How the name "Shampoo" came about in Ranma 1/2

How the name "Shampoo" came about in Ranma 1/2
Image: RumikoTakahashi / Shogakukan
Mb | Sep 09, 2021 | Reading Time: 2 Min.
As previously reported, Rumiko Takahashi, the manga writer on series such as Inuyasha, Rin-ne and Maison Ikkoku, occasionally answers questions from her fans on Twitter. She recently shared her thoughts on the origin of one of her most famous supporting characters: Shampoo, the Chinese warrior from the classic martial arts shonen romantic comedy "Ranma 1/2".

Translated roughly:

"I wanted to come up with a name like Shan-shan, but I didn't want it to repeat itself like the names of pandas. I wanted something cute like Shan and Poo that sounded Chinese. So I asked someone who was good at Chinese to guess how to write it in Kanji.

So the background wasn't a hair product as one might think.