You know? The only time I liked Tendo Akane was when she had long hair. Of course that lasted all of, what, two episodes. And then I spent the remaining thirty-something books annoyed with her. Which is why I was hoping the upcoming Ranma 1/2 SP from Japan would let Akane keep her locks. But alas, the first stills have been released for the dorama, and Aragaki Yui gamely lopped off her long locks for the first time since she was in junior high. The cast pictures are all below, so have a gander and see if the live-action versions were what you imagined when you read the manga. I think both Ranmas look spot-on actually.The Ranma SP comes out in December.
Tendo Akane. Gakki looks adorable, but I can’t help but wish they cast someone a few years younger since the kids are all supposed to be in high school. If this was Koizara-era Gakki I’ve be fine with it. But after seeing her in Zenkai Girl, I’m going to have a harder time believing she’s a high school student. And a very emotionally immature one at that.
Boy Saotome Ranma and Girl Ranma. I love how they purposely cast a super busty actress to play girl Ranma and keep the running gag that Girl Ranma has a better figure than real girl Akane. Kaku Kento looks perfect, and even Natsuna has got the move down.
Saotome Genma. Panda Daddy!
Eldest sister Tendo Kasumi and Middle sister Tendo Nabiki
Daddy Tendo Suon
Gosunkugi Hikaru and Dr. Ono Tofu
First peek at the cast filming Ranma 1/2: