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Ranma 1/2, Volume 17 [Paperback]

Rumiko Takahashi
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Aug. 5 2001 Ranma 1/2 (Book 17)
An amnesiac Kuno challenges Ranma to a duel at the beach — wearing a watermelon on his head! Will another watermelon on the head bring his memory back? Or will Ranma’s meddling unleash a fate more terrible than he can imagine? Meanwhile, a special sauce makes Ranma sick, and Ranma learns that to prove they’re a loving couple, he and Akane must spend the night in the same room!

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The spotlight on Rumiko Takahashi's career began in 1978 when she won an honorable mention in Shogakukan's annual New Comic Artist Contest for Those Selfish Aliens. Later that same year, her boy-meets-alien comedy series, Urusei Yatsura, was serialized in Weekly Shonen Sunday. This phenomenally successful manga series was adapted into anime format and spawned a TV series and half a dozen theatrical-release movies, all incredibly popular in their own right. Takahashi followed up the success of her debut series with one blockbuster hit after another--Maison Ikkoku ran from 1980 to 1987, Ranma 1/2 from 1987 to 1996, and Inuyasha from 1996 to 2008. Other notable works include Mermaid Saga, Rumic Theater, and One-Pound Gospel. Takahashi won the Shogakukan Manga Award twice in her career, once for Urusei Yatsura in 1981 and the second time for Inuyasha in 2002. A majority of the Takahashi canon has been adapted into other media such as anime, live-action TV series, and film." --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Watermelons? July 30 2003
By A Customer
Yup, watermelons. A lot of them. As in a whole island. See, Kuno goes there to train for his next fight with Ranma, and comes for his opponent wearing a watermelon on his head. And he has amnesia. He gets Ranko (Ranma's female side) to the island, where she is knocked unconscious. She has a very funny dream too! Anyway, I forgot what happens in the rest of the book, but I liked the watermelon segment!
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5.0 out of 5 stars un manga culte Jan. 17 2002
Ranma 1/2 est un des mangas cultes de ma génération. Rumiko Takahashi a crée un super manga qui est accessible à tous les âges et qui est basé sur des histoires quelques fois farfelues et sur une bonne dose d'humour.
En bref, c'est pour tout le monde.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bwa ha ha ha! May 12 2003
When Kuno loses his memory and is found unconsious on a beach where Ranma and co. are visiting and Happosai tries to improve his and Ranma's "master/disciple" relationship and they end up being stuck together anything can happen!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ranma 1/2 will keep you laughing Feb. 29 2000
By "becky-chan" - Published on Amazon.com
ALrighty then. Rumiko-san has to have the oddest sense of humor there is. The plot line for Ranma 1/2 goes something like this; boy-hating girl has a father, who say's she's to marry the son of an old friend. Old friend shows up (as a giant panda) and brings a girl along. old friend explains that his son turns into a girl when splashed with cold water (and turns back when splashed with hot water). From this point on, some of the craziest whacks pop in and out of the story. There's Ryoga, Ranma's arch rival with no sense of direction (and lots of Bandanas and umbrellas). Shampoo, the chinese amazon who wants to kill the girl form of Ranma, and marry the boy form. Kuno, the girl obsessed overdramatic moron who runs around with a BIG sword, and his twin sister, Kodachi the black rose, who is equally insane and dramatic. Happosai (can't spell his name, sorry) the panty stealing perverted midget man, and Pantyhose! the love triangles (and quadrilaterals and pentagons, aw hell, everyone want's to marry someone, except Akane and Ranma of course) might confuse you of at first, but you'll get use to it. And the best part is the fact that cold water will turn up in the oddest places (you'd never believe how many old ladies will be washing they're houses before school). And then of course there's the odd assorment of weapons that the characters use (spoons, umbrellas, bandanas, anything can be a lethal weapon when Akane's involved) you just won't be able to stop laughing. If you're a fan of Clamp, Sailor Moon, Dragon Ball Z or Slayers (Xellos-sama!) you'll love Ranma 1/2! And even if you have no idea what i just said, and are just nodding your head to keep me from talking anymore (just humor the crazy people they say) you'll like it! P-chan!
