Over the past two days Calvin and I watched the entire first season of Ranma ½.
Ever since he first heard about it, Calvin’s been obsessed with the idea of a “water-changing hermaphrodite” (his words). For those who don’t know, Ramna is a martial artist who, after falling into the cursed spring of a drowned girl while training, turns into a girl whenever he is splashed with cold water. His father suffered a similar fate, except he turns into a giant panda when wet. Both can turn back to their normal forms when covered in hot water. The show is fairly old now, with the first season screening in 1989, but the animation quality is really good and the humour is still hilarious even after 15 years (and really, how can it possibly date ^_^).
So Calvin came over Monday night, like he had been doing for the last couple of months, and after much messing around with codecs, we finally sat down for some Ranma goodness. We made it through 7 episodes before Calvin was overcome with fatigue (I couldn’t work out whether it was from laughing, or some strange illness). So we crashed for the night, to resume our watching the next day. Once we had completed all of season one Calvin suggested we drive to Wulfen’s place and pick up some more episodes, but by that point I was well and truly Ranma’ed out, so we called it a day.
I don’t know where the time has gone since then. I did a little more final packing, cleaned up some of the mess we had made over the last couple of days, and replied to a few (long) emails I had gotten. I’ve got an ever-growing list of things I’m yet to do, but hopefully I will start to reduce it over the next couple of days. I’m trying to get most of my goodbyes done over the next week or so, which will leave me with a week of relative calmness before I’m off. Of course I’ll probably spend most of that time hanging out with my close friends instead of making sure I’ve packed anything, but I think I prefer it that way.
Written while listening to Stray Radio.

3 thoughts on “Ranma!

  1. 154. 7-18 5/9/03 Battle for Miss Beachside
    “Everyone heads to the beach to enjoy a day in the sun. Shampoo, Ukyo, Akane, and Kasumi enter a bathing suit contest and it’s proclaimed that the winner gets to make Ranma lunch. Kasumi ends up winning the contest so then Ukyo and Shampoo fight over who will make Ranma lunch. The Ghost Cat happens to be at the beach and while chasing Tsubasa (who also happens to be there) around the Ghost Cat destroys Shampoo’s and Ukyo’s food establishments. Akane says not to worry cause she’s made lunch but of course Ranma doesn’t want to eat her cooking so out of anger Ranma, Shampoo, and Ukyo wind up chasing the Ghost Cat around.”


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