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Ranma 1/2 OAV Series: Box Set (2003)

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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Viz Video
Genre: Anime, Comedy Anime, Action Anime
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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Romance, comedy, martial arts mayhem, multiple personality changes, devilish dolls, haunted caves, magical phoenixes, evil goers, legendary monsters and more!

Disc One contains episodes 1-4:

  • Curse of the Contrary Jewel
  • Tendo Family Christmas Scramble
  • Akane vs. Ranma! I'll Be the One to Inherit Mother's Recipes!
  • Stormy Weather Comes to School! Growing Up with Miss Hinako

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Ranma 1/2 OAV Series: Box Set (Disc 1 of 3) (2003)
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7.75 (120 votes)
Ranma 1/2 OAV Series: Box Set (Disc 2 of 3) (2003)
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7.97 (97 votes)
Ranma 1/2 OAV Series: Box Set (Disc 3 of 3) (2003)
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8.04 (98 votes)

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Two Mediocre and Two of the Best all on One Disk by WChmara May 17, 2005 - 7:10 PM PDT
1 out of 2 members found this review helpful
"Team Ranma vs. the Legendary Phoenix" was the
third Ranma theatrical feature, which is why this "OAV" episode is shown in widescreen. While I found fault with the first two films, they, at least, had a big screen feel to them. This one was plain silly and not particularly funny, unless you laugh at stuff like a big yellow bird flying around with Kuno's head jammed in its rump. The shopkeeper who sells Kuno the phoenix egg looks, sounds, and acts like the old man from the TV series ep about the guy who runs the secondary school store at Furinkan High, but no overt connection is made between the two characters.
Equally silly is "Oh Cursed Tunnel of Lost Love! Let My Love Be Forever," which concerns Ukyo and Shampoo finding out about a cavern haunted by spirits of
broken-up couples. These spirits enjoy breaking up young lovers who go in there hoping to prove that their love is eternal. So far, the spirits have been winning every time, a fact Ukyo and Shampoo keep
to themselves as they push Ranma and Akane into taking a walk through it. Plenty of Ranma cliches resurface here and its predictability had me literally dozing off. The "Brady Bunch" references were a bit much, too.
In contrast, the final two stories on this disk make it worth the rental. In "Hell Hath No Fury Like Kasumi Scorned!", a visiting priest brings a box containing a 1000 year old ogre (or "oni") to the Tendo home. The old magical seal is failing, so if
the oni gets out before the priest can slap a new one on, the guys are supposed to help him put it back.
Well, it does escape, and it has a jolly ol' time possessing several of the characters, one at a time. But the real fun begins when it hops into the normally sweet and gentle Kasumi. This one's got a bunch of laugh out loud moments. And the ending's a
scream, too.
In "The Two Akanes, 'Ranma, Look at Me!'", the Tendos and the Saotomes stay at a rustic resort, named after the tourist attraction in the lobby: a cute little doll with a resemblance to Akane. While the girls relax in the hot spring, Kasumi tells them that if anyone is rude or disrespectful in the doll's presence, it will become angry and take its revenge. Nabiki doesn't believe a word of it, but when Ranma accidentally knocks the doll off the table it's perched on, it swaps souls with Akane and
sets out to kill him using her body. Akane's soul, stuck inside the doll, tries to deal with the situation. A very atmospheric episode, this story would've been right at home on TV's "Night Gallery." Atypical for Ranma 1/2, but it still works by highly effective use of background music and wonderful voice acting. It also happens to be the final bow of the Ranma characters in animated form. At least for now.

Also to be found on this disk is a collection of the original Japanese opening and ending themes to the various OAV episodes, a tour of the Tendo home via artist sketches and plans, character bios, a credit list telling you who played who in both languages, and a text interview with series creator Rumiko Takahashi which originally ran in Animerica magazine.

weird and yet kinda conventional by skybrian March 8, 2003 - 8:32 PM PST
5 out of 10 members found this review helpful
Here we have the very first episodes of the long-running and famous (among Anime fans) Ranma 1/2 TV series, which is about a boy who magically and involuntarily transforms into a girl, and back again, at the most inappropriate times. Oh, and everyone's a martial arts expert. And that's not all. It's absolutely bizarre, and yet sort of like Three's Company.

If you've seen some other random episodes (as I did, a long time ago) and found them just a little surreal, you might have the impulse to watch the first episode to straighten things out. I'd say resist that impulse - the explanation is only a cheesy sitcom setup (and you expected anything else)? It's really more fun when it makes less sense.

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