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The Dr. Tofu Intro Arc is the third story arc covered in the Ranma ½ manga, spanning two chapters. It was included in Volume 1 of the Viz Media publication and split between Volumes 1 and 2 in the Shonen Sunday publication.

Plot Summary

Ranma and Akane are late to get to Furinkan High School, and when they arrive (after Akane realises Ranma has turned into his cursed form on the way there) the male students tell Akane they admit her engagement to Ranma Saotome.[1] The only exception is Kuno who declares that he loves both Akane and the pigtailed girl, but is soon knocked unconscious by Ranma.[1] After School has finished (during which Ranma gets hit by a Baseball that Akane hit) they go to Dr. Tofu's Clinic where Ranma learns that despite Akane's feelings for Dr. Tofu she can't tell him straight out as he's in love with Kasumi.[1][2]

After seeing what happens to Dr. Tofu when Kasumi's around, Ranma goes after Akane to try and cheer her up.[2] While the pair spar Ranma tells Akane she's cute when she smiles which cheers Akane up (although she refuses to let Ranma know this), however, Ranma ends up angering Akane again when he comments to her about her smiling at herself in the mirror.[2]

Chapters Covered

Image Chapter Number Arc Number English Chapter Name Japanese Chapter Name Anime Counterpart(s)
Chapter 8.jpg
Because There's a Girl He Likes
(Suki na hito ga irun dakara)
Love Me to the Bone! The Compound Fracture of Akane's Heart
Akane's Lost Love... These Things Happen, You Know
Chapter 9.jpg
You're Cute When You Smile
(Warau to kawaii yo)
Akane's Lost Love... These Things Happen, You Know

Major Events

  • The male students at Furinkan High School, with the exception of Kuno, give up on trying to get Akane to become their fiancé.
  • Ranma learns of Akane's feelings towards Dr. Tofu.
  • Kasumi is revealed to be the love interest of Dr. Tofu.

Characters Introduced


See Also

List of Ranma ½ manga