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  1. Hey everybody! I know this is an old thread and I don't know if anyone else is still watching it, but I figured this was worth posting. I am an anime nerd as well as an anima nerd and was thinking about the two when this occurred to me. What follows is an anima consistent description of the forbidden technique schools created by Genma in the anime Ranma 1/2. It contains no actual mechanics, as I am very bad at writing those. There are two central beliefs that define the Anything Goes style of martial arts. Firstly, as the name implies, any action is permissible so long as it aids you in winning a fight. Secondly, all forms of competition are battles at heart. This is perhaps best shown by Genma Saotome in his creation of two sets of techniques that follow the principles of theft as battle and battle as theft. Imagine the body as a house, he says in his record of these techniques. There are alert guards in the form of the eyes, ears, nose, skin, and mouth. If alerted there are mighty warriors in the form of the fists, feet, elbows, and knees. There are passive defences the ribs, muscles and so on. Finally there are the valuables, the organs. How would a thief break into this building and take these valuables? His two technique trees are based on two answers to this question. The first, which he named the Umisenken, was "The thief would move quietly. He would avoid the watchers, and thus never face the guards. He would move around the passive defences slowly and cautiously, take his target and leave by the same route. Ideally no one will ever even know he was there." The second, which he named the Yamasenken was "The thief would move loudly and with great speed. He would burst through the front gates, destroying the alarms on the way if possible. He would break through the walls and gates in his way with force, grab his goal, and charge right back out the front gates. Ideally he will be far away with his treasure by the time the guards have arrived."
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