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Ranma 1/2 Sixth Season Box Set

Guest Author - Lesley Aeschliman

Ranma 1/2 Random Rhapsody is a DVD box set of the sixth season of Ranma 1/2. This set contains a total of 24 episodes. The first four discs contain five episodes, while the fifth disc contains four 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 six options: "Line Art Gallery," "Textless Opening," "Textless Ending," "Cast List," "Actor Profiles," and "Maison Ikkloku Trailer." As expected, the textless opening and ending are just the opening and ending credits without the text.

The line art gallery contains 18 pages of model sketches of the characters 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 "Maison Ikkoku Trailer" is a trailer for the Maison Ikkoku DVD box sets that were released by Viz Media.

Ranma 1/2 Random Rhapsody is a rather "low frills" DVD set, and the extras are similar to what can be found on Ranma 1/2 Anything-Goes Martial Arts, Ranma 1/2 Hard Battle, Ranma 1/2 Outta Control, and Ranma 1/2 Martial Mayhem. While these features are better than what appeared on the first Ranma 1/2 DVD box set, I wish more of an effort had been made with the special features.

Ideas for special features that could have been done include interviews with the English voice actors, any commercials done in Japan for Ranma 1/2, a featurette comparing the manga and the anime, and a promo for the Ranma 1/2 manga. I just wish Viz Media had put a little more effort into these DVD box sets.

Ranma 1/2 Random Rhapsody 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 series is very enjoyable for an older audience (16 and up), and really should be in an anime fanís 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
Dear Daddy...Love, Kodachi
Enter Gosunkugi, The New Rival!?
Ranma's Calligraphy Challenge
The Secret Don of Furinkan High
Back to the Way We Were...Please!
Ryoga Inherits the Saotome School!?
Tendo Family Goes to the Amusement Park!
The Case of the Furinkan Stalker!
The Date-Monster of Watermelon Island
The Demon From Jusenkyo, Part I

The Demon From Jusenkyo, Part II
The Missing Matriarch of Martial Arts Tea!
A Xmas Without Ranma
A Cold Day in Furinkan
Akane Goes to the Hospital!




Disc 4
Disc 5
Curse of the Scribbling Panda
Legend of the Lucky Panda!
Mystery of the Marauding Octopus Pot!
Ukyo's Secret Sauce, Part I
Ukyo's Secret Sauce, Part II

A Teenage Ghost Story
Gosunkugi's Paper Dolls of Love
Akane's Unfathomable Heart
Master and Student...Forever!?

Bonus Features
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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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