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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B
  • Packaging Rating: A-
  • Menus Rating: A
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Viz Media
  • MSRP: 29.99
  • Running time: 60
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Ranma 1/2

Ranma 1/2: Nihao My Concubine

By Chris Beveridge     October 16, 1998
Release Date: October 16, 1998

Ranma 1/2: Nihao My Concubine
© Viz Media

What They Say
Ranma Saotome, an egotistical misogynist, believes himself to be an invincible martial artist--which may be true. However, he has several problems which cause weaknesses in other areas. Most noticeable is the fact that Ranma is cursed: He turns into a girl when doused with cold water, and can only change back with the aid of hot water. Then, there is his arranged marriage to a violent tom-boy (Akane), his two other accidental fiancés (Shampoo & Ukyo), his incredibly powerful and stupid enemies, and the fact that all of this chaos has made it difficult for him to concentrate on his high school homework. This movie finds Ranma and his friends stranded on an island and under attack from a young prince seeking the perfect bride. Can Ranma, disguised in his girl form, infiltrate the prince's stronghold and rescue Akane, her sisters, and his other two fiancés? Or will he become obsessed with the Anything Goes Martial Arts Bridal Competition? Hilarious, gender-bending comedy from the master of the absurd - Rumiko Takahashi.

The Review!
Can you say fan-service? If you said the title of this DVD, you're 100% correct.

Don't get me wrong though, this is my favorite of the Ranma movies. It's a lighthearted romp with my more favorite characters from the series and it's got all the women (with the exception of the old lady) in kawaii bathing suits. Kasumi never looked so good!

After being shipwrecked on a deserted island, the women begin to disappear, or rather, they're kidnapped. Searching high and low, the gang finally figure out how to bait the kidnappers, and from there the energy really begins to flow.

The audio on this disc is clear for the Japanese language selection. I can't comment on the English portion (bleah!) of it, but if it's like the VHS version I saw awhile back, it's probably ok.

The video is pretty good, though the original master has a few black-scratch flaws on it, which helped to reduce the overall score. It's not a fault of the DVD, but it distracted from the movie at that time.

The packaging, thankfully, is in the Amaray keepcase. Very bright, very shiny. Lots of colors and will definitely attract the eye of the casual browser.

I also just loved the menu on this disc. Very cute, well done and just plain attractive. Easy and quick access to the sub selections which easily earn points with me.

Ranma fans, don't pass up this disc. If you don't like Ranma, well, there's probably little to convince you to pick it up. If you're looking for some fan service, this is an easy pick.

English language,Japanese language,English Subtitles,Character Gallery,Conceptual Drawings

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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