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Update, 2008-01-04: These notes are being gutted and trimmed to their bare essentials. A lot of what I used to have in here, either no longer applies to the story any more (see main page for massive updates), or no longer applies to ME anymore. Thanks, and enjoy the show.
:: WARNING - SPOILERS AHEAD:: CHAPTER 1: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Q: Why have Ranma and Akane start the story out kissing, and being all weepy and emotional with each other? A: I never intended the story to be a full blown series, I actually only started out writing Ranma Gets A Clue, to be a "One-Shot - WAFF Fic." It just kind of snowballed. (I will post more answers to questions about chapter one here as they are asked of me) CHAPTER 2: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Q: What is this great plan that Ranma and Mousse come up with on that rooftop? You mention it in chapter 2, and then once and a while in the story, but I have yet to see any evidence of it. A: It is coming. In Chapter 11 the plan is set into motion. (I will post more answers to questions about chapter two here as they are asked of me) CHAPTER 3: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Q: Why resurrect the whole "Kunou and gang attacking Akane in the morning bit?" It is a fanfiction convention that has been WAY overdone. A: True, but technically they weren't attacking Akane at first in chapter 3, they were after Ranma. It was also done to create tension. Q: Ryouga? American Football? Are you smoking crack? A: No, I thought that was a funny bit, I happen to like it. Not everyone likes all my jokes but you have to admit they are weird. ^_^ Q: Tickle fights? What is wrong with you? A: Many many things, but this was thrown in to show how immature they both are, emotionally they are both very young, they aren't comfortable with touching each other in a sexual manner, so they express their feelings with non-sexual touching. Just like the boys would hit and tease the girls in elementary school, and the girls would torment the boys relentlessly. Same deal here. (I will post more answers to questions about chapter three here as they are asked of me) CHAPTER 4: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Q: Ranma ready to kill people to defend Akane? Come on isn't that a little extreme? A: This one is a little harder to explain, it will become clearer why Ranma is such a violent protector once you have read chapter 10. But yes he was dead serious, and ready to kill to protect her. Q: Using the "Hiru Shouten Ha," on mere normally trained martial artists? Isn't that going a bit too far? A: Again, I can't really explain WHY Ranma is such a crazy protector here without spoiling chapter 10, all will become clearer with time. Q: Who is this Midori girl? Why bring her into the picture? A: Originally she was just some comic relief, and the person who happened to pick up Ranma's satchel. But I kept her on because she was the first character I ever made up entirely for the series, and I kinda liked her, in a sad pathetic sort of way [shrugs] I am sentimental like that. (I will post more answers to questions about chapter four here as they are asked of me) CHAPTER 5: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Q: So here I am, happily reading along in my little fanfiction world about Ranma and Akane's romance, and then POOF, they go bye bye, and I get stuck with Ryouga and Nabiki? What is the MATTER with you? A: I got a little tired of that story line okay? I wanted a change of pace, deal with it. Q: Isn't Ryouga a tad out of character (OOC) in this chapter? He is NOT that honorable! A: I know Ryouga may seem a little out of character, but work with me people. True he is no-where near this rambunctious in neither the Manga nor Anime, but!... he does hint at these sorta feelings, especially around akane. So it goes to reason that he would behave thus around others as well. I want Ryouga to be chivalrous, so dammit chivalrous he shall be! I know you may be tempted to cite the incident on Togenkyo island where Ryouga almost left Ukyo to the monkey dude as a perfect example of his not so chivalrous attitude, granted you have a point. But he DIDN'T leave her, and he DID defend her, and he WAS half crazed with worry for Akane, another girl he was trying to protect. So ... um ... THERE ... I guess ^_^ (I will post more answers to questions about chapter five here as they are asked of me) CHAPTER 6: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Q: Magic? What is wrong with you? There is no magic in Ranma 1/2! A: I beg to differ Jusenkyo springs breath. Q: Okay, well, you got me there, but still, that