Asami (with a dark-brown mullet), and Hiroko (short light-brown with freckles) are Akane's friends. Their surnames are never revealed. They are in her class and are sometimes seen in her company when they show up. They are both very supportive of Akane, trying to cheer her up when needed. It should be noted that the manga usually has generic looking students talking to Akane, so Asami and Hiroko as known in the anime may not exist at all. It should also be noted that Asami and Hiroko are not as together as Yuka and Sayuri. Hiroko for instance, may appear alongside Sayuri.
The girls are not as interested in gossiping as Hiroshi and Daisuke are, and their screentime pales in comparison to their male counterparts.
Asami, and Hiroko, along with Yuka and Sayuri, are among the regular characters of Ranma ½ who have no extraordinary physical abilities; however, they do chase after Happosai along with the rest of the female students in Furinkan any time he tries to steal their underwear.
Asami is voiced by Kayo Sanpei in Japan and by Cathy Weseluck (Seasons 1-3) and by Elaina Wotten-Costain (Season 6) and Angela Costain (Season 7) in English. Hiroko is voiced by Naoko Matsui in Japanese and by Janyse Jaud in English.