I had been a fan of Shampoo, a Chinese cute girl and martial artist for a long time. However I recently saw a woman called Hinako Ninomiya. I might like her. So I would like to stalk down her for a while.
This column was blamed by Rumiko's fans. Therefore I studied her works more. This column was revised on 02/17/98 and 03/10/98.
You know she is a character from RANMA 1/2 (TM). RANMA 1/2 consists of original comic books, anime and videogames. Comic-type RANMA 1/2 written in Japanese consists of 38 volumes. Ah....
RANMA 1/2 was very popular in Japan. However USA publisher, VIZ has published 9th volume of English-edition RANMA 1/2 (TM). 29 volumes was left untranslated into English yet. Ah....
You know English-edition RANMA 1/2 is related with two Japanese editors at least. They have checked the English works. Technical terms on martial arts have been accurately translated. Some UK web sites on Ranma 1/2 are based on Japanese original edition because more than 20 volumes are not translated. Therefore Japanese names from the title are not accurate.
Famous voice actress Megumi Hayashibara played the role of Female Ranma at TV-anime. She got more popular at the title.
|Mr. Soun Tendo||Mr. Ryusuke Oobayashi||The owner of the Tendo Training Hall.|
|Ms Akane Tendo||Ms Noriko Hidaka||The heroine of the title. One of Soun's three daughters. A student of Furinkan (Senior) High School. A powerful martial artist. She was not a beauty. Ranma's classmate and fiancée. She came to love Ranma just after she met him.|
Thereafter Noriko Hidaka played the role of Shiine-chan from Red Riding Hood Cha Cha and Mr. Soujirou Seta from Rurouni Kenshin.
|Ms Nabiki Tendo||Ms Minami Takayama||Akane's elder sister. A student of Furinkan High School. Tatewaki Kuno's classmate. She always tried to earn money.|
Minami Takayama is also famous as a singer. She plays the role of Mr. Conan Edogawa from Detective Conan. She formerly played the role of Ascot from Magic Knight Rayearth.
|Ms Kasumi Tendo||Ms Kikuko Inoue||Nabiki's elder sister. She is entrusted with household affairs.|
Ms Kikuko Inoue was one of the most popular voice actresses in Japan. She is famous for playing the role of Goddess Belldandy from OVA-type Ah! My Goddess. She formerly played the role of Princess Tatra of Chizeta from Magic Knight Rayearth.
|Mr. Genma Saotome||Mr. Kenichi Ogata||A martial artist who created Saotome's "Anything-Goes School of Martial Arts (Japanese: Musabetsu Kakutou Saotome Ryu)."|
|Mr. Ranma Saotome||(Female) Ms Megumi Hayashibara|
(Male) Mr. Kappei Yamaguchi
|A martial artist. Akane's classmate. He does not dislike Akane. He is "a half-guy, half-girl." However cold water will turn him into a cute girl and hot water will turn him into a man because he was put into JUSENKYO in China. JUSENKYO means the "Training Ground of Cursed Springs (the official term from English edition)." Mr. Tatewaki Kuno calls Female Ranma "The Girl with the Pigtails (Japanese: Osage No Onna)."|
You know Megumi Hayashibara is the most popular voice actress in Japan. Recently she played the role of Ms Nuku Nuku Natsume from Nuku Nuku, Ms Rei Ayanami from EVA, and Ms Lina Inverse from Slayers TRY.
|Master Happosai||Mr. Ichirou Nagai||An aged martial artist. An old acquaintance of Cologne. The master of the original "Anything-Goes School of Martial Arts (Japanese: Ganso Musabetsu Kakutou Ryu)." Very lecherous. His pupils consist of Genma, Ranma, Soun and Hinako.|
Ichirou Nagai is an aged famous voice actor. He played the role of Jigorou Inokuma from YAWARA!