isn't the same kind of magic as you are introducing here! A: You are absolutely right! Here's your reward! ... crickets ... Q: When it says that Ranma feels "drained" after Akane touches him when she uses her magic, is she restoring her energy by sucking it from him? A: Yes. Q: Where did this ancient tome of Chinese legend come from? What does it mean? A: Read chapter 8. Q: I have it figured out, Ranma is the savior in the prophecy isn't he? A: Maybe he is, and maybe he isn't. Tofu could be. Akane could be, Ryouga could be, you'll just have to read to the end and find out. Q: Nabiki and Ryouga? You wouldn't dare? A: Of course I would dare, but for the moment your sensibilities are safe. Q: Akane and Ranma sleeping with each other? Isn't that kinda kinky/Limish? A: Yes, so what? They stay fully clothed the entire time. At least ... as far as YOU know anyway ^_- Q: Shadowy figures on the rooftops? Isn't this a romance story? A: Yes and no. It has to have SOMETHING to keep the story line moving or it would denigrate into either a full blown lemon, or a Sailor Moon type deal, and NO ONE wants that. [shudders] (I will post more answers to questions about chapter six here as they are asked of me) CHAPTER 7: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Q: Does Akane's Dream mean something? A: Yes, so does Tofu's. It all gets wrapped up into a tidy little ball in the end. Chapter 8 will partially explain the major driving plot of this story, and the final chapter wraps everything up - for the most part [cackles evilly]. Q: Why doesn't Akane beat the hell out of Ranma when she discovers him in her bed in the morning? A: [sigh] It is called character development. If I kept everything exactly the same as Takahashi's work then it would get very boring very fast. (well, I mean, come on, there is always the comedy GOLD of punting Happosai the pervert into lower earth orbit ... but unless I spent all of my time coming up with stories DOING that, then we gotta have some character development ^_^) Akane is still a violent little monkey, she is just going to spare Ranma for the most part from now on, it is one of the benefits of taking a lover ... even if all you have done with your lover is ACTUALLY sleep with them. Q: Ranma and Kasumi having brother/sister type talks in the morning? Where did that come from? A: I just kinda stuck it in there, it is just for plot and character development. I think it is kinda sweet, don't you? Q: So these black clad ninja guys are yakuza right? I know about the Japanese mafia, so this must be the answer. A: NO! They are not part of the &@##$!#*$@ yakuza, and boy am I getting tired of answering this one. Read the chapter carefully, it tells you what group they belong to. Yakuza was too predictable, I made it a little less canon-like. Q: Hey, Tofu acted like a normal person when Kasumi got hurt, that is important right? A: Yes, very important. Pay attention to the Tofu/Kasumi Developments in the next few chapters. Q: Why didn't Akane heal Kasumi like she did Nabiki? You are being inconsistent! A: Akane didn't heal Kasumi because a balancing factor (Tofu) had already taken the matter into his own hands, and because Ranma caught it before it became lodged in her mind enough to worry about it like she did on her run to see Nabiki. Ranma and Tofu combined can sort of cancel her out at the moment, that is the best way I can describe it at the moment. (I will post more answers to questions about chapter seven here as they are asked of me) CHAPTER 8: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . I am going to be rather evasive about this chapter. This chapter holds the keys to a lot of answers in the story line, and if I give them all away here in the FAQ, the story won't be as much fun. Q: Why are there no names in this chapter except for the regular Ranma 1/2 characters? A: Because it is a DREAM, silly goose, since when are dreams rational? Q: Why are you re-telling the story of the formation of Jusenkyo? A: Technically I cam not RE-Telling it. It was never told (at least, as far as I know). And I like my version better. Q: Is the man in black, in the dream, the same as the one in Akane's dream? A: Yes. Q: Is the sword going to come back into the story later? A: Yes. Q: What in the world was the point of this chapter? What does it all mean? A: No comment, read it and figure it out, come to your own conclusions. (I will post more answers to questions about chapter eight here as they are asked of me) CHAPTER 9: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Q: Why is Tofu all bitter/crabby like now? He used to be such a charming goofball. A: It took a large shock to his reality to get Tofu to drop his