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The Martial Arts Dining Arc is the 38th story arc covered in the Ranma ½ manga, spanning eight chapters. This arc was included in volume 16 and 17 of the Weekly Shōnen Sunday tankōbon and volume 15 of the Viz Media tankōbon.

Plot Summary

A boy named Picolet Chardin II comes to Furinkan High and challenges Ranma to an eating contest. Picolet is lighting quick and food literally vanishes in front of him, causing Ranma to lose. When the Tendo girls tell Soun what happened at school he panics and tells them that 20 years ago, he and Genma lost a match to Picolet's father and promised their unborn daughters as his child's bride as payment for the food they ate. Now Picolet has come to collect and Ranma volunteers so that he can learn how to defeat Picolet[1].

Ranma travels to the Chateau Chardin and begins his training under Madame St. Paul. She first outfits Ranma in an iron corset and tells Ranma that the corset will remain until her training is complete. She quickly realizes that everyone around there eats just as fast as Picolet but she is unable to keep up with them and starves[2]. Akane disguises herself as a maid to help Ranma, but Picolet prevents it. Ranma decides enough is enough, but finds that the iron corset prevents her from transforming back into a guy without agonizing pain[3].

The rest of the family scramble for ways to help Ranma by digging through Happosai's books. They find a technique called Parlay du Foie Gras, but the pages in the book describing the technique are missing and Picolet only gives vague clue to its secret. While watching Genma and Soun fight over a foie gras Ranma discovers the technique's power[4]. With one week away, Ranma begins training for the Parlay du Foie Gras but Kasumi discovers that everyone who has mastered the Parlay has met a tragic end[5]. Ranma finally masters Parlay du Foie Gras gets ready to defeat Picolet so she can get out of the wedding and get the iron corset removed. However, training for Parlay du Foie Gras starved Ranma to the point where the corset simply fell off. Akane is told that the secret to Parlay du Foie Gras is to feed the food to your opponent so quickly they do not notice it. But this also means that training for it requires one to focus on not eating any food[6].

The match begins and everyone watches on as Ranma seems to hold her own against Picolet, but Picolet uses various tactics to make Ranma appear inelegant while not eating any of her food[7][8]. Akane worries that Ranma will have to marry Picolet after all[7]. The match proceeds, and Ranma tries the Parlay again, this time tossing the food into the air so that it lands in Picolet's upturned mouth. Everyone sees him eating, but Madame St. Paul refuses to make a point deduction against him. Picolet decides to unleash another technique to prevent the Parlay, laying his face down onto the plates and eating like a dog. Ranma quickly uses the Parlay to feed all of his food to the audience, but with one plate left Ranma does not have enought energy to move the food any longer. Weak from hunger Ranma finally eats after days of fasting and defeats Picolet. As promised he relases Ranma from their engagement[8].

Chapters Covered

Image Chapter Number Arc Number English Chapter Name Japanese Chapter Name Anime Counterpart(s)
Kung Fu Stew
(Kakuto dina de gozaimasu)
Bonjour, Furinkan!
Bad Manors
怪奇! お上品館
(Kaiki! O johin yakata)
Bonjour, Furinkan!
La Miserable
(Ueta madomoazeru)
Bonjour, Furinkan!
Lekaraté de Foie Gras
必殺! グルメ・デ・フォワグラ
(Hissatsu! Gurume de fowagura)
Bonjour, Furinkan!
Bathroom Training
(Basurumu no tokkun)
Dinner at Ringside!
Who Masters What?
(Hissatsu waza kansei?)
Dinner at Ringside!
Dinner Wars: The Final Course!
(Kessen!! shokutaku wozu)
Dinner at Ringside!
Do Not Dessert Me
(Gochiso-sama no ato de)
Dinner at Ringside!

Major Events

Characters Introduced


See Also

List of Ranma ½ manga