FAQ


This FAQ sheet was compiled to answer some of the more common questions that are submitted to me regarding Ranma . If you have any questions that you'd like to add to this FAQ, send your suggestion to yoikohibiki@hotmail.com and I'll consider adding it to the list.

THE QUESTIONS

  1. How do you pronounce the title?
  2. When did Ranma originally air on television?
  3. When did Ranma begin and end in Japan?
  4. When will Ranma end in the US?
  5. What is the third Ranma movie about and when will it be released in the US?
  6. Where are good places to purchase Ranma products?
  7. What's okonomiyaki? Is that all Ukyo can cook well?
  8. Ukyo and Ryoga are a great couple! They will get together in the end, right?
  9. How about Kuno and Nabiki? Won't they end up together?
  10. What about Mousse and Shampoo as a couple then?
  11. Will there be anymore Ranma OVAs?
  12. Why does the TV series end that way?
  13. If the TV series is not the end of the anime, then what is?
  14. Do the characters names have any special meaning?
  15. In the second movie Ranma's holding something in his hand when he fights Toma, what is that and where did he get it?
  16. What happened to Mrs. Tendo?
  17. I've never seen a lot of your images, where do you get them?
  18. Where does the series take place, and is it a real town?
  19. Do Ranma and Akane really have a competition to see who's breasts are bigger?
  20. What is the order that the tapes have come out in the US?
  21. Why is Ranma afraid of cats?
  22. What are some of the differences between the manga and TV series?
  23. Was the manga publication ever interrupted?
  24. Why is it that when Shampoo comes in the anime, Akane reminises about Ranma saying, "she's my fiancee, if you touch her I'll kill you!" But we don't actually see it until the next season?
  25. Why did Sarah Strange leave the show at the end of the third season?
  26. What's up with the episodes being moved around for the American release?
  27. What does Nettohen mean?

THE ANSWERS

1 - How do you pronounce the title?

The title is pronounced "Ranma Ni-bun-no-ichi" and in English it's "Ranma One-Half".

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2 - When did Ranma originally air on television?

The Ranma television series debuted on April 15, 1989. It aired on Saturdays at 7:30 on Fuji TV. After the first series, Ranma Nettohen moved to Fridays at 5:30. It began October 20, 1989 and came to an end on September 25, 1992.

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3 - When did Ranma begin and end in Japan?

The manga ran in Shonen Sunday from September of 1987 until February of 1996 and covered a total of 407 weekly chapters.

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4 - When will Ranma end in the US?

There are 407 chapters of Ranma which are released in a two chapter per month format. Chapter 257 (Part 12 Number 1 in the US) was published in March 2003. Now Viz has reformated their release system and releases an entire graphic novel every two months. The series finished at the end of 2006 after running for 14 years, having begun in May 1992. It is unlikely that any other Viz manga will run this long, an only Kosuke Fujishima's "Oh My Goddess!" has had a longer US run.

The anime of Ranma ended in November of 2003 in America.

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5 - What is the third Ranma movie about and when will it be released in the US?

It already has been released, but most people confuse it as being an OVA. In the USA, it was released on the tape "One Grew Over the Kuno's Nest". "Team Ranma vs. The Legendary Phoenix" is actually the third Ranma film.

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6 - Where are good places to purchase Ranma products?

The best place to purchase Ranma items is Viz.com. This is Viz's official online store, J-pop sells only domestic items though so if you're looking for an import CD a good place to try is Anime Nation, and for rare items try e-Bay Another good choice is Rightstuf.

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7 - What's okonomiyaki? Is that all Ukyo can cook well?

Okonomiyaki is a mixture between pancake and pizza but tastes completely unlike either one. The kanji for"Okonomi" means "as you like". This refers to the ingredients. Ukyo is a very good cook overall, and as Kasumi points out in Vol. 19 part 8 (Part 9 No. 4 in the US) she can make tasty non-okonomiyaki meals.

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8 - Ukyo and Ryoga are a great couple! They will get together in the end, right?

Well, Ukyo and Ryoga aren't a couple, and never have been. Ukyo loves Ranma with all her heart and Ryoga is totally devoted to Akane. Of course neither of them end up with Ranma or Akane in the end, but they don't wind up with each other either. That's what Konatsu and Akari are introduced for.

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9 - How about Kuno and Nabiki? Won't they end up together?

This is another weird one... not only do Kuno and Nabiki not like each other, Kuno is interested in female-Ranma and Akane. They each have no interest in each other, not even as friends.

