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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Ranma Saotome (Male) with sound clips and images.
The male Ranma Saotome, the main character of Ranma 1/2, is the male form of Ranma, and his normal form. Because of a Chinese curse, he transforms into a woman whenever he is doused with cold water. He turns back into a male whenever he is doused with hot water. He wants to change this, and wants to find a way to break the curse.

The male form of Ranma was originally voiced by Sarah Strange for the first 3 seasons of the anime, all 12 OVA episodes, and both movies before taking leave to pursue other interests. Ranma was voiced by Richard Ian Cox for the final 4 seasons of Ranma 1/2.
Created by Foxwolf on Fri Jul 10 2009, 51 Comments, Add Comment
Special thanks to Pokejedservo for additional sound clips.
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Ranma 1/2 (1993)
Ranma Saotome (Male)Sarah Strange
Sarah Strange
Ranma 1/2 (1993)
Ranma Saotome (Male)Richard Ian Cox
Richard Ian Cox
Ranma 1/2 (1993)
Ranma Saotome (Male)Darren Pleavin
Darren Pleavin

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HienFan
said at 11:12 PM on Fri Aug 29 2014
1 Richard
2 Darren
3 Sarah
MuffinButton
said at 8:53 AM on Sat Aug 16 2014
I happen to adore Sarah Strange as Ranma...I remember flipping my lid when male Ranma's voice changed to Richard Ian Cox during the fourth season. It was like the embodiment of Ranma I had come to known and love was gone! Strange is great because she delivers a really unique yet slightly awkward voice that fits perfectly for a sixteen year old.

Darren Pleavin's voice is awful for this role...Not only can I not take him seriously because he obviously mispronounces "Ranma" but he's just far too old sounding. He'd be better off voicing someone like Dr. Tofu....
PusoPimp
said at 10:10 PM on Sun Jul 27 2014
I'm pretty new to Ranma 1/2, I'd seen bits and pieces here and there before but only have gotten the chance to sit and start watching it through from the beginning with Viz's recent re-release of the series in North America (I'm presently about half way through the series). So as a new comer with few real attachments I felt that the dub sounded aged and that like a lot of dubs at the time, it also wasn't the best quality dub, but that it also had a sort of intangible charm to it.

Sarah Strange's work as Ranma embodied this (or perhaps was even the cause of it). She sounded like a woman mocking a man with that forced deep voice and delivered her lines in a fairly dull manner. She progressed and improved a lot over the coarse of her time on Ranma and her performance as I've said had some degree of charm to it, that said...

IMO Richard Ian Cox wins this by a landslide. It felt a little strange hearing a different voice out of Ranma for an episode or two, but when I digested that I found his voice sounded a lot more natural for Ranma. His much more lively line delivery really helped those slapstick sillies a lot, and his comedic timing is so good (his performance in the crouch of the wild tiger scene is a great illustration of this). I might venture to say that he improved the quality of the dub as a whole and that it sounded the way it did at first because of Strange's performance.
cloudy_chan89
said at 10:17 PM on Sun Apr 6 2014
I think that Strange's Ranma made him stand out from everyone else! I like Cox's voice but not to stand in for Strange. I do agree that Sarah made Ranma sound forced sometimes but I just loved how unique his voice was compared to everyone else. Cox's Ranma blends in too much and doesn't give Ranma his spotlight in the remainder of the series even though it's obvious to the rest of us. If I could find an actor to do his voice today, I would chose Jeremy Sumpter. His voice is almost similar to that of Strange's Ranma.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlXDtEWB61s
And his voice would come from an actual guy and also sound something like Ranma
LongLiveTheLionKing
said at 10:02 AM on Sun Nov 24 2013
I think, in terms of the voice I'd expect to here come out of Ranma's mouth, Cox had the best voice. I mean sure he's just using his InuYasha voice but to be fare the Japanese voice for Male Ranma and InuYasha are the same person as well.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 6:45 PM on Sun Oct 6 2013
Sarah Strange, for as forced as she can be at times, had the most distinct voice for Ranma. Richard Ian Cox is just using his Inu-Yasha voice again, and Darren is too deep and too flat.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 9:21 PM on Fri Sep 6 2013
I really, really didn't give either Sarah or Richard enough credit. Stupid me for commenting on this without seeing any of the series in five years. -_- Alright, my basic problems with each of them still stand, but that doesn't make either of their performances bad.

