Ranma 1/2 - The Movie 1, Big Trouble in Nekonron China
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(Jun 03, 1998)
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It starts out as a "normal" day in the neighborhood when panty thieving Master Happosai comes back for a "visit" to the Tendo dojo. But he's not alone! After years of searching for him, a young Chinese girl, Lai Chi and her elephant, Jasmin have followed him all the way back to Japan. She's angry about a scroll that was given to her family and passed down many generations because it was said that the scroll brings luck to the holder of it. After taking her hands off of it for a second, the prophecy comes true and a Prince comes to find and marry the one who holds the scroll, and by pure luck Akane has the scroll. She gets kidnapped by Kirin and the 7 Lucky Gods Martial Artists and now it's a race to follow them to China and save Akane before she gets married to Kirin. It's up to Ranma, Ryoga, Mousse, Shampoo, Mr. Tendo, Mr. Saotome, Happosai and Kuno to save her and defeat the Seven Lucky Gods.
This is a great movie for the Ranma series. It's very funny, the story is great and all of your favorite characters are in this one. Along with a great soundtrack, BIG TROUBLE IN NEKONRON CHINA is a necessary component to any Ranma fan's collection. Plus Lai Chi is hilarious. She is really funny. Happosai's "usual antics" are pretyt funny as well, like when Ryoga and Happosai get into it on the boat to China. And of course, the Seven Lucky Gods weren't bad either.
Definitely check out this movie, it's very worth it and it's great for any Ranma collector. Also check out the special OAV series and the second movie RANMA ½ NIHAO MY CONCUBINE. I do warn you that if you aren't up to speed with the series, you might want to catch up a little and check out TV Series 1 and the ANYTHING GOES MARTIAL ARTS series otherwise some things might not make all that much sense. Either way it goes, you'll enjoy this one.
First, the movie. While not as good as the second one, it's still funny and gives one of the best minor characters, the lecherous martial-arts master Happosai, a chance to truly shine. Happosai's scheming leads to Akane (Ranma's reluctant fiancee) being kidnapped by a prince who wants to marry her, and the entire gang (plus Lychee, the bride originally intended for the prince, and her pet elephant Jasmine) have to set out for Nekonron, China to stop the wedding.
The DVD has a few extras, most notably a character gallery - they're strictly bare-bones, though, nothing particularly good or worthy of seeing twice (although this seems to be the case more often than not with anime). The video quality is as good as the animation can look on DVD (much better than the TV series), and the language tracks in English and Japanese are good. It helps that Viz Video is one of the few competent anime dubbers around.
If you're a Ranma fan, you should buy this - just don't expect worthwhile extras.
If this is your first time experiencing Ranma, this movie is not a good thing to start off with. Watch (or read) the series to understand all the wacky events. Just because it seems weird, doesn't mean it isnt good. On the contrary, weird things can always be excellent and interesting.
The story is simple enough (too much for the Ranma 1/2 world). Akane is kidnapped when a scroll is dropped into her hands. Kirin, the master of the scroll, arrives to take her as his bride. Ranma and Ryoga do not take kindly to this and along with the rest of the gang, and Lychee, who owns the scroll, set off to Nekonron in China to confront Kirin.
As usual the dubbing stinks (except for Shampoo), but the DVD soon fixes this problem by adding te additional language (Japanese) and English subtitles. Not only this, but there are other extra features: movie trailer, conceptual art, original japanese ending, information on the story and characters. Either way it is a great experience. I would rate the dubbed version 3 stars amd japanese version 4 stars (so I rounded it up).
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But was pleasently surprised that it's movie 1 and 2! BANZAI! Had both in vhs a long time ago and glad to have it again as I slowly rebuild my collection.Published 6 months ago by jadesun33
I'm a big Ranma 1/2 fan and I loved the movie! Though, I wish there was more action and I felt the story went a little too fast. I still enjoyed it and I do not regret getting it! Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amanda
The Seven Lucky Gods of Martial Arts have come for the girl who holds half of the legendary scroll! Whoever holds it also gets to marry Prince Kirin and fly away in his flying... Read morePublished on June 4, 2006 by Michael Valdivielso
I saw this and it was so funny! The story was your typical save akane routine, but in the beginning, it shows all of the characters in the past chase after Ranma and Haposai. Read morePublished on October 19, 2005 by Ronnie Clay
I have never seen any episodes of the real Ranma series sadly. I have only read the manga. >.< Well This Was an awesome movie! Read morePublished on April 28, 2004 by Jagan_Master04
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