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Best Ranma Movie To Date

  • Nov 24, 2001
I have been a fan of Ranma 1/2 since my high school days, and way before Pokémon was advertising it on it's videos. I have been involved in the fanfiction/fansites and fanclubs that follow this wonderful series from the genius mind of Rumiko Takahashi, and I think I can safely say that this is one of the best Ranma 1/2 plot lines out of all of the animated features (OAV, TV and Movie included) ever done.

I do not want to spoil the movie for you if you haven't seen it, but the basic plotline is that Ranma and the gang head out to sea in Kunou's new yacht and end up shipwrecked on an island. And island ruled by an illusion master prince, who happens to be looking for a bride, and is collecting young girls in order to make a good selection.

Suffice it to say a battle royal follows post haste when most of the girls are stolen from Ranma and the gang, and the movie winds down with Ranma making a HUGE sacrafice for Akane, along with demonstrating new techniques for both Ranma and Ryouga.

Over all if you like Anime you will like this DVD. If you like Ranma 1/2, you will love this DVD.

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The second theatrical feature in this popular series, based on Rumiko Takahashi'smanga, continues the comic adventures of a clutch of mismatched teenaged martial artists and their families. In the best anime tradition, the girls are buxom and long-legged, and sport minimal outfits that cover less of them than do their cascades of hair; the guys are slim, cute, and somewhat thick-witted.

The gang wrecks a yacht on the mysterious floating island of Togenkyo, ruled by Prince Toma, who's been seeking a bride by kidnapping girls wherever he drifts. Naturally, Toma is attracted to Akane, Ranma's fractious girlfriend. Ranma sets out to rescue her, but the dark-haired boy is transformed into a busty, red-haired girl whenever he's splashed with cold water. When the inevitable transformation occurs, Ranma finds him/herself as a bridal candidate, competing doggedly in such off-the-wall events as "survival flower-arranging" and "obstacle-course cooking."

Some Western viewers may take offense at the lighthearted treatment of kidnapping and the lecherous little old man who steals the tops from the girls' bathing suits. But Takahashi and Iuchi play everything for laughs, including a subplot involving the water from an enchanted spring that turns everything it touches irrevocably male--the obvious solution to Ranma's problem. The results are fast-paced and zany, but don't always make much sense. --Charles Solomon

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Director: 2, Ranma 1
Genre: Animation
DVD Release Date: November 10, 1998
Runtime: 60 minutes
Studio: Viz Video
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