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Ranma 1/2: Season 1: The Digital Dojo; TV Anime Season 1 DVD Box Set
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I couldn't have been more wrong.
A good friend made me watch it, and I was hooked. In a series that pokes fun at gender stereotypes, with martial arts hijinx, a mismatched marriage engagement between the hapless Ranma Saotome, cursed to become a girl in cold water, and the boy-hating Akane Tendo, who would sooner die than admit her feelings for Ranma, this is a hilarious series.
Season One introduces us to the amazing characters; Ranma, Akane and her sisters, Kasumi and Nabiki, and several rivals for both the hearts of Ranma and Akane. As we watch Ranma struggle to deal with not one, but two engagements, as the Chinese Amazon warrior Shampoo enters the scene. And marvel at the antics of the eternally lost boy, Ryoga Hibiki, Ranma's rival for Akane's heart, and bearer of a "dark secret".
Let me put it this way, if you want a great laugh that you know will always be around to treasure, then you can't go wrong getting Ranma 1/2 on DVD. Your sense of direction would have to be worse than Ryoga Hibiki's to pass this up.
I have now watched the first 4 seasons of Ranma 1/2 in chronological order and I think seasons 1 and 2 are the best. Season one introduces you to the main characters and sets the background for following episodes. Yet each episode is entertaining and usually adds a new character or interesting story element. Someone who is very familiar with the series may find some of the first few episodes "thin" because many of the main characters don't get introduced till later. However, for those who are relatively new, I think the build up in history and character development is perfect. Enough time is devoted to each new character introduced to give them some depth. In the season 1 set, the story line is relatively linear from episode to episode (each episode continues where the last left off). In seasons 3 and 4 this no longer occurs quite as much with the some episodes becoming almost completely "stand alone".
In conclusion this is a set that all Ranma fans should have and anime fans that haven't yet watched Ranma should definitely start here.
The show has a huge cast of characters, including but not limited to: Ranma's reluctant fiancee, Akane; his father, Genma, and his rival, Ryoga, both of whom have their own curse; Tatewaki Kuno and his sister Kodachi, who are in love with female and male Ranma respectively; and about a zillion other characters who are introduced later in the series.
This first DVD set has the entire first season of the TV show. All of the episodes are good, with the exception of the last one (which is a "lousy clip show," to quote the Simpsons). It takes you through many of the major events of Ranma 1/2: Ranma and Akane's first meeting and the introduction of Ryoga, the Kunos, and Chinese amazon Shampoo.
The DVD format is ideal for anime, and this is no exception. Allowing you to see it both subtitled and dubbed, letting you skip to your favorite chapter, and creditless opening and closing segments are just a few of the perks with the DVD version. Just keep in mind that the animation (which was done about ten years ago) was not terribly high-quality to begin with - don't be disappointed if it doesn't look like more modern, glossy animation, and rest assured that it still looks much better on DVD than it ever did on VHS.
(1) The first few episodes introduce the enchanted spring phenonema and establishes the Ranma/Akane relationship. Nowhere else in the series was this done adequately.
(2) The introduction of the Shampoo character. Rumiko's blend of Love, martial arts and gags reaches its zenith here. This is perhaps one of the best anime episodes ever produced.
(3) I really love this first season because this is where creator Rumiko Takahashi has creative control. There is a subtleness in the humor and relationships that was unfortunately lost in the later seasons. Rumiko's mastery lets you actually feel what the characters are feeling as the story progresses.
This is an all time classic for people who wish to collect the best of anime.
Caution: This series contains "comic nudity". It's not kinky stuff, but just illustrates how Ranma doesn't have modesty after getting transformed into a girl after contact with cold water. It's not a "sex comedy" but a "gender comedy" focusing on relationship and gender roles.
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As a 53 year-old-adult I can tell you that this is a funny series and I recommend it for all adults and children of all ages. Read morePublished 15 months ago by David Garcia
I bought this to show my wife. I loved it when I first saw it as a kid and knew she would toPublished 19 months ago by Luis Aguiniga
I bought it used and it looked new. I love it and rewatch it all the time. Now to get the second season!Published 19 months ago by Lizzie
61.70? no way i won't buy this all the Ranma 1/2 DVD seasons are over even 70 dollars each Dragon Ball or Z seasons are 25. Read morePublished on January 24, 2014 by Jose L.Ocampo
Love this anime; always will be one of my favorites!! its a must watch for anime fans; very good story line with soo much comedy!Published on November 25, 2013 by Liza
"its missing alot of scenes." during just one ep. in perticular they did one of those reminiscing scenes where he had a vision of recent past events, and I was like holy... Read morePublished on November 17, 2013 by Lindsay
I like Ranma 1/2. It's actually one of the first animes I watched. This DVD set cover the first two volumes of the manga (Ranma and Akene's first meeting and meeting Shampoo). Read morePublished on September 23, 2013 by Rwong
You cannot go wrong with the hijinx that happens in this series. If you do not have a sense of humor then you may not like it. I would say this is ok for anyone 14 and up.Published on September 21, 2013 by Michael Van Os
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