The Ranma Rants: Part 00
or
The Obligatory Inroduction and Disclaimer

To begin with, I like Ranma 1/2. I find it to be an entertaining, well-written, well-drawn, and well characterised manga (and anime). I have no problem at all whatsoever with this (perhaps most famous) creation of the illustrious Rumiko Takahashi. Ranma could entertain me for hours, and rarely gets boring. That said, however, I do have a few problems with Ranma 1/2 *fanfic*.

While never having been an active participant in Ranma fandom (and thus, not being privy to the interactions of the individuals within it), I have hovered around the edges, mostly reading fanfics, essays and such. In the years in which I have done so, I have noticed a number of (highly irritating) trends and tendencies in Ranma fanfic, to be deliniated in the following rants.

In the interests of covering my ass, I will also say the following: although I have no intention of offending anyone, I don't give a rat's ass if I do. In fact, if you're offended, that means you're probably guilty of the things that irritate me, and your offense might bring you to reevaluate your actions and so forth, and thus become a better person. But I'm still not going out of my way to offend you, personally, so don't take it personally.

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