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Ranma 1/2: OVA Series Box Set (2009)

Kappei Yamaguchi , Megumi Hayashibara , Takeshi Mori , Shinji Takagi  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kappei Yamaguchi, Megumi Hayashibara
  • Directors: Takeshi Mori, Shinji Takagi
  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Japanese (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Viz Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 28, 2006
  • Run Time: 375 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #281,580 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Ranma Saotome continues his search for a way to become a normal teenage boy again. He gets into many hilarious situations involving the many girls in his life. One of the biggest challenges is overcoming the proposals from others who have found a suitable bride for Ranma. But he has his own worries and must muster up the best of his wits and martial arts to keep his sanity. It's not easy being desired by so many women (and men) and not breaking hearts of a few along the way. He just might be able to find it in his heart to confess to Akane or simply find another excuse that he can't marry such a tomboy girl.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars But Wait...There's More! June 12, 2006
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
How could I possibly finish my reviews of Ranma 1/2 without mention the 12 OVA episodes that followed the show? These 12 episodes pick up right where we left off. Ranma and the gang are still growing together and getting into the usual...until these 12 episodes came along that is.

These episodes truly stand alone from the origional TV series. For one the animation is brilliant and much more fluid that the TV show, but thats how it goes with the quality factor. What truly sets these 12 episodes up on the pedestil is the intensity that is brought with each incredible half hour. There isn't much room for cheap laughs here. There is everything from giant 7 headed dragons to baby phoenixes, enchanted murderous dolls and even a huge christmas party that has an ending that will make you want to hold that special someone close to you.

Finally this is the moment in time where we get one step closer to the bond of Ranma and Akane at this stage in life Ranma lets the world and the viewers know exactly how he feels about Akane. So prepare for the action the laughs and yes the many tears that are shead as you watch the final 12 special adventures of Ranma 1/2. (Trust me you can skip the movies)

*Recomended Episode: Tendo Christmas Scramble*
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Oh woe. April 1, 2006
If you are looking to own the DoCo music videos that were the original opening and endings to the OAVs, you will not find them here. Viz completely left them out of this smaller set, which is an EXTREME dissapointment to me, since that was half of the reason why I liked the OAVs so much. Bad form, Viz. Bad form.

They also chose to arrange the discs in the same case, stacked on top of each other, which always makes me worry about scratches and the like. Not happy with this set up at all.

But if you just want a review of the actual content, the Ranma OAVs are wonderful. Probably the only "episodes" of the series that I could still sit down and enjoy with no worries.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good May 21, 2006
This is an extras-free, 2 disc set of all 12 OAVs. I'll rate all 12:

Shampoo's sudden switch-A magic brooch causes Shampoo to hate Ranma 4/5

Tendo Christmas scramble- The Tendos hold a Christmas party 4/5

I'll be the one to inherit Mother's recipes- Akane tries to cure her inability to cook 4/5

Growing up with Miss Hinako- a new and odd teacher comes to school-4/5

The one to carry on Two new girls come to the dojo claiming to be Soun's daughters- 3/5

The one to carry on part 2- Akane tries to win back the dojo 3/5

Reawakening memories- Akane travels to a forest to return a horn she was given as a child 4/5

