Ranma 1/2

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InuYasha

InuYasha

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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Locate Locate says...

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.

VRDave VRDave says...

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.

nextolast nextolast says...

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

FireSoul FireSoul says...

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.

Tomikohara Tomikohara says...

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.

amoncevamplover amoncevamplover says...

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!

rainebowflavored rainebowflavored says...

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.

Yukikaze Yukikaze says...

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.

Evlwolf Evlwolf says...

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!

amizattva amizattva says...

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.

Tanikou Tanikou says...

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.

starlightknight starlightknight says...

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.

inuyasha71235 inuyasha71235 says...

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.

DBZAOTA482 DBZAOTA482 says...

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

Hiromi1 Hiromi1 says...

The both are stories with lots of fun based on a relation of a boy and a girl that have to do things together. They fight together and love is on the air, but not enough to tell each other directly. In addition, main boy characters transform and depend a lot of girls. Finally, there are a lot of creatures or animals around them.

ooopsdiditagain ooopsdiditagain says...

theyre both about hard headed boys that are super strong, and inlove with a woman who are just as strong just that they have a hard time showing their love, they both have their love rivals, the perverted old man (in inuyasha the old man is a flea) and their comedy bits.

i sincerely love inuyasha it was the anime that introduced me into this world, after that came ranma. hold a strong place in my heart so theyre a must!

fnaf fnaf says...

i have been watching both of these series and have seen many similarites between the too. i would also recommend.

- kamisama kiss

- kenshin

Jarubakit Jarubakit says...

I just want to agree on this recommendation to help out. Now I'm just filling up hundred characters.

hatefillers hatefillers says...

Same Author. The relationship between the male and female lead are very similar (both first hatelove, later more love).

GoToBed GoToBed says...

They are both works of the same person.

Inuyasha and Ranma share the same voice actor.

The characters are somewhat simular.

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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VRDave VRDave says...

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. 

NekoRocket NekoRocket says...

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!

MaximusThrax MaximusThrax says...

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.

alienangel alienangel says...

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.

Zadillo Zadillo says...

From the same creator, you should enjoy the characters and writing and comedy.

colecc colecc says...

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+

Oehr Oehr says...

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!

ammo1991 ammo1991 says...

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.

Raspberries Raspberries says...

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.

foxhead556 foxhead556 says...

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.

Humph Humph says...

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

Theta Theta says...

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.

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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mrschocofrog mrschocofrog says...

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.

abunai abunai says...

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.

nextolast nextolast says...

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

goldenphoenix101 goldenphoenix101 says...

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.

Djblair104 Djblair104 says...

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.

aman7676 aman7676 says...

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

JiNeTiK JiNeTiK says...

Being cursed a female, then wondering later if the curse was a bad thing. There can be dramatic effects when genders are switched. We take for granted how strong gender identity manipulates the way a person thinks and function. The way we experience things is important to the growing Identity that is being created. Even personality changes over time without awareness.

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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extent extent says...

Love Hina is another lovers in denial story. Expect more misunderstandings and physical punishment!

Locate Locate says...

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).

Gizo Gizo says...

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.

lantis lantis says...

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.

DarkOnister DarkOnister says...

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.

YoLuvMonkey YoLuvMonkey says...

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.

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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VRDave VRDave says...

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.

catzgirl catzgirl says...

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.

Freewind Freewind says...

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.

goldenphoenix101 goldenphoenix101 says...

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.

Theta Theta says...

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.

Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki

Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki

Tenchi Masaki lives a quiet life helping his grandfather at the temple. Quiet, that is, until he accidentally unleashes a strange and beautiful space pirate from her 700-year-old prison. Things rapidly get worse for Tenchi when the royal princess Ayeka, cute Sasami, ditzy galaxy police agent Mihoshi and scientifically insane Washu crash land in his back garden to join the mayhem. Will Tenchi be able to shake off the unwanted romantic advances of these women, and what secret does his history hold?

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rdent rdent says...

Ranma 1/2 and The Tenchi series both have the similar comedic premise of a boy with way too many girlfriends.

takuhii takuhii says...

If you like zany characters, love triangles (and sometimes love hexagons) then this anime is for you!!

Some memorable fight scenes in BOTH anime also...

Valore Valore says...

Both anime centre around a main male character who is put into a lot of delicate situations because of the people around him, weather it be because of being hit on, out of jealousy or just because they don't like him. They have sillimar comedic styles which i found hillarious and they are both extremely entertaining to watch.

animekid95 animekid95 says...

So in many ways of anime both Ranma 1/2 and Tenchi Muyo is that these are the same anime titles that has a main character which is basically a boy that gets away with too many girls just like in other anime such as Urusei Yatsura.

