Plot / Story Basics
The story is about two young martial artists destined to marry through arranged marriage. Set by their parents whom have long been training together, they realize that convincing them is more than difficult. Ranma Saotome is 16-years-old, and fell into a cursed pond with his father and whenever Ranma is splashed with cold water, he becomes a girl and his father Genma turns into a Panda. Akane Tendo is very stubborn and misunderstands Ranma’s actions just about all the time and finds herself beating up Ranma instead of sharing love interest.
There are many characters that are introduced to this series outside of the first few and often times they have also been cursed or are from the cursed springs. Each character has their own ability and story to tell, from a martial artist to an old panty stealing pervert raiding the town’s supply of underwear. The time is set in modern (90’s) Japan and usually does not stray far away from the Dojo.What to Expect
This comical shounen is intended for those interested in martial arts, slapstick comedy, harem and while this series does not fit with the typical gender-bender, it can certainly be perceived as one. In both the Manga and Anime, Ranma’s breasts are seen quite a number of times and may offend some of the audience. There is not much of a linear story progression in the episodes with the exception of the introduction of new characters and character development. This series is not intended for those interested in a deep storyline.
Viewers should not expect this series to be similar to an adventure shounen where the main characters develop a strong relationship while traveling China to find a cure to the curses given. This couldn’t farther from what it really is considering that the story begins and ends in domestic setting where the story is more focused on the relationship between Ranma and Akane then curing the curse.