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Very good movie, if a tad out of character

  • Nov 25, 2001
The only reason I am rating this a 4 is because the supporting characters that would do just about anything to beat Ranma, or make him look bad, or just enjoy the simple sight of watching him lose a fight, end up acting like his cheerleaders towards the end of the movie, and I am sorry but Mousse, Ryouga and a few others would *NOT* cheer for Ranma in a fight.

Anyway, the story has almost every main character ever introduced to the series in it, and quite a few that are new or seldom seen, and the additional bonus of a new character named Jasmine who hails from China and has a large grudge against Happosai, and a large elephant to back her up.

The story then moves to China as Ranma and the gang chase her abductors (yes *sigh* - Akane gets kidnapped again, by another idiot that wants to marry her). These abductors happen to be VERY powerful, and very elusive martial artists from China, and the battle for Akane gets hot and heavy towards the end.

Overall I liked this Ranma 1/2 movie, even though it was a tad predictable. But part of what makes Ranma 1/2 a winning formula is using the bits that work. So you can't blame Takahasi and Viz for making the first Ranma 1/2 movie released in theaters a bit fomulaic. The second movie is much better, if also a little cookie cutter.

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It's just another day at the Tendo Anything-Goes Martial Arts Training Hall - that is, until a strange girl named Lychee and her giant elephant Jasmine arrive to settle a score with lecherous martial arts master Happosai. Apparently, a very long time ago, Happosai gave Lychee's great-grandmother half of a legendary scroll guaranteed to bring happiness to whoever was holding it. The women of Lychee's family have been waiting for three generations now, and the prince STILL hasn't come - but of course, the moment Lychee lets the scroll out of her hands, the prince finally appears. Only now it's Ranma's reluctant fiancée Akane that's holding the scroll, and the long-awaited prince is only too ready to sweep his lucky bride off her feet. Now Ranma & Co. have no choice but to follow Prince Kirin's majestic flying barge all the way to Nekonron, China, where they find themselves in a showdown with the Seven Lucky Gods of martial arts!
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Director: Shûji Iuchi
Genre: Animation
DVD Release Date: June 3, 1998
Runtime: 74 minutes
Studio: Viz Video
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