Rumiko Takahashi’s classic martial arts manga Ranma 1/2 is coming back to North America with new promotional pushes and editions. The story is described as a “legendary martial arts-action-adventure-comedy manga”; they forgot “gender-bending romance”. It revolves around Ranma, a teenager training to become a great martial artist. After he encounters a land of cursed springs, he becomes a girl when splashed with cold water. (His father becomes a giant panda.) Wacky hijinks ensue.
Ranma 1/2 is one of the longest-running manga series in North America, with 36 books released in the previous format. To introduce the story to new readers, new omnibus editions (with two books in one) will be published in early 2014, with the original right-to-left reading order preserved for the first time.
The subtitled anime can currently be seen on VIZAnime.com and Hulu, with four more episodes coming out each Wednesday. This fall, Neon Alley will run the dubbed version, with DVDs coming back and Blu-ray box sets debuting in the spring. Viz Media will have a booth and programming at the 2013 New York Comic-Con celebrating Ranma 1/2‘s return.