Manga Review: Ranma 1/2 Volume 15

Article first published as Manga Review: Ranma 1/2 Volume 15 by Rumiko Takahashi on Blogcritics.

Ranma 1/2 Volume 15 is a manga with the story and art by Rumiko Takahashi, and it was published in North America by Viz Media. This review is for the second printing of this volume, which was released in 2005. The Ranma 1/2 manga volumes are “flipped,” which means that they read like American books instead of traditional Japanese manga. Ranma 1/2 is rated “T+” for older teens, due to some panels featuring female nudity.

Ranma 1/2 Volume 15
Written by: Rumiko Takahashi
Publisher: Shogakukan
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: February 9, 2005

There are two storylines in Volume 15. The first one, which takes up the bulk of the volume, is about “martial arts dining.” It turns out that in their youth, Genma and Soun were unable toor a meal at a restaurant/dojo, so Soun offered an unborn daughter as payment, thinking he would never have one. Picolet Chardin has come to collect on this payment, but upsets Ranma when Picolet uses his martial arts dining to take his and his classmates’ bread. Ranma goes into girl form to take the place of the Tendo daughters, in the hopes of learning martial arts dining and defeat Picolet.

Ranma learns that martial arts dining is harder than he had anticipated, but keeps at it in the hopes of defeating Picolet and not having to marry him. The story culminates with the final showdown between girl-type Ranma and Picolet.

The second story starts with Akane and Nabiki getting into a sisterly squabble. Unfortunately, things escalate to the point where it looks like Ranma is Nabiki’s fiancé instead of Akane. Ukyo, Kodachi and Shampoo won’t stand for this, so all three of them come after Nabiki. Akane also goes through some internal struggles of her own.

Both of these stories were adapted for the Ranma 1/2 anime series, and were both adapted rather faithfully. However, I have to say that the martial arts dining story is no less strange in the manga as it was in the anime. I’d even be willing to say that in some respects, this story is a little on the disturbing side. Personally, I think the martial arts dining storyline is rather “out there,” even for such a wacky and comical manga series like Ranma 1/2. It’s one of my least favorite storylines from the Ranma 1/2 series.

The second storyline in Volume 15 really highlights Nabiki’s manipulative nature, which she uses in order to make money for herself. Not only that, it’s a storyline that really puts the Ranma and Akane pairing to the test.

If you’re a fan of Ranma 1/2, you’ll probably enjoy Volume 15, even if it does include the martial arts dining storyline.

I wrote this review after reading a copy of Ranma 1/2 Volume 15 that my husband and I purchased.

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