It’s the end of an era… the final volume of Ranma ½, book 36, will be on sale next week. (Although Amazon says they have it available already.)
Viz has been releasing entries in this series, in one format or another, for fourteen years. It was a major marker in affirming the dominance of the right-to-left small-size manga format promoted by Tokyopop, as larger flipped volumes were later reissued in the more “authentic” format.
From their press release:
RANMA ½ has sold more than 49 million copies in Japan, and is one of the most recognized and acclaimed series ever produced.
But what’s it sold in the US? Or in translated form?
The final volume of RANMA ½ will be celebrated with a farewell letter to North American fans from series creator Rumiko Takahashi.
That’s kind of sweet.
The final volume will provide a zany and fitting end to this much loved epic series and readers will delight in the crazy antics that happen when Ranma and Akane finally get married.
Because it’s not what happens that matters, but enjoying finally getting there. And come on, the cover gives it away! How cute.