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Ranma 1/2: Digital Dojo - TV Season 1 (Disc 2 of 4) back to product details

Innocent way to poke fun at gender roles and expectations
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written by hneline1 December 24, 2002 - 3:46 PM PST
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
This series continues to be a funny, light-hearted romantic comedy with a strange twist -- Ranma is a boy who is cursed to transform into a girl when he's splashed with cold water and transforms back into a boy when splashed with hot water. Although it's such a weird premise, creator Rumiko Takahashi makes it work by giving us wonderful characters and delving into situations that just flow naturally out of that problem (I mean, if you were a guy with that curse, wouldn't you be in denial for a while? and perhaps it wouldn't occur to you quite immediately to be modest, ahem). In a way, this series reminds me of Bosom Buddies (remember that sitcom from the 80's with Tom Hanks?) in the innocent way that it pokes fun at gender roles and expectations.

In this disk, the strangeness keeps building with the introduction of Ryoga, a boy with a really bad sense of direction who furiously wants to beat Ranma in a fight, and we find out more about Akane's crush on Dr. Tofu. I'm told that things get weirder and funnier as the series progresses, and I can see that momentum building with more and more characters falling into this strange universe. One suggestion, if you haven't seen any Ranma yet, I do suggest starting with Volume 1, just to get fully indoctrinated into the premise.


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