I need to pull some of my thoughts and comments on various other blogs about Ranma all together into a coherent post.
Too bad it isn’t going to happen. I’m too tired.
I watched Otome wa Boku, and was not broken.
I could not watch Miname-ke, and was not broken.
I didnâ€™t bother watching Okawari and was not broken.
I thought the trap in Moyamishon was really ugly, and was not broken.
I quit watching H20 before the trap was revealed, and was not broken.
Tonight, I loaded up an old classic for the first time: Ranma 1/2.
NOW Iâ€™m broken, dammit! (But does it count if he really turns into a girl?)
Ranma-chan makes a cute, sassy girl. Too bad, she’s as tsundere as Akane.
Well I’ve gotten through the first disk myself. The humor quotient is ok, though the series is quite uneven. Every time it starts to spin up into insanity, it bogs down in angst. It’s good, a hell of a lot better than anything I watched this season, but not as great as its reputation.
At least not yet. And I only ordered the first series. I’m wondering how my opinion will develop due to watching it in order?
That assumes, of course, that I order the second series, which is probable at this point. If it ups the zany factor, I’ll probably place this show as one of my favorites — at least for a season or two. The problem is, from what Steven’s said, the plot goes nowhere, and the Akane-Ranma romance doesn’t advance, which I consider a huge failing. It killed all the enjoyment of AMG for me, and was a significant negative in Inuyasha! Of course, the other problem with Inuyasha was that the plot didn’t really advance that much after the first 20 episodes either. The story advanced, but the plot didn’t; they just couldn’t complete their task or the story would be over. Something had to interfere to prevent the re-assembly of the shards.
From Chizumatic again, a little later:
Ok, having watched through the hair match and into the next one, I have to say that I disagree. It’s a matter of taste. The wrestling match was dumb and contrived, but it was still good fun. However, I am finding the whole “waifu of Dr.Tofu” to be dreadfully familiar from bad American TV sitcoms, and I’m only to candidate #3. I hope it stops there. It probably will, because they’re not going to make the girl he actually wants one of the candidates.
But while the candidates will stop there, the torture will go on a few more episodes, I’m sure. Blech.
Much to my surprise, I was wrong. They ended it that episode, and Shampoo is about to be intro’d. I think this must be the point where the production team realized there was a serious problem. Thank god. I was NOT looking forward to 2 or three episodes of non-romantic misunderstandings.
One more disk to go, and it’s got a new cute girl. What could possibly go wrong?
(he runs for cover….)
UPDATE: I knew I should n’t have said that. Most. Unsatisfying. Season. End. Ever.