Ryoga Hibiki

Ryoga Hibiki's first encounter with Ranma was what began their long-standing rivalry. When Ranma was able to constantly snatch the last piece of bread at their old junior high school, Ryoga would never forgive him for making him go hungry.

After Ryoga was late to his final showdown with Ranma, due to his horrible sense of direction, he followed Ranma to Jusenkyo, and was accidently knocked into the "Spring of Drowned Black Piglet" (by Ranma as Ryoga later discovered). Once Akane found him in this form, she adopted him and gave him the name P-chan (meaning Pig Cute). Akane's affection for P-chan is what began Ryoga's undying love for Akane. Ryoga tries many times to tell Akane of his feeligns for her, but he never seems to muster the courage. Ultimately he meets Akari Unryu who actually knows of his secret curse and loves him all the more for it. One of Ryoga's most difficult decisions in life is who he loves more Akane or Akari.

Ryoga is Ranma's biggest rival, and no matter how many times he has lost to Ranma, they have all been very close battles. Ryoga is almost Ranma's equal and is constantly improving his abilities to stay at the same level as Ranma and hopefully gain enough courage to tell Akane how he really feels about her.

Even though they fight often, Ryoga and Ranma have a mutual respect for one another's abilities.

The Meaning Behind the Name

Ryoga can be broken down to mean "good fang" which refers to the fact that Ryoga has fangs. Hibiki is translated as "to echo or resound". Also of note, "Yoiko," the name Ranma used when he pretended to be Ryoga's sister, means "good girl".

Koichi Yamadera & Michael Donovan

Koichi Yamadera is the famous voice behind Ryoga Hibiki (and also the Jusenkyo Guide). He also lends his immense talents to the roles of Spike Spiegel in Cowboy Bebop, Togusa in Ghost in the Shell, Yuta in Mermaid Forest and Mermaid's Scar and Jubei Kibagami in Ninja Scroll.

Michael Donovan is his popular English counterpart. Mike primarily works in domestic animation, but some of his other anime roles include Master Roshi in Dragon Ball Z, Cye and Sage in Ronin Warriors and Kimihiko Masumi in Kishin Corps. Mike also filled in as Jusenkyo Guide after Ian Corlett left the show.

An Introduction to Ranma