Sarah does sound a little forced at times (mostly when she shouts), but when she's calm (sometimes when she shouts too, but not all the time) she does give an extremely compelling performance. The longer the show went on, the more she seemed to grow into the part and her voice became more convincing. It is a little awkward in a few places and it's not my ideal voice for the character, but it was pretty darn good.

Richard's voice does come off as a little too rough and angry, but he does pretty well too. I still prefer him a little overall, and where I think he really shines is the comedy moments. He does a very enthusiastic and believable job energizing Ranma's comedic moments. Still, in some parts (like the part in this very clip) he comes off as a little too angry, whiny, and annoying.

Therefore, both are still a bit of a mixed bag for me but their goods far outweigh their bads. I'm sticking with Richard because I thought he sounded more natural and a LOT funnier in the comedy scenes, but they're both pretty good.
PurpleWarrior13
said at 5:01 PM on Tue Jul 16 2013
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I always thought it was interesting that Sarah Strange actually (in delivery) sounded MORE masculine than Richard Cox (certainly a lot tougher). Though I do like that he sort of sounds like an older version of Sarah, his voice isn't as interesting to listen to. Sarah also sounded more believable to female Ranma (I'm not sure why she didn't also voice her), and she did get better as she went along (that clip doesn't do her justice one bit). But I overall like them both. Like I said, I don't find the recasting distracting since it simply sounds like the character went through puberty. Also, Sarah made the character sound very naive (like he thinks he's tough, but he's not). Richard sounded more mature, and for that, I think the whole recasting makes sense (even if this wasn't on purpose).
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 5:58 PM on Tue May 28 2013
Sarah Strange made Ranma sounds completely forced and it's a hard to take it seriously, but Richard Cox makes him sound completely obnoxious to the point that you just want to punch him every time he opens his mouth. When it comes to Ocean dubs, Ranma 1/2 is probably my favorite, second only to Black Lagoon. However, they did no justice to Ranma at all. I'm giving this one to Richard Cox, although he was terribly miscast and obnoxious sounding it's still more appropriate than Sarah Strange... even though neither are that good.
rosebr10
said at 10:07 PM on Tue May 28 2013
@PsychicVoiceSpy
You see that one vote for Darren Pleavin?

Yo.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 10:25 PM on Tue May 28 2013
@rosebr10 Darren Pleavin sounds pretty good too. I usually just dismiss the voices from that dub but he's actually pretty good. Only thing is that he sounds a bit too old, in my opinion.
Fulgore2005
said at 2:33 PM on Fri May 3 2013
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Richard is the most natural voice for male Ranma.
TheTrueYuma
said at 1:18 AM on Tue Dec 18 2012
I hated Sarah Strange. She made Ranma sound like a girly version of Ralph Macchio.
Ran
said at 9:04 AM on Thu Nov 8 2012
original always the best
poopy
said at 6:32 PM on Sat Oct 27 2012
Sarah Strange was best.
yakmaniac
said at 10:45 PM on Sat Aug 18 2012
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Sarah Strange is the one and only Ranma. Richard is fine, but he only has 2 modes: Talking and yelling. Any time he wants to convey emotion its yelling and it just gets old. Sarah did an EXCELLENT job and she's the best :)
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 10:24 PM on Tue May 28 2013
@yakmaniac Yeah, that's my problem with Richard as an actor, when he has to express emotion he pretty much only sounds pissed off. I still prefer him just slightly to Sarah Strange, but props to you for pointing that out.
lei
said at 11:39 AM on Fri Jul 13 2012
As for me I love Sarah Strange's voice, she made Ranma's voice soooo mysterious and sexy! At first I never thought it was girl behind Ranma’s male type voice, Maybe that’s why I researched about the voice actor, it got me so curious and it really took me by surprise that it was Sarah.. So I’d say she’s really good. I kinda felt sad that she wasn't able finish all Ranma's season. She did a great job and her ad libs was for me the best...I Hope in the future if they would finish ranma animation, they could persuade Sarah to use her voice again coz really, her voice fits ranma’s perfectly.. :)
cloudy_chan89
said at 5:18 AM on Tue Apr 8 2014
@lei https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BlXDtEWB61s
do you think this guy would do a good Ranma seeing as his voice is similar to his? Just listen to the voice. Pay no attention to what they talking about. :) Too bad he isn't a professional voice actor but can't I dream? lol
TheGodEmperor
said at 10:05 AM on Tue Jan 24 2012
No wonder the first Ranma sounded weird to me. A girl doing a guy's voice. A guy like Ranma at that. Just didn't seem to fit. Better than Darren's imo. But Richard's is prolly the best fitting voice for that type of male character. Same sorta character as Inuyasha after all (makes sense, same Manga creator).
adalade
said at 2:00 AM on Wed Mar 23 2011
i liked saras voice but i like richards voice way better even thow i was way shocked to hear inuyashas aka my favorit anime ever voice on it i was way sad to find out that the voice changed after that the 3rd time just ruins it
will (Guest)
said at 4:09 PM on Tue Jan 18 2011
I always liked Sarah Strange's Ranma voice the most. Once they changed it from her it wasn't the same to me or my two siblings who also watched Ranma. It actually made us less interested in the show once they changed voices. It didn't have the same feel.. I wish they never changed from Sarah Strange!
liz (Guest)
said at 7:01 PM on Tue Dec 21 2010
ok when i heard the richard clip i saw no one but inuyasha in my head. he should just stick with inuyasha thats like his best role. i personally dont like the ranma series but sarah's voice suits ranma better. Richard is my hero but he's wayyy better as inuyasha then ranma
raven (Guest)
said at 5:06 PM on Wed Oct 20 2010
are some people in here serious?,sarah's voice is much better than richard's voice.i mean is how we came to know ranma.if there ever was a remake of ranma,i would vote for sarah as the oficial voice for ranma.
purplewarrior (Guest)
said at 11:14 PM on Thu Sep 9 2010
1. Sarah Strange

