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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
15 April 1989 (Japan) See more »
Tagline:
Just add water! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary »
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User Reviews:
Cute and meaningful See more (23 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 11 of 35)
Kappei Yamaguchi ... Ranma Saotome Male / ... (18 episodes, 1989)
Megumi Hayashibara ... Ranma Saotome Female / ... (18 episodes, 1989)
Noriko Hidaka ... Akane Tendo (18 episodes, 1989)

Sarah Strange ... Ranma Saotome Male (18 episodes, 1989)

Myriam Sirois ... Akane Tendo (18 episodes, 1989)
Andrea Kwan ... Ranma Saotome (Female) (Animax Asia dub) (18 episodes, 1989)
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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Series Directed by
Tsutomu Shibayama (18 episodes, 1989)
Tomomi Mochizuki (7 episodes, 1989)
Kazuhiro Furuhashi (5 episodes, 1989)
Takeshi Mori (5 episodes, 1989)
Shinji Takagi (4 episodes, 1989)
 
Series Writing credits
Rumiko Takahashi (18 episodes, 1989)
Toshiki Inoue (11 episodes, 1989)
Yoshio Urasawa (7 episodes, 1989)
Hiroshi Hashimoto (3 episodes, 1989)
Katsuyuki Sumisawa (3 episodes, 1989)
Hiroyuki Kawasaki (2 episodes, 1989)

Series Produced by
Makoto Kubo .... producer: Studio Deen (4 episodes, 1989)
Yôko Matsushita .... producer: Kitty Film (4 episodes, 1989)
Yoshinobu Nakao .... producer: Fuji TV (4 episodes, 1989)
Shigekazu Ochiai .... planner (4 episodes, 1989)
Hidenori Taga .... executive producer (4 episodes, 1989)
 
Series Original Music by
Kenji Kawai (18 episodes, 1989)
Hideharu Mori (18 episodes, 1989)
 
Series Cinematography by
Mitsunobu Yoshida (18 episodes, 1989)
 
Series Art Direction by
Torao Arai (18 episodes, 1989)

Masahiro Satô (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Masahiro Satô .... artboards (18 episodes, 1989)
Kazuhiro Furuhashi .... storyboard artist (4 episodes, 1989)
Tomomi Mochizuki .... storyboard artist (4 episodes, 1989)
Takeshi Mori .... storyboard artist (4 episodes, 1989)
Shinji Takagi .... storyboard artist (2 episodes, 1989)
 
Series Sound Department
Jason Frederickson .... sound recordist (18 episodes, 1989)
Kunio Kuwahara .... sound mixer (18 episodes, 1989)
Shigeharu Shiba .... recording director (18 episodes, 1989)
Kazuhiro Wakabayashi .... assistant recording director (18 episodes, 1989)
Fujio Yamada .... studio recordist (18 episodes, 1989)
Yasufumi Yoda .... sound effects editor (18 episodes, 1989)
Shigeki Ôashi .... studio recordist (18 episodes, 1989)
 
Series Special Effects by
Takeshi Saitô .... special effects (18 episodes, 1989)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Naoto Fujikura .... camera operator: T. Nishimura (18 episodes, 1989)
Tomoyoshi Ishizuka .... camera operator: T. Nishimura (18 episodes, 1989)
Shoichi Komuro .... camera operator: T. Nishimura (18 episodes, 1989)
Masaki Kubomura .... camera operator: T. Nishimura (18 episodes, 1989)
Jun Nanbu .... camera operator: T. Nishimura (18 episodes, 1989)
Kôji Yamakoshi .... camera operator: T. Nishimura (18 episodes, 1989)
Ritsuko Sato .... camera operator: T. Nishimura (15 episodes, 1989)
Inako Shimotochitana .... camera operator: T. Nishimura (3 episodes, 1989)
 
