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April MMF: Ranma 1/2 Artbook – A Feast For a Fanboy’s Eyes

Everyone should have at least once in their lifetime encounter Ranma 1/2. It is after all the standard of many current harem type anime comedies. Rob of Panel Patter has been spending a year covering the series of Ranma, and now he is running a weekly Takahashi Rumiko feast on his blog. Even on my own blog, I have written about five other entries for the feast. But seeing that I have covered art books on this site. Here I go!

This version of the art book has out of print for a while, you can still find used copies of it online. Actually around six years ago, I saw a copy of this in London, but didn’t think to pick it up until now. If you collect anime/manga art books you may have realized that many of them is quite costly since it is usually an imported product, but many American publishers of manga, has translated some artbook, so this is definitely a wallet saver. The Art of Ranma 1/2 has many quintessential images of the manga represented in this book.

Lets see the table content are pretty clear in what is the subject of this book.

  • Boys and Girls
  • Everybody Together
  • Everything in Martial Arts
  • Girls in Love
  • Relationship Chart
  • Rivalry Chart
  • Rumiko Takahashi Interview

So there you have it, a treat for any fan of this classic tale of Ranam 1/2. Definitely a favorite depiction of Ranma and cast is in China style clothing.

Shampoo is also a fan favorite, so there are many pleasing images of her. Although she was never my favorite, since of the entire female fiancees, with the exception of female Ranma, I have always been an Ukyou fan. Who is your favorite?

There’s a great deal of manga depiction of many supporting characters, especially in those fantastic group pictures. So for fans who are only familiar with the anime, there is the manga look of characters as well. This is a pure feast for the eyes of any Ranma 1/2 fans, and the comments that are written is in English, so definitely.

Another Love for 地獄少女, an Artbook Review

Earlier this month, I had another entry about Jigoku Shoujo or Hell Girl, but what about an artbook? This I can review. There are other artbooks that came out from this series, but this is a pretty good conclusive anime image collection. This is a product that has so far only been released in Japanese, and covers three seasons of images, whether it is DVD image or special publicity images. So unless if any American company wants to release it in English, only shopping it at Japanese bookstores, or internet sources will be the way to get this possibly out of print lovely book. It certainly had me in a tizzy for a bit. I waited a couple of months, before my friend gave this to me from Japan.

Earlier this month, I was faced with someone who mentioned on how episodic the series can be, but to think of how often a person can hate another person for some very “simple” reasons. You really can’t picture any suffering or torment can be for some one, and isn’t it human nature to be a creature of habit?  Anyone can watch one or two episodes, and that would be okay, but the background of Enma-Ai is what gets to me. How hatred can spawn a deep need for vengeance, and from that revenge, there is a penance to pay.

I did do a similar feature of something like this on my own blog, so.. trying it out on Anime Diet. A difference between this from my own blog is that I scanned in the images.

Towards the back of the book, there is transcribed interviews with Mariko Oka who is the character designer for Jigoku Shoujo and Mamiko Noto, who is the Japanese seiyuu for Enma Ai. There is also a small section that details product information for cds, dvds, and media items for Japanese products. So as taken from Amazon.co.jp’s Information section, this is the ISBN numbers for this artbook: ISBN-10: 4758011222 ISBN-13: 978-4758011228.