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Ranma ½
volume 34
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Originally Published in:
Shonen Sunday 1995 Vol. 9 - 19
Published in English as:
Ranma ½ Graphic Novel Vol. 32

Chapter 356: 節分!!鉄砲豆
Setsubun!! teppo mane
(Shotgun Beans!!)
A monsterous looking businessman entrusts Soun with his odd Shotgun Bean plant. In the olden days the plant spit beans at oni, which is the traditional Japanese way of warding off the demons off. Nowadays with a general lack of demons to fight, the plant has taken to spitting at anyone who gets angry, and anger is one thing that is plentiful in the Tendo home. As everyone gets on one anothers nerves, the plant becomes more and more active, spitting beans at anyone who so much as frowns. Nabiki seems to get on everyone's nerves, but never looses her cool as Ranma and Akane plot to get the plant to turn against her. As the plant demolishes the house, Kasumi steps up to the plate and solves the problem simply by throwing the plant in the garbage.

Chapter 357: 小さなハート
Chiisa na hato
(The Little Heart)
Valentine's Day has rolled around and Yuka and Sayuri are out shopping for chocolates with Akane. Ranma comments that he doesn't want Akane to make him anything homemade, which irritates her. After leaving the store Akane meets an old woman and a little girl who asks Akane to deliever a valentine's gift to a young boy who retrieved her doll for her one afternoon. Following the clues the little girl gave her, Akane soon learns that the chocolates from the little girl are supposed to be given to Ranma. Akane tries to give them to Ranma, but everyone assumes the chocolates are from Akane as some sort of declaration of her love for Ranma. Ranma continues to refuse anything Akane tries to give him, believing that it might be homemade, and therefore unedible. The little girl catches up with Akane and begs for her to give Ranma the chocolates, which Akane finally does. Ranma realizes who the candy was really from, and he and Akane walk home from school together. On the way home, Akane gives Ranma a single tiny piece of chocolate, and Ranma admits it's just what he wanted.

Chapter 358: 校長を殴ろう!
Kocho o naguro!
(Whack the Principal!)
Ranma, Daisuke and Hiroshi get in trouble for skipping school to go eat lunch at a restaurant. Miss Hinako tracks them down and hauls them into the principal's office, where a trap door sends them (and Hinako) into the Repentance Room. In the room is a bust of the principal, which the students must bow down to in order to leave the room. When Hinako tries to drain Ranma, she accidently drains all the rage that has accumulated inside the statue from the students who were forced to bow before it. Now Hinako is filled with anger, hatred and delinquency and an uncontrollable urge to take it out on the principal. She enlists the school's number one delinquent (Ranma) to help her get revenge. But the principal has his own squad- The Evil Three.

Chapter 359: 土下座させまーす!
Dogeza sasema–su!
(Bow Down!)
The principal's Evil Three, turn out to be Kuno, Nabiki and Happosai who quickly desert the embattled administrator. The principal sets off smoke bomb and disappears, but the kids and Hinako track him into his office. Principal Kuno tries to drop a boat on Ranma to force him to bow down, but Ranma escapes prostration once again and manages to hold the principal so Miss Hinako can fire an energy blast at him. Unfortunately the principal disappears and leads Ranma and Hinako into a room with a floor made of glue. Hinako and Ranma fall onto the floor giving the appearance that they are bowing the principal, but both of them are so mad that Ranma manages to lift the entire floor while Hinako blasts the principal with all the anger and rage she has absorbed blasting him off into the distance.

