Ranma 1/2 Digital Dojo -
The Complete First Season
Anime DVD Review
Rumiko Takahashi's most popular series since Urusei Yatsura is about a martial arts maven who has a slight problem — which he'd prefer to remain a secret that whenever he gets cold water on him, he turns into a girl! (The unfortunate result of a training accident.) And, if that weren't enough of a problem for the average High School boy, uh... girl, errr, boy, his father is a Panda, his nemesis at school is in love with his female form (not realizing that they are both the same person), he's been forced into a mismatched engagement to a hot-tempered girl, (Akane) and they immediately have a mutual hatred of each other (and every other male now wants to kill him), and there are long-standing rivals trying to take him down for other reasons. Now, if you think this is already too zany, this is only the first episode it actually gets more wacky by episode three or four...
Beware, many episodes to Ranma 1/2 are known to cause fits of hysteria. This boxed set contains the entire first season (18 episodes) of what may be the first ever "gender-bender" comedy. The series manages to poke fun at male/female stereotypes, martial arts, romance, sex, marriage, love/hate relationships, and just about everything you can think of (and some things you'd never think of) while at the same time it is pulling you into the story and characters. Ranma 1/2 has become one of the most popular anime series on both sides of the globe, with hundreds of episodes produced, OVAs, movies and plenty of other paraphenalia.
Reviewed by Brian Cirulnick, June 2002
Opening Theme Song Collection
Anime Soundtrack Review
If there was ever a perfect album for a Ranma 1/2 fanatic, then this is it! Featuring some of the best opening songs ever made for Ranma (hell, some of the best opening songs ever for any anime!), this album is a true delight, full of happy bouncy tunes that will rock your socks and get you groovin' to the Ranma beat.
The first track alone is worth the album, as it's the original opening song from the first season (we consider it to be "the" Ranma theme), but all 8 tracks are priceless and are great listening when you're travelling and don't have your DVD player in front of you. While many Ranma albums exist, this one is the best collection we've seen so far.
Reviewed by Brian Cirulnick, April 2003