Ranma 1/2 Live-Action TV Special: First Look

Posted by Grey Saturday, November 26, 2011

Rumiko Takahashi's classic anime/manga series comes alive in a TV special set to air in Japan on December 9th. The Daily Zombies takes a look at the inevitable train-wreck with the newly-released character stills and trailer from the show.

For those warming up to the eventual phenomenon that we come to know as Otaku culture in the 90s, Rumiko Takahashi's Ranma ½ (らんま1/2 Ranma Nibun-no-Ichi) is perhaps one of the forerunners of the numerous anime/manga series that made an impact in the West.

First published in September 1987 following the ending of Takahashi's previous notable work, Urusei Yatsura, Ranma ½ soon gained immense popularity for its quirky plots and characters. With live-action adaptation being an inevitable part of popular culture these days, a two-hour live-action TV special adapting Ranma ½ will be airing on NTV on December 9th. While we are relieved of the fact that no Hollywood presence was felt in this one, thereby ensuring us of an unattainable level of god-awful train-wreck the likes of Dragonball Evolution is a distance away from this one, we have to highlight the lack of adorability in the cast.

Hit the jump to see for yourself with the trailer from the TV special.

Here's Poster for the Ranma ½ TV drama, featuring the cast and artwork by Rumiko Takahashi.

Character stills from the show.


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