Series Animation Department
Chiyoko Hisajima .... color designer (18 episodes, 1989)
Tomoyuki Hô .... inbetween checker (18 episodes, 1989)
Ken'ichi Ishii .... cel checker (18 episodes, 1989)
Akira Kawashima .... inbetween checker (18 episodes, 1989)
Atsuko Nakajima .... character designer / animation director / ... (18 episodes, 1989)
Kôichi Tadaka .... cel checker (18 episodes, 1989)
Asami Endô .... animation director / animator (7 episodes, 1989)
Masako Gotô .... animation director (6 episodes, 1989)
Sayuri Ichiishi .... animator (5 episodes, 1989)
Tatsuo Ikeda .... inbetween artist (5 episodes, 1989)
Hiroshi Komaba .... inbetween artist (5 episodes, 1989)
Kôji Komurakata .... animator (5 episodes, 1989)
Shinako Ozawa .... inbetween artist (5 episodes, 1989)
Hideaki Endô .... inbetween artist (4 episodes, 1989)
Takayuki Hamana .... animator (4 episodes, 1989)
Yôichi Ishikawa .... inbetween artist (4 episodes, 1989)
Tomoko Iwasaki .... inbetween artist (4 episodes, 1989)
Yûji Kishino .... inbetween artist (4 episodes, 1989)
Chizuko Kusunoki .... inbetween artist (4 episodes, 1989)
Tokuyuki Matsutake .... inbetween artist (4 episodes, 1989)
Kazuhiro Mitsuhashi .... inbetween artist (4 episodes, 1989)
Hiroyuki Nishimura .... animator (4 episodes, 1989)
Takashi Satô .... inbetween artist (4 episodes, 1989)
Yoshio Seino .... inbetween artist (4 episodes, 1989)
Jun Sekiguchi .... inbetween artist (4 episodes, 1989)
Shuichi Shimamura .... animator (4 episodes, 1989)
Kazuhiko Wanibuchi .... inbetween artist (4 episodes, 1989)
Fumiaki Asano .... inbetween artist (3 episodes, 1989)
Shigeru Fujita .... animator (3 episodes, 1989)
Ikuko Hara .... inbetween artist (3 episodes, 1989)
Kazunobu Hoshi .... inbetween artist (3 episodes, 1989)
Ichiro Izuki .... inbetween artist (3 episodes, 1989)
Yoko Kadokami .... animator (3 episodes, 1989)
Hiroki Kanno .... animator (3 episodes, 1989)
Yuka Kudô .... animator (3 episodes, 1989)
Yutaka Minowa .... animator (3 episodes, 1989)
Ken Miyajima .... animator (3 episodes, 1989)
Daisuke Nagashima .... inbetween artist (3 episodes, 1989)
Tomoki Ono .... inbetween artist (3 episodes, 1989)
Shin'ichi Ozawa .... inbetween artist (3 episodes, 1989)
Hiroto Saitô .... animator (3 episodes, 1989)
Takuya Saitô .... animator (3 episodes, 1989)
Tetsuto Saitô .... animator (3 episodes, 1989)
Hideo Shimosaka .... animator (3 episodes, 1989)
Keiichi Suwada .... inbetween artist (3 episodes, 1989)
Hirofumi Suzuki .... inbetween artist (3 episodes, 1989)
Satoshi Takashima .... inbetween artist (3 episodes, 1989)
Hidekazu Terakawa .... inbetween artist (3 episodes, 1989)
Kôji Yamamoto .... animator (3 episodes, 1989)
Tsukasa Abe .... animator (2 episodes, 1989)
Keiko Hagimori .... inbetween artist (2 episodes, 1989)
Atsuko Ishida .... animator (2 episodes, 1989)
Satoshi Isono .... animator (2 episodes, 1989)
Shin'ichirô Kajiura .... animator (2 episodes, 1989)
Hiroko Kazui .... animator (2 episodes, 1989)
Hiroya Kobayashi .... animator (2 episodes, 1989)
Chiho Kôsaka .... inbetween artist (2 episodes, 1989)
Kouji Ogawa .... animator (2 episodes, 1989)
Yûji Satô .... animator (2 episodes, 1989)
Midori Sawaki .... animator (2 episodes, 1989)
Eiko Tajima .... inbetween artist (2 episodes, 1989)
Akitoshi Yokoyama .... animator (2 episodes, 1989)
 
