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Ranma ½

Alternative Titles

English: Ranma ½
Synonyms: Ranma 1/2, Ranma ½ Nettou Hen
Japanese: らんま1/2


Type: TV
Episodes: 161
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 15, 1989 to Sep 25, 1992
Premiered: Spring 1989
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Unknown
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity
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Popularity: #458
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Ranma Saotome and his father, Genma, both practitioners of the Saotome school of anything-goes martial arts, fall into the cursed springs of the legendary training ground of Jusenkyo in mainland China during a training mission. Each spring holds a different curse for any who come in contact with its water, all of which involve who or what has drowned in the spring in the past - Ranma emerges from the spring a girl and Genma a panda, both now cursed to change forms each time they come in contact with hot and cold water.

At the end of their training mission, Genma decides to take up residence with his old training partner, Soun Tendo, owner of the Tendo dojo and head of the Tendo school of anything-goes martial arts, dragging a reluctant Ranma along with him. Soun and Genma discuss the arrangements they had made in the past involving Ranma becoming engaged to one of Soun's three daughters in order to combine the two schools and allow Ranma to inherit the Tendo dojo. It's informally decided that he is to be engaged to Akane Tendo, Soun's youngest daughter, and the two must put up with one another - and their engagement - as Ranma and his father settle into domestic life at the Tendo household.


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Characters & Voice Actors

Saotome, Ranma
Saotome, Ranma
Hayashibara, Megumi
Hayashibara, Megumi
Yamaguchi, Kappei
Yamaguchi, Kappei
Tendo, Akane
Tendo, Akane
Hidaka, Noriko
Hidaka, Noriko
Hibiki, Ryouga
Hibiki, Ryouga
Yamadera, Kouichi
Yamadera, Kouichi
Sakuma, Rei
Sakuma, Rei


Mochizuki, Tomomi
Mochizuki, Tomomi
Nishimura, Junji
Nishimura, Junji
Sawai, Koji
Sawai, Koji
Director, Script
Shibayama, Tsutomu
Shibayama, Tsutomu

More episodes Episodes(0/161)

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Opening Theme

#1: "Jaja Uma ni Sasenai de" by Etsuko Nishio (eps 1-18).
#2: "Little ★ Date" by ribbon (eps 25-41).
#3: "Omoide ga Ippai" by CoCo (eps 42-63).
#4: "Zettai! Part 2" by Yoshie Hayasaka (eps 64-87).
#5: "Chikyuu Orchestra" by KUSUKUSU (eps 88-117).
#6: "Mou Nakanaide" by Azusa Senou (eps 118-135).
#7: "Love Seeker CAN'T STOP IT" by VisioN (eps 136-161).

Ending Theme

#1: "Platonic Tsuranuite" by Kaori Sakagami (eps 1-13).
#2: "Equal Romance" by CoCo (eps 14-18).
#3: "〜Don't mind lay-lay Boy〜" by Etsuko Nishio (eps 19-30).
#4: "Lambada☆RANMA" by The Ranma 1/2 Operatic Troupe (eps 42-56).
#5: "Present" by Tokyo Shounen (eps 57-72).
#6: "Friends" by YAWMIN (eps 73-87).
#7: "Hinageshi" by Michiyo Nakajima (eps 88-117).
#8: "POSITIVE" by Miho Morikawa (eps 118-135).
#9: "Niji to Taiyou no Oka" by Piyo Piyo (eps 136-161).

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Dec 15, 2014
During my sophomore year of high school, I was getting back into anime after a short hiatus and one particular series that I actually picked up because I heard of it from Robot Chicken was Ranma 1/2, and before you ask: yes, Robot Chicken really did a sketch inspired by Ranma 1/2 and it's hilarious. What really drew me to this particular series outside of the obvious was the fact that it was done by Rumiko Takahashi: the same person who made InuYasha. Back then, I had this completely asinine idea in my head that if the person who made my favourite series worked on read more
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Oct 28, 2008
Well, I finished this series a short while ago, so now it's time to put in a review for it. If you don't know what Ranma 1/2 is about, check out the synopsis above before reading.

Story: 7 (Good)

Ranma 1/2 does have somewhat of an ongoing story, although there is no major objective in the series other than Ranma's constant failed attempts to return his body to normal. Even though Ranma can return to 'boy-type' Ranma by taking a warm bath (cold water returns him to 'girl-type' Ranma, aka Ranko Tendo for some purposes), he still desires to once again become 'all man' by ridding himself read more
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Aug 5, 2015
Let me start off right away by saying; no, I haven't read the manga. Although I had heard about Ranma 1/2 before, it was only since very recently that I came in contact with it. And it just so happens that I prefer watching anime than reading manga.

Besides, everybody keeps saying that the manga is superior, so why would you need me to confirm it for you? And if it is true, than I must truly adore the manga should I ever read it. Though the manga may be better, I will remain ignorant of that for this review.

Story - 7/10

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Apr 20, 2015
Ranma 1/2

Review By: John Fragglepuss Evans

Ranma ½ is a classic 1980s anime, from the animation style to the soundtrack. Genma has a unique tune that plays every time he becomes a panda, and so do other characters. This is a fun and light-hearted anime, where you will laugh at times and shake your head at other times. There are many repeated jokes throughout the series, some of which get worn out after a while, where others stay fresh and get a new spin on them at times. The story does not progress at a decent rate, feeling like a stand still at times, due to read more
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This is very similar animes,even same devloper,Inuyasha and Kikyo voice actors,here as Ranma and Akane,both have action-romance and comedy, even same personality ^_^  
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Another really funny anime series, written by the same manga-ka. Both series are very alike because they don't focus on a main plot. Instead, they tend to concentrate on the characters, their evolution and their relationships throughout the series. 
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Anime: Fruits Basket
Both animes have people in who are "cursed" into changing into other things (such as animals)... in Ranma 1/2 the cause is cold water in Fruits Basket the cause is being hugged by the opposite sex.  
reportRecommended by ChinaGirl
Anime: Asu no Yoichi!
Asu no Yoichi is a spiritual successor to Ranma's "Martial Arts Comedy Romance" genre. There's a family dojo with sisters, the main characters practice a martial art, and there's lots of accidental falling in cleavage moments. 
reportRecommended by gloomheart
Anime: Kämpfer
Both Ranma and this Kampfer guy have the same problem-when they turn into a girl, thay don't stare at themselvees in the mirror naked,and don't musturbate on themselves.
Though they don't do it with different reasons-Ranma is a man of honour,when Kampfer guy is a pussy even in male form.
so same problems,same jokes,if u liked one u may like another. 
reportRecommended by Katzen
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Both Have 3 Things In Common
1. Martial Arts
2. Romace

These 3 Things Play A Huge Part in Both Shows 
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