5 favorite visual gags from Ranma 1/2

Ever since I wrote about the troubling ways Ranma 1/2 deals with femininity, I was left thinking about the things I do like about Rumiko Takahashi’s works. One of them it’s the ways she express humor through her art. There are visual gags and quirks that can be found in practically all her works, but Ranma 1/2 it’s made of them, basically, which helps give the story that “anything goes” nonsense vibe.

That’s why I think it’s fitting to focus on this work to highlight said gags. Although there are plenty of them that I enjoy, some certainly amused me more than others. Here are my favorites:

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My Fave is Problematic: Ranma 1/2 [AniFem]

When I read Ranma ½ during my first year of high school, I fell in love with Rumiko Takahashi’s signature expressive art. I loved her colorful cast just as much, always getting caught up in over-the-top situations. Like many people, I remember it fondly. Yet the older I get, the harder it is to ignore some of the most problematic aspects of the series, especially how it deals with femininity.

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Brainiacs need useless girls – Analysis of the popular romantic trope

She’s one of the worse students in her class. Every time she tries to cook/bake for her special someone it’s a catastrophe. To walk like all human beings without tripping with the air it’s a challenge. Naturally, she sucks at athletics. In fact, she lacks almost every skill needed to function in society.

Ah, the struggles of being a romantic female lead.

But fear not. For every useless girl in a leading role there is a flawless male hero, always ready to save her.

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