2. Darren Pleavin (mispronounced name aside)

3. Richard Cox (though still not too bad)
bengals09 (Guest)
said at 3:11 PM on Sun Aug 22 2010
richard cox plays the voice for inuyasha and ranma.
acora94 (Guest)
said at 11:40 PM on Wed Aug 18 2010
I think that Sarah's voice is better. Richard sounded too much like Inuyasha.
ryu (Guest)
said at 2:58 PM on Thu Jul 29 2010
I think Johnny Young Bosch would have made a damn good Ranma, but I like Sarah Strange's voice too. Richard was good but sounded too much like Inuyasha.
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 12:09 AM on Thu Jul 29 2010
good catch! I'll have that updated asap :)
brian (Guest)
said at 8:45 PM on Wed Jul 28 2010
am i the only one who noticed the paragraph above says that he turns into a girl when he is dowsed with hot water when he actually turns into a girl when he's dowsed with cold water. Also it says the same thing of the female ranma's voice comparisons.
mari (Guest)
said at 11:02 PM on Wed Jul 21 2010
I really, really dislike Sarah as Ranma. Ranma is very, VERY insecure about being girly in any way, shape or form. That's the whole point of the show/book! So the fact that he would have the voice of a 40 year old woman is just... saddening.

Yes, Richard sounds exactly like his inuyasha, but that's dandy! It fits ranma's character much better than an obviously woman voice.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 9:54 PM on Thu Jul 15 2010
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I really don't like the first Ranma voice. It's really obvious that it's a woman trying to imitate a man.
blahers (Guest)
said at 10:09 PM on Sun Jul 11 2010
**** man. Why'd they have to go and change Ranmas voice right in the middle of everything. I mean i wouldn't be so mad if they just started with richard cox in the begining of series, but no.After episode 64 Ranma just doesn't seem like ranma anymore :\
Pokejedservo (Moderator)
said at 9:06 PM on Sun Jul 4 2010
Ah the male version of Ranma Saotome, and I am just going to be a lot more straightforward this time. I know a good portion of the fanbase is going to REALLY want to disagree with me but I am definitely going to go with Richard Cox on this one. Why? Cause I am not sure if I like the idea of Male Ranma being voiced by a woman and Sarah Strange's Male Ranma voice just sounds so awkward to me. But don't get me wrong I am definitely not calling Sarah Strange a bad VA at all. (IMO its a darn shame that Viz wasn't able to dub Urusei Yatsura back then using the Ocean Group because she would make a perfect Ryuunosuke. Course I feel that its a shame that Urusei Yatsura didn't get a Viz dub back then in general but that's a different story.) But still while Richard Cox is not one of my absolute favorite Male VA's for Ocean but he is not a bad one to me and Male Ranma is one of his better performances so I will be going with Richard Cox here.
ludecrecia (Guest)
said at 8:57 PM on Sun Jul 4 2010
I'm gonna have to go with Sarah on this. I just CAN'T stand the thought of my delicious Ranma sounding like InuYasha!
PurpleWarrior13
said at 1:37 PM on Thu May 27 2010
Shadee88 has a good point. As Ranma got older, his voice changed! though I'm sure age progression had nothing to do with the recasting (Miss Strange got involved with other stuff).
shadee88 (Guest)
said at 2:43 PM on Tue May 25 2010
Richard's voice show age progression for Ranma.
jeniferclatt (Guest)
said at 10:25 PM on Sun May 23 2010
idk what 2 say other than i think that richards voice for inuyasha is wonderful and that the first time i heard the voice i fell in love with it
akanemely (Guest)
said at 12:34 AM on Sat May 1 2010
