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Manga Review: Ranma 1/2 Volume 10 by Rumiko Takahashi

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Ranma 1/2 Volume 10 is a manga by Rumiko Takahashi, and it was published in North America by Viz Media. The version of this volume I’m reviewing is the second printing, which was released in 2004. This manga was published as a flipped version, which means that it reads like an American book instead of a traditional manga. Ranma 1/2 is rated “T+” for older teens, due to some panels that include female nudity.

This volume opens with Shampoo getting a poison mushroom for black magic; when someone repeats a signal, it will make the victim repeat a command over and over. Shampoo uses the mushroom in food that she prepares for Ranma, and she tricks him into eating it. The story evolves into chaotic humor that involves Ranma, Akane, Shampoo, Kuno, and Ryoga.

The next story has Happosai preparing super soba in order to gain super strength. The story is set on New Year’s Eve, and Kasumi has prepared noodles for the family to eat. Unfortunately, Akane accidentally eats the super soba and gains strength. With her new strength, Akane ends up competing with Shampoo in martial arts badminton.

The rest of Volume 10 is a story about the principal of Furinkan High School returning to his post after being away in Hawaii to study teaching methods in the United States. He proclaims that boys must get buzz cuts and girls must get bowl cuts. This new rule goes over like a lead balloon, and the students protest. The principal puts a written pardon from the rules in a coconut, which he hides from the students and makes them try to find it. Hilarity ensues, and a shocking revelation is made about Kuno.

The principal has one more scheme up his sleeve after that. The volume ends with him declaring “Tardy Student Punishment Week,” and saying that tardy students will be punished by having to clean the toilets. The principal tries to find ways to make students late so he can mete out punishment.

The stories in this volume were basically used as they were for the anime series, so I recognized all of them. However, I believe that the story about the return of the Furinkan High School principal appears later in the anime than it does in the manga.

The addition of the school principal adds a new layer to the series. His antics and behavior brings the comedy of the series to a new level. I know from seeing the anime that the principal will be a recurring character, so I know that he will continue to influence the comedy that appears in the remaining volumes of the series.

While this volume focuses more on the comedic side of the series, there was still a little bit of drama to be found. Some of the best drama found in this volume is a scene in the super soba story that takes place between Akane and Ranma.

This volume of Ranma 1/2 is a great continuation of the manga series. If you’ve read the previous nine volumes of Ranma 1/2 and liked what you read, then you should also enjoy volume 10.

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Lesley Aeschliman is a freelance writer who began writing on a full-time basis in 2007. She has served as the Anime editor at BellaOnline.com, and she also writes and maintains two blogs: Lesley's Musings... on Anime and Manga and AeschTunes.