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Ranma 1/2 (DVD)
Member Name: chaobreeder16
Ranma 1/2 (DVD)
Date: 29/05/08, updated on 29/05/08 (57 review reads)
Advantages: funny and has aged well
Disadvantages: a bit dated perhaps for the new generation of anime fans
The title dosent specify which region dvd or series of ranma 1/2 it is so i will review the first series box set which i bought in America because i am not entirely sure it is available in region 2.
Each box set comes with 4 discs each containing 4-5 episodes each lasting about 25 minutes with both an English track or Japanese with English subtitles. It also has a n interactive menu.
The plot follows the daily life of a young man (called ranma) whose father is head of a dojo, so in order to keep the family name he must marry his arranged fiance the daughter of his fathers best friend who also owns his own dojo and whom trained together as young men.
However during a trip to China both Ranma and his father fell in cursed springs. So now when ranma is hit by cold water he turns into a young woman with red hair, and his father turns into a giant panda, only a splash of hot water can return them back to normal.
However Ranma has a lot of enemies from school and home so when they where following him around the world they also fell into cursed springs, including the spring of cursed duck, cat and piglet. So as you can imagine he is not very popular.
What makes it worse is he accidentally sees his fiance naked in the bathroom, which permanently has upset her (as it would any girl) as he is a perfect stranger.
The word leeks out at his new school that ranma is the girls new fiance which earns him even more enemies as she is the most popular girl at school.
The animation for this anime has seemingly aged well considering it was released in the 80s originally and has so many series', it also strays a little away from the generic looking styles of traditional looking anime with spiky hair. In fact the majority of characters have Chinese style haircuts and clothing styles.
I like the opening and closing scenes as the music is catchy and quite popy, also the animation style is cute and comical.
The English voice acting is ok but regularly changes so i would suggest watching the subbed if your a hard core anime fan.
The music and sound effects aren't bad either and the plot consists of a lot of martial arts and slap stick comedy which never ceases to please. However the series in entirety is extremely long and maybe loses the plot towards the finish of the show as it endlessly adds more characters to keep the viewer interested.
The anime contains a lot of boob shots and bath scenes so a rating of 15+ or older teen is used which i think is fair enough.
Though it dosent contain anything overly objectionable or extreme
Summary: a boy who turns into a girl, a dad who turns into a panda and the curse that started it all