Reawakening memories part 2- Ranma and Ryoga help Akane to save Shinnosuke 4/5

The lengendary phoenix- Kuno hatches a violent phoenix on his

head 3/5

Cursed tunnel of lost love- Ukyo and Shampoo try to break up Ranma and Akane 4/5

The evil ogre- Kasumi is possessed by an evil ogre 4/5

The 2 Akanes- Akane's body is taken over by a vengeful doll 5/5
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, best Anime show July 5, 2007
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If you're looking for a super-violent porn cartoon (as MST3K called them), this show is not for you. But if your looking for a zany comedy with real character development this show is the best thing you could get from Japan. The OVA's have noticeably better animation than the show itself, as these were independently produced. My wife and I watch them over and over again on a regular basis. Think of it as a sitcom with the unlimited possibilities of an animation. Definitely a great start for anyone interested in the series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Typical Takahashi Humor At Large! June 27, 2000
By Ernie
Format:VHS Tape
Another funny video of Ranma 1/2! Using a magic mirror from Happosai, Ranma tries to go back in time, but instead goes foward to a future where Ryoga is married to Akane! That kind of distrubed me, especially what happens to their kids when splashed with cold water...and the second episode features Ukyo becoming more in touch with her feminine side! Since Ukyo's my fav character, I really enjoyed the second ep! This is a good buy for any Ranma fan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and kawaii! July 23, 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
This was the second Ranma tape I've ever watched but I know all about it from reading the mangas and this tape was great! The first episode was funny as Ranma destroyed Akane's hard cooking (accidentally of course!) and she got so mad that she refused to talk to him. Later, she runs away and has the whole family out looking for the entire night. You'll be surprised to see where she was the whole time!
The second episode has the return of Shampoo's little sisters, Ling-Ling and Lung-Lung who want to kill Akane so that Ranma and Shampoo can marry. They challenge Akane to a fight, saying that they have Ranma prisoner and that if Akane loses, she has to give him up but if she wins, she gets him back. Akane agrees but is warned by Cologne about the girls' super special Phoenix attack.
All in all, I thought this video was great and very funny as well. Ranma's voice is much better than the OAV series as's thankfully deeper and sounds like his age. Two thumbs up!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Ranma 1/2 OAV Series DVD set has two discs that include all twelve OAV episodes released for the series. Each disc contains six episodes. The first disc has: "Shampoo's Sudden Switch - The Curse of the Contrary Jewel," "Tendo Family Christmas Scramble," "Akane vs. Ranma! I'll Be the One to Inherit Mother's Recipes!," "Stormy Weather Comes to School! Growing Up With Miss Hinako," and both parts of "The One to Carry On." The second disc has: both parts of "Reawakening Memories," "Team Ranma vs. The Legendary Phoenix," "Oh, Cursed Tunnel of Lost Love! Let My Love Be Forever," "The Evil Ogre! Hell Hath No Fury Like Kasumi Scorned," and "The Two Akanes! `Ranma, Look at Me!'."

Most of the episodes included in this set are very enjoyable, and include the humor that is expected from Ranma 1/2. The animation quality is also noticeably better than the animation in the regular series episodes. However, I was rather disappointed that there are absolutely no special features included in the set. On the one hand, I understand that since six episodes are included on each disc, there really wouldn't have been room for any special features. If it had been up to me, I would have made the Ranma 1/2 OAV Series box set a three-disc set, where each disc had four episodes and some special features. Also, I was disappointed that Viz Media decided not to subtitle the opening theme song that appears on the second disc of the set.

The Ranma 1/2 OAV Series DVD box set sells at retail outlets for about $45, which is basically the same price the season box sets sell for. While I enjoy Ranma 1/2, I think Viz Media is charging too much for the OAV series box, especially for what you get.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time fav series
My favorite series. It is just a funny series no matter how many times you watch it at any age.
Published 11 months ago by Michael Van Os
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
What can I say I watched this when I was young and love it since.. The end was a bit disappointing but I Love Ronma!! Its not for everyone
Published 11 months ago by Elizabeth
4.0 out of 5 stars YES! One issue.
I purchased this item yesterday from a seller for 30$. What a great price! I watched these online and they will be the first step into obtaining the full series of Ranma 1/2! Read more
Published on June 28, 2011 by Heath
3.0 out of 5 stars Episodes missing??
Unless I got the boxset location of the episodes wrong, wasn't the episode where Ranma loses his memories and thinks he's REALLY a girl, and the episode where the gang travel back... Read more
Published on August 4, 2010 by E. Nebedum
5.0 out of 5 stars My Collection Is now Complete For This Fantastic Series
After finally getting the final season of Ranma 1/2 I felt a little melancholy as I realized that this entertaining anime series was over, but low and behold we finally have the... Read more
Published on August 7, 2009 by Rich(Anime&Games Will Always Prevail!)
4.0 out of 5 stars Feels like Ranma 1/2 Season 8
This series seemed to fall in with the original TV series where it leaves off. If you liked the original TV series then you will probably like the OVA as well. Read more
Published on January 26, 2009 by Eric Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars great collector's item
This comes with a "special collector's postcard set", consisting of 6 postcards with full-color art. Read more
Published on August 4, 2008 by Julia
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome!!
ok this box set is everything that people said it would be, i dont know about ranma at its best but the Ovas are very very good and if your a big ranma fan this is a must HAVE!! Read more
Published on January 1, 2008 by D,A,B,
5.0 out of 5 stars OAV are better than the TV series (with one exception)
I have watched every episode of Ranma 1/2 and I can state for a fact that the OAV's are the best of all the episodes. Read more
Published on September 19, 2007 by Wiiviewer
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OVA and OAV and which one to buy
I do not know about the second link, but the two link appear to be the same but the defference between the first link and the 2006 edition is that the 2006 edition doesn't have the original op/end music videos that were replaced by vid for the us version. So if you want the extras get the... Read More
Sep 7, 2007 by P. Jackson |  See all 3 posts
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