The OAV series of Ranma 1/2 is definitely not for those who have never seen the series before. The OAVs pretty much assume you know quite a bit about the series and go from there. I would STRONGLY suggest you watch the first few seasons of the TV series before you watch the OAVs. But when you do . . . it will be worth the wait.
The OAVs for the Ranma 1/2 series are exciting, are VERY well done both graphically and musically. The storylines are awesome, and well outside the standard panty-stealing, aqua-transexual stuff we usually see. Almost every one of the OAVs is an adventure of some sort, although a few of them are more like gloried TV episodes - such as the Christmas special one.
Over all if you like Ranma 1/2 you will love the OAV series. If you like anime in general, but have never seen Ranma 1/2 I would watch a few episodes before you dive into the OAV.
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Since its debut in themangaweekly "Shônen Sunday Comics" in 1988 and as an anime series a year later, Rumiko Takahashi's gender-bending comedyRanma 1/2has been a popular favorite in both Japan and the United States. The first OAV episodes make it easy to understand why: the stories blend outrageous physical comedy, absurd situations, and likable, obtuse characters with just enough sentiment to keep the humor from becoming mean-spirited. Ryota Yamaguchi's screenplays push the nutty situations to the maximum, and director Junji Nishimura keeps the action moving. School blowhard Kuno hatches a phoenix that looks more like an outsized marshmallow Easter chick than the noble bird of legend: it imprints on Ranma, causing no end of trouble. An enchanted brooch produces 180-degree revolutions in the emotions of Shampoo, the Chinese girl. When she wears the pin right-side up, she chases Ranma harder than ever; when she wears it upside-down, she detests him with equal fervor. A demon escapes after 300 years of imprisonment and possesses members of the cast: Ranma and Ryoga use their martial arts skills to bombard the monster with charms that would recapture it--if they had spelled the magic formula correctly. The filmmakers balance these absurdities with gentle moments that anchor the character relationships. When Akane knits a scarf for Ranma in "Tendo Family Christmas," it looks like it's been attacked by a flock of voracious moths. He happily dons it and hands her a gift he ...