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|Originally Published in:
||Shonen Sunday 1988 Vol. 22 - 32|
|Published in English as:
Ranma ½ Part 3 Number 1 - 6
|Ranma ½ Graphic Novel Vol. 4|
(Looking for a Weak Spot)
While Akane is practicing on the balance beam in gym class a weird looking boy snaps photos from outside. Daisuke and Hiroshi ask for copies and explain that the boy's name is Hikaru Gosunkugi. Gosunkugi is delighted to snatch a strand of Ranma's hair and quickly stuffs it into his voodoo doll and nails it to a tree. It has no effect on Ranma, but Gosunkugi smashes his finger with the hammer. It turns out that he is also obsessed with Akane and has decided to help Kuno discover Ranma's weakness. After following him around, and testing various things they realize that Ranma seems to have no phobias. After he tells them as much and wanders off they hear him scream and find him laying on his back paralyzed with fear.
(Weak Spot-- Found!)
Genma decides to retrain Ranma from the very beginning hoping to rid him of his phobia. Everyone else is still in the dark as to what Ranma's weakness is, and he makes it a point not to tell anyone, especially with Gosunkugi sneaking around the house. Ranma goes outside to train just as Kasumi and Nabiki are searching for Hanachiyo, a cat Kasumi was asked to watch for a friend. When Ranma comes across the cat hiding in a bush he gets so scared he falls into a coma. That night the Tendo's laugh about Ranma's phobia and Genma explains how he tried to train Ranma to use the "Cat Fist" technique which led to this problem in the first place. Gosunkugi, who was hiding beneath the house the whole time, promises to lead Ranma into cat hell!
Neko jigoku e no shotai
Gosunkugi sets a trap for Ranma in the gym by dressing up as Akane and telling Ranma that she has been kidnapped. Ranma of course thinks it's ridiculous because is right beside him, so he goes to the gym to see what's going on. Gosunkugi opens a trap door leading them beneath the stage where a dozen house cats are all waiting. Ranma manages to fend off his fear, but is obviously shaken up. Back home, Genma explains all the times he tried to cure Ranma of his fear, but only seemed to make it worse. He tells Kasumi that once Ranma becomes too scared, he "yowls" Ranma's fear reaches critical mass as a tiger emerges from the darkness beneath the stage.
Ranma loses control after being around too many cats and the only way he can cope is to become a cat himself. He shreds the gym floor and Kuno's sword as if they were paper and then leaps outside and starts climbing trees and other cat-like things. Genma arrives dressed in drag hoping to calm Ranma like an old woman in their neighborhood once did, but Ranma only seems to get more upset. Akane tries to a bag full of catnip at him, and he seems to get buzzed off of it. He bounds towards Akane and curls up in her lap, purring. He then gives her kiss on the lips in a very innocent, cat-like way. Akane is embarrassed and furious and hurls Ranma into the school swimming pool.
Dare demo yokatta no
(You'd Have Kissed Anybody?)
Genma tells Ranma about the kiss, but Ranma can't seem to remember anything that happened while he was acting like a cat. Ryoga and Kuno come to give Ranma a little punishment for kissing Akane. Meanwhile, Akane is trying to talk to Dr. Tofu about what happened, but can't seem to work up the courage. Ranma arrives at the clinic and apologizes to Akane and tells her that he could have kissed anyone because he can't control himself when he's like that. That only seems to upset Akane more, and while Dr. Tofu is getting a package from China, Akane splashes Ranma and punches him through the roof. Back home, Ranma is about to get in the bath when a cat jumps out of nowhere and leaps into the bath with him. He changes back into a boy and the cat changes into Shampoo. What an unfortunate time for Akane to walk by and see them in the bath together.
(Shampoo Rides Again)
Ranma thinks about laying down the law with Akane so she won't think she can just get upset and expect an apology from him all the time, but she catches him off guard by being surprisingly cheerful about seeing him in the tub with Shampoo. But then Akane splashes Ranma and tosses him through the air. While Ranma flies through the air he narrowly avoids an old woman who almost hits him. She calls him "son-in-law" and then tells him they will meet again. Once Ranma gets back to the Tendo home he finds Shampoo there and learns that she has opened a ramen store in town and she plans on moving permanently to Japan. The old woman is there too, and she tells Ranma that she is Shampoo's great grandmother, Cologne. When Ranma refuses to accept Shampoo as his bride Cologne strikes him in the chest with her cane and says in a few days he'll be begging to marry her.
(Attack of the Wild Mousse)
Shampoo and Cologne continue to bother Ranma about being engaged until a strange boy comes flying from nowhere. The boy seems to be a powerful martial artist, but keeps thinking Ranma and Akane are Shampoo until he puts on his glasses. The boy introduces himself as Mousse and is another Chinese martial artist. He was a friend of Shampoo's who has come to take her back from her new fiance, Ranma. Mousse decides the best way to get her back would be to try and take Ranma's fiance from him, and so they decide to have a match in a few days time. That night, Ranma finds out that Cologne did something to make his body extremely sensitive to heat, so he can no longer change back into a boy unless he promises to marry Shampoo.
(The Martial Arts Magic Show)
The day of the man-to-man fight arrives and Ranma is literally not a man. He decides to put on a baggy robe and big sunglasses in hopes of fooling everyone and making a mockery of Mousse's martial arts style all at the same time. Mousse quickly gets angry about Ranma's hijinks and Ranma keeps egging him on by calling his techniques "magic tricks". Ranma sheds his disguise and says he has a magic trick of his own as he "disguises" himself as a woman, which even seems to believe. Ranma realizes too late however that his arms and legs are much shorter now and that he's going to have a tough time striking Mousse. Mousse tries to rip Ranma's "female disguise" off but only rips Ranma's top, much to the amusment of the male audience members.
Neko jita yaburi
(Cat's Tongue Got You?)
Mousse continues to strip away Ranma's clothes until finally Ranma is completely naked. Akane dashes in for the sake of modesty angering the male onlookers. Mousse continues to win until Dr. Tofu counters Cologne's "Full Body Cat's Tongue" with the "Tokyo Grandpa Joint" allow Ranma to once again endure hot water. Ranma knocks off Mousse's glasses hoping to even out the odds, but he releases tear gas. In the commotion Akane manages to get Ranma some hot water so he can change back. Once he does, beating Mousse is a piece of cake. After the match the rain starts to fall, Ranma changes back into a girl while Dr. Tofu tells him the Tokyo Grandpa Joint works only once.
Hiyaku THE fushicho-gan
(The Phoenix Pill)
Days pass and Ranma is still stuck as a girl. Some of his classmates start to wonder what's going on, when Shampoo arrives with good news, a new pill has just been released that can cure the Full Body Cat's Tongue. Shampoo tells Ranma that Cologne has the pill so he immediately heads for the newly opened Cat Cafe and tries to take the pill from her. Cologne proves to fast for him though and Ranma decides to get a job at the restaurant in hopes of grabbing the pill. Cologne finally tells Ranma that only by mastering the Katchu Tenshin Amaguriken technique will he be able to get fast enough to grab the pill from her.
Yomise de batoru
(All's Fair at the Fair)
Soun decides to take the family to the fair in hopes of cheering Ranma up. While there Ranma plays the goldfish dipping game and discovers that if he moves fast enough he can catch all the fist before the paper ladle breaks. Ranma manages to catch all the fish, and discovers he's mastered the essence of the Katchu Tenshin Amaguriken. Now Ranma dashes off to challenge Cologne in the haunted house, and sure enough Ranma swipes the Phoenix Pill away from her. Unfortnately Cologne took this into account and switched the pill with a piece of candy.