Chapter 360: バストバトル!
Basuto batoru!
(Busted!)
The Tendos and Saotomes make a visit to the local bathhouse thanks to Ranma and Genma breaking the hot water heater yet again. Happosai arrives with a bra and tries to force it onto Ranma after splashing him with cold water. Ranma howls in pain as Happosai straps the bra on. On the women's side of the bath, Akane comments to Nabiki that her bust has gotten larger recently and she's bought a new bra she can not wait to try on. Soon she notices that it's missing, and hears the commotion from the other side of the bathhouse. It turns out the bra Happosai forced onto Ranma was her new bra. Back home, Ranma apologizes and asks Akane if her breasts have gotten smaller, since her bra did not fit him. Akane is beside herself with anger and beats Ranma to a pulp. No sooner does she do this, than Mrs. Saotome shows up. Nabiki soon comments that Ranma's bust has gotten quite a bit bigger too, and Ranma begins to lord it over Akane. For payback Akane mentions to Mrs. Saotome that they should go lingerie shopping for "Ranko". At the department store everything seems to be going well until a clerk spills hot tea on Ranma while she is trying on bras in a booth. Mrs. Saotome bursts in to see if she's okay...

Chapter 361: 成敗!変態少年
Seibai! hentai shonen
(The Punishment of Perv-Boy!)
To avoid being seen in his male form with a bra on, Ranma climbs into the next stall where Akane is trying on bras. Akane gets mad, and Ranma comments that he doesn't want to see her small breasts. After a tension filled lunch, Akane wins a spa trip at a mall. After Ranma makes another mean comment about her bust, she gives the ticket to Mrs. Saotome and Ranma and heads home. The spa proves to be a dangerous place for Ranma, who gets splashed with hot water while trying to make his escape. Mrs. Saotome catches a glimpse of a boy wearing Ranko's clothing running away, and wonders who this perverted cross-dresser could be. When Ranma arrives back home, Nabiki suggests that he apologize to Akane, since she seemed so upset. When he goes upstairs to say he's sorry, he makes the mistake of admitting he doesn't even know what he's apologizing for. Just then, Mrs. Saotome grabs Ranma's ponytail through the door thinking she's caught the pervert that she saw fleeing in Ranko's "stolen clothes".

Chapter 362: ちちと母
Chichi to haha

(Mama, Papa and Tata)
Mrs. Saotome begins poking her sword through the door, which Ranma catches with his feet. Akane screams that the mysterious pervert is ransacking her bra drawer, which causes Mrs. Saotome to let go of Ranma's ponytail long enough to break down the door. Ranma hides while Akane tells Mrs. Saotome that she can head home now. Nodoka leaves, but soon turns back after she worries that the pervert may still be hiding nearby. Back home Ranma is trying to figure out what he said that upset Akane so much. He soon realizes that it was his comments about not wanting to see her "small boobs". Unfortunately Ranma thinks this upset her because he said he didn't want to "see" them, rather than the "small" part that actually hurt her feelings. Ranma sets out to find Akane and look at her breasts thinking that will make her happy. While Ranma follows Akane around the house, Akane soon realizes Nodoka is back home. She lures Ranma into a closet to hide, but Ranma thinks he's about to see Akane's chest. No sooner does he give her a hug, than Nodoka walks in.

Chapter 363: 晴れ姿 ご対面
Hare sugata go-taimen

(Looking His Best)
Ranma quickly throws the tatami mat on the floor up in front of Nodoka and sneaks out of the room in the distraction. Unfortunately the tatami technique is a trademark of the Saotome school, and Nodoka quickly realizes the perverted boy she has been chasing around is none other than her son. Akane worries that this means Ranma will have to commit suicide for his unmanly, cross-dressing behavior, but Nodoka is thrilled, saying that it's natural for a boy to take an interest in the bras of his beloved. Downstairs Nodoka makes preparations to finally greet her long lost son, and Soun takes Ranma aside to let him borrow a fancy kimono for the occasion. Happosai runs in and replaces the kimono with a bunny-girl outfit, which he tries to force onto Ranma. Ranma resists but in the melee Happosai slips a schoolgirl outfit on Ranma just as Nodoka walks in and sees her son from behind.

