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

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Rumiko Takahashi
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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 / ... 11 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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Country:

Japan

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Japanese | English

Release Date:

April 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ranma ½: The Digital Dojo See more »

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Kitty Animation,Kitty Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(18 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

According to Megumi Hayashibara, the voices for the anime were recorded on every Thursday from 6:30pm to 11:00pm. See more »

Quotes

Ranma Saotome: [In the bath, after turning back into a boy] Might as well go out as I am now...
[Akane comes in, thinking he's in girl form]
Ranma Saotome: [looks at Akane, who has no clothing on] Whoa...
[Akane and Ranma stare at each other, in the nude, for a few moments, then she finally closes the curtain, dresses herself, and leaves]
Ranma Saotome: [Ranma looks at himself in embarrassment]
Akane Tendo: [Closes the door behind her, takes a deep breath, and finally screams] AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!
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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

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Soundtracks

Jajauma ni Sasenaide
Opening theme
Performed by Etsuko Nishio
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One of my favorites
5 May 2002 | by Jeremy BristolSee all my reviews

I pretty much got into manga and anime because of the first season of Ranma 1/2 (my first manga was the first appearance of Ukyo, and then a friend of mine loaned me his copies of the first season back in 1996). It's funny, clever, emotional, and well-animated. The dubbing was terrific--and after all these years, it's still the best dub I've ever seen, except for the Tenchi series (which, for some reason, I liked better than the Japanese voices)--but I just bought the DVD box set and watched the entire series in Japanese, and it's even better! I've been a big fan of Megumi Hayashibara (Girl-type Ranma, Tenchi's mother, Lina Inverse, Rei Ayanami, Momiji from Blue Seed, etc.) and I was not disappointed with her voice acting (I can't wait to hear her do the "Ranma's Declaration of Womanhood" episode). A bigger surprise for me was that the voice-actress of Nabiki also was Kiki from Majo no Takkyubin. Wonderful voices all around, but the Japanese Ryoga's voice is so strong and deep that I found it hard to believe he was as stupid as he is (interesting to note that he also plays the Jusenkyo Guide--I wouldn't have believed it if I hadn't seen the credits!). Also, the subtitles gave some information that was important that was left out of the dub, and sometimes (such as repeatedly in the "Pelvic Fortune Telling" episode and that scene in Akane's lost love when they fight after eating hamburgers), I didn't understand what was really going on until I watched the subtitle. Still, I did find myself missing some of the Americanized jokes, especially in the episode where Akane loses her memories of Ranma and lists off a bunch of things that he must be ("That 1986 remake of King Lear directed by Akira Kurosawa" "That's Ran!" "That song by the Beach Boys!" "That's 'Help Me Ronda'"). Anyway, this is a wonderful series that doesn't have too much nudity and isn't too "kawaii" like Pokemon or Mon Colle Knights.


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