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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: B-
  • Extras Rating: B-
  • 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 Jared Wietbrock     April 26, 2002
Release Date: October 16, 1998

The Review!
Ranma, Akane, Ryoga, and all your other favorites return in the second of the Ranma 1/2 movies, and it has to be said that their first big screen outing was more entertaining. Obviously made later in the series, this adventure focuses more on insane martial arts (anything goes, after all) than the comedy that originally attracted me to the series.

The plot of the movie goes like this: while out boating, Ranma and his friends fall victim to a storm and end up stranded on a deserted island. The women start disappearing, and it is soon learned they have been kidnapped by Prince Toma. The youngster has gathered women from all over to compete in a martial-arts bride contest (I'm not making this stuff up!) to choose a wife. As if having their love interests kidnapped wasn't enough to get them on the chase, the men learn of a sacred spring whose water will turn anything into a man, meaning their curse could be lifted. After that, there's really just a bunch of fights.

Don't get me wrong. For what it is (shameless fan-service and wacky, Dragonball Z type martial arts), Nihao my Concubine is well done and well animated. There are some great fights in here, and if you like lots of fan-service prepare for lots of good-looking girls in skimpy outfits. Not to mention bouncing breasts aplenty. There's humor in there too, but it isn't as prevalent as in the last movie. I'll definitely pull this one out again when there's nothing on, but something tells me the first movie will spend more time in my DVD player.

Review Equipment
KHL DVD 221, Sylvania 19" TV


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