What if you could start over?

Based on the novel by Armistead Maupin and using characters from the famed anime by Rumiko Takehashi, TALES OF THE CITY 1/2 is about a group of young and queer Asian Americans living in post-Stonewall San Francisco. The novel also becomes a sequel to the acclaimed anime series Ranma 1/2 in which readers find out what happens to the other characters after the long awaited wedding of main character Ranma Saotome and his supposed love Akane Tendo.

After discovering that his former boyfriend is about to marry a woman he does not love, Ranma 1/2's confused character RYOGA HIBIKI escapes to San Francisco where he befriends openly gay Korean-Japanese journalist RYAN HITOMI. Hitomi's group of eclectic queers includes flamboyant Filipino MARTIN VENTURA, the realist bear BARRY FERGUSON, San Francisco State University professor and self-acclaimed Asian male afficionado TYLER STONEBROOK, club queen DEVIN LANCASTER and the bold and brash machismo KERRY KWOK.

Meanwhile, another Ranma 1/2 character amazon SHAMPOO CHEN also escapes her failures in Tokyo by becoming a successful student at the University of California, Berkeley in the US. In her attempts to forget about her American past, Chen has put away her bonboris and in exchange for a new life at Berkeley's conservative Christian sorority Kappa Alpha Omicron and a future with her boyfriend BENJAMIN PHAM. However, Shampoo's plans for the future are shaken when the breathtakingly gorgeous lesbian student activist JANE DUNWAY makes a pass at her, leaving her to amidst confusion and acceptance of her affection for women.

As for Ryoga's former lover RANMA SAOTOME, his relationship with his wife AKANE TENDO is on the rocks when her former girlfriend and his former fiance UKYO KUONJI returns to Tokyo.

"East Meets West"

(as found on the back of Tales of the City book by Armistead Maupin) First published on August 8, 1974 as a column in the The San Francisco Chronicle, Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City attracted a devoted worldwide following. Through the lovelorn tenants of a San Francisco apartment house. Maupin takes the reader into a brave new world of laundromat Lotharios, cutthroat debutantes and Jockey shorts dance contests. Hurdling barriers both social and sexual, this cunningly observed comedy - and the five novels - which succeeded it - offer an unprecedented portrait of the agonies and absurdies of urban life in the 20th Century. Tales of the City has attracted a worldwide following for being the first breakthrough literature about homosexuality in San Francisco. Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, the book and its five sequels focuses on the lives of several San Franciscans, both gay and straight, in a decade where viewpoints of morality and sexuality intertwined and a brand new urban culture, the gay life, finally emerged and attained acceptable respect in mainstream society.

Likewise, Ranma1/2 was an acclaimed worldwide phenomenon anime who also introduced queer visibility to the mainstream conservative Asian audience. Written by Rumiko Takehashi for the manga Shonen Sunday in 1974, the story is centred on Ranma, a highly skilled teenage martial artist, who is accidentally cursed while training in China with his father Genma. Unless he finds a cure, cold water transforms Ranma into a female version of himself, and hot water reverses this. Not only that, but shortly afterwards, Ranma's father introduced him to his old friend, Soün, and his three daughters, and asked to pick one for his wife. A large amount of the stories are based on martial arts based combat (or where martial arts plays an important part), often with weird styles or in strange situations. Also, there are several girls interested in Ranma, and several guys interested in Ranma's fiancee, Akane, and since they are all martial artists, this leads to some 'interesting' situations.Ranma 1/2 is a gender bending, wacky (but sometimes serious) martial arts comedy. The anime hit popularity in the 1980s when it was dubbed into English and over 500,000 doujinshi has been sold internationally. The anime has also been the center of a variety of yaoi and yuri fanfics including "RRyaoi" between main character Ranma Saotome and his rival Ryoga HIbiki and "Altered Destinies" between Akane Tendo, Ranma's main fiancee and busty Chinese amazon Shampoo Chen, Akane's rival.

"Tales of the City 1/2" is the harmonious unification of both mediums. It is an ongoing altraverse in which the death of Ranma and Akane's parents, who are the proponents to the anime's chaos, gives the characters a chance at last to rediscover themselves, reshape their lives, and find love at last. The fanfic also deals with lives of and issues dealing with queer Asian Americans in their efforts to find their identities in a culture that mostly objectifies and isolates them.

I hope that the fanfic provides the viewpoint of gay Asian Americans, which was lacking in Tales, and the issues and struggles they deal with in being the double minority.But most of all, I hope that you enjoy the work as much as I have enjoyed writing it.