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Ranma ½ (らんま½ Ranma Nibun no Ichi, pronounced as Ranma One-Half) is a Japanese anime series based on the manga by Rumiko Takahashi and produced by Studio Deen and Kitty Films.

It originally aired on Fuji TV in Japan from April 15, 1989 to September 25, 1992, consisting of 161 episodes, 2 films and 12 OVAs.

Synopsis

The series follows Ranma Saotome, who suffers a peculiar curse since falling into the legendary Cursed Springs (Jusenkyo) of China during martial arts training. From now on, whenever Ranma is doused in cold water, he turns in to a redheaded girl. Hot water changes him back into a man again, but only until the next time. To make matters worse, his father engages him to Akane Tendo, a girl who hates boys.

Dubbing History

Viz Media licensed the anime series in 1993, making Ranma ½ one of the very first anime titles licensed by Viz. The English dub produced for the series was recorded by The Ocean Group in Vancouver, British Columbia between 1993-2002. They released the series on VHS from their own Viz Video label, and on DVD a few years later in association with Pioneer Entertainment. Their releases collected both anime series as one, separating episodes by Seasons and reordering some episodes so as to make them closer to the events in the manga.

An alternate dub was produced in Hong Kong for airing on Animax in English-speaking Asian countries sometime in the 2000's. Like most Animax dubs, the cast is very limited (with only around 7 known voice actors) and rare to find.

