Ranma ½ (manga)

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Ranma makes a guest appearance in Volume 4 of the Meitantei Conan manga. When Conan and the Detective Boys are looking up information in a bookstore, the Detective Boys are looking at Shounen Sunday which has an image of Ranma on the cover.

The English version of the manga wasn't published in its original format(read from right to left as oppose to left to right) until 27 years after it was first published in Japan.

It took Viz Media 13 years to publish the entire manga series making it one of their longest running manga.

The series takes place in the fictional community of Furinkan in Nerima, Tokyo, Japan. Furinkan means "wind forest hall' and was partly modeled after the actual suburb of Shakujii-koen that is located within Nerima. After the release of the manga, Nerima became a commonly known city ward to the English speaking world.

Rumiko Takahashi was originally going to have the characters "change" whenever they were hit or punched, but changed it to hot/cold water when she realized the characters would change every few seconds during a fight scene.

The character of Ranma and the initial inspiration for the entire series originally spawned from Ryuunosuke Fujinami, a secondary character in Rumiko Takahashi's "Urusei Yatsura". Ryuunosuke is a girl raised by her maniacal, single father to be a boy, and became skilled in martial arts through his daily, brutal training. She constantly longs to express her pent-up feminine side, but obstacles (usually her father) keep getting in her way.

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