Ranma ½: The Abridged Chronicles

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Genma: I'm a panda!
Ranma: And I'm a girl!
Soun: Why didn't you go into the springs that would turn you back while you were there?
(crickets chirp)
Akane: You guys are idiots!


Ranma ½: The Abridged Chronicles is an Abridged Series created by EliteslayerX and ZomgRuler, working together under the title of Zomg-Elite Productions. Like other Abridged Series, it's an Affectionate Parody and Gag Dub of the series Ranma ½, taking one or two episodes and condensing it into about five minutes.

The series was first posted in August 2008, and has since released several episodes and a handful of specials. Given the comedic nature of the original series, much of The Abridged Chronicles is spent lampshading the more ridiculous aspects of it, including the Fan Service. Especially the Fanservice.

The cast consists of several other fans who auditioned for certain roles, due to a large amount of female characters with male creators. There are also occasional guest appearances from interested fans, but very few get a chance. However, the amount of actors each needing to record and send in lines, as well as the creator's lives getting in the way of making new episodes, have contributed to a Schedule Slip.

Not to be confused with any other Abridged Series of Ranma ½ on YouTube; this one uses the word "Chronicle" instead of "Series" because "it sounds cooler".

There is not yet any web page for it, but it does have a Facebook fan page here. You can also watch the episodes here.

Tropes used in Ranma ½: The Abridged Chronicles include:

Ranma: Hey Akane, what are the chances of me being gay?
Akane: Same chances as someone putting butter on bread.


Ranma: What kind of butlers are you!?
Butler: The awesome kind.


Ranma: Please don't tell me she's going to join my harem...

  • Important Haircut/Traumatic Haircut: As with the original, Akane. The episode around it was even called "The Haircut Episode! Now We're Just Wasting Time"
  • Instant Cosplay Surprise
  • Interactive Narrator: The narrator in episode 1 was fired by Ranma, and replaced by a new one in episode 2. The new one will occasionally speak to (and argue with) the characters at the start of the episode.
  • Jerkass: Pretty much everyone at one point or another
  • Knuckle-Cracking: Ryoga, with walnuts... which happened to be the only food he had on him.
  • Lampshade Hanging
  • Larynx Dissonance: Female Ranma and Akane, along with random minor female characters, are voiced by men. Several important female characters, however, are in fact voiced by women.
  • Left the Background Music On: Used with Doctor Tofu whenever Kasumi is present.
  • Les Yay: "It's always a good time for girl-on-girl action."
  • Martial Arts and Crafts: Logically enough, considering the source material. Lampshaded with a generous helping of foreshadowing.

Akane: Rhythmic Gymnastics Martial Arts? That's the dumbest thing I ever heard of. What's next? Martial Arts Tea Ceremonies? Martial Arts Figure Skating?


Ryoga: North? That's up, right?


Ryoga: Oy, with the boobs, and the shirt, and the woah!

  • Once Per Episode: Several gags, appearing usually once per episode and including, most noticeably Genma doing something in panda form, accompanied by huge yellow letters exclaiming something. See the entry for more.
  • Pandaing to the Audience: Panda interference!
  • Running Gag: There are several, although technically it's more of a repetition of jokes disguised as running gags. The creators themselves admit it.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: Said by Akane in episode 7. Ranma agreed.
  • Self-Deprecation: The first half of the one-year special consisted of the characters pointing out the series' flaws. This did, however, lead up to a promise of improvements to come.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Kuno, all the way.
  • Something About a Rose: Kodachi. Also a brief appearance by Aki Izayoi, who accuses the former of stealing her black rose motif, prompting Kodachi to quote the trope's alternate title:

Kodachi: Suck my rose, bitch, I had it first.