The Best Episodes of Ranma ½
Last Updated: Apr 13, 2019
Cursed to turn into a girl whenever splashed with cold water, and unwillingly engaged to the rather temperamental and violent Akane Tendo, 16-year-old Ranma Saotome's life is anything but ordinary.
#1 - Let's Go to the Mushroom Temple
Season 7 - Episode 9
'The soul of the mushroom is the soul of the Earth,' or so it's said by those in the know. Love mushrooms...poison mushrooms...can a relationship based on fungus survive among us?
#2 - The Cradle from Hell
Season 7 - Episode 10
In the life of every father, there must eventually come a time when the son challenges his authority, tests his own strength, declares himself a man. But is Cup Ramen worth losing your dad for?
#3 - Meet You in the Milky Way
Season 7 - Episode 12
Held every year on July 7th, Japan's 'tanabata' festival celebrates the celestial reunion of the Weaver Princess and her beau, the Cowherd. When the two descend from the sky, their story seems suddenly so much less romantic....
#4 - Wretched Rice Cakes Of Love
Season 7 - Episode 13
And lo, it is said, if he who eats of the sakura-mochi or 'cherry blossom rice-cake' is meant to be with you forever, the mark of the sakura shall appear on his forehead, but if it should be that he is not....
#5 - The Kuno Sibling Scandal
Season 7 - Episode 15
Oh those wacky, squabbling, Kuno siblings. Tatewaki (age seventeen) is in love with girl-type Ranma, while Kodachi (a.k.a 'the Black Rose') adores the boy-type. Brought to blows by jealousy, where's King Solomon where you need him?
#6 - Gosunkugi's Summer Affair
Season 7 - Episode 17
The ever-so-morose Hikaru Gosunkugi has met the girl of his dreams. The weird thing is, she even seems to like him back! The trouble is, the girl is Kogane, the teenage ghost. What can Ranma and Akane possibly do to make this ghostly love story work?
#7 - Battle for Miss Beachside
Season 7 - Episode 18
This is like no bathing-suit competition you've ever seen! The contestants are Akane, Shampoo, Ukyo and Kodachi...plus girl-type Ranma, and Tsubasa Kurenai to boot. Knowing these girls, it's going to be one hot competition!
#8 - All It Takes is One! The Kiss of Love is the Kiss of Death
Season 3 - Episode 13
It's a calm day on the beach, until Happosai discovers a bracelet containing three pills capable of making someone fall madly in love with the first person of the opposite sex they lay eyes on.
#9 - The Musical Instruments of Destruction
Season 7 - Episode 21
During an annual cleaning of the estate, Kuno comes across an ancient taiko drum that's got the devastating power of a howitzer. And what good is a weapon if you don't turn it on your friends, right? As if that weren't enough, now Kodachi's got an equally devastating lute...which she promptly turns over to the principal. Cue the music!
#10 - Sneeze Me, Squeeze Me, Please Me! Shampoo's Recipe For Disaster
Season 3 - Episode 3
Caring and gentle as ever, Shampoo brings Ranma a lunch with a little 'extra spices', causing Ranma to get an irresistible urge to hug anyone who sneezes.
#11 - Ryoga Inherits the Saotome School?
Season 6 - Episode 6
Furious at Ranma for eating his sweets, Genma decides to make Ryoga his disciple and heir.
#12 - Tendo Family Goes to the Amusement Park!
Season 6 - Episode 7
Dr. Tofo gets a free pass to an amusement park and invites Kasumi, who takes the rest of household with her. Once there, the money starts flying, and suddenly they discover that an unwanted guest has eaten their lunch.
#13 - A Ninja's Dog is Black and White
Season 7 - Episode 22
Ryoga encounters Checkers (Shirokuro) a black and white dog. The dog saves P-chan when they went over a waterfall, so Ryoga starts to take care of the dog and feed it. The dog takes a love letter Ryoga had written out of his backpack and delievers it to Akane. Akane doesn't know who the letter is from because Ryoga didn't sign it, but gives Checkers a letter to give to return. The letter said that she had someone that she loved, and was sorry she couldn't return the writers feelings. Ryoga is horrified when he reads this, but then Ranma asks him if he had signed the letter Akane read. Upon realizing that he hadn't, Ryoga believes that the 'somebody' Akane is talking about is actually him.