goofy act around Kasumi, that was his defense against her, he was terrified she would break his heart. So he kept her away until he was ready to ask - and subsequently be refused, if she loved him. It is all kind of complicated, read it and try to figure it out. Q: Why doesn't Ranma just beat up the people that bug him so much? Why does he need a secret restaurant to hide in? A: Because Ranma runs from his problems, and anyway you don't use the art for that purpose. (I will post more answers to questions about chapter nine here as they are asked of me) CHAPTER 10: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Q: How could Ranma, a martial arts GOD, get beat up? Are you writing him out of character, or does this story take place early on in the canon? A: The story takes place early on in the canon. Before it branches out in the my own strange take on the series anyway. Think of the anime series, seasons 1-4ish, as the canon setting, before the story branches. I hadn't even read the majority of the manga when I wrote the majority of this story -- especially the managa where Ranma encountered the Musk dynasty folks. Q: They didn't SLEEP together, "sleep together," did they? A: Nope. Ranma is saving himself for marriage ^_- CHAPTER 11: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Q: What is a focus pad? A: This is a focus pad
focus pad image Q: What is the the deal with the red belt to black belt thing? A: Akane wears a red belt in the anime. Red belts are in the Tae Kwon Do ranking system, not the Kenpo/Kempo system, which uses red only for tenth degree "master" ranks (at least that is what my instructors have told ME anyway). Since she is clearly not the master of her school (Happosai is), I took it that the animators just assigned her a random belt color, and called it a day. I seriously doubt anyone is going to seriously argue that Akane was wearing a red belt denoting that she was in fact a senior black belt of her school. It just doesn't make any sense. Since her belt color was red, I used the Tae Kwon Do belt system to assign her a skill level in my mind. When I had Ranma promote her to Black, I stated implicitly in the story that all of the senior members of her school thought she was basically ready for black (which was why they had the scroll ready), she just needed some final polishing training to make the leap, and assemble it all in her mind. She had done the time, she had put in the training hours, she just needed the polish, and someone with the patience, (and hit endurance) to see it through with her. This is keeping in spirit with how actual Kenpo/Kempo schools run (at least as far as I have experienced them), where you are assigned rank based on the observations of your instructor -- who is fully free to assign a student to black belt, if they feel they are ready. Kung Fu schools do that too. Tae Kwon Do schools (at least the ones I have attended) and schools which use their ranking system, generally progress you at a fairly regular rate, rewarding you with continuous small achievements in ranks. They generally use tips (colored pieces of tape, or in some schools, special belts showing your progress with stripes or something similar, for the same purpose) to do this, and when you get enough tips you move up in belt color. So, the position I was taking was that Akane was a red belt when the anime started (obviously we never see what color rank she held in the black and white manga -- except some covers, which generally show it as either red or orange-ish red), and she is clearly below everyone else in her dojo in skill level. She carried her red belt rank all through the anime, I never saw it change (on the rare occasions she wore it, after the first season). The only other color one could argue it was, is orange, which is even lower than red, and is on the Kenpo/ Kempo scale (while red isn't) around where green is on the Tae Kwon Do scale. The whole "point" of the plan was for Ranma to be a dramatic stepping stone in Akane's training. He was to be the bridge to her considering herself his equal, and for it to really mean something. As I wrote in the story, that obviously required a lot of pain and suffering on both of their parts, in order to make it "real", and it also required Ranma to "get a clue" and make a decision, and follow through with it -- which was sort of the entire premise of the story. Sure, I could have had him promote her to brown belt, which is the next step in the Tae Kwon Do ranking system (also more or less in the Kenpo/Kempo system, except they use 3 levels of brown), or he could have given her a tip, or anything like that. But how dramatic would that have been? Authors license, dude ^_^