Actors: Noriko Hidaka, Andrea Kwan, Myriam Sirois, Kappei Yamaguchi, Angela Costain Studio: Viz Media
At the time, martial arts training hall or "dojo" owner Soun Tendo thought engaging one of his three daughters to Ranma – the son of longtime friend and training partner Genma Saotome – was a good idea, but that was before "he" turned out to be a "she"! Youngest Tendo daughter Akane (who’s always claimed to "hate boys" anyway) is quickly nominated for bridal duty by her older sisters, while an unruly Ranma (who never wants to do anything his dad says on general principle) must come to grips with the mixed blessing of his/her own appeal… to both boys and girls. The first season of Ranma1/2! Available for the first time on DVD!
Magic and the supernatural dominate these misadventures. Mao Mo Lin, the feline specter from "My Fiancé, the Cat," returns, determined to wed Shampoo. Ranma is forced to face the one thing he fears: cats. The rarely seen gentle side of the gender-bending hero emerges in "Run Away with Me," as an eerie old man revisits his lost youth with girl-type Ranma. The "Mushroom Temple" adventure ranks as one of the zaniest in the series: Ranma and Akane inadvertently eat "love mushrooms"–and decide to marry. The love feast degenerates into a smackdown when Kuno, Ryoga, and Mousse butt in. Things eventually get sorted out–as much as anything ever gets sorted out in this nutty series. But the perpetually quarreling Ranma and Akane addressing each other as "pretty baby" and "honey" sets a new standard for improbability. (Unrated: suitable for ages 12 and older: slapstick violence, alcohol use, mild risqué humor) –Charles Solomon