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10 - What about Mousse and Shampoo as a couple then?

Now this is a much more plausible pairing that the two previous ones. Why? If for no other reason than that Mousse actually likes Shampoo. Sure Shampoo may seem to hate Mousse, but at least there is one interested party in this relationship. Nabiki and Kuno show no real feelings for one another and the same goes for Ukyo and Ryoga.

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11 - Will there be anymore Ranma OVAs?

It certainly would make sense that there would at least be one more, but there chances are about one in a million. Maison Ikkoku and Urusei Yatsura both had their final chapters animated and I would hope that Ranma will eventally see it's conclusion animated as well. As the years pass though this becomes less and less likely. There had been no new Ranma animation from Japan since 1996, and Rumiko Takahashi is no longer involved with Kitty Animation after they went out of business that same year. She has since moved on to work with Sunrise. So the short answer is "no". In 2008, a one shot 30 minute OVA was created (along with ones for Urusei Yatsura and Inuyasha) for the "It's a Rumic World" event. This was a special occasion, and there are no plans for further OVAs.

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12 - Why does the TV series end that way?

The final episode of the televison series was not meant to be the end of the Ranma story. Immediately after the television series ended OVAs were released focusing on other stories and specials. If the real ending of Ranma is animated it will be as an OVA or film. But as stated in the previous question, it is unlikely the series conclusion will ever be animated for various reasons.

The vast majority of anime adaptations of long-running manga series in Japan reach a similar non-conclusive ending, simply because ratings decline, or the manga continues with no end in sight while the anime producers are ready to move on to other things. The Ranma TV anime ended in 1992, four long years prior to Takahashi writing the manga's conclusion. Sporadic OVAs were released from 1992 through 1996. When the manga ended, so did interest in continuing the anime in any form.

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13 - If the TV series is not the end of the anime, then what is?

The last piece of animation released in Japan was "The Two Akanes! Ranma Look at Me!" which was an OAV released in 1996. This is not the end of the series however. The order of the anime is as follows...

Ranma Episodes 1-16
Ranma Nettohen Episodes 7-9
Ranma Episodes 17-18
Ranma Nettohen Episodes 1-6
Ranma Nettohen Episodes 10-100
Ranma Movie 1
Ranma Nettohen Episodes 101-135
Ranma Movie 2
Ranma Nettohen Episdoes 136-143
Ranma OAVs 1-8
Ranma Movie 3
Ranma Super OAVs 1-3

Nettohen episodes 7, 8 and 9 were intended to be released before Shampoo's debut, but the order was rearranged (See Question 24 and 26).

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14 - Do the characters names have any special meaning?

They certainly do! For info about the meaning behind each character's name please see their specific section in the Characters Section.

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15 - In the second movie Ranma's holding something in his hand when he fights Toma, what is that and where did he get it?

You've got good eyesight if you caught the pin in Ranma's hand when he fights Toma the second time. Cologne gives him the pin and tells him he must feel real pain to overcome Toma's illusions. The scene where he was given the pin was cut from the film before its release.

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16 - What happened to Mrs. Tendo?

It's never said how Mrs. Tendo passed away, but she did so when Akane was quite young. It was probably from natural causes though. Miss Tendo is never mentioned in the manga until Akane has a dream about her (Vol 22 Part 2). The Tendos, Ranma and Genma go to her grave to pay their respects to her on the anniversary of her death. As indicated by Akane's memories of her mother, she was a very kind and nurturing woman.

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17 - I've never seen a lot of your images, where do you get them?

We scan or capture all images on our site, and purposefully use lesser seen images when possible. They are all taken from our English mangas, tankobans, import laser discs, VHS tapes or DVDs.

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18 - Where does the series take place, and is it a real town?

Yes, Nerima is a ward in Tokyo, and is in fact a real place. The phone number for the area is 03-3993-1111.

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19 - Do Ranma and Akane really have a competition to see who's breasts are bigger?

Indeed they do, in Vol. 34 Akane is quite proud of her bust until Ranma upsets her by pointing out that hers is larger.

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20 - What is the order that the tapes have come out in the US?