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5.0 out of 5 stars What can I say? Wow. June 9 2000
By Mary D. Pekowski - Published on Amazon.com
Well, I've finally read the entire Ranma 1/2 series (if you want to know where I read the untranslated novels, e-mail me). All I can say is wow. I love Takahashi-sensei more than ever now, but I can't help feeling a bit sad about it. This review is just to tell all you folks out there that have never read Ranma, (or have only read a little bit of it and disliked it) it's truly a great accomplishment. A few reasons why I like it. First, it's very, very funny - it appeals to my sense of humor exactly. But here's the interesting thing - Takahashi-sensei doesn't just leave it at that. In some of the later novels, Ranma is positively dramatic, and I'd be lying to you if I said I didn't cry on more than one occasion. Of course, I think perhaps the main reason that I like Ranma 1/2 is the romance, which is Takahashi's forte. Ranma and Akane's relationship goes so slowly, Takahashi just gives you little momments between the two, yet ultimately it is enough. Another huge part of Ranma - the action, of course! This is what draws many people in to reading Ranma, what first appealed to me. Takahashi is so fantastic with her action scenes, it makes you wonder where she gets it from! She can do a love scene, a comedy scene and an action scene all rolled into one. I haven't even mentioned the art-work yet. At first when I picked up Ranma, I made the mistake of thinking it overly simplistic, which I've come to realize is not the case. It's true that Takahashi goes for a simple style, but it's beautiful in it's simplicity. Takahashi truly communicates with her art in a way that others miss.
To conclude: read Ranma 1/2. Trust me when I say it's worth it. There will always be a special place in my heart for Ranma 1/2. Thank you Takahashi-sensei, for sharing your gift.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cradle From Hell!? Martial Arts Cheerleading?!! Nov. 4 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This was in fact my first Ranma 1/2 book, read it last night and laughed my cast off! Had just read a book about Baudrillard, and so was coming from a very strange place, and yet this Vol. 19 was incredibly enjoyable. Totally irreverent, stupid, and very very funny. I look forward to reading the rest of this series, it's a simulation I'm happy to be a part of. Martial Arts Cheerleading, O-KAY! You must read this for yourself, if nothing else it's hilarious. I am surprised I had not heard more about this series before, perhaps thats because of all of the sexchanging.
p.s.: I think the art work in this is superb, and perfect for the story, so forget the reviewer below who is obviously jealous, sheesh, insulting an artist in a forum where they can't fight back
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5.0 out of 5 stars SHOWDOWN WITH A DELICIOUS FRENCH DINNER! July 30 2000
By Banshee - Published on Amazon.com
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While Ranma remains stuck with his girly-girlie curse, he faces still another amorous martial artist - this time he's a dapperly young Frenchman! After tea ceremonies, circus acts, and Hawaiian surf-up, Ranma engages into a painfully rigorous training with REFINED ETIQUETTE FOR GOURMET DINING. However, even with all such savory French delicacies right under his young button nose, Ranma still ends up being sent to bed hungry. And, Picolet's really BIZARRE hereditary gives him a great advantage over all the speed-eating contests, so...Ranma has to find ANOTHER way quickly or he would be doomed to wear the tightly-laced iron corset so ruthlessly forced onto his nubile young girl's body AND eventually become Picolet's bride! And one of Akane's sisters, Nabiki is finally given the new role as a main character in the second story. So a sibling rivalry suddenly crackles in the air and Ranma finds himself with a SWITCHED fiancee...none other than Nabiki herself! Now all the lovestruck rivals had caught the wind of it, so poor Ranma is forced to shield the coy-faced young Nabiki from being viciously attacked. And what's more, Nabiki uses her subtle, catty ways to make some dough right off her new fiance as well as to get back at her easily-ruffled little sister! Aw, JUST PICK UP A COPY AND READ ALL ABOUT IT!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites in the entire series! July 26 2000
By Dar-Lon Chang - Published on Amazon.com
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This volume contains one of my favorite storylines in the entire series, "Nabiki becomes Ranma's fiancee!" I'm a big sucker for anime romances, and the romance between Ranma and Akane is my absolute favorite. Engaged by meddling parents to carry on their families' martial arts style, they eventually fall in love without even knowing it, and their unspoken love is put to the test time after time by incredibly weird and hilarious situations. In this volume, Akane gets angry at Ranma for saving her sister Nabiki from a fall, instead of Akane. Sneaky and conniving Nabiki takes advantage of the situation by taking up Akane on her rash remark that Ranma should become Nabiki's fiancee. Akane soon regrets her remark, not to mention Ranma, who ends up being Nabiki's pawn in a number of money-making schemes. But will these two ever get over their pride and embarrassment before Nabiki makes a ton of money out of the situation? Check out this volume for an incredibly sweet, cute, and hilarious story!
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