Sixteen year-old Ranma Saotome has lived most of his life as a wandering martial artist with his father and frequent sparring partner Genma. On a training journey in the Bayankala Mountain Range in the Qinghai Province of China, the two fall into the cursed springs at Jusenkyo. When someone falls into a cursed spring, they take the physical form of whatever drowned there hundreds or thousands of years ago whenever they come into contact with cold water. The cursed will revert when exposed to hot water until their next cold water exposure. Genma fell into the Spring of the Drowned Panda while Ranma fell into the Spring of Drowned Girl.