"Best Left Unsaid"

I chose this phrase for this site's title because I feel this best describes the underlying feelings that Ranma and Akane feel for each other. They are two sixteen-year-olds engaged by their fathers against their will, so throughout the manga they make a big show about how much they hate being each other's betrothed: they constantly bicker, insult each other, and make each other jealous by inadvertently acquiring multiple admirers (since Ranma 1/2 is a reverse-harem kind of comedy).

To make matters worse, everyone around them intrudes in their personal space. They are surrounded by a nosy family waiting to see them develop feelings for one another, while a horde of suitors constantly attempt to disrupt any such development. There does not seem to be any time (or reason) for them to learn to fall in love with each other, and it might even seem that their resistance and threats to break off their engagement (and a few times, they actually did) are real. However, when they do have moments alone together, these always turn soft, quiet, and tender—and these precious gems make it clear to the reader that they actually like each other.

This will-they-won't-they romance is the formula that was sustained in almost forty manga volumes, as readers witnessed instances of varying magnitudes that reveal how they have actually fallen in love with each other, despite their behavior to the contrary. However, up until the end of the manga (Chapter 407), they never quite told each other how they actually feel.

While this can sound frustrating, one has to read the manga to understand it is in this nonexistent verbal admission where the power of their love actually lies: For the most part they have had to learn to listen to what the other doesn't say, and words have become unnecessary anyway, because they have already shown it a thousand other ways, both big and small.

Their love, to me, is best left unsaid, because they don't need to say anything, after all.

Layout credits

Current layout features the fanart, "Without Words," drawn by Sara (aka Spelarminlind), used with her permission. It’s still the most hauntingly beautiful fanart of RxA that I have ever seen—the colors and lines and lighting are just fantastic; the soft colors and the whitespace all heighten the internal drama and barely restrained feelings of these two characters, all of which make this work such a powerful piece. Seriously I don’t think I can stop fawning over this work, lol. It is my top favorite fanart of the two, and I'm so happy she allowed me to use it for this site's design. ♥

Design elements I used for the main image include free stock photos from Pixabay, The Shabby Princess and Tsudzuuzu from Pixiv. Patterns are from Toptal Subtle Patterns. Photo manipulations were done in Adobe Photoshop CC. This layout was based on a design from Templated. Free favicon generated by FreeFavicon. The listing runs thanks to Enthusiast and Fanupdate.

Disclaimer

Saotome Ranma and Tendo Akane are fictional characters from the manga series Ranma 1/2, created by Takahashi Rumiko. I am not in any way connected with the creator, nor with the publisher or anime production studios. This site is purely a non-profit endeavor, created by a fan for fellow fans. No copyright infringement is intended.


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 *Ranma Romance: A Ranma/Akane Fansite  NARUTO: Sai and Ino  RANMA 1/2: Saotome Ranma  YYH: Kurama and Botan 

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