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Fan Fic: The Key to a Successful Interview
The Key to a Successful Interview Is a Good First Impression! is a Ranma ˝ Fic written by The Sage of Toads.

As the Trope Codifiers of the Takahashi Couple and one of the oldest pairings in web-based fanfiction, Ranma Saotome and Akane Tendo are best known as one of the most violent pairings in anime. The subtle nuances of their relationship have been explored and examined in thousands of fics since the mid 1990s, but in the majority of cases, their relationship remains a case of Belligerent Sexual Tension.

Interview on the other hand is a Satire/Parody/Pastiche story about what happens when Ranma gets the chance to meet Akane and reveal his curse under nearly-ideal circumstances, allowing them to strike up a functional friendship. Of course they still live in Nerima and Ranma is still going to have to deal with Kuno, Ryouga, and the Fiancee Brigade so it definitely isn't going to stay ordinary...

It has two Spin-Offs: Beautiful Destroyer Sailor Moon a Sailor Moon fanfic and The Merry Killers a Love Hina fanfic taking place in the same verse.

This fanfic contains examples of:

  • Achilles' Heel: While their bodies can handle poison hidden inside food, the mouths of those who practice the La Belle France School of Martial Arts Fine Dining are super sensitive to spicy stuff.
  • Actor Allusion:
  • And Call Him George: Azusa of course, until Akane figures out that it's a facade to hide that she is a Broken Bird.
  • Battle Butler and Ninja Maid: The Chardins have one butler and hordes of maids, all combat capable. The butler turns out to be an old friend of Kasumi's.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted in the Golden Pair fight
  • Berserk Button: When Ranma insists the Akane isn't his girlfriend, Ryouga accuses him of being gay.
    Ranma's punch registered a 9.5 on the Richter scale in Switzerland.
    • A second one: Hurting Akane.
    • Akane completely loses it in Chapter 15 when Shampoo says that she and Ranma had sex while he was brainwashed.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Kasumi. And how.
    • Tofu as well.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In chapter 19, Azusa saves Akane from Kaori.
  • Bi the Way: Kodachi
  • Black Comedy: Chapter 10 casually plays a murder/suicide by plane crash for laughs.
  • Black Comedy Rape: What Nabiki does to Ryouga.
  • Brain Bleach: The maids wear blindfolds because the sight of Chardins' stretching their mouths is horrific to look at.
  • Brick Joke: Akane's intent to "fuck Kodachi with a steamroller" during the Kodachi Arc.
    • During Chapter 15's epic battle, Shampoo threw a tugboat into the air that was never mentioned again... until Chapter 21 in an extraordinarily painful fashion.
  • Broken Bird: Azusa
  • Butt Monkey: Ryouga gets no sympathy from anyone, and even Kuno gets more respect than Gosunkugi.
  • Call Back: Ranma's warning about getting too lax from mob fighting is brought back when Akane faces the assault of a hundred foes and she evades a sneak attack from Azusa thanks to it.
  • The Cameo: Naru and Kitsune from Love Hina make an appearance as a pair of Asuka/Dr. Akagi cosplayers at an Eva convention. Leeron also makes a few appearances but it's not clear yet whether he's also a cosplayer... or not.
    • Chapter 10 revealed that the girl that Ranma borrowed the Rei plugsuit costume from was Ami Mizuno.
    • Mihoshi Kuramitsu as the incompetent immigration official.
    • Chapter 14 reveals Genma's ace-in-the hole, the legendary Grand Master Dio, aka...Donny Osmond?!
    • Speaking of chapter 14, one of Kasumi's flashbacks reveals the doctor that treated Miss Tendo was Ryuuken Ishida from Bleach.
    • In Chapter 20, Rei Hino shows up, and she attends St. Bacchus.
    • Dorothy Catalonia also makes a cameo in chapter 20, as a European exchange student at Furinkan, whose eyebrows were shaved off.
    • The owner of The Little Shop That Wasn't There Yesterday that the gang visits may either be Kagome Higurashi or her descendant, but the man she talks to at the end of Chapter 28 is definately Inuyasha.
  • Celebrity Power: Donny Osmond can fly.
  • Cerebus Rollercoaster
  • Chekhov's Gun: In Chapter 12, an A-10 Thunderbolt II and thousands of rounds for its main gun are mentioned stolen from an air base. It turns up soon enough.
    • Remember the pot of extra spicy curry Akane made and later sealed in the Nekohaten's freezer? They brought it out to bring down Picolet Chardin in Chapter 26.
  • Cool Pet: The Kuno Family's giant crocodile Mr. Turtle, who also gets a Big Damn Heroes moment alongside Kodachi in Chapter 19.
