23 - 45
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Opening Theme: So Many Memories (24-45)
Ending Themes: Lambada Ranma (24-38) & Present (39-54)
Planning: Shigekazu Ochiai
Executive Producer: Hidenori Taga
Director: Koji Sawai
Music: Hideharu Mori & Kenji Kawai
Character Designs: Atsuko Nakajima
Art Director: Satoshi Miura
Art Design: Masahiro Sato
Season Three Overview:
The third season, known as "Hard Battle" in English, saw the introduction of the final regular cast member, Ukyo Kuonji, and some fans felt the series began to stagnate after this point. Incresingly stories seemed to diverge from their manga roots, and not always for the better. Fan favorite manga stories were skipped and the shows writers seemed to fill the void with their own creations, the exception to this being episode 31 which is often ranked as one of the funniest shows of the series. Most of these episodes were left in the correct order when brought to America, except episode 51 was placed ahead of 45, presumably to fit better on the two-episode VHS tapes, in order to prevent multi-part episode storylines from being spread across multiple tapes. The listing below reflects the American release order, but the numeration and dates show where they fit into the original broadcast. Viz also slipped episode 51 inbetween episodes 44 and 45 when they released them.
Episode 23 4/20/90
Mata hitori Ranma wo aishita yatsu
Ranma Gains Yet Another Suitor
Ukyo arives at Furinkan High after years of bitterness. She (who everyone believes is a he) is looking for her childhood pal and fiance, Ranma Saotome. It seems Genma and Ukyo's father aranged a mariage between the two, but Genma took the dowry and left. Ukyo comes to settle the score, but after a match between herself and Ranma, all is put right and Ranma gains yet another suitor.
Episode 24 4/27/90
Netsuai? Ryouga to Akane
Ryoga and Akane: 2-gether 4-ever
Ukyo meets Ryoga for the first time, and after a rocky start, Ukyo realizes Ryoga's in love with Akane. Ukyo realizes that if Ryoga and Akane start dating that would leave her with a lot more time to see Ranma. Akane finds out whats going on but thinks Ryoga is only an unknowing part of Ukyo's plan. Feeling sorry for Ryoga, Akane agrees on the date, but after Ranma finds out he sets out to ruin Ryoga and Akane's quiet "date".
Episode 25 5/4/90
Kushami ippatsu aishite naito
Sneeze Me, Squeeze Me, Please Me
Shampoo feeds Ranma some dim sum with a magical ingredient, so Ranma is forced to hug people on command. The problem is that Shampoo accidently sets the hugging command to be a sneeze. With everyone out of the house except Ranma and Akane, there's going to be a very interesting night between the two. Especially since Akane's coming down with a cold.
Episode 26 5/11/90
Maboroshi no Happodaikarin wo sagase
Rub-a-dub-dub! There's a Pevert in the Tub
When Happosai gets angry with Ranma he threatens to unleash his Happo-daikarin (Happo-fire burst) technique, but first he has to remember how to do it! It's a raceto get the scroll with the technique written on it first, but Happosai buried it at a girls-only hotspring, and who should happen to be taking a soak but Akane.
Episode 27 5/18/90
Daisuki! Watashi no Ucchan
I Love You! My Dear, Dear, Ukyo
Tsubasa Kurenai, Ukyo's crossdressing admirer who won't take "no" for an answer arrives in Tokyo intent on taking her back from Ranma. Ranma assumes Tsubasa is a girl that only seems to like othe girls, so he's a bit confused as to why his "charms" that seem to win all the other girls over isn't helping him with Tsubasa. Once he finds out Tsubasa is a guy, well... he's fairly angry.
Episode 28 5/25/90
Majo ga aishita shitagi dorobo
The Witch Who Loved Me: A Japanese Ghost Story
Soun is elected the Chairman of the Town Council and his first duty is to stop th recent panty raids perpetrated by an unknown thief (unknown to everyone except the Tendos and Saotomes that is). But now Happosai is going after an ancient cursed bra... this isn't exactly the job Soun had hoped for!
Episode 29 6/1/90
Henshin! Mukimuki-man Akane
Transform! Akane the Muscleman
After Akane eats Happosai strength enhancing "super soba" she's able to beat Ranma one-handed! Akane quickly joins in a game of badminton to trounce Shampoo. What Akane doesn't realize is that the "super soba" has a side effect, the user starts to grow facial hair.
Episode 30 6/8/90
Jusenkyou kara kita koroshiya
The Killer from Jusenkyo
A secret society sends Kinnii, a swordsman, to punish Ranma, Genma, Shampoo, Mousse, and Ryoga for "abusing" their curses. The swordsman is also cursed, he has fallen into the "Spring of Virtueous Man" and becomes timid and innocent when splashed.
Episode 31 6/15/90
Watashi kirei? Ranma onna sengen
Am I... Pretty? Ranma's Declaration of Womanhood
Ranma accidently smashes his head on a rock in the Tendo's koi pond and now believes he actually is a girl. Now all he wants to do is help Kasumi with the laundry, arrange flowers, and go bra shopping (as a boy!). Genma has heard enough when Ranma starts saying he hates violence and no longer wants to inherit the Tendo Dojo.
