Ranma 1/2 – The Movie 1, Big Trouble in Nekonron, China (A J!-ENT Anime DVD Review)
October 1, 2002 by Dennis Amith
MOVIE COMPANY: KITTY FILM / SHOGAKUKAN
DIRECTED BY: Shuji Iuchi
PRODUCED BY: VIZ VIDEO
COMPANY WEBSITE: http://www.viz.com
DURATION: 74 minutes
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!
• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color, Animated, HiFi Sound, Surround Sound, Closed-captioned
• Theatrical trailer(s)
• Full-screen format
KNOWN DVD SECRET(S): None that I know of
I remember watching this back in 1991 and how much I enjoyed it. The scene where Ranma takes on the girl with the violin is a very cool scene. Anyway, after the second movie DVD release, I was really disappointed by the aged quality of the film. I was expecting the same with the first DVD and it’s not as bad.
The movie is awesome almost featuring all characters of the popular series and more. As with most DVD’s, there are hardly any special features.
The most important thing is that the video quality is not aged and bad looking like the second movie.
As for audio, it’s Hi-Fi Stereo and not on digital 5.1. Expected since this would be shown on television.
THE ANIME: A-
THE DVD EXTRAS: C-
THE DVD OVERALL: B-
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