Cast

Ocean Dub Canada

Image Character Seiyū Dub Actor Episodes
Main Characters
Ranma Saotome.png Ranma Saotome Kappei Yamaguchi
(male)
Sarah Strange 1 - 64
Richard Ian Cox 65 - 161
Ranma Saotome female.png Megumi Hayashibara
(female)
Brigitta Dau 1 - 6
Venus Terzo 7 - 161
Akane Tendo long hair.png Akane Tendo Noriko Hidaka Myriam Sirois 1 - 161
Akane Tendo 2.png
Ryoga Hibiki.png Ryoga Hibiki / P-Chan Kōichi Yamadera Michael Donovan 7 - 158
P-Chan.png
Shampoo-2.png Shampoo Rei Sakuma Cathy Weseluck 15 - 154
Shanpis2.png
Tatewaki Kuno2.png Tatewaki Kuno Hirotaka Suzuoki Ted Cole 2 - 157
Kōji Tsujitani 83 - 86
Ukyo Kuonji1.png Ukyo Kuonji Hiromi Tsuru Kelly Sheridan 41 - 154
Mousse2.png Mousse Toshihiko Seki Brad Swaile 26 - 154
Mousse duck2.png
GenmaSaotome.png Genma Saotome Kenichi Ogata Robert O. Smith 1 - 161
Genma panda.png
Soun Tendo2.png Soun Tendo Ryūsuke Ōbayashi David Kaye 1 - 161
Kasumi Tendo2.png Kasumi Tendo Kikuko Inoue Willow Johnson 1 - 161
Nabiki Tendo.png Nabiki Tendo Minami Takayama Angela Costain 1 - 111, 137 - 161
Elaina Wotten-Costain 113 - 135
Cologne.png Cologne Miyoko Asō Elan Ross Gibson 21 - 150
Cologne young2.png Yūko Kobayashi
(young)
Kathleen Barr 55, 69
Happosai.png Happosai Ichirō Nagai Paul Dobson 33 - 161
Kodachi Kuno2.png Kodachi Kuno Saeko Shimazu Teryl Rothery 11 - 88
Erin Fitzgerald 92 - 98
Sylvia Zaradic 113 - 157
Secondary Characters
Jusenkyo Guide2.png Jusenkyo Guide Kōichi Yamadera Ian James Corlett 1 - 71
Michael Donovan 122 - 139
Dr Tofu2.png Dr. Tofu Ono Yūji Mitsuya Ian James Corlett 2 - 81
Kirby Morrow 119 - 159
Sasuke Sarugakure.png Sasuke Sarugakure Shigeru Chiba Robert O. Smith 20 - 158
Director Kuno2.png Principal Kuno Tatsuyuki Jinnai Scott McNeil 65 - 157
Yuka Ranma ½.png Yuka Masami Toyoshima Cathy Weseluck 9 - 151
Willow Johnson 16
Angela Costain 19 - 21
Sayuri2.png Sayuri Yoshiko Kamei Willow Johnson 8 - 156
Cathy Weseluck 101
Shikako2.png Shikako Naoko Matsui Willow Johnson 8
Cathy Weseluck 16
Janyse Jaud 37
Angela Costain 57
Kathleen Barr 76
Kelly Sheridan 114
Makoto3.png Makoto Yūko Kobayashi Venus Terzo 10
Cathy Weseluck 19 - 21
Angela Costain 33
Lynda Boyd 76
Elaina Wotten-Costain 120
Hiroshi.png Hiroshi Kōji Tsujitani Terry Klassen 5 - 156
Daisuke2.png Daisuke Takehito Koyasu David Kaye 5 - 156
Hikaru Gosunkugi.png Hikaru Gosunkugi Issei Futamata Michael Benyaer 114 - 153
Minor Characters
Asuza Shiratori2.png Azusa Shiratori Naoko Matsui Cathy Weseluck 19 - 21, 86
Mikado Sanzenin2.png Mikado Sanzenin Kazuhiko Inoue Ian James Corlett 19 - 21
Tsubasa Kurenai3.png Tsubasa Kurenai Eiko Yamada Saffron Henderson 45, 154
Tsubasa Kurenai4.png
Chingensai.png Chingensai Kinto Tamura Terry Klassen 50, 142
Ling Ling.png Ling-Ling Yūko Mita Nicole Oliver 58, 88
Lung Lung.png Lung-Lung Yūko Kobayashi 58, 88
Maomolin.png Maomolin Yō Yoshimura Samuel Vincent 72
Masahiro Anzai 91, 143, 154
Restaurant Owner.png Restaurant Owner Tomomichi Nishimura Brian Dobson 89, 90
Niku-man.png Niku-men Bin Shimada Don Brown 89, 90
Curry-man.png Isamu Tanonaka Alec Willows
An-man.png Shigeru Chiba Samuel Vincent
Pizza-man.png Arihiro Hase Nick Misura
Sentaro Daimonji.png Sentaro Daimonji Bin Shimada Brad Swaile 93, 97, 124, 152
Grandma Daimonji.png Sentaro's Grandmother Hisako Kyōda Pauline Newstone 93, 97, 124, 152
Matsu3.png Matsu Chie Kitagawa Daphne Goldrick 97, 130, 152
Take2.png Take Natsumi Sakuma Cathy Weseluck 97, 130, 152
Ume2.png Ume Natsuko Fuji 97, 130, 152
Frog Hermit1.png Frog Hermit Ryūji Saikachi French Tickner 100, 159
Frog Hermit2.png
Picolet Chardin II.png Picolet Chardin II Keiichi Nanba Kirby Morrow 105 - 106, 147
Madame Saint Paul.png Madame Saint Paul Yūko Mita Ellen Kennedy 105 - 106, 147
Toramasa Kobayakawa.png Toramasa Kobayashi Hiroshi Masuoka Terry Klassen 116, 133
Pantyhose Taro1.png Pantyhose Taro Shinnosuke Furumoto Matt Hill 122 - 123
Pantyhose Taro3.png Animal Sounds Undubbed
Kogane Musashi.png Kogane Musashi Mako Hyōdō Saffron Henderson 133, 153
Mariko Konjo2.png Mariko Konjo Yūko Kobayashi Jocelyne Loewen 155 - 156
Nodoka Saotome2.png Nodoka Saotome Masako Ikeda Lisa Bunting 160 - 161
Nabikis Friend-1.png Kikuko Angela Costain 2 - 8
Lynda Boyd 40
Nabikis Friend-2.png Ryonami Willow Johnson 2 - 8
Angela Costain 40
Drama-Club-President.png Drama Club President Sukekiyo Kameyama Terry Klassen 39, 65

