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Ranma 1/2

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Ranma, raised to be a man among men, has a bit of a problem: he is half woman! While training in China he fell into a strange magic spring at Jusenkyo. Now, he is eternally cursed to change into a beautiful woman whenever he is hit by cold water, but that may be the least of his problems; his father has betrothed him to marry! There's never a dull day for Ranma as he attempts to find a cure for his curse, train to become stronger, and grapple with the fact that half of himself may be more feminine than his fiancée!

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Anime Name Type Year Relation More Info
Ranma 1/2: The Movie - Big Trouble in Nekonron, China Movie 1991 TBD
Ranma 1/2: The Movie 2 - Nihao My Concubine Movie 1992 TBD
Ranma 1/2 OVA OVA 1993 TBD
Ranma 1/2 Special OVA 1994 TBD
Ranma 1/2 OVA: Chou Musabetsu Kessen! Ranma Team VS Densetsu no Houou Movie 1994 TBD
Ranma 1/2 Super OVA 1995 TBD
Ranma 1/2 Akumu! Shunmin Kou OVA 2008 TBD

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Ranma 1/2 1987 TBD
Name Role
Atsuko NAKAJIMA Character Design
Junji NISHIMURA Director
Koji SAWAI Director
Tomomi MOCHIZUKI Director
Tsutomu SHIBAYAMA Director
Kenji KAWAI Music
Hideharu MORI Music
Rumiko TAKAHASHI Original Manga Creator
Hidenori TAGA Producer

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Kagome is a normal high school girl who falls into a well, transporting her back in time to the feudal era. Upon her arrival to this world, she mercifully unleashes Inuyasha, a half demon. As if this isn't enough, she also discovers that she is the bearer of the Shikon no Tama, a jewel of great spiritual power, a jewel which has just shattered into a million shards. Now, along with Miroku the priest, Sango the demon hunter, and Shippou the mischievious fox-demon, they must set out to find the Shikon shards and defeat the evils of the demon Naraku.

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If you want more Rumiko Takahashi goodness, take a look at Inuyasha. Being a little bit more serious, this series has a developing story and features the same excellent seiyuu work you know from Ranma 1/2.

Although the animation and the humor are a little more modern, the first thing I thought when I saw the first episode of Inuyasha was "RANMA!". So, if nothing else, it will remind you of Ranma at first, but InuYasha is a VERY good epic story.

more from rumiko takahashi, with the same compelling and akward romance, does however get a bit long (just find naraku already!)

Ranma and Inuyasha's manga were made by the same artist. Ranma takes places in the city and has martial arts tournaments, while Inuyasha fights demons. Both main characters love the female hero and both anime aren't confusing - they are good romantic stories and have a lot of action, and have a lot of episodes as well.


It would be hard not to see any similarities between each series' main couple; They interact with each other almost the same way! Both stories are slow paced, and both men have problematic transformations to deal with.


Ranma ½ is set in a world where there are cars and modern technology for the most part, but where martial arts reign supreme. Inuyasha is set in the Feudal period, so sword skills and anything not related to modern weaponry is used. Both could be described as a toned down Dragon Ball. Ranma ½ is more of a comedy with many ecchi aspects, but there is also the slightest bit of romance between Ranma and Akane, the two main characters. This theme is displayed again in Inuyasha with the slight relationship between Inuyasha and Kagome. If you enjoy martial arts, humor, and a touch of romance then either of these series would suffice.


Both anime series are created by the same person, the storylines are similar in the way that the two male charecters in each have problems with transforming into other forms of themselves. Inuyasha into a full fledge demon, while Ranma into a young red headed girl. Both charecters are in love with the female heroine in a sort of awkward romance. Ranma is more comedy becasue it takes place in modern times, while Inuyasha is a little more serious because it takes place in feudal Japan. If you enjoyed Inuyasha, you'll love Ranma 1/2 and vise versa!


The series InuYasha and Ranma 1/2 I think is made by the same person. Their stories are alike. It starts off with a boy and a girl who hate eachother. The girl is always the damsel in distress and the guy is always left to save her. They both always get into fights. It involves fighting, martial arts, etc.


