The Best Anime Like Ranma ½

For Ranma ½ fans looking for more anime similar to the manga and anime's tone, style, concept, and theme, there are a number of titles to choose from. The following list ranks the best anime that are like Ranma ½, with the order determined by votes from anime fans like you. Based on the popular manga series by Rumiko Takahashi, the anime Ranma ½ originally aired in 1989 from April 15 to September 16. Of the story, Takahashi had noted the target audience was women and children. The 18-episode martial arts-themed anime, along with the manga, are considered among the first to make an impact on U.S. readers.

Similar anime to Ranma ½ include InuYasha, Urusei Yatsura, and Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple, which also combines action, comedy, and martial arts. Other anime like Ranma ½ are Maison Ikkoku, Dragon Ball and its martial arts tournament, and Rin-ne, which shares another similarity with Ranma ½ with its supernatural element.

If you notice any anime like Ranma ½ missing, feel free to simply add them to the list yourself and help this recommendations list grow!


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    Inuyasha (Sunrise, 2000), also known as Inuyasha: A Feudal Fairy Tale, is a Japanese fantasy anime series based on the manga series by Rumiko Takahashi. A teenage girl periodically travels back in time to feudal Japan to help a young half-demon recover the shards of a jewel of great power.
  • Maison Ikkoku
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    Maison Ikkoku is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Rumiko Takahashi. It was serialized in Big Comic Spirits from November 1980 to April 1987, with the chapters collected into 15 tankōbon volumes by Shogakukan. Maison Ikkoku is a bitter-sweet comedic romance involving a group of madcap people who live in a boarding house in 1980s Tokyo. The story focuses primarily on the gradual developing relationships between Yusaku Godai, a poor student down on his luck, and Kyoko Otonashi, a young, recently widowed boarding house manager. The manga was adapted into a ninety-six-episode television anime series created by Studio Deen that ran on Fuji TV from March 26, 1986 to March 2, ...more
  • Fruits Basket
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    Orphan Tohru Honda moves in with a classmate and his cursed family.

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  • Urusei Yatsura is a comedic manga series written and illustrated by Rumiko Takahashi and serialized in Weekly Shōnen Sunday from 1978 to 1987. Its 374 individual chapters were published in 34 tankōbon volumes. It is the story of Ataru Moroboshi, and the alien Lum, who believes she is Ataru's wife after he accidentally proposes to her. The series makes heavy use of Japanese mythology, culture and puns. The series was adapted into an anime TV series produced by Kitty Films and broadcast on Fuji Television affiliates from 1981 to 1986 with 195 episodes. Eleven OVAs and six theatrical movies followed, and the series was released on VHS, Laserdisc, DVD, and Blu-ray Disc in Japan. The manga ...more
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    Rin-ne (NHK-E, 2015) is a Japanese supernatural slice of life anime series based on the manga by Rumiko Takahashi from Brain's Base animation studio. Sakura Mamiya has been able to see ghosts ever since she was little, but when she meets her ever-absent classmate for the first time, she realizes that he's far more than what he seems
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