Anime DVD Review: Ranma 1/2 Movie Box Set

The Ranma 1/2 Movie DVD Box Set is a two disc set; the first disc contains the first Ranma 1/2 movie, Big Trouble in Nekonron, China, while the second disc contains the second Ranma 1/2 movie, Nihao My Concubine. The films are available with both English dub and with Japanese audio with English subtitles. However, it should be noted that neither disc contains any special features; if I had to guess, I would say that this is probably due to the Japanese licensor not providing anything to Viz Media to use as bonus features.

Ranma 1/2 Movie Box Set
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Format: DVD
Release Date: March 31, 2009

In Big Trouble in Nekonron, China, a girl named Lychee and her elephant, Jasmine, suddenly appear at the Tendo Anything-Goes Martial Arts Training Hall; it turns out Lychee has a score to settle with Happosai. At that moment, Prince Kirin suddenly appears to look for his bride. Due to a mix-up, Kirin believes Akane Tendo is his bride, and he whisks her away to China. Can Ranma and the others save Akane from Prince Kirin and the other six Lucky Gods of martial arts?

Of the two Ranma 1/2 films in this set, I would have to say that Big Trouble in Nekonron, China is my favorite. To me, it was the more enjoyable film. It’s also a story that works better for a theatrical film length. Since it clocks in at 81 minutes, it’s just not quite long enough to have been a three part episode in the regular television anime series, which is why I say it works well as a theatrical film.

In Nihao My Concubine, Ranma, his father, the Tendo family, as well as some of their “friends” join Kuno on his new luxury yacht. A sudden storm shipwrecks them on an island, and the women in the party start to mysteriously disappear. It turns out they’ve been kidnapped by Prince Toma, the ruler of the island. All of the girls who have been shipwrecked on nearby islands have been kidnapped and are all bridal candidates for the prince. Can Ranma and the others save the girls in time?

Overall, I didn’t think that Nihao My Concubine works as well for a theatrical release as Big Trouble in Nekonron, China does. While the type of story being told does fit in with what’s been established in the Ranma 1/2 series, I think this would have worked better as a two-part episode for the anime series than being a theatrical film. The fact that the runtime for this film is 59 minutes means it’s basically the length of a two-part episode.

If you’re a Ranma 1/2 fan, then you need to get this movie box set in order to complete your Ranma 1/2 DVD collection. Now that this set is out of print, I would recommend searching both online shops and physical brick and mortar stores to see if you can find a copy of this set for a reasonable price.

I wrote this review after watching a copy of the Ranma 1/2 Movie DVD Box Set that my husband and I purchased.

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