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Ranma ½ 

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

Creator:

Rumiko Takahashi
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1995   1989  

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Kappei Yamaguchi ...  Ranma Saotome Male / ... 18 episodes, 1989
Megumi Hayashibara ...  Ranma Saotome Female / ... 18 episodes, 1989
Noriko Hidaka Noriko Hidaka ...  Akane Tendo 18 episodes, 1989
Sarah Strange ...  Ranma Saotome Male 18 episodes, 1989
Myriam Sirois ...  Akane Tendo 18 episodes, 1989
Michael Donovan Michael Donovan ...  Ryoga Hibiki / ... 18 episodes, 1989
Andrea Kwan ...  Ranma Saotome (Female) (Animax Asia dub) 18 episodes, 1989
Robert O. Smith ...  Genma Saotome / ... 17 episodes, 1989
Willow Johnson ...  Kasumi Tendo 16 episodes, 1989
Angela Costain ...  Nabiki Tendo 15 episodes, 1989
Venus Terzo ...  Ranma Saotome Female / ... 12 episodes, 1989
David Kaye ...  Soun Tendo 12 episodes, 1989
Ian James Corlett ...  Dr. Tofu Ono / ... 12 episodes, 1989
Candice Moore ...  Kodachi Kuno 12 episodes, 1989
Brigitta Dau ...  Ranma Saotome Female / ... 12 episodes, 1989
Ted Cole ...  Tatewaki Kuno 8 episodes, 1989
Kôichi Yamadera ...  Ryoga Hibiki 8 episodes, 1989
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Storyline

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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The original gender-bending martial arts comedy! See more »


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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Ranma's appearance bears a resemblance to Kyosuke Kasuga from Kimagure Orange Road. This is because Masako Goto, the character designer for Kimagure Orange Road, was the art director for this series. See more »

Goofs

Tatewaki Kuno constantly refers to female Ranma as "pigtailed girl". Female Ranma actually has a pony-tail. 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!
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Alternate Versions

When shown in Korea, Mexico, and other countries, the TV versions in those countries have all the episodes heavily cut due to pantyhose jokes (Happosai is a pervert and panty thief) and martial arts violence. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saber Marionette J to X: A Forever Blue Sky (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Jajauma ni Sasenaide
Opening theme
Performed by Etsuko Nishio
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Ranma's life may be a living nightmare... but it's pure entertainment for us!
4 July 2003 | by SSJAniFanSee 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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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

April 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ranma ½: The Digital Dojo See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(18 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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