I love the voice of Ranma done by Sarah! It turns me on and I'm a girl! LOL!
ykuarikanashii88 (Guest)
said at 11:26 PM on Fri Apr 30 2010
At first I HATED Ranma's dubbed voice. It sounded so awkward to me back then so I just went to the Sub. version for a while. BUT after watching 5 episodes in Japanese I just randomly decided to watch the series in English. And it was during that time watching all those first three seasons of the dub that I grew to love Sarah Strange as Ranma! And it became one of my favorite dubbed shows! And then -sigh- the voice changed..
Now don't get me wrong, Richard Cox is an AMAZING VA. I LOVED him as Inuyasha, no question there. But for Ranma? Meh not so much. I got so used to hearing Sarah, and I really fell in love with Ranma's character and her voice. I mean i went three seasons and 2 movies with her you know? (I sound like a nerd/stalker I know xD) But really, there's only a few girl VA's that I think could pull off a male role and Sarah was definetly one of them. Richard my boy, you're amazing but there's only one person I see fit to play Ranma and that is Sarah Strange.
mareemar (Guest)
said at 4:04 AM on Sun Apr 25 2010
i have to go with richard all the way. ( he is my favorite Male VA of all times)
CatsTuxedo (Moderator)
said at 6:35 PM on Sat Apr 24 2010
I'm going with Richard as well. He sounds a lot less awkward. Besides, he was voiced by a male in Japan so he should be voiced by a male here.
PurpleWarrior13
said at 2:21 AM on Mon Mar 8 2010
Sarah Strange sounded so much like a boy, and her performance was very well done. Richard Ian Cox was really good in the later episodes as a more older Ranma, but I'll always have a place in my heart for Sarah Strange!
dragonnite (Guest)
said at 6:28 PM on Sat Feb 6 2010
i really like both voices,but the fact they had to change the voices out of the blue was not cool,but hey at least they have good voices that's all that matters
gazzer (Guest)
said at 9:33 PM on Thu Feb 4 2010
Strange's voice for Ranma suited the character perfectly. I'm so upset it has changed. I almost don't want to watch it anymore. Almost.
gaijinotaku (Guest)
said at 10:45 PM on Sat Jan 16 2010
Cox, definately. Strange sounds awful IMO.
dan (Guest)
said at 1:06 AM on Sat Jan 2 2010
OMG I have to say that there is absolutely no way that Richard Cox takes this one! Sorry, no, absolutely NOT! Ranma was my all-time favorite anime, bar-none, and I literally stopped watching it when they changed Ranma's voice. If they would have started with Richard Cox at the beginning of the series, that's one thing. But you don't f$#k with a classic! End of story. After 64 episodes, 2 movies, and an OAV Series.....nuh uh. Not cool. Bad form.
silverwolf (Guest)
said at 3:58 PM on Sat Oct 31 2009
Though I like Richard cox's voice better then Sarah Strange's, it sounds too much like InuYasha's to me.
mitochondriaeve (Guest)
said at 1:07 AM on Thu Aug 27 2009
I though Sarah Strange's voice of Ranma was a little more unique and child-like. Since Ranma is technically a child, it suited him very well in my opinion :D I liked her a lot more than Inuyasha's voice ^^;
Pokejedservo (Moderator)
said at 5:19 PM on Fri Jul 10 2009
True but of course the same thing can be said about Kappei Yamaguchi for Male Ranma and Inuyasha as well. (They even did a little gag on that Urusei Yatsura X Ranma 1/2 X Inuyasha mini-special when Inuyasha noticed on how Male Ranma sounded awfully familiar.)
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 2:55 PM on Fri Jul 10 2009
I like both. Though Richard's voices for Ranma and Inuyasha are very similar. :D


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