  • Cool Shades: Kuno in Chapter 20 shows up wearing the glasses he got at the end of the Take-out race. The results are... interesting
  • Creepy Crossdresser: House Chardin's toughest fighter is a seven foot tall muscleman in a maid's outfit.
  • Crowd Song: the song in chapter 14. Ranma has no idea why he's singing to it.
  • Cute Bruiser: Akane more and more.
  • Darker and Edgier: A bit so. Still funny, but a lot more Black Comedy and vulgarity.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Kasumi hears Akane masturbating.
  • Deconstruction Fic
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Akane starts undergoing this immediately thanks to their better first meeting. She's already masturbating to fantasies of him! Chaste Heroes are perfectly safe, after all.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Akane begins crossing it in wake of losing to Shampoo in 16.
  • Determinator: Neither a snowstorm nor a horde of security maids can stop Dr. Tofu from rescuing Kasumi.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Most of the maids working for the Chardins were actually there to Work Off the Debt they or their families incurred. When the Chardins are exposed as con men, the maids descend on them after Ranma and co leave.
  • Do with Him as You Will: The Wrecking Crew leaves the Chardins to be set upon by their former servants.
  • The Dreaded: Sailor Moon.
  • Entitled to Have You: Gosunkugi feels this way to Akane.
  • Expy: Shampoo is basically Shenhua from Black Lagoon. Justified by the fact that Shenhua is both Shampoo's cousin and mentor.
  • Fire-Breathing Diner: Akane's extra-spicy curry is comparable to napalm.
  • Flat "What.": Delivered by the Tendos and Ranma when the news of Genma engaging Ranma to Kaori is revealed.
  • Go Seduce My Archnemesis: Ranma figures out that Ryoga's Shi Shi Hodokan is powered by depression. So he sends Akane to go out on dates with him to make him happy to take the edge off the technique. It doesn't work, his ki attacks are fueled by strong emotion in general, not just despair.
  • Happily Married: Despite the unfortunate circumstances, Ryoga and Osaka manage to find bliss.
  • Heroic BSOD: Akane has one of these when she first hears about the marriage agreement. It's actually called a BSOD by the narrative.
  • Hurricane of Puns: Gosunkugi delivers a series of cat puns in chapter 21.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: Shampoo has no problem frenching an amnesiac Girl!Ranma.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: The only combat technique in Fine Dining Martial Arts involves eating your opponent.
  • The Immodest Orgasm: Chapter 5. Kasumi describes Nabiki's masturbation moaning as "theatrical".
  • Implacable Man: Shampoo.
  • Impossibly Tacky Clothes: Principal Kuno's wardrobe has some incredibly gaudy Hawaiian outfits.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Gosunkugi
  • Instant Awesome, Just Add Ninja: Ukyo is shown to be this in chapter 19.
  • Jerkass: Panthyose Taro is even worse than in canon. He has a Freudian Excuse, as Genma and Soun actually succeeding at killing Happosai when they were young means he's stuck with that name, but he's still a worse jerk than in canon.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: This version of Nabiki.
  • Lampshade Hanging: Akane says at one point that if Kuno's harassment of her keeps up, she'll become a man-hating lesbian. Guess what canon!Akane's Hatedom calls her?
    • Also, when Ranma reveals his curse, he wonders how it could've gone worse and then immediately thinks of the way that Ranma-kun and Akane meet in canon.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Gosunkugi and Genma get what's coming to them in chapter 21.
  • Lethal Chef: Chapter 17 plays this straight with Akane, but she's more clumsy rather than a culinary-inept.
    • However, that pot of curry she made? It was still bubbling despite being in a freezer for two months!
  • Lightning Bruiser: Invoked by Ranma, who stops one of Ryouga's punches with two fingers and then points out to Akane how much muscle power it takes to be as fast as he is.
  • Made of Iron: The Golden Pair.
    • Principal Kuno to a ridiculous degree
  • Medium Awareness: When it appears his defeat is nigh, Principal Kuno complains that it was too easy for the protagonists to win and the readers are going to call it anti-climatic.
    • Happens a lot in chapter 21.
  • More Dakka: Shampoo starts out using just grenade launchers (and who would think you'd ever say that?) and moves up to stealing a Thunderbolt II just to use its Avenger cannon to level Furinkan High School.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Shampoo suffers this at the hands of Pantyhose Tarou in Chapter 27.
  • Nonchalant Dodge: Ranma does this while training with Akane
  • One of Us: Akane. Turns out that when you strip away the tsundere traits you end up with a Star Wars-watching Super Robot Wars-quoting Eva convention-attending nerd.