Ranma 1/2 Season 1 "Digital Dojo"

Ranma 1/2 Vol. 1
Ranma 1/2 Vol. 2
Ranma 1/2 Vol. 3
Ranma 1/2 Vol. 4
Ranma 1/2 Vol. 5
Ranma 1/2 Vol. 6
Ranma 1/2 Vol. 7
Ranma 1/2 Vol. 8
Ranma 1/2 Vol. 9


Ranma 1/2 Season 2 "Anything Goes Martial Arts"

Darling Charlotte
It's Fast or It's Free
Cat-fu Fighting
Chestnut's Roasting on an Open Fire
Cold Competition
The Breaking Point
Fowl Play
The Evil Wakes
Goodbye Girl-Type
Tough Cookies
Ranma and Juliet


Ranma 1/2 Season 3 "Hard Battle"

Ukyo Can Cook
Dim Sum Darling
Dharma Chameleon
Once Upon a Time In Jusenkyo
Pretty Womanhood
Suddenly Sasuke
Melancholy Baby
Back To The Happosai
Da Do Ling-Ling Lung-Lung
Smells Like Evil Spirit
Soap Get's In Your Eyes
Mirror, Mirror


Ranma 1/2 Season 4 "Outta Control"

Headmaster From Hell
...The Harder They Fall
Immoral Kombat
My Fiance, The Cat
The Spirit of Furinkan
A Room With a Zoo
Happy's Heart
Tattoo You
Great Eggspectations
Pinky Promised
You Bet Your Dojo
Eat Drink, Man Who Turns Into Woman


Ranma 1/2 Season 5 "Martial Mayhem"

Buns of Steel
Marry Me, Akane
Tea for Three
Daddy Dearest
One Lump or Two
Croak and Dagger
Three Girls, a Guy, and a Japanese Pizza Place
To the Victor the Spoils
Battle: Foie Gras
Swimming with Psychos
Nightmare on Happosai Street
My Kagemusha, Myself

Ranma 1/2 Season 6 "Random Rhapsody"

Who Do? Voodoo
The Way We're Not
Watermelon Beach
The Demon From Jusenkyo
Wacky Winter Wonderland
Pandamonium
Ukyo's Secret Sauce
For The Love of Akane

Ranma 1/2 Season 7 "Ranma Forever"

Initiation Nite
From the Depths of Despair
Kiss Me Cat
Rock-a-Bye Ranma
Wretched Rice Cakes of Love
Battle for Miss Beachside
Bring it On!
Someday Somehow

The Movies

Big Trouble in Nekonron, China
Nihao, My Concubine

The OAVs

Desperately Seeking Shampoo
Akane and her Sisters
Like Water for Ranma
An Akane to Remember
One Grew Over the Kuno's Nest (also has the 3rd movie on this tape)
Faster Kasumi! Kill! Kill!
The Insense of Spring Sleep (Not currently available in the USA)

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21 - Why is Ranma afraid of cats?

Ranma is afraid of cats because when he was a small child, his father, Genma decided to train him in a martial arts style known as "Cat-fist" (Neko-ken in Japanese). The training involved covering Ranma in fish sausages and throwing him into a room full of cats. Genma later discovered that the technique was phony, but because of Ranma being clawed and bitten by cats he developed his intense fear of them.

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22 - What are some of the differences between the manga and TV series?

The manga and TV series compare and contrast in many ways. The manga has more character development in it (as do the OAVs, this is because most of the OAVs are based directly on manga stories). It's a little easier to see Ranma and Akane's relationship progress through the manga than in the TV series.

The TV series also introduces many characters that never appeared in the manga such as Higuma Torajiro (the "Youth" teacher) and Sasuke (the Kuno's ninja servant). Sasuke, for instance, was introduced to replace Hikaru Gosunkugi. Gosunkugi was later introduced in the anime, much later than he originally appeared in the manga. You could also say that because Lin-Lin and Ran-Ran were introduced in the anime it would make it difficult to have Pink and Rink (from the manga) appear without it seeming like this story had already been done before.

Another example of this is Sentaro Daimonji. Sentaro was introduced quite early in the manga, but showed up late in the anime. He also only had one storyline in the manga, while in the anime he reappears for quite a few episodes.

The TV series focuses more on the formula of "Ranma vs New Martial Artist with a Unique Fighting Style". An example of this would be Ranma vs. the Crepe King, Ranma vs. Copycat Ken, or Ranma vs. Uragishi Sankichi (the Shogi Martial Artist). This isn't done quite as often in the manga, but when it is done it usually lasts for a few chapters (which makes the character he is fighting seem more memorable, rather than the "one episode and they're gone" characters of the TV series).

