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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: D
  • Menus Rating: B+
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 29.99
  • Running time: 74
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Ranma 1/2

Ranma 1/2: Big Trouble in Nekonron, China

By Chris Beveridge     June 19, 1998
Release Date: June 19, 1998

Ranma 1/2: Big Trouble in Nekonron, China
© Viz Media

What They Say
It's just another day at the Tendo Anything-Goes Martial Arts Training Hall - that is, until a strange girl named Lychee and her giant elephant Jasmine arrive to settle a score with lecherous material arts master Happosai. Apparently, a very long time ago, Happosai gave Lychee's great-grandmother half of a legendary scroll guaranteed to bring happiness to whoever was holding it. The women of Lychee's family have been waiting for three generations now, and the prince still hasn't come - but of course, the moment Lychee lets the scroll out of her hands, the prince finally appears. Only now it's Ranma's reluctant fiancée Akane that's holding the scroll, and the long-awaited prince is only too ready to sweep his lucky bride off her feet. Now Ranma and company have no choice but to follow Prince Kirin's majestic flying barge all the way to Nekonron, China, where they find themselves in a showdown with the Seven Lucky Gods of martial arts!

The Review!
And so, Ranma 1/2 finally makes its way to DVD. And what does the DVD crowd have to say about it?


The first Ranma 1/2 movie comes out very well on DVD, as anime generally does. Pioneer and Viz, understanding that this is a movie based on a TV series, did the smart thing, and used the formula that you've seen on their Dragonball Z discs. They have those spiffy animated character bios that tell you the basics and show them in motion. That definitely helps with a movie with such a huge opening cast.

So lets dig into it here, shall we? Presented in both English and Japanese Dolby Surround, it's basically as good as it's ever sounded, both versions. I can't compare it to the original Japanese laserdisc, but this is definitely better than VHS to be sure. Definitely a very solid sound performance.

Video you say? Yes, it's not letterboxed, but I don't believe this was letterboxed in any other version before either. Often times, anime movies are designed for their eventual TV showing, so they're designed for it from the get go, and I think this is one of those. The video is very clear, and nothing noticeable in the artifacting or pixellation department. Crisp, clean, clear. Cool.

Packaging? It's Pioneer packaging. Enough said.

The movie itself? Well, it's hard to describe to be honest. Ranma fans know that it's just "basically a bunch of fun and cool stuff that happens" for the most part. It's a very enjoyable romp through anime, and hopefully bodes well for getting the OVA's and the TV series on disc.

Viz? I got a wad of money waiting for you.

So basically, for the first Viz/Pioneer co-production, we have a top notch disc in my book. Non anime fans should try it (they should sample just about everything that's come out!). Anime fans should purchase it without pause, both to support the emerging anime market and because it's a well done disc that offers both dub and sub.

Kudos to Viz and Pioneer. We have a winner!

English language,Japanese language,English Subtitles,Original Theatrical Trailer,Character Bios

Review Equipment
Toshiba CF36H50 36" TV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE915 DD receiver, Monster S-Video cable and Sony speakers.


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