Anime Review: Ranma 1/2 Set 7
Ranma 1/2 Set 7 includes episodes 139-161 of the series in their original Japanese airing order. For this final set, there was only episode that appeared in a different spot than it did in the original DVD release. This Blu-ray set uses the original Japanese title cards for the episodes instead of the ones created for the English dub. Audio options for the episodes include the original Japanese audio with English subtitles and the English dub.
Ranma 1/2 Set 7
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: September 8, 2015
Ranma 1/2 Set 7 primarily includes filler episodes, although there are a small handful of episodes that are part of the canon material from the original manga source material. Many of the filler episodes focus on bringing back characters that had small appearances in earlier episodes. These characters included the Jusenkyo Guide, the ghost cat, Madame St. Paul, Picolet Chardin, Sentaro Daimonji, Tsubasa Kurenai, and the frog hermit. There were also some filler episodes that didn’t feature these characters, but they were rather strange. But the strangest filler episode in this set would be the one where girl-type Ranma ends up going on a “date” with an old man having an out-of-body experience.
To me, the best episodes in this set are the final two, where Ranma’s mother is introduced and the mayhem that her sudden arrival causes. It’s disappointing that the anime ended with her introduction, since I know she shows up more in later volumes of the manga. I first saw these episodes before reading the manga, but even back then I felt cheated because it didn’t seem right to introduce a character like Ranma’s mother and then end the series. My least favorite part of the final episode is how it ends with Akane and Ranma saying goodbye to the audience.
This Blu-ray release includes remastered high definition video straight from the Japanese Blu-ray masters. Overall, the remastering looks decent on the set, although I did notice a couple of minor errors in the subtitles.
There are a total of five bonus features that appear on Ranma 1/2 Set 7. The first one is a featurette titled, “We Love Ranma Part 8 – We Love Rumiko Takahashi.” This featurette includes interviews with anime industry professionals, voice actors, cosplayers, a superfan, and even a fashion designer. All of the people included in this featurette spend their time thanking Rumiko Takahashi for creating Ranma 1/2. It’s probably one of the better “We Love Ranma” featurettes that I’ve seen in a while.
“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 7. I’m at such a loss as to why these were included as a bonus feature, since the next episode previews already appear on the set at the end of their respective episodes.
The “Clean Opening” includes a textless version of the opening that appears on Ranma 1/2 Set 7, and “Clean Ending” includes a textless version of the ending that appears 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 6. 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’s glossy pages look nice, but they’re a little slippery for holding when you’re reading it. But it’s still a nice booklet and I’m glad to see that it was included. The set also comes with an art card that has a picture of boy-type Ranma and Genma in panda form.
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 most of the episodes in Ranma 1/2 Set 7 are among the weakest in the series, I would still recommend it to Ranma 1/2 collectors who want to own the entire series on Blu-ray. VIZ Media’s sets are, by far, the best way to get a hold of the series on Blu-ray. Otherwise, you have to pay an arm and a leg to import the Japanese Blu-rays, which use the exact same masters that are used on VIZ’s domestic release.