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Ranma 1/2 Seventh Season Box Set

Guest Author - Lesley Aeschliman

Ranma 1/2 Ranma Forever is a DVD box set of the seventh season of Ranma 1/2. This set contains a total of 25 episodes. The first four discs contain five episodes, while the fifth disc contains five episodes and the special features.

The menus for the first four discs 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 can choose to watch the episodes with either the Japanese language track or the English language track, and you can choose whether to have the subtitles on or off.

The special features menu contains seven options: "Line Art Gallery," "Textless Opening," "Textless Ending," "Cast List," "Actor Profiles," "Ranma 1/2 'Cast Wrap Party'," and "Ranma 1/2 'End of Ranma 1/2 Party'." As expected, the textless opening and ending are just the opening and ending credits without the text.

The line art gallery contains 25 pages of model sketches of the characters and some of the locations that appear in this DVD box set. The cast list is a list of the English and Japanese voice actors for each character. The actor profiles are selected filmographies for the English voice actors.

The Ranma 1/2 "Cast Wrap Party" is a roughly six minute feature that includes interviews with some of the English cast, intercut with footage from the English dub version of Ranma 1/2. However, the audio quality on this features isn't very good; in fact, there's one voice actor interviewed in this piece that you really can't hear well enough to understand what she is saying.

The Ranma 1/2 "End of Ranma 1/2 Party" is another six minute feature from a fan party celebrating the end of the series. This feature includes interviews with some of the cast, as well as some fans; this is also intercut with footage from the English dub version of Ranma 1/2. On the one hand, I applaud Viz Media for going to the effort to include these final two special features on the set. However, I'm disappointed by the quality of these two features, especially the audio quality for the "Cast Wrap Party."

Ranma 1/2 Ranma Forever tends to run between $40 and $50 at retail. While this could be considered a little high-priced for what you get, the episodes are worth the cost. This is a very enjoyable series 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 and I purchased.


Disc 1
Disc 2
Disc 3
Tatewaki Kuno, Substitute Principal
Ranma's Greatest Challenge!
Nihao! Jusenkyo Guide
Pick-a-Peck o' Happosai
From the Depths of Despair, Part I
From the Depths of Despair, Part II
Shampoo's Cursed Kiss
Run Away With Me, Ranma
Let's Go to the Mushroom Temple
The Cradle From Hell

Madame St. Paul's Cry for Help
Meet You in the Milky Way
Wretched Rice Cakes of Love
The Horrible Happo Mold-Burst
The Kuno Sibling Scandal!


Disc 4
Disc 5
Battle for the Golden Tea Set
Gosunkugi's Summer Affair
The Battle for Miss Beachside
Bring It On! Love as a Cheerleader, Part I
Bring It On! Love as a Cheerleader, Part II


The Musical Instruments of Destruction
A Ninja's Dog Is Black and White
The Tendo Dragon Legend
Boy Meets Mom, Part I
Boy Meets Mom, Part II: Someday, Somehow...

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Content copyright © 2014 by Lesley Aeschliman. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Lesley Aeschliman. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Brenda Chen for details.

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