Episodic Characters

Image Character Seiyū Dub Actor Episodes
First Season
Rich Husband.png Rich Husband Kenichi Ogata Michael Donovan 10
Rich Wife.png Rich Wife Toshiko Sawada Kathleen Barr
Kin Ono.png Kin Ono Yoshiko Ōta Janyse Jaud 14
Second Season
Kaori Daikoku.png Kaori Daikuko Hiromi Tsuru Lynda Boyd 22
Kaoris Father.png Mr. Daikuko French Tickner
Kaoris Father young.png
Competition Announcer ep27.png Competition Announcer Akira Murayama Robert O. Smith 27
Destroyer of Dojos.png Dojo Destroyer Takuzō Kamiyama 28
Circus Announcer.png Circus Announcer Kōzō Shioya David Kaye 31-32
Third Season
Ukyos Father.png Mr. Kuonji Ryūzō Ishino Terry Klassen 41
Yang Gui Fei.png Yang Gui Fei Masako Katsuki Cathy Weseluck 46
Ex-Chairman.png Ex-Chairman Mahito Tsujimura Michael Dobson
Kinnii.png Kinnii Takeshi Aono Paul Dobson 48
Kinnii curse form.png
Jusenkyo Vice Chairman.png Jusenkyo Vice-Chairman Hiroshi Masuoka Terry Klassen
Jusenkyo Chairman.png Jusenkyo Chairman Mugihito
Miyo.png Miyo Masako Katsuki Nicole Oliver 57
Evil Ranma.png Evil Ranma Megumi Hayashibara Venus Terzo 59
Copycat Ken.png Copycat Ken Masami Kikuchi Toby Proctor 60
Fourth Season
Circus Manager.png Sakura Kazuko Sugiyama Cathy Weseluck 70
Torajiro Higuma.png Higuma Torajiro Hideyuki Tanaka Paul Dobson 73
Heita Genji.png Genji Heita Shinnosuke Furumoto Tony Sampson 74
Yotaro.png Yotaro Naoko Matsui Christopher Turner 75
Yotaros Mother.png Yotaro's Mother Mari Yokoo Kathleen Barr
Midori.png Midori Yumi Takada Megan Leitch 77
Gendo.png Gendo Hōchū Ōtsuka Michael Dobson 78
Professor Ranma.png Professor Paul Dobson
Elder Employee.png Kimen School of Martial Arts
Calligraphy Teacher
Jōji Yanami Terry Klassen 79
Yasukichi.png Yasukishi Kōji Tsujitani Brian Drummond 81
Yasukichi child.png Minami Takayama
(young)
Ousho.png Ousho Eiji Maruyama David Kaye 82
Gambling King.png Gambling King Takeshi Aono 85
Fifth Season
Temari Kaminarimon.png Temari Kaminarimon Minori Matsushima Chantal Strand 94
Kumajiro.png Ultra
(Kumajiro Kaminarimon)
Kōichi Kitamura Michael Dobson
Kumajiro Ultra.png
Ryuukichi.png Hyottoko
(Tatsukichi Komagataya)
Rokurō Naya Paul Dobson
Todakichi.png Okame
(Torahachi Kachidokibashi)
Jun Hazumi Ward Perry
Daitokuji Kimiyasu.png Daitokuji Kimiyasu Keiji Fujiwara Scott McNeil 98
Yutaro Yudono.png Yutaro Yudoro Akira Ishida Paul Dobson 99
Hotel Manager.png Hotel Manager Masashi Sugawara Michael Dobson
Jo the Crepe King.png Jo the Crepe King Kōji Tsujitani Brian Drummond 101
Monk Ranma ep101.png Monk Kōhei Miyauchi Richard Newman
Sankichi Uragishi.png Uragishi Sankichi Katsuji Mori Ron Halder 103
Koharu Uragishi.png Koharu Uragishi Kachiko Hino Cathy Weseluck
Anna Ranma.png Anna Brown Yūko Kobayashi Maggie Blue O'Hara 108
Farmer Brown.png Farmer Brown Ryūji Saikachi Don Brown
UshinosukeOshamanbe.png Uchinosuke Oshamanbe Shō Hayami Scott McNeil
Seaweed Child.png Seaweed Child Rei Sakuma Cathy Weseluck 111
Sixth Season
Sotatsujikeiin.png Sotatsu Jikeiin Kōji Tsujitani Alistair Abell 115
Rinko.png Rinko Yō Inoue Nicole Oliver 119
Yukinko.png Yukinko / Snow Girl Masako Sugaya Tabitha St. Germain 124
Yukinko real form.png
Panda Scribble.png Panda Scribble Mika Kanai Jocelyne Loewen 128
Kotaro Ranma.png Kotaro Kappei Yamaguchi Richard Ian Cox 129
Kanna Ranma.png Kanna Noriko Hidaka Myriam Sirois
Hayato Ryujin.png Hayato Ryuujin Hirotaka Suzuoki Ted Cole
Kannas Father.png Kanna's Father Ryūsuke Ōbayashi David Kaye
Kotaros Father.png Kotaro's Father Tasuyuki Jinnai Scott McNeil
Kaguya.png Kaguya Kikuko Inoue Willow Johnson
Kagura Ranma.png Kagura Minami Takayama Elaina Wotten-Costain
Hayato Soldier.png Hayato Soldier Shigeru Chiba Robert O. Smith
Healer 1.png Village Healers Ichirō Nagai Paul Dobson
Healer 2.png Miyoko Asō Elan Ross Gibson
Tsukasa.png Tsukasa Mitsuki Yayoi Jenn Forgie 130
Doll Salesman.png Paper Doll Salesman Paul Dobson 134
Satori Ranma.png Satori Kazue Ikura Rhys Huber 135
Seventh Season
Harumaki.png Harumaki Jōji Yanami Richard Newman 144
Harumakis Grandson.png Harumaki's Grandson Hisayoshi Izaki Bill Switzer
Gyoko.png Gyoko Reiko Suzuki Cathy Weseluck
Gyoko young.png Megumi Hayashibara
(young)
Venus Terzo
Mushroom Priest.png Mushroom Priest Toshiya Ueda Ron Halder 145
Princess Ori.png Princess Ori Yūko Mita Moneca Stori 148
Kengyu.png Kengyu Takehito Koyasu Michael Coleman
Rice Cake Salesman.png Rice Cake Salesman Kōichi Kitamura Terry Klassen 149
Inoshi.png Ino Terue Nunami Pauline Newstone 152
Shika.png Shika Haru Endō Daphne Goldrick
Cho.png Cho Yoshiko Ōta Cathy Weseluck
Satsuki Miyakoji.png Satsuki Miyakoji Momoko Ishii Jocelyne Loewen
Mrs. Tendo.png Mrs. Tendo Kayo Sanpei Cathy Weseluck 160

