There are cosmetic differences for instance Kuno gives Nabiki a doll to give to Ranma-chan in the anime. In the manga, Kuno gives Nabiki a stuffed panda bear. Doesn't change the story much if at all.
There are anime only characters like Sasuke the Kuno's ninja and Copy cat Ken.
There are manga only characters as well Konatsu and Akari for instance.
The anime ends about half way through the manga.
There are more filler episodes of the anime.
The anime is more formulaic than the manga.
Shampoo was brought in earlier in the anime than the manga because ratings were not high enough and Shampoo was the favorite character in Japan.
Ryoga is displayed in a lighter way and gets more air time in the anime.
Ranma has more fiancées in the anime than the manga - Daikoku Kaori and an unseen one at the end of the episode.
Genma is more likely to sell Ranma in the anime. For instance he sold Ranma to the circus for a barrel of Bamboo.
Ranma makes more of an effort to keep his female form secret in the anime than in the manga and does so for several seasons.
Kuno learns that the principal is his father much sooner in the manga.
Nabiki pours water on Ranma while Ranma is sleeping to take pictures of Ranma in the anime. In the manga, Nabiki takes pictures of Ranma while he is doing normal stuff no pouring water on him for pictures.
Dr Tofu's mother picking out a bride never happened in the manga.
Akane makes a promise to not hit Ranma in anger in the anime, she doesn't in the manga.
The characters are generally nicer in the anime, with the exception of Akane and Ranma who are nicer in the manga.
Akane hits Ranma more often in the anime.
Ranma insults Akane more often in the anime.
Mousse is less competent in the anime.
Gosunkugi has a much larger role in the manga than the anime and isn't in the anime until near the end.
Shampoo and Kodachi are much nicer in the anime than the manga.
Genma is more cowardly in the anime.
Ranma learns the neko-ken at the age of six in the anime, age 10 in the manga.
Nabiki runs a betting pool in the anime, in the manga she doesn't even come to the fights and definitely does not run a betting pool.
Ranma is doing much better at school in the manga, in the anime he requires Akane's help with his school work.
In the anime Ranma misspelled the spirit wards, in the manga the priest misspelled them. Ranma's spelling is much worse in the English version; in the Japanese version he left out one stroke of a complicated kanji written fast, during battle, and in bruises whereas he misspelled buffoon in the VIZ version.
In the anime Ranma is more gullible and easier to trick. In the manga Ranma is suspicious of peoples actions and is one of the least gullible people.
Ranma is a lot more manipulative in the manga than he is in the anime (quite possibly the most manipulative person in the manga). I don't think even one volume occurs in which he doesn't try to manipulate someone in some way, be it Ryoga with a disguise, Shampoo to get a cure, Akane for kicks -like pretending the instant man water was destroyed, or even to help people -used suggestion incense and wrote a play to manipulate Happosai into changing Pantyhose Taro's name.
The characters outfits are a lot more varied in the manga than the anime.
The manga characters are smarter and more witty than their anime counterparts except for Akane who is smarter in the anime (example of more witty - Ranma uses sarcasm in the manga).
The manga has more character development than the anime.
The manga characters physically outclass the anime counterparts in just about every way.
The manga is much darker than the anime for instance Shampoo planned on murdering Akane and having Pantyhose Taro take the blame in the manga, in the koi rod story Ranma was kneeling in a grave praying for Ryoga's happiness, and other not so nice events happen.
Shampoo uses magical items to force Ranma into loving her more often in the anime.
Dr Tofu is around longer and has a larger part in the anime.
Ranma learns at a significantly faster rate in the manga than the anime. For instance he was able to duplicate the Umisenken after only seeing it once.
Using the same trick on Ranma that you used on him in the past will not work against him in the manga. Since he will have either figured out how to duplicate the trick or he would have developed a counter for it before you can use it again, the same trick will work on the anime version.
The chemistry club attacks Ranma in the anime, no chemistry club is even shown in the manga.
For some unknown reason Ranma is faster in female form than he is in his male form in the anime.
Ranma's mothers personality is different in the anime than in the manga.
- In the anime there is a Ghost Cat who shows up repeatedly. In the Manga there is also a ghost cat that shows up twice but it is not the same ghost cat. The cats use different means of getting girls, the second cat did not recognize the Tendo's or Ranma, and the second one showed no fear of Ranma which the first one did because Ranma while in the Neko-ken attacked it.
- Nabiki in the anime dresses up in a kimono when Ranma arrives, in the manga she just wears what she had been wearing earlier - shorts and a tee-shirt.
- The Tendo's of the anime are far poorer than their manga counterparts. The anime Tendo's had their power shut off and had shortages of food, these events did not happen in the manga.
- Jusenkyo has anime only characters such as the person with a frog curse and a group which monitors and attempts to punish people for misusing their curses.
- Soun and Genma play go and or shogi very often constantly cheating in the anime. They are not shown to do this in the manga.
Friday, June 1, 2007
Anime vs Manga
The Ranma manga and anime are significantly different. I view them as alternate universes with the manga being the canon version. The reason I view the manga as the canon version is because the creator Rumiko Takahashi wrote it. The anime was written by a production team without Takahashi-sans input.
I am not even going to attempt to list all the differences between the versions but I will list some so you can get a general idea of the differences.