    • Not just Akane, even Ranma is quite the Otaku. He mentioned getting pirated manga while in China.
  • Only Sane Man: Nabiki appears to be the only one left, now. She's the only one who actually breaks down and cries in the face of overwhelming stupidity and/or insanity, complete with a Thousand-Yard Stare.
  • Paper Tiger: To stop Kasumi's assault on the guests, the Madame St. Paul summons a seven foot muscular male in a maid's outfit to deal with Kasumi. He's gets knocked out by Dr. Tofu Ono with just one punch.
  • The Power of Love: The basis of Ranma's Ki attack.
  • Quip to Black: Nabiki keeps a pair of sunglasses in her pocket and this as her ringtone. She loans them to Ranma on occasion.
  • Re Cut: As of May 8, 2011, the author condensed and rewrote several chapters up to the takeout race arc. Notable changes include Shampoo's claim of screwing Ranma not being used to get Kasumi involved.
  • Red Baron: As in canon, Kuno's "Blue Thunder" nickname. This gets him mocked mercilessly by Akane.
    "Oh brother, last week he was the 'Sword that Cleaves Evil', and before that he was 'Walking the path of heaven, he who will rule everything'."
    • He adopted the title King of Heroes after Ranma casually referred to him by it.
    • Akane has become known as "The Worldwide Roadroller" thanks to "fucking" Kodachi with a steamroller.
  • Retired Badass: Ryoga, after he's dragged off to marry Osaka, became a family man, using his skills as a construction worker. Not even the Billion Yen Grand Prix can coax him to return to the battlefield, but that won't stop his friends from fighting in his name...
  • Rule of Funny: The story runs almost entirely on this and that other rule.
  • Rule of Three: During "The Third Sino-Japanese War" Arc, Kasumi is aware of this trope, and suspects a third tragedy is coming, far worse than the previous two (the first two being Ranma losing his memories of Akane and Gosunkugi assaulting Nabiki).
    • She's right. The third tragedy is Akane's loss to Shampoo in their fight for Ranma.
  • Running Gag: After a fight, Gosunkugi runs up to the loser and yells "You got knocked the fuck out!" in a reference to Friday.
  • Scooby-Dooby Doors: Ranma's the victim of this gag in chapter 5, after thanks to P-chan, he ends up getting chased by one angry mob.
  • Setting Update: The original series supposedly took place in the early 1990s. Interview clearly takes place in the Present.
  • Shipper on Deck: Nabiki shipped Kasumi and Dr. Tofu.
  • Shotgun Wedding: The Azumanga Daioh girls have force Ryoga to come with them, as he got Osaka pregnant!
  • Shout-Out: At least a few per chapter once things get going.
    • Ranma has a Newtype Flash just before Ryouga makes his first appearance.
    • Ranma finishes his fight with Ryouga with a flying kick from above that carries them both into a water fountain before jumping out of the ensuing geyser of water and landing in girl form. Akane, watching this, can only think to say:
    • Akane one-ups him in her match with Kodachi by quoting a few lines from Baran Doban's theme song while swinging Kodachi around like an Epic Flail.
      • That, AND she beat Kodachi with a Za Warudo impression, steamroller and all.
    • Kodachi's dialogue is almost line for line Ali al-Saachez's dialogue during Exia's first Trans-Am sequence when Akane goes all out.
    • Three words: TANKER LORRY DA!
    • The sponsors for the match between Kodachi and Akane. Including Xanatos Enterprises, Kaiba Corporation, The Speedwagon Foundation and Stark Industries.
    • Black Lagoon has gotten some love, in the form of how Shampoo speaks, as well as being where she learned to be as ruthless.
    • In chapter 13, Mousse does Light Yagami's famous "potato chip" bit, and has a Light-style internal monologue. Considering who his English voice actor is, this makes sense.
    • There're a horde of shoutouts in Chapter 10's Dead Baby Comedy bit, and this is lampshaded right after that.
    • The montage scene in Chapter 14, as well as the song that goes with it, serves as shout out to the montage scenes in both Team America: World Police and Mulan.
    • Shampoo's final attack is a nod to Ialdabaoth's Shinha Mougeki Reppa
    • Kasumi's sole named attack is another direct homage to another attack of Apothesized Ialdabaoth'
    • In chapter 13, Cologne is mentioned as working with Takeshi Hongo, the first incarnation of Kamen Rider.
    • Chapter 20: "Everyone began filing into the school, now filled with despair that even Nozomu Itoshiki could not fathom."
    • From the same chapter, when Principal Kuno's goons start taking clothing that doesn't fit into the school uniform regulations:
      One girl spoke up. "They stole my scarf!"