Additional Voices

Animax Dub Hong Kong

  • Darren Pleavin - Ranma Saotome (male)
  • Andrea Kwan - Ranma Saotome (female) / Kasumi Tendo
  • Claudia Thompson - Akane Tendo / Cologne
  • David Bridges - Ryoga Hibiki / Genma Saotome / Hikaru Gosunkugi
  • Candice Moore - Shampoo / Ukyo Kuonji / Nabiki Tendo / Kodachi Kuno
  • Russell Wait - Tatewaki Kuno / Soun Tendo
  • Victor Lee - Happosai

Notes

  • Both of Ranma's forms had their voice actors changed at various points during the dub.
    • Brigitta Dau was replaced by Venus Terzo as Female Ranma after Episode 6. Sources vary in the reasons why including that she was fired due to negative reception to her portrayal. However, it's more likely due to Dau moving to Los Angeles not long after.
    • Sarah Strange voiced male Ranma for the first 64 episodes before leaving to pursue other acting opportunities. She was replaced with Richard Ian Cox, who, coincidentally, would also go on to voice the title character of InuYasha (another anime/manga by Rumiko Takahashi, and originally voiced by Kappei Yamaguchi).
  • For the English dub of season 6, Angela Costain took a break from voicing Nabiki to attend flight school. Her sister Elaina Wotten-Costain took over the role for that duration.
  • Kathleen Barr originally voices Cologne in the OVAs and films (which were among the first dubbed in the Ranma franchise). She is replaced by Elan Ross Gibson in the series, while Barr voices Young Cologne in flashbacks.
  • Kodachi Kuno's voice was changed 3 times. Teryl Rothery voices her for the first four seasons and later by Erin Fitzgerald for Season 5 after Teryl became too busy with her live action work. Later Erin moved to the US and the role was recast again for Seasons 6-7 with Sylvia Zaradic.
  • Episode 18 keeps Brigitta Dau's dialogue as Female Ranma during flashbacks from Episodes 1-6, likely due to the strong simularity in voice.
    • On the flipside, flashbacks in Episode 71 replace Sarah Strange with Richard Ian Cox as Male Ranma.

Video Releases

Distributor Year Format Contents Region Country
Viz Media 1993-2002 VHS.jpg Episodes 1 - 148 NTSC United States United States
66 Volumes
2000-2003 DVD.jpg Episodes 113 - 161 1
NTSC
16 Volumes
Pioneer Entertainment 2001-2003 The Complete Series
7 Volumes
Viz Media 2007-2008 The Complete Series
7 Volumes
2014-2015 BD The Complete Series
(Limited Edition)
A
DVB-T
7 Volumes
2016 The Complete Series
(Standard Edition)
7 Volumes

See Also

External Links

  • Ranma ½ (anime) at the Anime News Network
  • Ranma ½ at the Internet Movie Database
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Films

Ranma ½ the Movie: Big Trouble in Nekonron, ChinaRanma ½ the Movie 2: Nihao, My Concubine

OVAs

Ranma ½: Desperately Seeking ShampooRanma ½: Like Water for RanmaRanma ½: Akane & Her SistersRanma ½: An Akane to RememberRanma ½: One Grew Over the Kuno's NestRanma ½: Faster Kasumi! Kill! Kill!

Characters

Ranma SaotomeAkane TendoRyoga Hibiki / P-ChanShampooTatewaki KunoMousseUkyo KuonjiGenma SaotomeSoun TendoKasumi TendoNabiki TendoCologneHapposaiKodachi KunoJusenkyo GuideTofu OnoSasuke SarugakurePrincipal KunoYukaSayuriAsamiHiroshiDaisukeHikaru Gosunkugi

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