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Ranma 1/2 - The Movie 2, Nihao My Concubine

4.1 out of 5 stars 36 customer reviews

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Product Description

When poetry-spouting swordsman Tatewaki Kuno invites Ranma & Co. for a jaunt on his new luxury yacht, the last thing the group expects is a sudden storm to shipwreck them all on a deserted island. However, fixing the boat to get home soon becomes the least of their worries, as all the young girls in the group begin to disappear. As it turns out, they've been bride-napped by Prince Toma, the youthful ruler of the floating island, Togenkyo. Because of a magical spring which turns anything it touches instantly male, would-be bridegrooms have to kidnap girls...and in this case, Ranma's reluctant fiancee Akane is one of them!

The second theatrical feature in this popular series, based on Rumiko Takahashi's manga, continues the comic adventures of a clutch of mismatched teenaged martial artists and their families. In the best anime tradition, the girls are buxom and long-legged, and sport minimal outfits that cover less of them than do their cascades of hair; the guys are slim, cute, and somewhat thick-witted.

The gang wrecks a yacht on the mysterious floating island of Togenkyo, ruled by Prince Toma, who's been seeking a bride by kidnapping girls wherever he drifts. Naturally, Toma is attracted to Akane, Ranma's fractious girlfriend. Ranma sets out to rescue her, but the dark-haired boy is transformed into a busty, red-haired girl whenever he's splashed with cold water. When the inevitable transformation occurs, Ranma finds him/herself as a bridal candidate, competing doggedly in such off-the-wall events as "survival flower-arranging" and "obstacle-course cooking."

Some Western viewers may take offense at the lighthearted treatment of kidnapping and the lecherous little old man who steals the tops from the girls' bathing suits. But Takahashi and Iuchi play everything for laughs, including a subplot involving the water from an enchanted spring that turns everything it touches irrevocably male--the obvious solution to Ranma's problem. The results are fast-paced and zany, but don't always make much sense. --Charles Solomon

Special Features

  • Character profiles and concept drawings

Product Details

  • Directors: Rumiko Takahashi
  • Format: Animated, Color, Dubbed, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Japanese
  • Dubbed: Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Viz Media
  • DVD Release Date: November 10, 1998
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305103429
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,293 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By A Customer on September 4, 1999
This is a fun movie steming form the Ranma 1/2 series. I found this movie to be the better of the two Ranma 1/2 films. The story has a good plot filled with comedy and action in the right moments. It does require some previous knowlege of the characters prior to viewing, but that is easly rectified by taking advantage of the DVD's options. Also, for a DVD movie, this is great! The sound in the English track is digitaly remastered so it sounds great. No widescreen. There is also a ton of extra features. Inculding a fun Love Chart which displays which movie characters love, hate and are rivals of each ohther with a film clip. A must have for all Anime fans.
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For Anime fans, DVD is a godsend. Purity and snobbery demands that you get subtitled imports and pay a high premium for a scarce collection of titles. Noninitiates prefer them dubbed, and get them cheaper and more readily available. Sometimes even the snobs have to make do with dubs, often poor dubs at that. Now along comes this fine edition of Ranma 1/2's second movie to make the future look bright.
Watch it in Japanese with English subtitles, English with Japanese subitles, English with English subtitles, Japanese with Japanese subtitles. Watch half of it dubbed, watch the other half subtitled, whatever blows your skirt up. Open-minded fellow that I am, I watched both modes. The dub is actually top-notch, and allowed me to focus on the action. The subtitles provided a more accurate translation of the dialog, a clearer understanding of what was going on.
So the DVD rocks. How's the movie? The first Ranma 1/2 movie was little more than a series of crazy set-pieces, manic and disconnected. This film slows things down enough to focus more on the characters, while still maintaining the series' high-energy fun.
I'll spare you another plot rehash -- check the Amazon review for that. Suffice to say that the movie gives fans what they want. Akane and Ranma have many great love-hate moments, Mousse shows some backbone, and even Ryoga makes himself useful. Nabiki shines in several scenes as she starts to enjoy being a love-goddess abductee. The new characters are memorable as well; the villain is a remarkably sympathetic boy whose tender scenes with Akane steal the show. The animation is not Disney quality, but it is smooth and stylish (particularly in the climactic shadowy battle scenes).
It's got action, it's got eye candy, it's got some underlying complexity but nothing that gets in the way of the fun. Definitely a must for fans of the series, and a good jumping-on point (with some backstory) for anyone anime-inclined.
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As a practicing hardcore Ranma ½ fan (check out my site in my learn more about me page) I found this DVD highly enjoyable! I LOVED the animation, abseloutely amazing animation! The 1st class animation was my favourite part! AMAZING !!! Did i mention the animation was really good? Anyways, down to business, about the movie! It was very very funny, the usual hillarious comedy that Ranma ½ is so famous for! Pretty much all the characters in the story! Lots and lots of action, AMAZING affects! The guys were using their special attacks quite a bit, that was really cool! People getting on each other's nerves breaking into arguements asusual, especially Ryoga and Ukyo, that arguement was settled in a cute way! Sometimes in movies based on series, the personality and characteristics change slightly different, but thats not the case with this! The characters acted as you'd hoped and not make you think 'they're so stupid!' A little nudity at the beginning, and very 'dodgy' clothing throughout, worn by the girls! So, watch with discretion! I mean, in the series, all the girls were really decent and comparing it to the clothes worn in the movie was quite a difference! But, that's not a major drawback! The song at the end, A piece of love, was really nice! One of my favourite songs! About the DVD, EXCELLENT animation, very good sound quality! The extras, well we have character profile, explains curses and professions and personalities. That was fun to go through! They have actual sketches by Rumiko Takahashi, it was fun to look at! The love triangle, or as i'd call it, the love pentagon! That part was really cool, they had a short clip of each character's realationships with each other like Mousse totally inlove with Shampoo and Shampoo really bugged at Mousse for not leaving her alone! You get the picture!Read more ›
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I bought this movie not knowing what the heck it was (I'd seen about half of the third series of Ranma 1/2 in Italian), and I watched it on a tiny low color computer. It left me..... in awe. It was a GREAT movie!!! Bet you guessed that by now. After watching this I immediately tracked down the Ranma series and ended up recording series 1-7 off TV... I also bought the entire manga series (in Italian, as far as I know vol. 38 isn't out in English). But on with the review.
There were a few things that I didn't particularly love about this DVD. The plotline is good, but has a few weak spots. It's the usual, Akane is kidnapped by a prince, Ranma goes to save her... but that's why it's good isn't it? (I'm a big R&A fan). There are also a few cute moments for... ((In my opinion)) Kuno and Nabiki, Ucchan and Ryoga, and even Shampoo and Mousse! Not to mention Ranma and Akane.
There are some great extras on this DVD, like the relationship chart, that gives you brief clip that shows the relationship. (Example: Kuno loves pigtailed girl. "Oh pigtailed girl thank the heavens you're safe!" *Gets kicked into the dirt by Ranma*) . Both the dubbed and subtitled versions are good, but in the sutitled version, Ranma NEARLY says that he LOVES Akane, while in the dubbed he... almost says he loves her. Get it? There are also trailers for the Ranma TV series and the OAVs, not to mention other Viz videos. Overall, it's worth the money, and is really fun to watch!!
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