Ranma DVD box 1

DVD box cover by Viz Media.

This article lists the episodes of the original Ranma ½ anime series, released by Viz as the first season of Ranma ½ or "Digital Dojo".[1]

It began airing on April 15, 1989 and concluded on September 16, 1989. The series was initially cancelled after its conclusion in September, but was brought back in October of the same year as the longer running Ranma ½ Nettōhen (らんま½ 熱闘編?).[2]

Viz originally released the episodes as Ranma 1/2: The TV Series, but later titled them Digital Dojo.[3]

Plot Summary

Ranma Saotome, along with his father, Genma, arrive at the Tendo Dojo, which belongs to Genma's old friend Soun. Though much to the confusion of Soun and his three daughters, Kasumi, Nabiki and tomboyish Akane, when the Saotomes arrive, Ranma is in the form of a woman, while Genma has turned into a panda bear. Though Akane, who claims to completely despise men, tries to befriend the girl Ranma at first, she gets the shock of her life later that night when she goes to take a hot bath, and sees Ranma transformed into the man her father was told that he was. Genma then reveals that he and Ranma both suffer from curses which were given to them when they fell into the cursed springs of Jusenkyo, which makes them change into a girl and panda when they touch cold water, and changes them back when they touch hot water. Following the explanation, Ranma and Akane are forced into an arranged marriage by their fathers so that they can inherit the dojo, though neither Ranma or Akane are happy about it, especially after the revelation of the curse.[4] The next day Ranma has to go Furinkan High School, along with Akane and Nabiki.[5] While at the School Ranma develops a rivalry with Upperclassman Kuno, who eventually falls in love with the cursed form of Ranma. However, Kuno doesn't realise that Ranma and his "pigtailed girl" are the same person.[5][6][7]

Akane then injures her father, Soun, and promises never to hurt anything again. She then quickly breaks this promise by damaging Ranma's neck, which is quickly fixed by Dt. Tofu. Meanwhile, the boys at Furinkan High School stop fighting for Akane's love and Akane realises that her other sister, Kasumi, is in love with Dr. Tofu (who Akane has always had a secret crush on).[8][9] Akane then becomes depressed and Ranma decides to go on a date with her in an attempt to cheer her up.[9] An old rival of Ranma, Ryoga Hibiki, then arrives in Furinkan and challenges Ranma over a piece of bread that Ranma took from Ryoga a few years ago.[10] The two end up fighting and, despite the best efforts of the Chemistry Club, Ranma wins but Akane's hair end's up being cut.[11]


Episode # Title Card/Episode name Original Air Date SS Manga Viz English Chapter Counterpart
Vol. Ch.
Series001 April 15, 1989 1 1 Here's Ranma
2 Ranma's Secret
Series002 April 22, 1989 3 I Hate Men!
4 Never, Never, Never
Series003 April 29, 1989 5 To the Tree-Borne Kettle-Girl
Series004 May 6, 1989 6 Body and Soul
7 You'll Understand Soon Enough
Series005 May 13, 1989
8 Because There's a Girl He Likes
Series006 May 20, 1989
2 1 You're Cute When You Smile
Series007 May 27, 1989 2 The Hunter
3 Bread Feud
Series008 June 3, 1989 4 Showdown!
5 A Bad Cut
Series009 June 17, 1989 6 Who Says You're Cute?
7 The Transformation of Ryoga
Series010 July 1, 1989 8 He's Got a Beef
Series011 July 15, 1989 9 Kodachi, the Black Rose
3 1 The Love of the Black Rose
Series012 July 22, 1989 2 Take Care of My Sister
3 I'll See That You Lose
Series013 July 27, 1989 4 Hot Competition
5 I Give Up
Series014 August 19, 1989 (anime exclusive storyline)
Series015 August 26, 1989 4 5 Kiss of Death
6 You I Love
Series016 September 2, 1989 7 Akane Gets Shampooed
8 Shampoo Cleans Up
Series017 September 9, 1989 9 Formula #911
10 Bie Liao (Goodbye)
Series018 September 16, 1989 (season "clip show")

Home Video Releases

VHS Name Content Release Date
Ranma 1/2 TV Series Vol. 1
Episodes 1-2
November 2nd, 1993
Ranma 1/2 TV Series Vol. 2
Episodes 3-4
January 4th, 1994
Ranma 1/2 TV Series Vol. 3
Episodes 5-6
February 1st, 1994
Ranma 1/2 TV Series Vol. 4
Episodes 7-8
March 2nd, 1994
Ranma 1/2 TV Series Vol. 5
Episodes 9-10
May 3rd, 1994
Ranma 1/2 TV Series Vol. 6
Episodes 11-12
August 2nd, 1994
Ranma 1/2 TV Series Vol. 7
Episodes 13-14
October 4th, 1994
Ranma 1/2 TV Series Vol. 8
Episodes 15-16
January 1995
Ranma 1/2 TV Series Vol. 9
Episodes 17-18
February 7th, 1995
VHS Name Content Release Date
Ranma 1/2 Collector's Edition 1
Episodes 1-3
July 1994
Ranma 1/2 Collector's Edition 2
Episodes 4-6
December 1994
Ranma 1/2 Collector's Edition 3
Episodes 7-9
April 1995
Ranma 1/2 Collector's Edition 4
Episodes 10-12
June 1995
Ranma 1/2 Collector's Edition 5
Episodes 13-15
August 1995
Ranma 1/2 Collector's Edition 6
Episodes 16-18
November 1995
Dub VHS Boxset
VHS Name Content Release Date
Ranma 1/2 TV Series Boxed Set "Digital Dojo"
Episodes 1-18
March 1996
DVD Boxset
DVD Name Content Release Date
Ranma 1/2: Digital Dojo TV Boxset"
Episodes 1-18
November 20, 2001[12]


  • Shampoo with her green hair.
  • Kodachi with her lighter shaded hair.
  • The characters in the penultimate scene.
  • In the opening theme animation, several characters from the series appear but their hair colors differ from how they appear in the series itself, such as Shampoo having green hair instead of blue and Kodachi Kuno's hair being several shades lighter.


  1. Rough Guide (Viz)
  2. "About the Anime"
  3. "VIZ VIDEO TITLE LIST" (11/1993-12/1997)
  4. Here's Ranma
  5. 5.0 5.1 School is No Place for Horsing Around
  6. A Sudden Storm of Love
  7. Ranma and... Ranma? If It's Not One Thing, It's Another
  8. Love Me to the Bone! The Compound Fracture of Akane's Heart
  9. 9.0 9.1 Akane's Lost Love... These Things Happen, You Know
  10. Enter Ryoga! The Eternal 'Lost Boy'
  11. School is a Battlefield! Ranma vs. Ryoga
  12. "2001 Viz-In Archive: November"
  13. "FAQ #24

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