Series Editorial Department
Rie Katayama .... editor: Morita Editing Room (18 episodes, 1989)
Seiji Morita .... editor: Morita Editing Room (18 episodes, 1989)
Masaki Sakamoto .... editor: Morita Editing Room (18 episodes, 1989)

Leland Miller .... video post-production (unknown episodes)
Bruce Woloshyn .... on-line editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Yumiko Shigeoka .... public relations: Fuji TV (18 episodes, 1989)
Naoto Kimura .... production supervisor / production assistant (12 episodes, 1989)
Masayuki Hanzawa .... production supervisor (7 episodes, 1989)
Daisuke Chiba .... production assistant (5 episodes, 1989)
Kazuhiro Sasaki .... production assistant (5 episodes, 1989)
Kôji Ôsedo .... production assistant (5 episodes, 1989)
Hiroshi Nomoto .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1989)

Shigekazu Ochiai .... planner (unknown episodes)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Ranma ½: The Digital Dojo" - USA (first season title)
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Runtime:
Japan:30 min (18 episodes)
Country:
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Sound Mix:
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG (some episodes) | Canada:PG (Manitoba) (video rating) | Canada:G (Quebec) (Season 1) | New Zealand:PG | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:12 (DVD rating) | USA:TV-14 (DVD rating) (re-release)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Rumiko Takahashi was originally going to have the characters "change" whenever they were hit or punched, but changed it to hot/cold water when she realized the characters would change every few seconds during a fight scene.See more »
Quotes:
Ranma Saotome:[Talking about Happosai, who is stuck on him by magic] From now on, we'll live together, like conjoined twins!See more »
Soundtrack:
Jajauma ni SasenaideSee more »

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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Cute and meaningful, 22 January 2002
Author: unmeiwa from los angeles

At first, I was reluctant to see Ranma ½ , having heard it described as a gratuitous slapstick comedy, but I've changed my mind.

Ranma is one of the cutest and dearest series you will ever watch. On the surface, it is about a young man with a terrible, but comical curse who has a fiancée he is not too fond of. That in itself (the curse) is extraordinary, but the meaningful characters make Ranma ½ so much more.

In Ranma, things are not always what they seem, and besides the protagonist's dilemma, there's Akane, Ranma's fiancée. If I have to name my favorite character of all time, it must be Akane. (Much of this review is due to her.) Although Akane seems to be only a girl of violent temperament, she is really, deep down, gentle and eager to be more feminine and dear. Her hidden character glimmers through sometimes during the show, like when she tells Ranma something to the effect of, "I know you're not telling the truth when you say I'm cute, but I'm just happy you said it." (Ranma's bewildered facial reaction is, 'she really is cute'). Akane's model is her eldest sister, Kasumi, who is the epitome of Japanese feminine grace and beauty. (The show also focuses on Ranma and Akane's growing affection/love for each other.)

Of course, what would Ranma ½ be without the humor and the wit of which it has been so lauded for? The host of magically-cursed humans, especially the panda, is very cute and funny, and the fantastically silly Tendo-dojo is a place of endless fiancé and family fights (literally). There are many plays on words that non-Japanese speakers would miss (like how Ranma's last name foreshadows his curse, and Akane's name means crimson, scarlet). There are some gratuitous displays that would make some people blush, but you must keep in mind that Japanese view nudity in a different, less severe way, than the West.

I have seen an episode of Ranma ½ in English dubbed, and I recommend that you *never* see this version. The dubbing does no justice to the characters, especially Ranma and Akane, making them too forceful. If you have the means, see the original version or the subtitled version and enjoy the nuances of the voices.

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