Akane hitting Ranma with a mallet.


Ranma claiming Soun as her husband.

The mallet gag is recurring gag in the series and perhaps the most common in both the anime and manga. All of the characters, including Ranma himself, use a mallet-from-nowhere to surprise someone with a hit when they deserve it. Unfortunately, fans of the series seem to remember Akane Tendo hitting Ranma Saotome over the head with an oversize wooden mallet, but every character save Kasumi is guilty of such strikes. The videos tend to focus a more negative light on Akane than either version of the manga. Akane does very often hit Ranma, but it is almost always because he has done something socially unacceptable by Japanese standards.

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