Nodoka Saotome is the wife of Genma Saotome and the mother of Ranma. When Ranma decides depart Nerima for Kyoto, in an effort to thwart the sinister plans of Daigo Mitsurugi, his mother was the only one he actually said goodbye to before commencing his perilous journey. Initially Nodoka mopes for days, refusing to eat and leave the dojo, despite being admonished by Kasumi. After being thoroughly reviled by Cologne for her behaviour, however, she comes to her senses and finally decides to join Shampoo and Ukyo and the three travel towards Kyoto, in hopes of bringing Ranma back.

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