Dr. Tofu Ono

Dr. Tofu Ono is the local chiropractor and often helps Akane and Ranma when they have bumps, bruises or dislocated joints from their many fights. He is very knowledgeable about martial arts techniques although he is never seen practicing. He helps Ranma discover a cure for Happosai's "moxibustion", and Cologne's "full body cat's tongue" techniques.

Dr. Tofu is also deeply in love with Kasumi Tendo. In fact, whenever he is in her presence, his glasses fog over and he becomes nervous. He has injured quite a few of his patients when this happens.

Dr. Tofu is well liked in the community and has many older clients. For a time he employed both Genma Saotome and Shampoo as assistants. He is often seen in the company of his skeleton, Betty, which he carries and moves as if it were a real person.

At one time Akane had a crush on Dr. Tofu and he would often give her advice and support.

The Meaning Behind the Name

When broken down, Tofu Ono means "East Wind Axe", which really means nothing. To the Japanese it is interpreted as the "wind that brings spring." There is also a Japanese proverb, "Bazi Tofu" that means "a horse can not understand the blessing of spring", but when applied to a human it means "someone who doesn't hear what others say or criticize," which applies quite well to the doctor. The real humor in Dr. Tofu's name is that it's so bizarre.

Yuuji Mitsuya & Ian Corlett

Yuuji Mitsuya provides the good doctor's Japanese voice. He has starred in Megazone 23 as Hiroki Mohrii, and may sound familiar to Mitsuru Adachi fans as Tatsuya Uesugi in Touch.

Ian Corlett provides the Guide's English voice for the majority of the series. He also plays Mikado Sanzenin as well. His other roles include Goku in Dragon Ball Z and Hikari Daitokuji in Project A-ko.

An Introduction to Ranma