Mariko Konjo

Mariko Konjo from Seisyun High School is the captain of the cheerleading team. After she interferes in a Furinkan High volleyball match that Akane is in, Ranma decides to try and take revenge for her. At one point, Mariko recieves a bump on her head, and Tatewaki Kuno puts a bandaid on her head. From this point on she is madly in love with Upperclassman Kuno, and decides to have a Martial Arts Cheerleading contest with Kuno's beloved Pigtailed Girl to see who would win the heart of Kuno.

As it turns out, Martial Arts Cheerleading doesn't only involve interfering to help your team win, but also involves building your team up to the point where they feel invincible. Mariko is quite good at this, but Ranma has trouble confessing his "love" for Kuno.

As it turns out, Martial Arts Cheerleading doesn't only involve interfering to help your team win, but also involves building your team up to the point where they feel invincible. Mariko is quite good at this, but Ranma has trouble confessing his "love" for Kuno.

Mariko often spells things out in Romanji characters such as M-A-R-I-K-O, much like your average cheerleader would do in a cheer.

Her fighting style is very similar to Kodachi's in that she uses cheerleading tools in much the same way that Kodachi uses gymnastic tools in her martial arts competitions.


The Meaning Behind the Name

Mariko is a common Japanese name meaning "child of true benefit." This could be a reference that she benefits the teams she cheers for and ensures that they do not lose. Konjo is broken down into "today's law."

Voices:
Yuko Kobayashi & Jocelyn Loewen

Yuko Kobayashi provides the ditzy Mariko with her voice. She is also Ranran in Ranma as well as Maiko in Urusei Yatsura. Her other roles include Ayako Okamura in Please Save My Earth, Misuzu Fukuhara in Otaku no Video, Marron in Dragon Ball Z and Washu in Tenchi Muyo.

Jocelyn Loewen provides the Panda's English voice. She has also played the mischevious catgirl Merle in The Vision of Escaflowne, Princess Paraya in Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack and Wheat in Trouble Chocolate as well as Ranma 's Panda Scribble.


Home
An Introduction to Ranma
Characters

Manga
Anime
Music
Gallery
Miscellaneous
Links