on 25 May 2008
This is good value for money - two Ranma movies in one box. If you are a fan of the Ranma 1/2 series, then you will enjoy watching these two movies as well - at least I did! Both movies are very funny. It helped for me to have seen the first three complete series of Ranma 1/2 in order to know the characters and how they relate to each other (especially some of the more minor characters). I enjoy a lot watching the movies in the original Japanese and turning on the English subtitles - great way to practise some language learning skills in a fun way. Very recommendable.
on 21 July 2011
This box set contains the following two movies; Ranma ½: Big Trouble in Nekonron, China Ranma ½: Nihao My Concubine.
Ranma ½ was a Manga series made between 1987 to 96 by Rumiko Takahashi. For anyone who doesn't know Ranma ½, it follows a martial artist called Ranma a terrible curse was put on him after falling into a spring in china that turns him into a girl when splashed with cold water, and back into a boy when splashed with hot.
Both films have similar plot lines however the second does it a lot better in my opinion. The first is about a prince who is looking for a bride who holds the other half of a scroll, Ranmas fiance, Akane comes by this scroll and is kidnapped and taken to China, Ranma along with his father, Akanes father and his rivals and finances follow them to China along with a girl who original owned the scroll and is supposed to marry the prince.
The second movie takes place during a heat wave when Ranma, Akane and her family along with the usual cast go on holiday to a deserted island(not the most original idea ever) there boat however is destroyed and the girls in their party start to disappear, after using Ranma as bait they find another island where the girls are being held hostage, Ranma, in his girl form, tries to get the prince of this island to marry him so he can use the spring they have to turn back into a man, however he choose Akane as his bride instead, see how I said there similar.
The films don't offer much in way of story as you can see, I would recommend them as they are very funny have some very interesting characters. The animation is typical of early 90s Japanese animation and has very bad backgrounds at some points which are just random shapes, on the whole though is decent. The English dub was done by the Ocean Group, usually I would recommend watching these things in English as it doesn't require reading subtitles and there are lots of good dubs out there. With this dub I strongly recommend watching the original Japanese dub as the voice acting is bad on a level you wouldn't believe possible, the main character sounds like a girl, while in his boy form, with a voice that's unbearable to hear and acting you would expect from a fan dub. the original dub is much better with talented voice actors.