Ranma 1/2: Random Rhapsody Vol. #2 (Mania.com)
Review Date: Monday, February 18, 2002
Release Date: Saturday, July 21, 2001
Having not seen any of the Ranma 12 TV series with the exception of the first season and the OAV episodes, seeing this was kind of a treat. Paying $25 for a dubbed tape with only 2 episodes is not a good deal. Thankfully, Viz is starting to get smarter and putting the TV series on DVD.
Video: The colors aren't extremely bright, but the video is pretty much standard of the VHS tapes. The only part where the video seems to be bad is the TV spots, but other than that, the video is pretty good.
Sound: While the audio isn't 5.1, it still sounds good and it generally fits the video quality. No signs of any distortion.
Packaging: Compared to the last volume, this cover is extremely better. Featuring female Ranma holding P-Chan and Ryoga performing a karate kick in the background. Having seen the art of Ranma holding P-Chan on the original video collection in obscene colors, I get a real feeling of nostalgia from it. And I love the crimson color as well.
Menus: The menus almost look like some kind of video game. This is partially because of the language selection menu using Genma's transformations as a highlighter. Maneuvering the menus is pretty standard, except for the language selection.
Extras: The only thing actually considered in extra is a cast list, which is informative seeing as how there are so many characters.
Content: This volume isn't quite the best of Ranma, but compared to the last episodes; this volume is more worth the buck. While these episodes lack some of the more outrageous characters (Happosi, Kodachi), these are still some impressive episodes.
The first episode deals with more high school hi-jinks when an old school store is discovered in the dark depths of the school. Needless to say, the Principal plays a key part in this episode and ends up getting suckered. The second episode is another one of the I-want-to-be-man-again episode, dealing with special packets. Naturally, Ryoga, Ranma and Mousse all end up getting suckered out of this opportunity, but some hilarious results ensue. The third episode is another one of Genma's grumbling episodes. When Ranma steals Genma's funeral pastry, Genma decides to take on Ryoga as his heir. This obviously means that Ryoga will now be Akane's fiancÚ. Although the romance elements are pretty limited in the episode, you do get a lot of fight scenes making this a well-noted episode for martial arts.
Taking into considering the language options are price of the disc, Ranma 12: Random Rhapsody is a bargain. Unlike the VHS version, which cost $25-$35, you get three episodes. It's amazing to see that after five seasons, Ranma 12 hasn't really changed much in animation or music. Still, now that the Ranma TV series is on DVD, Viz is well on it's way to becoming a better anime company in terms of DVD releases. The only thing missing is a couple extras. Here's hoping for a text less opening, interviews and TV spots.
Oritron 2001 DVD100; RCA 19-inch television
Mania Grade: A-
Audio Rating: B+
Video Rating: B
Packaging Rating: A-
Menus Rating: B-
Extras Rating: N/A
Age Rating: 13 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Viz Media
Running time: 75
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Ranma 1/2