Another difference is some of the relationships. Because characters like Kinnosuke, Akari, and Konatsu were never introduced in the anime some of the characters are left without a possible match. This has led to other "pairings" such as Ryoga and Ukyo and Kuno and Nabiki. Fans that read the manga would see that these "relationships" aren't as played up in the original source as they sometimes are precieved to be in the anime.

Then, of course, there are those that would argue about the differences in appearance of the characters from the manga when compared to their anime counterparts. Many fans argue about the color of female Ranma's hair saying that it is black in the manga instead of red. The large bust sizes (yes, some fans do actually argue about this).

So overall there are quite a few significant differences. Hopefully Shogakukan will decide to go back and make a few more OAVs based on Takahashi's original stories that will bring some closure to the series and help tighten the differences between the manga and anime.

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23 - Was the manga publication ever interrupted?

Ranma 's publication was interrupted in Japan early on. In Shonen Sunday Number 49 (1988) Takahashi published the story "He's Something Else" (Japanese vol. 7.6/Viz Part 4 Number 1). The next chapter, "Bathhouse Battle" was not released until Shonen Sunday Number 8 (1989). No Ranma stories were published from approximately mid-December of 1988 until late February of 1989 due to Ms. Takahashi having appendicitis. Also, around New Year's Day Shonen Sunday is released with a double-numbered volume. For instance Vol. 5/6. This gives the publication a week off and allows the creators a bit of a breather as well.

Also in Shonen Sunday Number 9 (1991) Ranma was not published. This fell between "Kung Fu Stew" (Japanese vol 16.8/Viz Part 8 Number 1) and "Bad Manors".

The story "The Curse of the Scroll" (Japanese vol 17.11/Viz Part 8 Number 8) was first published in Shonen Sunday Number 35 and 36. This comes after the Pantyhose Taro storyline, but when it was compiled in the tankouban's it was published immediately before the Pantyhose Taro storyline.

Also Ranma was not published in Shonen Sunday Number 36 (1994) because the Rumic Theater story 1 or W/One or Double was published in it's place.

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24 - Why is it that when Shampoo comes in the anime, Akane reminises about Ranma saying, "she's my fiancee, if you touch her I'll kill you!" But we don't actually see it until the next season?

I've had a Japanese fan correct my original answer to this question, but I'll provide my original answer just to clarify...

The "Abduction of P-chan" episode was originally going to air in the same order in which the manga came out, but there was a series of kidnappings and murders that occured in Japan at the time, and for the sake of sensitivity, the producers decided to delay the broadcast of those episodes until later.

Originally I had believed based on comments in an old Animerica magazine, that the change was due to Ranma 's low ratings. Ratings were a problem initially, due to a popular anime program, Obocchama-kun, going head-to-head with Ranma , though this had nothing to do with the reorganization of the Shampoo episodes as I had earlier believed.

Subsequently Ranma was taken off the air for a bit, re-tooled and placed in a different time slot (on Fridays rather than Wednesdays). The series was re-named Ranma Nettohen and was kicked off with some new storylines. After that, Ranma became a success. Please see question 30, which deals with the American reorganization of the series. But it seems that the kidnapping issue is the true reason for the reorganization of these episodes, not ratings.

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25 - Why did Sarah Strange leave the show at the end of the third season?

Sarah Strange (the first male Ranma) voiced Ranma for the first three seasons, all the OAVs, and the 3 films. She left to pursue her live-action acting career. Sarah is a Gemini Award winning actress (the Canadian equivalant of the Emmy). She was replaced for seasons four through seven by Richard Cox.

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26 - What's up with the episodes being moved around for the American release?

There's actually a fairly practical reason for this. Back when Ranma was first released in America it was exclusively on VHS, with only two episodes per tape. They weren't cheap either, and usually ran about $25.00 a pop. In order to ensure fans didn't feel like they were being taken advantage of Viz would rearrange things in order to ensure that long, multipart episodes would wind up on the same tape. Also they would reorganize episodes to fit motifs, such as placing many of the winter episodes from Season 7 together on one release. The Golden Pair episodes were moved up in order to stick closer to the manga, where they debuted prior to Mousse and Cologne (in the original Japanese broadcast Mousse and Cologne show up first). Since there is very little continuity between episodes anyway, the reorganization isn't even noticable.

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27 - What does Nettohen mean?

When read Nettohen literally means "boiling water chapter" or "boiling water edition". The joke is that "Nettohen" can be written another way where it would mean "fierce fighting edition". The Japanese love puns.

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