We share one soul and one body!
Well I sort of busted my thumb on an ISU 90 on my first day on duty, thankfully it still works. So yes garrison duty, so much more relaxing than school except on drill weekends. Much more free time once liberty is granted, even better if your unit just killed its budget for the remainder of the fiscal year. I left my desktop at the dorm and seeing as how I do not have much to watch in terms of new stuff I decided to dust off some old DVDs of Ranma 1/2 and watch them on my 46” LCD using a PS3. Well it does at least look less grainy now, but it was still much as I remember it when I first saw it. Since I have no idea how to hack a PS3 I have no screen caps of Ranma ½ in what is supposed to be 480p, I am terribly sorry for the lack of screen caps.
Maybe it’s because I am getting old and forgetful or maybe my attention span back in the day was just shoddy as hell, in any case I had forgotten how much they could get away with back in the day. In any case if you have been living under a rock for the past few decades all you really need to know is that Ranma Saotome (spiritual ancestor of Alto-hime Saotome) is a boy who turns into a girl when doused with cold water and reverts back to being a guy when doused with hot water. Basic premise is that Ranma has been engaged to numerous girls some by accident others because his dad was always willing to trade his son for some food. As one of the first successful love dodecahedrons it’s a much more silly slant on the harem genre mostly because gender bending makes things so much more fun… It’s one of the few animes that actually toys explicitly with full on gender bend than the more common trap or reverse trap, suffice to say the fanfiction associated with Ranma ½ is scary enough to send chills down me spine…
I just blitzed my way through what is considered the first season (1-18) in a series that is infamous for being a long journey to no where. I’ll spare you chaps the drudgery of review and episode summary since you “have” buy it on your own, but for those who remember, for those who still have it lying around collecting dust let’s take a trip down memory lane…
Ranma Saotome, I have say I prefer the girl (mostly but not entirely because Megumi Hayashibara was doing the voice work) version, but over all the bloke is an idiot, but he’s at least decidedly underhanded and while a bit mopey about being a girl at first comes to realize how he can abuse his ability to gender swap in fearless and inventive ways. Ranma is my kind of scum at least early on his womanizing ways are quite mild since he’s basically stuck with Akane until Shampoo starts busting down the walls to kill girl Ranma. You know for a guy who can change into a girl Ranma doesn’t actively abuse his powers to go to the girls locker room or something just as pervy, perhaps Ranma is quite accustomed to seeing his sexy girl self or maybe because he’s just that legendarily thick. Still for bilking lecherous old men and blue balled boys out of free stuff it at least shows that Ranma is thinking if only with his gut. I just loved how Ranma was always beating up Ryoga and mocking him.
That said I hate Ryoga the little fucktard, P-chan is by far the biggest perv of the series next to that thrice cursed Happosai. I wish Jusenkyo Guy really did feed him to the Pandas or that Shampoo really did slit the little piggy boy’s throat to makes some delectable cuisine. P-chan is not only a perv but is a hateful coward as well; he can’t even muster the courage to confess and indulges in his craven and pig nature by abusing his power to sleep with Akane. That’s pretty damn low in fact girl Ranma is more man that P-chan will ever be the bloody coward. Still as a military man perhaps I loathe P-chan mostly because he’s the kind of son of a bitch that gets his unit lost, and dead or captured. I have no use for a so called “warrior” who can’t use a compass and a map to triangulate his position; I don’t even think GPS would help the fucker seeing as how P-chan can’t read. P-chan is the smug asshole who has little reason to be smug since he can’t beat Ranma in a fair fight.
Akane is another thick headed moron, for some reason she never really grew on me mostly because despite her status as “martial artist” she rarely gets herself out of trouble and gets out classed pretty quick. Akane is faux action girl, for the simple reason that she tried to be Kasumi and for God knows why feared Kuno…freaking Kuno. Maybe I am just prejudiced against her since Akane loves her stupid little P-chan and gives him a good look at all of her classmates. Ignorance is no excuse, pigs aren’t pets they are food! While Akane is impotent I did appreciate the first rival Shampoo who was just plain evil and pushy. Other than her bunker buster methods of making an entrance I just loved how Shampoo nearly killed P-chan like the pig he is.
Genma and Soun are pretty ho hum for the first season with notable exception to the time when they beat Ranma half dead for Akane. Kasumi and Tofu are pretty milquetoast as well though Tofu’s ability to become a brainless sod is rather fun to watch. Nabiki however is in a league of her own. I like her underhanded and evil ways, from extorting money to selling lewd pictures of girl Ranma and Akane to Kuno there is nothing that she holds sacred enough (aside from herself) that she won’t sell or sellout for some money. Kuno and Kodachi are also delightfully quirky. Kuno in particular has clearly been making love with himself via puppets. I liked how Kuno was such a blowhard and yet was the only person that Ranma feared. Both of them have a lovable idiot quality to them Kodachi (oddly enough I thought her arc was one of the better ones) with her laugh and Kuno’s pretension to greatness in getting both girl Ranma and Akane. Maybe it’s just me but I love to watch them fail at life. Especially Kuno whose only action he will ever see is fapping to the pictures he got off Nabiki until he dies.
All in all I still like this series despite the QUALITY animation at times. Maybe in the end Ranma 1/2 is something that is timeless since gender bending hasn’t gone away nor has that love dodecahedron. All in all so far it has been much less painful than I anticipated, usually things that I watch that I looked back on nostalgically don’t always hold up. If you have not watched it before I recommend it if only as a piece of history and as one of the establisher of some anime tropes. So any one else still remeber this series or am I just that damned old? Also is any one here interested in retro blogging at all by chance? I was going to revist the Gundam Movies and Crest of the Stars, but I am unsure if there are still people who remember the old stuff.