Chapter 364: 本当の俺を見てください
Honto no ore o mite kudasai

(See Me For What I Am)
Nodoka hugs Ranma from behind, relieved to finally be in her son's presence after years apart. Unfortunately Ranma is wearing a girl's sailor uniform and Nodoka tells him she will help him commit suicide as soon as she gets a final look at his face. Ranma runs away, and Nodoka faints from the shock of the situation. When she wakes up the Tendos have decided that the only way to redeem Ranma in her eyes to have her her witness him doing something manly, such as peeking at Akane while she bathes. Nodoka watches while in hiding and everyone is surprised to see Ranma is disappointed to find Akane wearing a swimsuit instead of actually being nude. Happosai bursts into the bathroom to try and ruin everything with his bombs, but when Nodoka attempts to save Ranma by spraying the fuses with water Ranma gets splashed as well. Genma, in his panda form, quickly hits Ranma with a sign and sends her flying through the wall, but when Nodoka investigates she finds "Ranko" with the word "Ranma" written across her forehead from where she was smacked by Genma's sign. With everything back to normal Nodoka decides to leave yet again, but now she is suspicious that there may be some connection between her son and the mysterious Ranko.

Chapter 365: 悪夢!春眠香
Akumu! shunmin ko

(Incense of Spring Sleep)
Akane comes home with some sweet smelling insense, which piques Happosai's interest. He tries to share some of his special brand with her, but Ranma fans it in his face causing him to pass out. It seemed he had planned to molest Akane while she slept. That night, after he awakens, Happosai sneaks into Ranma's room and mixes the "Incense of Spring Sleep" intending to cause Ranma to sleep all through spring. Ranma manages to evade the fumes, but Akane is caught with them. At school Akane falls asleep and everyone is concerned that will sleep through her exams. Soon they realize that she is able to fight while sleeping, and upon reading the instructions they learn that the incense was actually designed for those who were forced to stay awake in order to evade assassins. Soon Akane begins to attack Ranma as she dreams of him flirting with Shampoo and Ukyo in a giant harem where she is being forced to serve. Everyone tries to make Akane sleep comfortably and sooth her bad dreams, but no matter what they do, her dreams seem to drive Akane to attack those around her. Nabiki arrives and offers to sell Ranma a special "Incense of Coming Summer" to trick Akane into believeing summer has come and it is time for her to wake up. The incense works, but only after everyone realizes it was merely a mosquito coil Nabiki tricked Ranma into buying.

Chapter 366: 微笑み三年殺し
Hohoemi sannen-goroshi

(The Three Year Smile of Death)
One afternoon Mousse invents something he calls a "Love Rocket" which he rushes to show to Shampoo. Mousse trips and the rocket goes off in Shampoo's face. Mousse is terrified that Shampoo is going to beat him up, but she simply smiles and tells him that she's happy and goes back to her laundry. This convinces Mousse that Shampoo is using an Amazonian technique known as the "Three Year Smile of Death", which involves treating an opponent with kindness while "accidently" torturing them by dropping hot drinks on them or bumping to them and causing them to fall out of windows. When Mousse finds all of his glasses broken he assumes the worst and asks Ranma to go on date with Shampoo to put her in a good mood again. At the Cat Cafe Shampoo dumps food on Mousse and chops a table in half where Mousse is hiding. When Mousse asks Cologne about how he can defeat the Three Year Smile of Death, she explains that there is a pressure point that will cause Shampoo to release her pent up anger. Colgne adds that Mousse is not skilled enough to use the technique, but that Ranma may be able to. She plays a video tape showing the technique which is actually just a pat on the rump. Mousse and Akane are outraged even before Ranma attempts the manuver. Ranma tries to squeeze Shampoo's butt, but she always turns around before he can do it. Mousse yells out that he must be the one to release Shampoo's rage, but as he goes to grab her bottom, Shampoo turns around and kicks him in the face, screaming that she is tried of his laziness. Cologne says that Mousse helped her release her anger, but when Shampoo hears this she says she does not know the Three Year Smile of Death technique. She was being nice to Mousse because she washed his clothes with all his glasses and weapons inside and was trying to make it up to him by tolerating him hitting her in the face with his rocket.


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