|The Principal||Mr. Tateno Hitouchi||Tatewaki's and Kodachi's father. The principal of Furinkan High School. He tried to defeat Ranma for many days.|
|Mr. Tatewaki "Blue Thunder" Kuno|
(the official term from English edition)
|Mr. Hirotaka Suzuoki||Nabiki's classmate. He is often defeated by Male Ranma. However he loves both Akane and Female Ranma as "The Girl with the Pigtails." He will introduce himself as "the Blue Thunder of the Furinkan" anytime. He is good at sword arts, especially, a lunge art (Hajime Saitou was also good at the same art).|
You know Hirotaka Suzuoki plays the role of Mr. Hajime Saitou from Rurouni Kenshin at present.
|Ms Kodachi "Black Rose" Kuno||Ms Saeko Shimazu||Tatewaki's younger sister. She is good at cooking and pharmacy. Moreover she is also a martial artist. Tatewaki regards her as a "deviant." She loves Male Ranma. She regards Akane as a rival.|
However she has another rival. The name was Ms Asuka "White Lily" Saginomiya.
Saeko Shimazu is a famous voice actress. She plays the role of Ms Akiko Natsume from Nuku Nuku.
|CAT CAFE People|
|Cologne||Ms Miyoko Asou||She is an aged martial artist. She also manages a Chinese restaurant "CAT CAFE." She is Shampoo's great-grandmother. She always tried to marry Shampoo with Ranma. She taught Ryoga and Ranma some special martial arts and secret martial information.|
|Shampoo||Ms Rei Sakuma||A beautiful Amazon warrior. At first she was defeated by Female Ranma in China. So she came to Japan to kill Ranma. Then she was defeated by Male Ranma. Thereafter she tried to be married with Ranma. However she was put into "Spring of Drowned Cat" of JUSENKYO, China. Cold water will turn her into a cat and hot water will turn her into a girl. Cat is Ranma's hard antagonist.|
|Myopic Mousse||Mr. Toshihiko Seki||A martial artist. He is good at hidden weapon. He loves Shampoo, but she does not like Mousse. He was often defeated by Ranma. Cold water will turn him into a duck and hot water will turn him into a man because he was put into JUSENKYO in China.|
|Ranma's Rival and Old Friend|
|Mr. Ryoga Hibiki||Mr. Kouichi Yamadera||Ranma's Rival and Old Friend. A martial artist. He is famous for no sense of direction. Thereafter cold water will turn him into a black piglet and hot water will turn him into a man because he was put into the "Spring of Drowned Black Pig" of JUSENKYO in China. Akane calls the black piglet P-chan. Akane does not know P-chan is Ryoga.|
Kouichi Yamadera is a famous voice actor and personality. He has his own TV program "OHASTA" at TV-Tokyo. He formerly played the role of Mr. Ryouji Kaji from EVA.
|Mistress of the Okonomiyaki shop "Ucchan's"|
|Ms Ukyo Kuonji||Ms Hiromi Tsuru||Mistress of the Okonomiyaki shop "Ucchan's." Ranma's classmate. She is good at cooking. She is also a powerful martial artist. Thereafter she works herself up to Ranma's Fiancée.|
|English Teacher of Furinkan High School|
|Ms Hinako Ninomiya||Ms Yumi Touma||She was a very sickly child in her childhood. Young Happosai taught her how to keep healthy. She got good at some special martial arts of absorbing fighting spirits. Thereafter she became an high school English teacher. Using the arts she conquered three schools full of bad students. At last she came to Furinkan. However she was often defeated. In absorbing students' fighting spirits, she will turn herself into a best shaped lady. In releasing her accumulated fighting spirits, she will turn herself into a child. She is childish.|
Yumi Touma is a famous and popular voice actress. She formerly played the role of Urd from OVA-type Ah! My Goddess, Ms Mariko Nakasu from Gokinjo Monogatari, Ms Kyouko Hikage from YAWARA!, Ms Shilfiell Nels Rada from Slayers TV series, etc.