Rumiko Takahashi Shares the Origins of Shampoo's Unusual Name

Legendary artist takes to Twitter to talk about the thought process behind naming beloved Chinese martial artist

During her introduction, Shampoo bursts through a wall to confront Ranma with murderous intent in a scene from the Ranma 1/2 TV anime.

Image courtesy of Funimation.


Rumiko Takahashi - the prolific and prestigious manga author of series such as Inuyasha, Rin-ne, and Maison Ikkoku - recently took to her official Twitter account to share her thoughts on the origins of one of her most famous supporting characters: Shampoo, the Chinese warrior woman from the classic martial arts shonen romantic comedy, Ranma 1/2.





Introducing little stories about Rumic characters on an irregular basis!


Little character story: Shampoo


I wanted to come up with a name like "Shan-shan", but I didn't want it to be repetitive like the way they name panda bears. I wanted something cute like "shan" and "poo" that sounded Chinese. So I asked someone who was well-versed in the Chinese language to guess how to write it out in kanji.


And there you have it, folks. Shampoo was almost named like a panda bear rather than a hair-care product. The more you know...


An English language version of the Ranma 1/2 manga is available from Viz Media, while the Ranma 1/2 anime adaptations are currently streaming on services such as Hulu and Funimation.


Source: Hachima Kikō


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