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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.


Rumiko Takahashi




1995   1989  




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


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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Did You Know?


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 »


Tatewaki Kuno constantly refers to female Ranma as "pigtailed girl". Female Ranma actually has a pony-tail. See more »


Ranma Saotome: [after Akane ridicules him, AGAIN] You're so... SO... cute...
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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 »


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


Equal Romance
Ending theme (episodes 14-18)
Performed by CoCo
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Greatest Anime Series EVER!!!
11 March 2002 | by Divine ShadowSee all my reviews

Where to start, where to start?!? Ranma 1/2 is possibly the greatest Anime series ever produced, written by the ever talented Rumiko Takahashi, based on the MANGA of the same name. It has it all, romance, comedy, and the GREATEST CAST OF CHARACTERS TO HIT MEDIA SINCE THE "A-Team!!!" But seriously though, Ranma 1/2 follows the plot of a young japanese boy going through an identity crisis of sorts. You see, whenever Ranma Saotome is splashed with cold water he, becomes a 'she'. This is all due to some

strange Chinese Curse, that he acquired on a training trip through China. The meat and bones of the series deal with Ranma's attempts to cure himself while dealing with numerous fiancees' none of his choice I might add. You see, Ranma's father is a bit of a heel. Genma Saotome, who takes the form of a giant Panda

when wet has eveidently arranged for Ranma to merry into the family of his(Genma's) closest friend Soun Tendo. Soun ole' boy gets a little more than he bargained for. In addition to being promised to one of Soun's daughters, Ranma has also been promised to at least 3 others. In the

end Soun decides it best to give Ranma his daughter Akane, whom at first, shares Ranma's extreme dislike for the entire situation. What makes Ranma 1/2 so great is the characters, and their very interesting personal relationships. The chemistry between Ranma and the rest of the cast is adorable. For example, Ranma while on the outside, rejecting Akane, deeply loves her, this

makes for a very heart-warming main plotline. In addition to the deep dramatic overtones, Ranma happens to be very funny. If you

can stand japanese slapstick, mixed with heartwarming drama, I

suggest you do as I did and START WATCHING RANMA IMMEDIATELY!!

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Release Date:

April 1989 (USA) See more »

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Ranma ½: The Digital Dojo See more »

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(18 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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