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In Japan, the manga was serialized in [[Shogakukan]]'s ''[[Shōnen Sunday]]'' where it ran from 1987–1996. Takahashi has stated in interviews that she wanted to produce a story that would be popular with children. ''Ranma'''s main audience was boys from elementary to junior high school age.
 
In Japan, the manga was serialized in [[Shogakukan]]'s ''[[Shōnen Sunday]]'' where it ran from 1987–1996. Takahashi has stated in interviews that she wanted to produce a story that would be popular with children. ''Ranma'''s main audience was boys from elementary to junior high school age.
   
The manga has been adapted into two anime series created by [[Studio Deen]]: Ranma ½ and '''Ranma ½ Nettōhen''' (らんま½ 熱闘編), which together were broadcast on Fuji Television from 1989 to 1992. In addition, they developed 12 original video animations and three films. In 2011, a live-action television special was produced and aired on Nippon Television. The manga and anime series were licensed by Viz Media for English-language releases in North America. Madman Entertainment released the manga, part of the anime series and the first two movies in Australasia, while MVM Films released the first two movies in the United Kingdom. The Ranma ½ manga has over 53 million copies in print in Japan. Both the manga and anime are cited as some of the first of their mediums to have become popular in the United States.
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''Ranma ½'' was extremely popular among American anime fans in the 1990s and popularized many of anime's most common visual gags. The infamous 'cursed springs' plot device has even come up in anime-themed custom role playing games as a quick transgender device.
   
 
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