The menus for the first four DVDs let you play the episodes, setup your language and subtitle preferences, or select where you want to begin watching an episode. The menu on the fifth disc contains these features, as well as an option to view the special features. In the setup menu, you choose to watch the episodes with either the Japanese language track or the English language track, and you can also choose whether to have the subtitles on or off.
The special features menu contains five options: "Line Art Gallery," "Textless Opening," "Textless End Credits," "Cast List," and "Actor Profiles." As expected, the textless opening and textless end credits are just the opening and ending credits without the text.
The line art gallery includes several pages of production sketches of the characters that you can flip through. The cast list lists the English and Japanese voice actors for each character. The English voice actors have links to selected filmographies for each actor. The actor profiles contain the exact same actor filmographies that are available in the cast list.
Ranma 1/2 Anything-Goes Martial Arts is a rather "low frills" DVD set, although it has a little more in the way of special features in comparison to Ranma 1/2 The Digital Dojo (the DVD box set of the first season of Ranma 1/2).
Like the first set, the relative lack of special features is understandable. Since the series never really aired on television in the United States during its heyday (it was primarily seen through video releases), so there wouldn’t really be anything in the way of commercials to include as extras. I applaud them for putting in the cast list and filmographies on this set, since this wasn't included on the first season set. It would've been nice if they could have tracked down some of the voice actors and interviewed them to include as extras, though.
Ranma 1/2 Anything-Goes Martial Arts tends to run between $40 and $50 at retail. While this could be considered a little high-priced for what you get, the episodes in and of themselves are worth the cost of the set. The series is very enjoyable for an older audience (16 and up), and really should be in an anime fan's DVD collection.
I wrote this review after watching a copy of this DVD box set that my husband purchased for me as a gift.
|The Abduction of P-chan|
Close Call! The Dance of Death... on Ice!
P-chan Explodes! The Icy Fountain of Love
Clash of the Delivery Girls! The Martial-Arts Takeout Race
You Really Do Hate Cats!
|This Ol' Gal's the Leader of the Amazon Tribe!|
Behold! The "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire" Technique
Enter Mousse! The Fist of the White Swan
Cool Runnings! The Race of the Snowmen
Danger at the Tendo Dojo!
|Ranma Trains on Mt. Terror|
The Breaking Point!? Ryoga's Great Revenge
The Abduction of Akane!
Ranma vs. Mousse! To Lose Is to Win
|Enter Happosai, the Lustful Lecher!|
Assault on the Girls' Locker Room
Kuno's House of Gadgets! Guests Check in, but They Don't Check Out
|It's a Fine Line Between Pleasure and Pain|
S.O.S.! The Wrath of Happosai
Kissing Is Such Sweet Sorrow! The Taking of Akane's Lips
Bathhouse Battle! We're in Some Hot Water Now