Ranma ½

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Synonyms: Ranma 1/2, Ranma ½ Nettou Hen
Japanese: らんま1/2
English: Ranma ½
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Type: TV
Episodes: 161
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 15, 1989 to Sep 25, 1992
Premiered: Spring 1989
Broadcast: Unknown
Licensors: VIZ Media
Studios: Studio Deen
Source: Manga
Genres: ComedyComedy, FantasyFantasy, Slice of LifeSlice of Life
Themes: Magical Sex ShiftMagical Sex Shift, Martial ArtsMartial Arts
Demographic: ShounenShounen
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 7.761 (scored by 111613111,613 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #9732
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #859
Members: 229,437
Favorites: 3,695

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Ranma Saotome is a top-class martial artist and prodigy at the Saotome "Anything-Goes" school of martial arts. While training in China, he and his father meet a terrible fate when they accidentally fall into a cursed spring. Now, Ranma is cursed to turn into a girl when splashed with cold water, and only hot water can turn him back into a boy.

Things are only complicated further when Ranma discovers that his father has arranged for him to marry one of Soun Tendo's three daughters in order to secure the future of the Tendo dojo. Though Soun learns of Ranma's predicament, he is still determined to go ahead with the engagement, and chooses his youngest daughter Akane, who happens to be a skilled martial artist herself and is notorious for hating men.

Ranma ½ follows the hilarious adventures of Ranma and Akane as they encounter various opponents, meet new love interests, and find different ways to make each other angry, all while their engagement hangs over their head.

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The 2011 live-action adaptation is produced by Nippon Television and is directed by Ryo Nishimura.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Mochizuki, Tomomi
Nishimura, Junji
Director, Storyboard
Shibayama, Tsutomu
Sawai, Kouji
Director, Script


Opening Theme

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1: "Jaja Uma ni Sasenai de" by Etsuko Nishio (eps 1-18)
2: "Little ★ Date" by ribbon (eps 19-41)
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)

Oct 28, 2008
brass2themax (All reviews)
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
Nov 3, 2008
Rumiclub (All reviews)
A person needs good taste and a sense of humor to enjoy Ranma ½.
If you possess these attributes then Ranma ½ should appeal to you.
Don't expect it to be like Akira or Death Note because this is a true comedy.
If you enjoy Monty Python then Ranma ½ will entertain you.
If you aren't amused by it then you have no sense of humor.


The episodic format often prevents a long story arc from developing
but most of the story arcs that occur throughout the series develope
the overall plot with the character learning new techniques
although some of the story arcs bring the story back to square one.
The main form read more
Jun 18, 2010
Tasolth (All reviews)
Ranma 1/2 is something that is difficult to pin a single description on. At times there are lots of action scenes, explosions, and various attacks flying around. At other times it is side splitting humor due to an awkward time and place for Ranma to transform, or situations he gets roped into, and still other times where Akane's explosive temper or jealousy takes us by surprise. Scattered here and there are some genuinely sweet and tender moments as well.

(8) Ranma 1/2 is episodic. It has no overarching plot other than to perhaps reverse the curse placed on Ranma and several others we meet along the read more
Mar 4, 2021
1U5O (All reviews)
Overview :

Seen as the original innovator that would come to influence the modern harem genre, Ranma 1/2 is a very simple and non-episodic slice-of-life comedy that has an overarching theme of ‘martial arts’.

To address the elephant in the room, this anime has many cliches and tropes that have become the norm in modern anime, however it is something that is easily forgivable considering the time of its initial airing.

Plot / Characters :

In each episode our protagonist Ranma Saotome usually gets involved in a situation involving martial arts battles or involving a way to reverse his curse that makes him a genderbent read more

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