Live Action Ranma 1/2
And now from our “Live-Action Translation of a Manga That Doesn’t Make Me Want to Stick Blazing Hot Rusted Iron Pokers Into the Soft Parts of Hollywood Execs” department comes news from AZM Ally Kensei Dave that there will be a live action Ranma 1/2 special airing December 9 that will focus on Akane Tendo.
For those who aren’t old as dirt like me, Ranma 1/2 was one of the early manga to be localized for the American market. It centers around Ranma Saotome, a martial artist who turns into a woman if he’s splashed with cold water because he fell into the cursed hot spring of a drowned girl while training in China. Ranma and his father settle down at the Tendo dojo. You see, back in the day, Soun Tendo and Ranma’s father, Genma Saotome, agreed that Ranma would marry one of Soun’s daughters to ensure the survival of the Tendo dojo. Ranman is now marrying age and is promised to the youngest daughter, Akane, who absolutely hates men. The wackiness ensues.
In the TV special, Ranma seeks to turn himself into a full man. He sets out to find the secret hot spring that will change him back and somehow Akane has the answer.
I’m actually surprised that something like this hasn’t been produced sooner. Ranma’s popularity has waned tremendously over the years. It used to be all I’d see at the anime cons. Now, no one hardly remembers Ranma. The cast photos posted over at Comic Natalie look pretty much like I’d imagine a live action Ranma would look like.
No word on plans for a full series, but I imagine if the special is well received, we might get a full on Ranma 1/2 revival.
Source: Anime News Network