Over the course of a few nights, Ranma had a nightmare about going on a date with an old man. One day while training in the back yard of the Tendo home, a young man arrives and asks Ranma if he has ever seen the old man in the picture. Ranma recognizes the old man as the same one from his dream.

The young man brings Ranma to the hospital to introduce him to his grandfather, Harumaki. They tell Ranma that Harumaki's first love looks exactly like Ranma. Harumaki's spirit leaves his body and goes out with Ranma. When they arrive at the cherry tree where Harumaki had planned to elope with his lover they found that it had been cut down and a building now stood in its place. Unable to elope, Harumaki returned to his body, where Ranma learned that Harumaki's wife was actually the young lover that resembled him years ago.

The Meaning Behind the Name

Harumaki means "spring roll or egg roll," while his wife Gyoko's name has the same kanji as gyouza, a chinese meat and vegetable fried dumpling.

Jouji Yanami & French Tickner

Harumaki's Japanese voice actor is Jouji Yanami who plays the old swordsmith Totosai in Inuyasha. He played Murphy in Maris the Supergal. Some of his previous roles include Buaku in Dominion: Tank Police, Gikkuri in Nausicca of the Valley of Wind, Dr. Kitaguchi in Irresponsible Captain Tylor, and Dr. Zero in Space Pirate Captain Harlock.

His English voice is provided by French Tickner, who's previous credits include Shinnosuke's Grandfather in Ranma , Grandpa Higurashi in Inuyasha and Jubei Yamada in Fatal Fury.

An Introduction to Ranma