is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Rumiko Takahashi.It was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Sunday from September 1987 to March 1996, with the chapters collected into 38 tankōbon volumes by Shogakukan.Both the manga and anime are cited as some of the first of their mediums to have become popular in the United States. When someone falls into a cursed spring, they take the physical form of whatever drowned there hundreds or thousands of years ago whenever they come into contact with cold water.The curse will revert when exposed to hot water until their next cold water exposure.
Rumiko Takahashi stated that Ranma ½ was conceived to be a martial arts manga that connects all aspects of everyday life to martial arts.
Ryoga, seeking revenge on Ranma, followed him to Jusenkyo where he ultimately fell into the Spring of the Drowned Piglet.
Now when splashed with cold water he takes the form of a little black pig.
Throughout the series Ranma seeks out a way to rid himself of his curse, while his friends, enemies and many fiancées constantly hinder and interfere.
Ranma ½ has a comedic formula and a sex-changing main character, who often willfully transforms into a girl to advance his goals.
The story revolves around a teenage boy named Ranma Saotome who has trained in martial arts since early childhood.