From the first time I read this manga, I was amazed at how well Takahashi-san developed the characters' traits and personalities. Everything seems to serve a purpose at some point in the story. For example, Ranma's fear of cats and Shampoo's transformation. This series has a lot to offer. It has comedy, martial arts, and romance. I already have 24 volumes and I am really looking forward to reading the rest of the series.