Blair and Serena, the psychopathic protagonists primarily featured are not only murderous, they are social and fashion icons. I loved this parody of t...moreBlair and Serena, the psychopathic protagonists primarily featured are not only murderous, they are social and fashion icons. I loved this parody of the NYC life of those anxiety-ridden kids whose only consistency is private schools which over-cultivate and ignore them, charging them to the -nth degree in preparation for Ivy League colleges and life in the fast lanes for which they've been born and bred for.
Some of the really entertaining parts are reading about the trendy fashions, the menus, the over-the-top drinks, and the museum "artistes." I loved the raucous descriptions of baby blingers, day school uniforms, hair dressers, college placement counselors; and, maids who covered and cleaned up without blinking an eye; naturally, because to admit awareness would mean they'd be looking for alternative employment.
Ranma ½ is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Rumiko Takahashi. The story focuses on Ranma Saotome, a teenage martial artist who has b...moreRanma ½ is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Rumiko Takahashi. The story focuses on Ranma Saotome, a teenage martial artist who has been cursed to transform into a woman when splashed with cold water. Hot water reverses the curse's effects but he seeks a permanent cure for his condition. In addition to his curse, he must deal with the competing emotions and affections of a number of potential fiancées — a result of his greedy and impulsive father's schemes.
Genma Saotome returns to Japan from a fateful martial arts training trip to the Jusenkyo springs with his son Ranma in which the former is cursed to transform into a panda and the latter into a teenage girl when splashed with cold water. Hot water reverses the effect. They move in with Genma's old friend Soun Tendo, at his Nerima, Tokyo home, with the expectation that one of his three daughters will marry Ranma. The eldest Kasumi and elder Nabiki force their little sister Akane to accept the betrothal. Akane and Ranma instantly dislike each other due to Akane's mistrust of boys and Ranma's curse.
Ranma enrolls in Furinkan High School where he meets Tatewaki Kuno, the arrogant captain of the kendo club and the one who spread the rumor that Akane will date any boy who defeats her in combat. Kuno mistakes Ranma's female form as a separate person and falls in love with her. Though he easily defeats Kuno a number of times, Ranma sustains injuries as he attempts to hide his curse. Over the course of several visits to Dr. Tofu's medical clinic, Ranma discovers that Akane has a crush on the doctor.
Ranma ½, Volume 1 includes the following chapters:
Here's Ranma Ranma's Secret I Hate Men!) Never, Never, Never To the Tree-Borne Kettle-Girl Body and Soul You'll Understand Soon Enough Because There's a Girl He Likes You're Cute When You Smile The Hunter Bread Feud Showdown A Bad Cut Who Says You're Cute
I love Ranma 1/2 anime and this time, I'm going to read through the entire manga series. Old school anime rocks!