#14 - Transform! Akane the Super-Duper Girl
Season 3 - Episode 7
After getting beaten by Shampoo, Akane is thrilled to find that Happosai's magic noodles she accidently ate has given her super strength. But can she live with the side-effects?
#15 - Back to the Happosai!
Season 3 - Episode 15
A magic mirror sends Ranma and co a few centuries back in time to a small Chinese village, where a young girl named Cologne is torn between love and disgust for the 18 year old underwear stealing 'adventurer' running around calling himself Happy.
#16 - Assault on the Girls' Locker Room
Season 2 - Episode 16
Ranma is determined to infiltrate the Furinkan High girl's locker room when he gets a map from Ryoga that shows there's a old spring beneath it that can cure his curse. It proves harder than Ranma thought though, since the girls are on high alert due to the recent raids by Happosai.
#18 - Boy Meets Mom - Part One
Season 7 - Episode 24
While visiting Mrs. Tendo's grave Ranma begins to wonder about his own mother. Nodoka Saotome, Ranma's mother, had just sent a postcard telling the Tendos she was going to visit. Ranma is quite eager to meet his mother, but Genma explains to everyone that he made a promise to Nodoka when Ranma was first born. He made a death pact to Nodoka, which states that Ranma, be either reared as man among men or they be put to the sword. Genma and Ranma decide to hide their true identities and tell Nodoka that Ranma is actually Ranko, a cousin of the Tendos.
#19 - It's a Fine Line Between Pleasure and Pain
Season 2 - Episode 19
It's cookie baking time in the home ed. class, and Akane and Kodachi both want Ranma to taste. Not taking no for an answer, the Black Rose falls back on blackmail, causing Akane to become even more determined to get Ranma to eat hers.
#20 - Ranma and the Evil Within
Season 3 - Episode 19
Happosai separates Ranma's girl and boy bodies using a magical incense. However, the girl body ends up with all of Ranma's evil, turning it into a vicious spirit that wants to enslave the male Ranma to her will.
#21 - Bonjour, Furinkan!
Season 5 - Episode 17
A french nobleman comes to Soun and Genma to collect on an old debt, demanding one of their daughters as a bride. Having been beaten by him at 'battle dining' previously, Ranma volunteers, hoping for a chance to get even.
#22 - Boy Meets Mom - Part Two
Season 7 - Episode 25
Nodoka's stay is rather short, and Ranma hears that she is planning on returning home soon. He decides that he would really like for her to meet him as himself rather than as Ranko. Genma warns Ranma and constantly tries to stop him. When a water main explodes and sends Nodoka flying, Ranma saves her and Nodoka catches a glimpse of her son before passing out. When she awakens, she sees Ranko and thinks it was all a dream. Nodoka says that in her dream Ranma was very manly. Ranma tells Akane that he will wait until he can be normal before he tells his mother the truth. At the end, Ranma and Akane head off to school, and then turn towards the screen and say 'Goodbye!'.
#23 - Rub-a-Dub-Dub! There's a Pervert in the Tub
Season 3 - Episode 4
Furious at being prevented from accompanying Akane to the hot-springs, Happosai decides to recover the scroll containing his most deadly attack - The Happofire Burst - to teach them all a lesson. Ranma is however determined to find it first, and it's a battle of wits as they both try to infiltrate the scroll's resting place - an all girls hot-spring...
#24 - Two, Too Violent Girls: Ling-Ling and Lung-Lung
Season 3 - Episode 18
Two younger warriors from Shampoo's tribe show up, and are shocked to learn that she hasn't killed Ranma yet. Outraged, they decide to dispatch Ranma themselves, using their fearsome 'Dance of the Great Fire Dragon' technique.
#25 - Enter Happosai, the Lustful Lecher!
Season 2 - Episode 15
Soun and Genma are terrified when their old teacher, master Happosai, shows up. The founder of the Anything Goes school of martial arts, his fighting skills are only surpassed by his lust for women's underwear...