If you enjoyed watching this funny and romantic anime, then you're sure to love the other. Why? Because its manga counterpart was created by the same person, Rumiko Takahashi. Also, the stories are very similar, only the setting and seriousness levels are different. There's still love triangles and drama, mythical creatures, and main characters that have more than one form. So if you liked this, try out the other.


If you like Inuyasha, I think you'd like Ranma 1/2. (or vice versa) They are both romantic comedies with unusual twists! Both written by Rumiko Takahashi, they have similar moods and language, as well as character attitudes. Inuyasha and Ranma are both rough-and-tough guys (most of the time) with secrets to hide, and much to prove. If that wasn't enough, they're reluctantly falling in love with whom they'd least expect!


Well, firstof all they are both the works of Rumiko Takahashi, and are very fun to watch with very interesting characters.  Although Ranma quickly dives into a fun sort of ridiculousness, and InuYasha gets more serious, they both have similar themes in that the main character is half of one thing and half of the other and is dreaming of making himself all one thing.  Both main characters also have a girl that they obviously love, but are not emotionally equipped (or mature enough) to deal with it.  Also you will find a counterpart to almost every character in each series.  After a while they both have the same voice actors.


Ranma 1/2 and InuYasha were both very much alike, considering they were both created by Rumiko Takahashi. While InuYasha is more actiony with romance stirred in, Ranma 1/2 is more romance like with less action. If you liked one, you will definitly like the other.


Both Inuyasha and Ranma½ are written by Rumiko Takahashi; as a result, both of these series share the same art style and the same style of romance/comedy.

While their storylines are completely different and unreleated, many similarities can be seen between the characters of the series. Inuyasha is a lot like Ranma, where Kagome is a lot like Akane; in addition, Koga is a lot like Ryoga.

Inuyasha is more storyline focused, while Ranma tends to be more random comedic fun. However, there are many similarities in style that are immediately recognizable by fans of the other series.

As a result, if you liked one series there is a good chance you would enjoy the other.


If you had watched Inuyasha I suggest you watch Ranma 1/2 and vice versa. In both series, the lead female charater- Kagome (from Inuyasha) and Akane (from Ranma 1/2) are both put into situations they can't control for example, in Inuyasha Kagome is forced to search for the sacred jewel shards while in Ranma 1/2, Akane is forced into an aranged mariage, they both have to deal with jelousy for the lead male- Inuyasha and Ranma, which leads me to my next reason.

In both, the two males both have two or more females' affection, Kagome and Kikyo for Inuyasha and Ranma has Akane and Shampoo. They both have to over come the womans' emotion and deal with the tears.

If you had seen/read any of these and are a fan of Rumiko Takahashi, then defenatly see/read the other but if you liked the battle scenes and seriousness in Inuyasha, don't expect it from Ranma 1/2 because while there are some action, there are lots of funny scenes and joking.


Though I hate InuYasha, I guess they are very much alike, mainly because it's made by the same person.

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Urusei Yatsura

Urusei Yatsura

Ataru is one of the most desperate womanizers alive, and a man whose life is about to become complicated. When aliens invade, he discovers he has been chosen at random to be mankind’s defender, and must play a game of tag with the beautiful alien princess Lum to decide the fate of the planet! After chasing her with all of his crafty techniques, Ataru finally wins, but his victory also means he must marry the princess herself! Now, with strange alien visitors and a jealous wife to handle, Ataru still manages to keep an eye on his ultimate goal: having his own harem!

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Urusei Yatsura is from the same author as Ranma, and is also a great 80's series. It is a very entertaining series, though I haven't watched it all. It's LONG... But, if you enjoyed one of these series, I am sure you will like the other. 

Aside from being from the same manga author, both of these series feature a young man faced with multiple love interests and the most outlandish series of adventures. These romantic comedies are sure to please, and both fit nicely into the 'classics' category. Go Rumiko Takahashi!
Both of these rather long series are based on Rumiko Takahashi's manga (the highest paid manga artist, or was). They are both crazy, wild, outrageous comedies featuring comic violence and romance. Urusei Yatsura is older taking place in the '80s, while Ranma 1/2 is from the '90s. Newer fans of Takahashi may be unfamiliar with the earlier Urusei Yatsura series and may well want to check it out.
Both series by Rumiko Takahashi, both dealing with the horriby horribly complicated love-lives of unfortunate japanese highschoolers. Similar hilarious yet seemingly never endingly varied situations that pop up in trying to resolve things.
From the same creator, you should enjoy the characters and writing and comedy.

