Ranma Saotome (Male)
Ranma 1/2 Ranma 1/2

Ranma Saotome (Male)

Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Ranma Saotome (Male) with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Ranma 1/2

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 Jul 10 2009
Special thanks to Pokejedservo for additional sound clips.
Ranma 1/2 (1994)
Ranma Saotome (Male)Darren Pleavin
Darren Pleavin
Ranma 1/2 (1994)
Ranma Saotome (Male)Richard Ian Cox
Richard Ian Cox
Ranma 1/2 (1994)
Ranma Saotome (Male)Sarah Strange
Sarah Strange


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said at 8:04 AM on Tue Oct 3 2017
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Sarah Strange makes Ranma sound like avery lovable idiot, and sounds pretty distinctive to boot. So I'm going with her here.

Richard Ian Cox is alright, but there's something about his voice that just doesn't match the character that well to me. And Darren Pleavin just sounds dull IMO.
said at 12:01 AM on Fri Oct 21 2016
Richard Ian Cox fits Ranma's brash and stubborn personality the most, though initially the change to his performance was jarring coming off of Sarah Strange & it took him some time to distinguish his Ranma voice from his Inuyasha take, but he settled in by the latter seasons of the Series pretty well.

Sarah Strange was pretty awkward to listen to at first as well, but eventually she found her footing later, though she played up the tough guy aspect a bit too much.

Darren Pleavin is a bit too dull and too old sounding in the part. His acting's alright, but the voice & inflections could use some work.
said at 2:07 PM on Thu Sep 29 2016
Gotta be Richard Ian Cox. He fit the role best, had perfect comedic timing for his lines and was incredibly believable as Ranma. Sarah Strange was pretty decent, but I wish Cox could have been Ranma from the beginning.
said at 8:16 PM on Wed Jun 1 2016
Richard Ian Cox hands down. Just because he voiced as Inuyasha, that has absolutely no correlation to how he performed as Ranma. After all, they are SEPARATE performances. So when people say Richard sounds too much like Inuyasha, I cringe so hard.

Sarah's performance is the sole reason why I'm NOT going to watch Ranma 1/2 in English but in Chinese when I rewatch it. It makes absolutely NO sense to have a female voicing as Ranma's male half as well, when he's too old for that type of voice. Besides, Sarah sounds like she's trying too hard.
said at 7:18 PM on Tue Mar 22 2016
To be honest, male Ranma being voiced by a woman kind of makes sense to me now since he's technically half-girl. The producers probably wanted to reflect his dual-gender nature by giving him a feminine voice even while in male form (even if he was trying to be macho). Just saying it makes some sense from a certain point of view.

I mean what struck me as confusion in the first three seasons was that usually the opposite would happen when a female-voiced male protagonist was brought over to the states (Kenshin, Goku, etc). Though there are exceptions (like Frieza's original actresses) it was rare that a male important character would be given a female voice actor in the states if there was already one in Japan, but that's another story.

I'll be honest, Richard's problem at the beginning his tenure was that he was trying to make Ranma too soft-spoken and feminine like his predecessor, sounding pretty flat as a result. Being a man himself, this didn't give a decent performance (the fact that seasons 4 and 5 were the least faithful to the Japanese doesn't help but we can't blame Richard for that). However, by the time Season 6 started he began to make it sound a little more deeper and more manly like his Inuyasha voice which really improved his delivery. As a result I think Sarah had the better things to work with while Richard while no doubt decent took a while to come into his own. As for Darren Pleavin I'm somewhat indifferent.
said at 11:41 PM on Thu Feb 4 2016
Sarah's line shown up there is kinda ruined by the irony of "battle between MEN", plus she just sounds unfit for the role. RIC sounds like he's really umm...enjoying the role in that line and his voice annoys me in other clips. Darren sounds okay, but the acting needs a little work.

Oh, and i vote Darren. I haven't seen the show, and i'm going by the clips i've seen here and on YouTube.
said at 11:07 PM on Fri Jan 8 2016
Sarah's take was good once it found its footing, though she struggled at shouting.

I admit when I heard Ian at the start of the fourth season I was also thrown off a bit, but he grew into the part a lot.

Darren's too deep and flat.
said at 11:12 PM on Fri Aug 29 2014
1 Richard
2 Darren
3 Sarah
said at 8:53 AM on Sat Aug 16 2014
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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....
said at 6:24 PM on Wed May 4 2016
@MuffinButton I agree.
Thought the same thing.
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.
said at 10:17 PM on Sun Apr 6 2014
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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.
And his voice would come from an actual guy and also sound something like Ranma
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.
said at 9:23 PM on Sun Sep 25 2016
That's kinda cool, too. Lol.
said at 6:45 PM on Sun Oct 6 2013
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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.
said at 9:21 PM on Fri Sep 6 2013
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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.
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).
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.
said at 10:07 PM on Tue May 28 2013
You see that one vote for Darren Pleavin?

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.
said at 2:33 PM on Fri May 3 2013
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Richard is the most natural voice for male Ranma.
said at 9:04 AM on Thu Nov 8 2012
original always the best
said at 6:32 PM on Sat Oct 27 2012
Sarah Strange was best.
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 :)
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.
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.. :)
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
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).
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
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said at 12:09 AM on Thu Jul 29 2010
good catch! I'll have that updated asap :)
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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.
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.
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).
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.
said at 2:21 AM on Mon Mar 8 2010
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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!
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.)
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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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