On January 29, 2001 I had the opportunity to contact Mr. Toshifumi
Yoshida, executive producer and translator for Ranma ˝. He had some
interesting things to say which I am happy to pass along to the
Ranma ˝ community.
I would like to thank Mr. Yoshida for his time and graciousness
in answering my questions.
1) I know Teryl Rothery left Ranma ˝ last season (I assume
because of her role on Stargate), but I recently noticed that she
is returning to voice work on another series. Is there any chance
that she will be returning to the role of Kodachi in season 6?
•Erin Fitzgerald played Kodachi in Season 5. Then she moved to LA
so I had to recast Kodachi yet again. For Season 6 (and 7 I assume),
Kodachi will be played by a new actor, Sylvia Zaradic.
2) Are there any voice actors that are departing at the
beginning of season 6? I certainly hope that they will all stay
with the show for its final two seasons.
•A new voice for Season 6 is Elaina Costain, replacing her sister
Angela for the role of Nabiki whilst Angela goes to flight school.
Angela is scheduled to return for Season 7. The suggestion to use
her sister was proposed by Angela herself as "she sounds just like
3) On Kirby Morrow's site he mentions that he has played
Picolet Chardin and Dr. Tofu. Does this mean that Ian Corlett will
not be returning to the role?
•Ian Corlette played Dr. Tofu the first time he shows up in Season
Six and the second time Dr. Tofu shows up, he was played by Kirby
Morrow as Ian was not available.
4) I noticed in the new Animerica that they are advertising
season 6's release as this summer. Is there any particular reason
for this deviation from the usual release schedule?
•Viz is planning a relaunch of the Ranma 1/2 series. The time delay
allows us time to prepare for the event. A recent development is
that as of Season Six, Ranma 1/2 tapes will contain 3 episodes per
5) Are there any updates on the Ranma ˝ TV DVD schedule,
or the possibility of releasing DVDs concurrently with VHS releases?
•Another aspect of our re-launch is a simultanious DVD release of
Season Six. Box sets of earlier seasons will start coming out later
6) This isn't a Ranma ˝ question, but is of personal interest
to me. Is there any chance of Maison Ikkoku going back to dubs?
I know there are many "Save Maison Ikkoku" petitions on the internet,
and many seem to show interest in it; especially a hybrid DVD release.
•There is a DVD release of the first 36 episodes that were dubbed.
If the sales on the DVDs are good, there is a good chance the dubs
will start again.
Thank you for your time, Mr. Yoshida. I appreciate it!
•It's not a problem, I try to help when I have a free moment. Good
luck with your website.
Interviewed by Harley Acres
Mr. Yoshida's producing and translation credits include:
Ranma ˝, and
Inu-Yasha Sengoku o-Togi Zoushi.