(?? ???,Kuno Kodachi?) is one of Ranma Saotome's suitors.
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name was changed to "Geraldine" in the French dub.
Known as "The Black Rose" (???????,Kurobara no kodachi?) in the gymnastics community, Kodachi is presented as Tatewaki Kuno's sister and a student at St. Hebereke's School for Girls (St. Bacchus School for Girls in the manga).
This is in contrast to her
brother and several members of the regular cast, who attend the co-ed Furinkan High School.
As a master of Martial Arts Rhythmic Gymnastics and captain of the school's team, she
often preemptively attacks her
opponents with various weapons, including swords or a giant mallet to cripple them, thus winning by default.
calls it "fighting in all fairness before the match.
had seldom, if ever, lost a match before battling Ranma
as a result of this practice.
becomes enamoured with male Ranma
after the latter acts as her 'knight in shining armour' by saving her from falling off the roof of the Tendo Dojo.
Unlike his other suitors, Kodachi
is not actually betrothed to Ranma
Of interesting note is that Kodachi
has been bitter rivals with another girl, Asuka Saginomiya, AKA the White Lily, since they both were six years old, and violently assaulted each other's claimed "boyfriends" until only one of them was conscious.
'won' the competition they agreed to compete again ten years later.
The other two brought exploding food, while Kodachi
arrived in a wedding dress.
and Tatewaki share a dysfunctional, but caring relationship between each other.
When it's revealed that the two are related after the former challenges Akane to a fight for Ranma
, Tatewaki admits that she
is completely insane, but tells Ranma
to take care of her
, and would even allow Ranma
to date her
refers to Tatewaki as "big brother" and would have him come to her
school for Parents Day.
Upon their meeting, Kodachi
instantly tried to seduce Ranma
, much to his chagrin, and ultimately failed when met by a kick courtesy of Akane Tendo.
Because of their rivalry over Ranma
and the Martial Arts Rhythmic Gymnastics challenge, Kodachi
seems to hate Akane and has tried to kill her multiple times.
Akane, also hates Kodachi
and like others, believes her to be crazy.
Kodachi is an expert in Martial Arts Rhythmic Gymnastics, making her skilled in acrobatics and weapon use in the form of ribbons, balls, clubs, hoops, and ropes, although her ribbon is her most commonly used weapon.
is incredibly agile and will typically make an aerial entrance or exit.
A very cunning individual, she
is not averse to using unorthodox methods in combat such as rigged weapons, explosives and various poisons.
In competition, certain techniques of hers were construed as cheating, like using hidden spikes in her
used them so skillfully that the judge couldn't notice them when pointed out.
teammates also had to leave after being discovered to be helping her
move the arena.
On the other hand, disguising a steel rod as a rope, or throwing her
brother at Ranma
, were within the main framework, which simply prohibits barehanded attacks.
has been shown to wear her
characteristic leotard under virtually all her
clothing, presumably because it permits a superior range of motion while in combat.
Compared to the rest of the regular Ranma
has apparently been treated as roughly equivalent to Ukyo or Shampoo during free-for-alls gang-ups aqainst Ranma
, Hinako or Genma, outside of "Martial Arts Rhythmic Gymnastics" tournaments (within these constraints she
came close to defeating Ranma, as he/she was early in the series, before Cologne's power-up, and limited to non-barehanded attacks), and seems to have superior recovery time, as the latter two took considerably longer when drained by Hinako.
However, any actual semi-confrontations during these situations have been limited to a few panels, alternately been completely off-screen, so it's very hard to draw a conclusion on these merits alone.
More importantly she
has also been able to fight / parry with Tatewaki on even or slightly superior footing, but it's unclear whether he
held back or not (as he
seems inclined to do against females).
Black Rose Blizzard: Kodachi's
most commonly seen technique, typically used for her
generates a storm of black rose petals, which can also be used to screen an escape.
Paralysis powder: One of Kodachi's trademarks, capable of incapacitating anyone.
has slipped the powder into tea or distributed it via bouquets of black roses.
Rose bombs: Bombs in the form of black roses which are thrown like darts.
Both have long black hair (although, Kodachi
wears hers in a side pony tail), and possess similar facial designs.
Kodachi Kuno at the Ranma ½ Perfect Edition