School Rumble

School Rumble

Tenma Tsukamoto is young, bright, and smitten with the school hottie Oji Karasuma. She's desperate for his attention, which is unfortunate considering he barely gives her the time of day! Throw Kenji Harima, the school delinquent with a crush on Tenma into the mix and you've got one twisted love triangle of unrequited proportions! Can love find the trio happiness before their attention-grabbing stunts end up hurting more than their egos?

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helixcs helixcs says...

School Rumble and Ranma 1/2 both have money-back-guarantees to keep you intoxicated with humor and screaming with splits of laughter, even though Ranma 1/2 is more fictional.

Eidola Eidola says...

If you liked Ranma 1/2 then you'll enjoy this one as well because they both revolve around the silly/light-hearted romance theme and they both make you laugh. Both are romantic comedies and have very endearing characters.

kio3459 kio3459 says...

got the same feeling when i started watching School Rumble.. Both animes have hilarious stories and characters... I like School Rumble more but if you like Ranma you should checkout School Rumble. A must watch if you're looking a comedy anime.

FunkyTime FunkyTime says...

Similar style of comedy, with both shows rapidly switching from serious to funny, and never dwelling on drama for too long. Fans of either will enjoy the other.

Maison Ikkoku

Maison Ikkoku

Yusaku Godai is a ronin – a person who failed his entrance exams. Though eager for a second chance to succeed, Yusaku’s attempts to study for future exams are constantly thwarted by his fellow residents at Maison Ikkoku, who insist on using his apartment for their debauchery and drinking games. Though tempted to call it quits at the house, things change when Maison Ikkoku’s beautiful new building manager, Kyoko, arrives. With plenty of competition from the sidelines and interference from his drunken and provocative neighbors, Yusaku must now focus his energy on winning the girl of his dreams, Kyoko!

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VRDave VRDave says...

Maison Ikkoku is from the same author as Ranma, and is also a great 80's series. Also, it is a love story with some interesting humor. If you liked one of these series, check out the other.

sarwor248 sarwor248 says...

Both these are anime are filled with love triangles and have lots of comedy. Misunderstandings are a constant problem, but true love always finds a way!

yann yann says...

Seen this as a kid and some years ago the complete series, it realy has the feeling of a Ranma 1/2 like cartoon, all the fun u'll get from 80's anime with a lovestory on the background ... 

Realy recommended if youre an 80's kid :) 

Strawberry Eggs

Strawberry Eggs

Hibiki is unemployed, unmotivated, and out of luck. But it seems his luck just might change: a nearby school is looking for qualified instructors, but there's a catch.. females only! With rent looming around the corner and the landlord threatening to cook the dog if you don't pay up, what's a guy to do? Become a woman, of course. Watch Hibiki as he blunders his way through embarassing situations, under the close scrutiny of the headmaster's gaze and his female students' admiration.

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NekoRocket NekoRocket says...

Trying to be a woman isn't easy when you were born a man. Ranma and Hibiki each have to try and conceal their secrets if they wish to overcome their unique set of obstacles. Cute cross-dressing action on both sides, although ranma is prone to actually BECOME a girl. Certainly worth watching for a good laugh.

Zadillo Zadillo says...

You should definitely enjoy the gender-bending comedy of this show.

amateurasu amateurasu says...

Both tackle gender role issues. Comically, but they do tackle them...

Kampfer

Kampfer

Natsuru used to be a typical student with a crush on Kaede, one of the school idols, until one day he awakens to discover that he’s turned into a busty girl! Having been chosen to become a Kampfer by the mysterious Moderators, Natsuru is now required to not only fight other Kampfers, but also to transform into a girl while doing so. Aided by a stuffed tiger, Natsuru must now battle it out with other boobalicious babes and continue to try to get close to Kaede – a task that will now be easier as she’s fallen for Natsuru’s female form! Can Natsuru keep his secret safe while maintaining his double life?

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Master17X Master17X says...

Both have guys that can transform into girls.  Also both can be considered harems. 

tyr tyr says...

Kämpfer is pretty much just a 21st century Ranma; with all the good and bad points that entails.

PraVDa PraVDa says...

Gender bender ecchi harem. You can say that Kampfer is a new Ranma. Both male protagonist can turn into a woman, and both have bunch of girls trying to get him. Both keep some appereance when turn into a woman. Natsuru keeps his blue hair and tall figure, while Ranma keeps his braid hair and his martial art skill. In Ranma 1/2, they fight with martial arts, sometimes a weird one, but in Kampfer, they fight with weapon like gun or sword.