In December, Japanese food company Acecook is releasing a pair of cup noodle style snacks which feature artwork based on the manga of Rumiko Takahashi and flavors that are popular in Takahashi's home town of Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture, Japan. Hit the jump to learn more.
Bandai's Tamashii Nations has previewed a set of highly anticipated Figuarts releases, going on sale on September 1st ahead of January 2016 delivery. Highlights include the female Ranma, which they've been showcasing at events since last year, along with their third Love Live! school idol. Get a look after the jump.
The 3 theatrical Ranma 1/2 films and 11 Ranma 1/2 OAVs are coming to Japanese home video in a deluxe Bluray boxed set on August 19, 2015. Hit the jump to get the details.
Perhaps inspired by the 26th anniversary of Ranma 1/2's TV debut on April 15th, or perhaps because he's just been feeling the same nostalgia as Squid Girl author Masahiro Anbe, Blood Lad author and Hamatora original character designer Yuuki Kodama has begun playing around with sketching Ranma 1/2's transformations. Check out the results after the jump.
In addition to preparing for the August release of volume 20, Squid Girl author Masahiro Anbe has been watching more The IdolM@ster - Cinderella Girls, playing so much Far Cry that he's dreaming about being chased by bears, and drawing more Ranma 1/2 tributes. True to his earlier promises, he's followed the earlier Ran-chan pics with some Ucchan. Get a look after the jump.
Squid Girl author Masahiro Anbe has taken a break from work and a break from his recent The IdolM@ster - Cinderella Girls tribute sketches to do a bit of throwback fanart with Rumiko Takahashi's classic Ranma. Keep an eye out for more, because he notes in the response thread that while he has trouble getting them right, he'd like to do Ucchan and Shampoo too. Get a look after the jump.
VIZ Media launches the subtitled version of classic martial arts sex comedy anime Ranma 1/2 on the VIZAnime.com streaming service as well as on Hulu. The series will debut on its Neon Alley anime channel this fall (dubbed), and will be available on DVD and, for the first time ever, Blu-ray box set editions next year. More after the jump.
At this weekend's Otakon, Viz Media annoucned that they will be bringing back what was once on the most popular series in anime. Martial arts sex comedy Ranma 1/2 is set to return, with the anime coming to Neon Alley, Blu-ray and DVD, along with new reprints of the manga. Ranma 1/2 programming is also being planned for the upcoming New York Comic Con. More after the jump.
Viz Media announced at Anime Expo that they've licensed action manga Deadman Wonderland, previously published in North America by Tokyopop. The manga, which was published by Kadokawa Shoten rather than Viz's parent companies, starts with the first volume February 11, 2014. Subsequent volumes will be released every other month. Kosuke's seinen crime action Gangsta is also launching in February 2014. It will continue with quarterly releases. More after the jump.
While it's been fun catching up on cast photos for the upcoming live-action Ranma ½ TV special, set to air on NTV on December 9, what most really want is some video. Your wish is granted in the first television commercial after the jump!