A pleasing addition to Ranma.
Andres C. | 05/04/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The thrill alone of actually purchasing a Ranma 1/2 movie is worth the price. However, if you are expecting it to be faithful to the show, you may be dissapointed. I am a longtime Ranma fan and this may be one of the dullest videos (however it still deserves 4 stars) in the series.If this is your first time experiencing Ranma, this movie is not a good thing to start off with. Watch (or read) the series to understand all the wacky events. Just because it seems weird, doesn't mean it isnt good. On the contrary, weird things can always be excellent and interesting.The story is simple enough (too much for the Ranma 1/2 world). Akane is kidnapped when a scroll is dropped into her hands. Kirin, the master of the scroll, arrives to take her as his bride. Ranma and Ryoga do not take kindly to this and along with the rest of the gang, and Lychee, who owns the scroll, set off to Nekonron in China to confront Kirin.As usual the dubbing stinks (except for Shampoo), but the DVD soon fixes this problem by adding te additional language (Japanese) and English subtitles. Not only this, but there are other extra features: movie trailer, conceptual art, original japanese ending, information on the story and characters. Either way it is a great experience. I would rate the dubbed version 3 stars amd japanese version 4 stars (so I rounded it up)."
Saotome School of Making Good Anime
E. Batica | 11/11/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"To me, this is good collector's item for every Ranma fan. The intro at least cameos basically every character (including both cursed forms of the Jusenkyo victims) in the Ranma World. The fight scenes were stupendous, but could've been better had Ranma not gotten his clock cleaned in half of them and if Lychee would've fought at least once. As we all know, The Movie: II is better, but the first one's the classic. A decent question: Where's Ukyou? She cameoed at the beginning and that was it. It would've been da bomb if Ukyou would've lasted the whole film. This is a "must buy" movie!"
A good movie, but a bare-bones DVD
Joseph Rodriguez | Iowa City, IA United States | 09/30/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the first theatrical release in the Ranma 1/2 series, featuring a high school boy who turns into a busty girl when doused with cold water, and back in hot water.First, the movie. While not as good as the second one, it's still funny and gives one of the best minor characters, the lecherous martial-arts master Happosai, a chance to truly shine. Happosai's scheming leads to Akane (Ranma's reluctant fiancee) being kidnapped by a prince who wants to marry her, and the entire gang (plus Lychee, the bride originally intended for the prince, and her pet elephant Jasmine) have to set out for Nekonron, China to stop the wedding.The DVD has a few extras, most notably a character gallery - they're strictly bare-bones, though, nothing particularly good or worthy of seeing twice (although this seems to be the case more often than not with anime). The video quality is as good as the animation can look on DVD (much better than the TV series), and the language tracks in English and Japanese are good. It helps that Viz Video is one of the few competent anime dubbers around.If you're a Ranma fan, you should buy this - just don't expect worthwhile extras."
I laughed, I cried, I turned into a small, black pig...
Joseph Rodriguez | 11/05/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Okay, so maybe not really. Don't we all wish we could be P-chan though? I dunno why, it just sounds like fun. Ranma 1/2 is a well established anime (Japanese Animation) series, centering around a boy who turns into a girl (Ranma), his father (Genma) who turns into a panda, and Ranma's fiancee (Akane) who doesn't turn into anything. In this, the first movie,Akane is taken captive by the Seven Lucky Gods, and Ranma must try to rescue her. But, where goes Ranma, go his two other fiancees, his friends, family, and enemies... From chasing Happosai and a bag of underwear through the streets of Tokyo, to the final showdown in a tower in Nekonron China, this movie is great for both long-time, and new, Ranma viewers...."