      Another cried. "And my earrings!"
      A rather short, stout girl roared. "And my axe!"
    • When Ranma delivers a beating to Principal Kuno, he does it Kenshiro style.
    • In chapter 3, after Kuno declares his love for Ranma-chan, Ranma is so pissed, he delivers a damn good impression of a Shun Goku Satsu.
    • Shampoo listens to Lady Gaga
    • Chapter 21 has quite a few:
      • Ranma's cell phone has its ringtone the Sailor Moon theme song. "Beautiful Destroyer Sailor Moon" chapter 14 reveals that Natalie Adams wrote the song after seeing the Senshi's heroism first-hand.
      • The line "Nobody dies when you kill them" is referenced a few times.
      • "That's a boat."
      • After Gosunkugi gets hit by a tugboat, Nabiki delivers a Horatio Caine one liner, complete with the sample of We Won't Get Fooled Again from her cell phone.
    • Akane's powerpoint presentations utilize artwork "drawn by another graduate of the Kuchiki School of Art"
    • When Ranma and Ryoga are about to begin fighting in chapter 24, Akane yells "Are you daft, punk?" Which is a double shout-out. The first being, obviously, to the electronic band, but a slightly lesser known one is to JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Abridged, which used the same line in the comment special. Given the other shout-outs to JJBA, it's probably intentional.
    • Chapter 26 has several of note as well:
      • When Madame St. Paul revealed the M5, Kasumi was disappointed that it was just a cheap knockoff of another legendary male maid.
      • The opening the curry pot sequence for Ranma and Picolet's Fine Dining Duel is referred to as "FORMATION C!"
    • Chapter 30 has Akane threatening Grand Prix entrants like a Dalek cutting down Cybermen.
  • Split-Screen Reaction: Invoked in chapter 14 during the arrival of the Grand Master who will train the Kunos, Ryoga and Mousse, Donny fucking Osmond. Let's get down to business!
  • Stealth Pun: Occasionally throughout the fic, Ryouga alludes to a nasty incident in which he wound up in Osaka. Chapter 24 reveals that he literally wound up in Osaka. Sexually.
  • Stepford Smiler: Asuza
  • Took a Level in Badass: Everybody, especially SHAMPOO. The martial arts as a whole are taken Up to Eleven, and pretty much everybody could mop the floor with, or at least be equal to, canon!Ranma. Shampoo has More Dakka, Stuff Blowing Up, and is Nigh Invulnerable. Akane learns the Umisenken and absurdly sharp Razor Wind. Ryoga uses his rarely-seen bandanna-blades to great effect, uses his umbrella more (and more effectively) in his fighting style, and overall kicks more ass. He also learns both the Shi Shi Hokodan and Moko Takabisha (which both become seemingly twice as strong), forcing Ranma to use a new Hokodan variant based on The Power of Love to beat him. Then he stands up and uses the perfected Shi Shi Hokodan. Only the Author Can Save Them Now... and he does . Mousse decides to declare Did You Think I Can't Feel?, uses Laser-Guided Amnesia on himself to rid himself of his infatuation with Shampoo, and says Let's Get Dangerous. Kuno gets Cool Shades which make him act normally, and actually decent fighting skills.
  • Training from Hell: Once again, The Golden Pair.
  • Tranquil Fury: Kasumi's fighting style of the "Gentle Sieve" is based on bottling up emotions.
  • Traumatic Haircut: What Shampoo gave Akane after her hard fought win in their battle for Ranma.
  • Unexpected Character: Vice-Principal Okamada from the the recent Broken Base making Live-Action Adaptation.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Averted in Chapter 7.
  • Up to Eleven: Everything has been getting crazier and crazier since the introduction of Ryoga.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Azusa after Akane calls her out not being able to act upon her love for Mikado.
  • Wake-Up Call Boss: The Golden Pair quickly shift from joke characters who will unquestionably be destroyed by Ranma and Akane, to pushing Ranma and Akane harder than anyone before.
  • Wham Episode: Chapter 12, when Shampoo erases Ranma's memory of Akane instead Akane's of Ranma,
    • Chapter 15.
    • Chapter 23. Ranma catches Akane holding a pregnancy test.
  • Wham Line: At the end of chapter 12, after Shampoo's attack on the high school...
    Ranma: "She keeps saying I'm her fiancé, who is she?"
  • The Worf Effect: Shampoo increasingly suffers this as the story continues. She even lampshades it as she attacks Octopus Mask.
  • Worthy Opponent: Shampoo considers Akane this.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Directly invoked by Ranma, but only if they're crazy. Invoked by Azusa but immediately subverted.

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