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Anime Review: Ranma 1/2 Set 6

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Ranma 1/2 Set 6 includes episodes 116-138 of the series in their original Japanese airing order. Like with most of the sets released so far, there are significant differences between the episode order in this set and in the sixth DVD box set that was released earlier. This release uses the original Japanese title cards for the episodes instead of the ones created for the English dub. Audio options on this set include the original Japanese audio with English subtitles and the English dub.

Ranma 1 2 Set 6

Ranma 1/2 Set 6

English Publisher: VIZ Media
Format: Blu-ray
Release Date: June 2, 2015

Ranma 1/2 Set 6 is a mixture of canon stories and filler episodes. Of the 23 episodes included in this set, only eight of them are stories that originally came from the manga. Most of the best episodes come from the canon material, although I can’t count “Curse of the Scribbled Panda” among them. Ranma and Genma accidentally break the seal on some cursed paintings, which includes a scribble drawing of a panda. The female scribble panda comes to life and insists on going on a date with Ranma. The first time I saw this episode a few years back, I hadn’t read the manga yet and I assumed this was a filler story. When I read the manga later, I was dismayed to learn this was actually canon. This was not one of Rumiko Takhashi’s high points of storytelling in the Ranma 1/2 manga.

The best canon storylines in this set are the two multiple part episodes. The first one introduces a new character who has a connection with Happosai and has also been cursed by the springs at Jusenkyo. This new character makes an interesting addition to the world of Ranma 1/2, and it’s too bad we don’t get to see more of this character in the anime. The other multi-episode story focuses on Ukyo, and it provides some more development for her. Unfortunately for Ukyo, this development comes about because of something Ranma did when they were kids and hadn’t told her about. This is one of those episodes where Ukyo becomes a serious contender for Ranma’s affections.

When it comes to the filler episodes, the best one would have to be “The Tendo Family Goes to the Amusement Park.” While it sounds like a pointless filler episode, I always enjoy watching the kart race and how it ends with the winner being the character viewers would least likely to expect. The worst filler episode is “A Cold Day in Furinkan,” which focuses on a mysterious snow girl and a Yeti. This one ranks up there as being one of the strangest episodes to appear in the Ranma 1/2 anime, because it doesn’t make much sense.

This Blu-ray release includes remastered high definition video straight from the Japanese Blu-ray masters. Overall, the remastering looks decent on this set, and I only noticed a couple of minor errors in the subtitles.

There are a total of six bonus features that appear on Ranma 1/2 Set 6. Two of them are featurettes: “We Love Ranma Part 6 – We Love Working on Ranma 1/2” and “We Love Ranma Part 7 – We Love Bloopers.” The first one includes interviews with individuals who worked on the English releases of the anime and the manga. The second featurette ended up being a waste, since all it had was bloopers from the interviews that appeared in the previous six featurettes. In my opinion, it would have been better to not include these bloopers.

“Next Episode Previews” is a continuous piece that includes all of the next episode previews that aired with the episodes that appear on Ranma 1/2 Set 6. I don’t understand why this feature has been included on these sets, since the previews are already included at the end of each episode.

The “Clean Opening” includes a textless version of all three openings that appear on Ranma 1/2 Set 6, and “Clean Ending” includes a textless version of all three endings that appear on the set. Trailers are also included as a bonus feature.

This Blu-ray edition also comes with a 32-page booklet. The booklet opens with a “What Happened Thus Far” write-up that summarizes what happened in the episodes that appeared on Ranma 1/2 Set 5. The majority of the booklet provides a brief summary and screen shot for each episode, as well as production credits for the original release of the series and the credits for those involved with this Blu-ray release. The booklet has glossy pages that look nice, but are a little slippery for holding when you’re reading through it. It’s still a nice booklet and I’m glad to see that it was included. The set also came with an art card that has a picture of Akane.

The box that the Blu-ray case, booklet, and art card come in looks nice and is sturdy. The back of the box that gives a description of the product is actually something you take off of the box after you unwrap it.

While the episodes included in Ranma 1/2 Set 6 may not be as strong as many of the early episodes of the series, I would still recommend this set to Ranma 1/2 fans. This is the best way to get Ranma 1/2 in high definition on Blu-ray without having to pay an arm and leg to try to import the Japanese Blu-rays.

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