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The Martial Arts Figure Skating Arc is the sixth story arc covered in the Ranma ½ manga, spanning eight chapters. It was included across Volume 2 and 3 of the Viz Media publication and in Volume 3 and 4 of the Shonen Sunday publication.

Plot SummaryEdit

Having lost P-chan at the local skating rink, Akane rushes to find Ranma for help. However, Akane finds P-chan in the possession of Azusa Shiratori, who's now dubbed P-chan "Charlotte", and refuses to hand him back. As a result of this Akane agrees to have a figure skating match against Azusa over the ownership of P-chan; with Ranma joining as well to stop Azusa's skating partner, Mikado Sanzenin's, advances on Akane.[1]

After learning to skate, Ranma and Akane see Azusa and Mikado's skills first hand. Mikado then begins making advances at Ranma (in his female from at the time) before kissing her, which leads Ranma to vow revenge for the personal embarrassment of having his first kiss taken by another guy.[2]

Despite only narrowly managing to defeat Mikado before,[3] Ranma remains confident but the pair continually struggle to get the upper-hand against the "Golden Pair".[4][5] Suddenly Ryoga himself interferes in the hope of winning the match with Akane, however, he accidentally mixes up Ranma and Akane and is ultimately partnered with Ranma's female form.[5]

Thanks to them continually fighting amongst themselves Ranma and Ryoga don't fair much better against the Golden Pair until Ryoga breaks the ice rink, leading Ranma and Ryoga to make a bet where whoever lands the water first must agree to give up on Akane.[6] From here Ryoga continues to struggle with Ranma, Azusa and Mikado whilst also trying not to land in the cold water. Once the Golden Pair are eliminated, however, Ryoga continues to fight Ranma,[7] forcing Akane to crawl across the ice to split up the two of them. But shortly after getting onto the remains of the ice rink, Akane falls into the water and begins to drown due to her inability to swim.[8]

With Akane in danger Ryoga forgets about Ranma and jumps after her, leaving Ranma to rescue both Akane and the near-useless P-chan. Shortly after regaining consciousness Akane learns of how she was saved, moments before a girl with oriental clothing comes crashing through a nearby wall...[9]

Chapters CoveredEdit

Image Chapter Number Arc Number English Chapter Name Japanese Chapter Name Anime Counterpart(s)
Vol3Chapter6
23
1
Darling Charlotte
愛しのシャルロット
(Itoshi no Sharurotto)
The Abduction of P-Chan
Vol3Chapter7
24
2
A Kiss in the Rink
リンクにくちづけ
(Rinku ni kuchizuke)
The Abduction of P-Chan
Vol3Chapter8
25
3
Lips at a Loss
戸惑うくちびる
(Tomadou kuchibiru)
Close Call! The Dance of Death... On Ice!
Vol3Chapter9
26
4
Lips at War
リップ・バトル
(Rippu batoru)
Close Call! The Dance of Death... On Ice!
Vol4Chapter1
27
5
I'll Never Let Go
この手ははなさない
(Kono te wa hanasanai)
Close Call! The Dance of Death... On Ice!
P-Chan Explodes! The Icy Fountain of Love!
Vol4Chapter2
28
6
Burning the Bridges
背水の陣
(Haisui no jin)
P-Chan Explodes! The Icy Fountain of Love!
Vol4Chapter3
29
7
Ryoga Explodes!
良牙爆発
(Ryoga hakuhatsu)
P-Chan Explodes! The Icy Fountain of Love!
Vol4Chapter4
30
8
The Waters of Love
愛の水柱
(Ai no mizubashira)
P-Chan Explodes! The Icy Fountain of Love!
Enter Shampoo, the Gung-Ho Girl! I Put My Life in Your Hands

Major EventsEdit

  • Ranma receives his first kiss, from Mikado Sanzenin.
  • Shampoo arrives in Japan, looking for Ranma.
  • Martial Arts Figure Skating is introduced

Characters IntroducedEdit

ReferencesEdit


See AlsoEdit

List of Ranma ½ manga

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