a.k.a. Ranma Nibunnoichi: Kessen Togenkyo! Hanayome wo Torimodose!
Kuno swings by the Tendo’s one afternoon to invite Akane and the pigtailed girl for some fun and sun on his newly-commissioned boat. The rest of the Tendos, Saotomes, Shampoo, Ryouga and Ukyo mistake his overture as an open invitation and before long find themselves basking in the glow of the warm seas. Soon enough, and without fail, a storm hits the wayward landlubbers and they are forced to crash on a remote island. Without means of returning to Japan, Ranma and the gang make the most of the situation and enjoy the surf… that is, until the women on the island start disappearing one by one.
summary by Kain
Highs: Retains the same winning formula for success; fantastic art
Lows: Plastic surgery abounds and happy to flaunt it; characters are more shallow this time around
Ah, here we have Ranma ½… with more bounce for the ounce. Depending on your vantage point, that may turn out to be either a good or bad thing.
Speaking as a man in the prime of his youth, I must admit I wasn’t turned off by the excess of milky flesh that paraded its way across my television screen. As a semi-objective watcher of anime, however, I looked beyond the hormonal responses such a tactic evokes and saw through the charade. Inevitably, all that fan service served absolutely no purpose (surprise, surprise). Compound that with the seemingly amazing ability that each of the female cast seemed to possess, and that is to massively expand their bosom to Dolly Partonesque proportions. Must be that warm sea air. Again, not that I am complaining from a male standpoint…
Perhaps if Takahashi Rumiko was actually involved in the creation of this movie we would be looking at something more stellar. Instead, while I did enjoy this movie, the characters were just shells of their lovable selves from the television series and the OVAs. Yes, Ranma and Akane’s relationship made some headway (by God, about time!), but other than that the rest is just filler. Aside from these complaints, Nihao My Concubine showcases the best animation and artwork in the entire Ranma ½ series. The backdrops and outfits are vivid and gorgeous, and there is hardly a lack of action. Sequences of events are inventive and filled with comedic elements, which shows nothing has changed from the series.
If you have seen and enjoyed Ranma ½, I see no reason why this movie shouldn’t appeal to you, as well. Be forewarned that the demented personalities have been replaced with loads of fan service. Not that I am complaining…
Nihao My Concubine can be downloaded legally in the United States HERE.