They both wrote by the person so they have alot of in common, and both very light hearted but funny and both are a romance in a way kinda, and they both have long runnings 150 epsiods+


The Rumiko Feeling.

Not only Rumiko Takahashi fans should make sure to watch both anime series because of the epic greatness of all her creations.

Both Ranma ½ and Urusei Yatsura only have enclosed episodes and are all about one sided love - or well, is it really one sided? Watch 'em and you'll see!


Ranma and Urusei Yatsura is both made of the same person, if you liked one of them, youre definetely going to like the other. For you who like romantic more than action, but don't want to lose the fun, this is your anime. When I first watched Ranma i thought that was like the best anime ever, the only anime that made me feel like it was an even better anime was Urusei Yatsura.


Both anime are works of Rumiko Takahashi, so drawing a similarity here isn't a large stretch of the mind. However, both shows have a number of similarities. Both have a proposed marriage as the backdrop for the events of the show, as well as a quasi-high school setting. Both also dig deeply into mythology and culture, Japan in the case of Urusei Yatsura, and China in Ranma 1/2. Fans of one are sure to enjoy the other, and luckily for them, both had a very long run of over 150 episodes.


For starters both made by Rumiko Takahashi so you may like it because it's another one of her works. But if you wanna go deeper Rumiko Takahashi used some stuff from Urusei Yatsura as a prototype in a way. For example Ryuunosuke shares alot of traits with Ranma(or vice versa) like being good at fighting, gender identity crisis and having bastard dads. Another example is Asuka and Tobimaro's mother(urusei yatsura) can do the "angry big-head" technique which Soun Tendou(Ranma 1/2) perfected.


Takahashi brings her charm to both these series, with both having great comedy surrounded by background romance. 


This is an obvious recommendation; both are created by Rumiko Takahashi, both are romantic comedies with harem elements.  The only reason fans of one might not like the other is that they cover much of the same content.

Love Hina

Love Hina

Keitaro Urashima is somewhat of a failure. In order to fulfill a promise he made to a girl fifteen years ago, he has tried time and again to get into Tokyo U but has never managed to pass the exam. However, fate smiles upon him and he ends up working for his aunt, managing an all-girls dorm! Living with the feral Kaolla, the timid Shinobu, the sake-loving Mitsune, the blade mistress Motoko and the punch-happy Naru, can Keitaro keep his focus and keep his promise? And will he ever end up meeting that girl from his past?

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Love Hina is another lovers in denial story. Expect more misunderstandings and physical punishment!
Okay, this series is much newer - but you have the 'same guy surrounded by nice girls' setup.. Enjoy lots of nice seasons of romantic misunderstandings (including some serious floggings and martial arts extravaganza here and then).
If you enjoyed Ranma then your gonna die for Love hina. Its around the same type of comedic romance where the guy has all these girls going after him and lives throughout the series under tests and trials revealing his true feelings.
The mother of all romantic comedies. Ranma 1/2 is full of martial arts mayhem, compromising situations, making it every ounce as funny as Love Hina. Also, Akane is likely the only other anime character that can launch a guy as far as Naru does.

A violent girl in both Ranma and Love Hina plays hell on the main character. The secret to their power? It could be the fact that both main characters end up being called perverts and both receive punishment like you've never seen it before. I would recommend both series.


If you're a fan of Ranma then the odds are you'll probably enjoy Love Hina for all the same reasons. The most obvious similarity between the two is that they are both Harem series in which the main charactes are constantly being smacked around by the rest of the cast. However, what makes both of these series great though is the romantic developement. Like Ranma, Love Hina is full of misunderstandings and lover's quarrells. The constant romantic uncertainty leaves the viewer craving a resolution. Beyond that, both series are light hearted, comedic, and a lot of fun to watch.

