It was an average
day at the Tendo dojo until Soun Tendo called together his three
daughters, Kasumi, Nabiki and Akane. Soun's old friend, Genma
Saotome, and his son, Ranma Saotome, were finally to come to the
dojo. However, one of the three must marry Ranma and carry on the
School Of Anything Goes Martial Arts to secure the family legacy.
Their arrival at the dojo was not quite what the Tendos
First of all, entering the dojo was a rather large panda, and
it was walking down the hall carrying a teenage girl over it's
shoulder. The girl introduced herself as Ranma Saotome, much to the
surprise of Soun Tendo. The Saotomes settled in to their new
environment, and Ranma decided to take a hot water bath. The secret
he wanted to keep was that he was an "Aquatranssexual" which turned
to a girl after being splashed with cold water, and reverts back to
a male when doused with hot water.
However, Akane found out his secret while Ranma was taking
his bath and Akane walked in, expecting to see Ranma-chan. (Female
Ranma) However, she saw a naked Ranma-kuhn, (Male Ranma) and left
the bathroom, screaming about "The Pervert" in the bathroom. Akane
was about to beat up Ranma with a table when his father (the panda)
stepped in with an explanation.
While they were on a training mission into China, they
stopped by a particular training ground called "The Cursed Springs
Of Jusenkyo." Right away they started to train in aerial combat,
and Ranma quickly got the better of his father, kicking him into
"Shonmaoniichuan," also known as the "Spring of Drowned Panda."
Whoever falls into that spring, takes the body of a panda bear.
When Genma was ready to fight again, Ranma was in utter shock and
asked the guide for an explanation. While he was giving it, the
panda knocked Ranma into "Nyanniichuan," also known as the "Spring
of Drowned Girl." Whoever falls into that spring, takes the body of
a young girl.
After Genma explained the circumstances, Soun Tendo presented
Ranma with a choice of brides. There was Kasumi, who was 19 years
old, Nabiki, who was 17 years old, and Akane, who was 16 years old.
Ranma was not the one to make the choice. Kasumi and Nabiki stepped
in and decided, seeing Akane didn't like boys, it would be logical
for them to marry. After all, Ranma was half girl (hence the name -
Ranma 1/2) and would make the marriage that much more interesting.
These were the opening events of the anime...