Episode 32 6/22/90
Taiketsu! Happosai vs. Toumeiningen
Final Facedown! Happosai vs. the Invisible Man
Soun and Genma visit martial arts master Chengensai in hopes of learning a new technique to defeat Happosai. When Happosai and Chengensai meet imagine Soun and Genma's shock when they realize they're old friends.
Episode 33 6/29/90
Kunouke no les miserables
Les Miserable in the Kuno Estate
Kuno gets into an arguement with Sasuke so Sasuke decides to run away. Kuno quickly realizes the mistake he's made and goes off in sarch of his ninja manservant.
Episode 34 7/6/90
Kaidan! Ranma to mashou no ken
Ghost Story! Ranma and the Magic Sword
Ranma and company go into Furinkan late one night in order to see what exactly is happening with the ghost they've heard about. They soon realize the ghost is actually Kuno possessed by a magic sword.
Episode 35 7/13/90
Hitotsubu korori. Zetsurin horegusuri
All It Takes is One! The Kiss of Love is the Kiss of Death
Happosai steals a braclet that contains magic pills that make anyone who swallows them fall in love with the first person of the opposite sex that they see. Ranma falls in love with Cologne, but luckily he only swallowed the "Instant Pill". Akane swallows the "Lifetime Pill" and Ranma has to prevent her from seeing any men.
Episode 36 7/20/90
Shijou saikyou? Ryouga to Mousse doumei
The Ultimate Team-up!? The Ryoga/Mousse Alliance
Ryoga decides that he'll stay as P-chan forever so he can always be with Akane. Right before he pours cold water on himself, Mousse tells him that Akane will more than likely get rid of P-chan when she gets married and has children, this upsets Ryoga and he decides to rethink his plan. Ryoga and Mousse team up in order to defeat Ranma using large time bombs that they chain to Ranma's legs.
Episode 37 7/27/90
Back to the Happosai
Back to the Happosai
Happosai's magic mirror sends everyone back in time to the Village of Amazons where they see a young Cologne and Happosai meet for the first time. Akane realizes Cologne liked Happosai so she arranged a date for them. Just as young Happosai was about to embrace young Cologne he started talking to another woman. When everyone traveled back to the present, the mirror was broken when Nabiki stepped on it.
Episode 38 8/3/90
Kurobarano Kodachi! Jun'ai icchokusen
Kodachi the Black Rose! The Beeline to True Love
Ranma and Akane try to sign up new students for the Tendo Dojo after they go through a financial dry spell. Kodachi arrives and tells Ranma that if he marries her, she'll help financially support the dojo. After an arguement though, Kodachi takes all of the Tendo's students to her new dojo.
Episode 39 3/2/90
The Last Days of Happosai?
The fortune-teller Miyo, tells Akane that she and Ranma will be married within a week, and that something very bad will happen to Happosai. Once Happosai begins to get sick, Soun and Genma decide that Akane and Ranma should get married that week in case Happosai were to die. After awhile everyone except Akane gets sick, and she has to make a special medicine that will cure everyone and thereby postpone the wedding.
Episode 40 8/17/90
Abarenbou musume Linlin Ranran
Two Too-Violent Girls: Lin Lin and Ran Ran
Lin Lin and Ran Ran arrive to see if Shampoo has killed female Ranma yet. When they try to attack Ranma, Shampoo gives them the kiss of death and has to fight them in the park. Fortunately their special attack is pretty flawed.
Episode 41 8/24/90
Ranma wo osou kyoufuno tatari
Ranma and the Evil Spirit Within
Happosai uses a special technique to split male and female Ranma (this technique only works when Ranma wants to be a girl, which Ranma had jokingly said earlier). Female Ranma is evil and tries to tempt male Ranma in order to make him become evil as well. Ultimately the two Ranma's are reunited.
Episode 42 8/31/90
Toujou! Monomane kakutougi
Enter Ken and his Copycat Kerchief
Copycat Ken (Manekko Kenchan in Japan) uses his martial arts abilities to copy the fighting style and appearance of anyone he sees. He makes himself look like Ranma and is able to defeat Ranma using the "Katchutenshin Amaguriken" technique against Ranma. Ranma is later able to defeat Ken after he quickly changes from one opponent to the next and begins to get mixed up.
Episode 43 9/7/90
Ryouga no taishitsu kaizen sekken!
Ryoga's Miracle Cure! Hand Over that Soap!
Ryoga finds Shampoo's waterproof soap that prevents a cursed person from changing when they are splashed with water. Ryoga gains new confidence and manages to go on a date with Akane o (even though Akane believes it's all been arranged by Ranma). End the end, the soap washes off and Akane still doesn't realize Ryoga's true feelings for her.
Episode 44 9/14/90
Kakutou! Shougaibutsu race
Fight! The Anything-Goes Obstacle Course Race
Everyone fights their way through an obstacle course race where the grand prize is a trip to Jusenkyo. Ranma and Ryoga make it to the final round, and Ryoga manages to defeat Ranma. Unfortunately for Ryoga, he's unable to find the airport to take him to China.
Episode 45 9/21/90
Ranma, tsuini Jusenkyou he iku
Ranma Goes Back to Jusenkyo At Last
Ranma and Genma use Happosai's magic mirror to travel back to China and prevent themselves from ever becoming cursed. They also see a possible future where Ryoga and Akane have children. At the end of the episode it is revealed that this is all actually Ranma's dream.