Tenshi na Konamaiki

Tenshi na Konamaiki

Megumi was a normal kid. He enjoyed getting into fights and mixing it up, and one day he did so in defense of a wizard who was being attacked by bullies. His reward was a magical book that was supposed to grant his wish. The mischievous demon inside the book decided to play a prank on Megumi, though, and instead of turning him into "a man among men," he became a girl. Fast forward to five years later, and Megumi is now entering high school, a tumultuous time for even normal teenagers, let alone a girl who is trying to figure out how become a guy again...

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Being a teenage boy is not that easy, but being a boy's mind in a girl shape is far more difficult (Think of it you guys)! Both anime have very comical situations due to the ambiguity of the characters, and are nice to see.
Here we have two animes built around the same gimmick: a magical change of gender. In "Tenshi na Konamaiki", the main character is a boy who is changed into the most beautiful of women. In "Ranma½", the protagonist is a martial artist who is afflicted with a magical curse that changes him from male to female when immersed in cold water. Both anime explore the ramifications of the changes in very different ways. "Ranma½" takes a superficial approach, whereas "TnK" adopts a more psychological (if no less humorous) angle. For Japanese speakers, there is the added bonus that both characters are voiced by the same seiyuu, veteran Hayashibara Megumi - and the way that she deals with gender-specific words in Japanese, in the two roles, is worthy of a study in itself. Superficial similarities aside, these are two very different anime - but you owe it to yourself to see them both, because each will provide you with a better understanding of the other.
Ranma and TnK are probably two of the best romantic anime's out ther... which is odd, considering the afflictions of their respective main characters. This probably works because the trouble brought about by these curses provides awkward situations which make you want to cheer on the main character (as well as extending the course of the romantic entanglement, as it wouldnt doo to just have the couple fall together) Additionally, the curse gives both Ranma and Megumi very similar attitudes towards life. And of course you have the undefeatable antagonist... happosai and the pierot good stuff all round

Two comedic genderbenders with a lot of craziness and some romance thrown in - could these two animes be any more similar? If you like one, you're sure to like the other.


Similar in that both involve gender confusion and multiple love possibilities. There is also the supernatural eliment in both such as magic and the fighting though more fighting in ranma and more realistic fighting in cheeky angel. Personally i find angel to be enjoable and short and ranma to be a long and funny series that had possibilities to be even longer had they felt the need.


Both of these are great comedy gender benders and should be watched. if you liked one you will love the other

Fruits Basket

Fruits Basket

Tohru Honda is a compassionate girl who is down on her luck. Her mother having recently died, she has been forced to camp out in the woods for shelter. However, things start to turn around once she is invited to live with class hunk Yuki Sohma and his family... but all is not as it seems! Yuki's family is burdened with a dark curse which causes them to turn into the animals of the Chinese zodiac once hugged by a member of the opposite sex... and Honda may be the only one who can help them.

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Humans become animals and really funny stuff happens; and of course, there is some background romance. No, I'm actually talking about Fruits Basket, not Ranma--but the elements are all the same. If you liked one of these anime, definitely check out the other.

Both series feature humorous love triangles with humans changing into animals and other things. In Ranma's case, with a splash of cold water, you have a boy that can change into a girl, a girl that changes into a cat, and another boy that changes into a cute black pig. There are many other characters that change as well, but you would have to watch the series to find out ;) Both Ranma and Fruits Basket have extensive love triangles and plenty of situational comedy. Ranma is a tad more mature with the gratuitous female nudity and also a good deal of martial art fighting storylines, while Fruit Baskets is more relationship driven. Neither have a lack of humor, that's for sure.

Fruits Basket and Ranma 1/2 are both anime with characters who change into animals. Also, Tohru Honda and Ranma have histories that allow them to intermingle with the world around them.


lots of romance, lots of transformations, lots of animals and a hell of a lot of humour make these two animes very similar. You'l either love both or neither.


Both of these anime feature teenagers that transform into animals.  On top of that they both have romance and love triangle elements, often verging on harem.  While Fruits basket is more serious and has a continuous plot they share a similar style of humour and explore many of the same themes.

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