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Ranma 1/2 Fifth Season Box Set

Guest Author - Lesley Aeschliman

Ranma 1/2 Martial Mayhem is a DVD box set of the fifth 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 also choose whether to have the subtitles on or off.

The special features menu contains five options: "Line Art Gallery," "Textless Opening," "Textless Ending," "Cast List," and "Actor Profiles." As expected, the textless opening and ending are just the opening and ending credits without the text.

The line art gallery contains model sketches of the characters that appear in this DVD box set. However, I don't know how many pages of sketches there are, because no page numbers were included in this feature (which had been the case for the previous Ranma 1/2 DVD box sets).

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. It should be noted that, unlike some of the previous box sets, that the English names that appear in the cast list are not links to their entries in the "Actor Profiles" area. In my opinion, I thought that Viz Media was putting less effort into the DVD extras in this set than they had on the previous DVD box sets.

Ranma 1/2 Martial Mayhem 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, and Ranma 1/2 Outta Control. While these features are better than what appeared on the first Ranma 1/2 DVD box set, I wish something had been done that took a little more effort, such as interviews with the English voice actors, or character profiles for the characters that appear on the box set.

Ranma 1/2 Martial Mayhem 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 still worth the cost. The 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
Gimme That Pigtail
When a Guy's Pride and Joy Is Gone
Ryoga's Proposal
Genma Takes a Walk
The Gentle Art of Martial Tea Ceremony
And the Challenger Is...A Girl!?!
Hot Springs Battle Royale!
Me Is Kuno's Daddy, Me Is...
The Matriarch Takes a Stand
A Leotard Is a Girl's Burden
The Mixed-Bath Horror!
The Frogman's Curse!
Revenge! Raging Okonomiyaki!
Ranma the Lady-Killer
Shogi Showdown


Disc 4
Disc 5
Sasuke's Mission Improbable
Bonjour, Furikan!
Dinner At Ringside!
Swimming With Psychos
Ryoga, Run Into the Sunset

Into The Darkness
Nabiki, Ranma's New Finacee!
Case of the Missing Takoyaki
Ranma Versus Shadow Ranma

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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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