the Mermaid saga. Ranma 1/2, with my main gripe being too repetitive, is my third favorite series written by her, with my favorite been Maison Ikkoku and my second favorite Urusei yatsura, and Inuyasha being dead last waaaaay behind the new ongoing series RIn-ne and the various shorts stories.

    • ChefM80

      Rumiko’s work is prime material in a little game my facebook friends and I partake in where you describe an anime using the most disturbing imagery possible.

      I keep forgetting the song they sing is a dub of one of the series ending theme songs. Why did you not let it play to the ultimate cringeworthy part where an under age girl sings the line “Just for you I’ll get on my knees”?

      I’m a little surprised they didn’t use that horrible dubbed version on the VHS releases (which I own almost the entire run from Digital Dojo to Outta Control). If you ever want to do a review of season one and have the abiliy to capture from VHS I will gladly donate. They came in these hard white boxes with little inserts that are supposed to be their school newspaper that contain hilarious articles of the many atrocities the characters commit.

      • Jason olin

        That sounds awesome!!! I would love to read those!

    • Jiryn

      I thought Rumiko had created 4 series that are timeless… though as you said Inu Yasha got a bit long in the tooth.
      Maison Ikkoku, Urusei Yatsura (Lum), Ranma 1/3, and Inu Yasha.
      I’ve honestly read and watched through the entire series of the later three.

      Also more fun, Inu Yasha himself was based around the way Kappei Yamaguchi portrayed and voiced Ranma in the anime. To the point that when Inu Yasha was finally adapted INTO an anime, it was under the condition that Kappei Yamaguchi plays the titular character.

      • Jason olin

        I couldn’t agree with you more. I absolutely loved Ranma 1/2 and Inuyasha, to the point the only review of Sage’s I refuse to watch is the Inuysaha one because I know he shits all over one of my favorite series. For me it was Urusei Yatsura that got a bit long in the tooth.

        Very true! Kappei yamaguchi was specifically requested by Rumiko herself!

    • Shayne Forgie

      Two questions:

      1) How did old Gabe get his eye back?

      2) Is it tradition by this point for reviewers to have an elderly version of themselves?

    • Raiden

      I knew it was only a matter of time before bennet reviewed Ranma 1/2. Alright baby, LET’S DO THIS!

    • KumaNur

      Old man sage! Old man sage! Can I have a Worthers Orignial Candy Old man sage?

    • jesternario

      Is it bad that I use this series as my Anime shopping list?

    • Cameron Ward

      Kind of funny how this ending of the review is ruined by it being late

    • Liezl Bohnen

      Uggggggghhhhh. *rubs temples* You know… the Mermaid Saga manga has tricked me into thinking I like Rumiko’s work but fuuuuuuck meeeeeee.
      Everything I hate about romcom anime….. EVERYTHING I HAT about Romcom anime… Aaaalllll comes from Ranma 1/2.

      Can we take a secound to just point out that everything that made Love Hina awful has its roots in Ranma? Like… ALL of it?

      I remember a friend lending me the first 5 seasons of this show, saying how it was the funniest anime they’d ever seen, and me being on board for maybe the first season due to the nice animation and character designs… and by season 3 I realised what it was I was watching. a “will they won’t they” anime that goes on for literally HUNDREDS of episodes where no character progression is made at all so to hold your interest merely MORE female characters are introduced while never actually affecting the main 2 characters and you realise you’re just gonna get cock-teased the entire show as to whether these two idiots will get together but will NEVER get a result until possibly the end of the show and they actually address this in an OVA released after the fact or something.

      Nothing HAPPENS. Nothing GOES anywhere. it’s just 2 immature assholes, an endless stream of MORE female characters (and male characters ) who are ALSO immature assholes, nobody communicates or just fucking TALKS to each other causing problems that were COMPLETELY AVOIDABLE) and nothing ever CHANGES. And all the girls are these hyper violent shrews who complain and bitch but never do anything proactive or figure their shit out and expect the emotionally retarded (and no that’s not an insult, I’m using the technical term there) to figure out what they’re thinking and feeling BY MAGIC and then get pissed off when they don’t!!! “Weeeeh! You don’t understand girls at all Ranma! *storms off* ”

      Do you know one of the reasons I don’t mind the romance in Sailor Moon? Because after the first season THEY GET TOGETHER. and the resulting seasons are about their relationship GETTING STRONGER. And their conflicts are always resolved by TALKING TO EACH OTHER.

      Holy fuck!!!!!

      *sigh* sorry but this review… just brought back a lot of suppressed memories and frustrations and I FUCKING HATE THIS SHOW. And I hate absolutely every single character in it!!!!
      and it’s awful because I honestly like its visual style a LOT. As well as its character design.

      I’m gonna go lie down.

      • Jason olin

        I collected Ranma 1/2 for 10 years and collected the manga. While its true Ranma and Akane don’t get married their relationship (especially in the manga) does change. In fact, they are very much into eachother by the time of the final arc involving Saffron. You’re entitled to your opinion, but if I was sitting in front of you, I’d enjoy the chance to talk about how fucking wrong you are about that rant above. After a slow take off that resulted in the studio bringing out Shampoo early to boost ratings, this show did very well and the manga even more. It further cemented Rumiko Takahashi as a comedic and action guru and made her the 10th (i think) richest woman in Japan. Thank goodness more people don’t think as you do or we wouldn’t have gotten 168 episodes (plus 12 oavs and 3 movies) of this amazing show.

    • Jason olin

      To anyone who comes in to watch this review in the future, I would highly encourage you to check out Ranma 1/2. The story is unique and engaging, the characters fun, the martial arts combat exciting AND silly at the same time. I watched this Christmas special for years every Christmas and it never ever lost its charm. The TV series was great and the OAV series was even better, since it had a little bit more seriousness at points.

      The voice acting is top notch and the best that Vancouver’s Ocean Group could produce. If you’ve seen Gundam Wing, Inuyasha, or countless others dubbed in Canada, you know the talent they produce. The series is largely episodic, though they do make references to things that came before. Unfortunately there are a lot of filler episodes that weren’t in the manga. I would have LOVED to see them make a new series like Sailor Moon, Full Metal Alchemist, or Hellsing Ultimate that follows the original source material closer.

      Check it out. Its a really fun ride. This is coming from a real Old School Otaku with hundreds of anime under his belt. While many are good, series like this one and Inuyasha have a real charm to them, provided you don’t mind long series or silly, zany humor.