Ranma ½ (1989– )

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A series of the relationship of a girl who is involuntarily engaged to a boy who turns female when hit with cold water and male with hot.

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Kappei Yamaguchi ...
 Ranma Saotome Male / ... (18 episodes, 1989)
Megumi Hayashibara ...
 Ranma Saotome Female / ... (18 episodes, 1989)
Noriko Hidaka ...
 Akane Tendo (18 episodes, 1989)
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 Ranma Saotome Male (18 episodes, 1989)
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 Akane Tendo (18 episodes, 1989)
Andrea Kwan ...
Candice Moore ...
 Kodachi Kuno (English version) (18 episodes, 1989)
Venus Terzo ...
 Ranma Saotome Female / ... (12 episodes, 1989)
Brigitta Dau ...
 Ranma Saotome Female / ... (11 episodes, 1989)
Michael Donovan ...
 Jusenkyo Guide / ... (9 episodes, 1989)
Kôichi Yamadera ...
 Ryoga Hibiki (8 episodes, 1989)
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Rumiko Takahashi's story of a high school aged girl named Akane who finds herself engaged to be married because of an arrangement by her father. Unfortunately her fiance, Ranma, turns out to be less of a man than expected and was raised by a giant panda. Written by David McGuire <bdm55707@jetson.uh.edu>

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15 April 1989 (Japan)  »

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Ranma ½: The Digital Dojo  »

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Manga creator Rumiko Takahashi derived Ranma's name from the Japanese expression "kaitô ranma" which means "solving a problem swiftly and skillfully". She based it from that phrase because she was having difficulty thinking up a name for him. See more »

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Ryoga Hibiki: I heard about the fortune telling, and the rice cakes.
Ranma Saotome: Oh, man!
Ryoga Hibiki: I think I know EXACTLY how you feel, Ranma. I don't know what to do either!
Ranma Saotome: What do you mean?
Ryoga Hibiki: ...Once Akane and I get married...
[elated]
Ryoga Hibiki: WHAT DO YOU THINK I SHOULD CALL HER? "HONEY"? "DARLING"? "SWEET CHEEKS"? "BABY DOLL"?
[Ranma punches Ryoga in the face]
Ranma Saotome: Put a lid on it!
Ryoga Hibiki: [Has a black eye now but is STILL elated] So what's a black eye on a day like this? Maybe I'll just keep calling her "Akane" for a while and see how THAT goes!
[...]
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Featured in Manga! (1994) See more »

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No Way! Part 2
Opening theme (episodes 46-69)
Performed by Yoshie Hayasaka
Contains a sample from "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik"
Written by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Ranma's life may be a living nightmare... but it's pure entertainment for us!
4 July 2003 | by (Pine Valley, California) – See all my reviews

I simply picked up a copy of the Ranma 1/2 OAVs since I had some extra money when I was picking up my usual copy of a DBZ DVD(The Draw, to be precise). I had heard about Ranma and the comments were positive ones, and having read about the episodes in my Viz catalog I decided to try it out. When I popped the OAV video into my VCR, I never knew that when I was done I would be laughing my head off.

Now, I own half of the OAVS, one of the films, 4 Ranma DVD boxsets(seasons 2-5), and a ton of videos and DVDs, as well as about one third of the manga. Ranma's great. The weird, but awesome, fighting is just the icing on the cake. What we really have is Ranma trying to not get his rear handed to him by crazy rivals, Akane bashing Ranma's head in, Ryoga trying to find where in the world he is, Shampoo gloomping Ranma in a bear-hug that would probably strangle Arnold Schwarzenegger, and near-blind Mousse, who mistakes Ranma, Shampoo, Akane, and everyone else for just about everything. With this laugh-out loud silliness, it's obvious you know you're watching something great.

I think the best thing about the entire series is that I can really relate to Ranma(well, aside from the curses and stuff). He has a fear of a certain type of animal due to..... childhood circumstances, he feels like everyone uses him, blames him for things even if it's not his fault, he doesn't have many friends, and his father cares jack squat for him. This makes Ranma really empathetic for me, something most anime characters don't usually do.

Shockingly, one character I like in this is voo-doo fixated Hikaru Gosunkugi. I like the fact that he's not the typical Ranma rival who goes out and confronts Ranma directly. He's even able to actually have some effect with his plans. Of course, said plans usually backfire on him....

Finally, the show introduces just about the cutest anime character ever, Shampoo! Every time she purrs out "ailen," it makes me melt......

BOTTOM LINE: Watch Ranma 1/2! You don't know what you're missing if you don't!


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