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Ranma 1/2 Movie 2: Nihao my Concubine
Reviewer: Rowena Lim Lei 05/28/2000

Ranma is a regular guy with a not-so-regular problem. See, when he was training in China, he accidentally fell in a cursed spring. As a result, whenever he comes in contact with cold water, he turns into a she. What starts as a leisurely cruise soon becomes something more when the gang find themselves stranded on a strange island. One by one, the girls start disappearing. Ranma and the guys must rescue the damsels in distress from Toma, the bride-seeking prince... but there's more! It is rumored that the solution to Ranma's gender problem lies somewhere in the island...
Do you like looking at shapely anime girls in skimpy costumes? Lots of bursting bustlines and long legs? In this Ranma movie, all the female characters seem to have filled out a lot. Of course, there's also the fact that they are stuck on an island (in their skimpy swimsuits no less) with a prince who collects girls for his harem. Even our hero(ine?) Ranma gets a chance to use feminine wiles to save the day.
Nihao My Concubine's plot is basically okay. Of course, it would've surely been better if Ranma 1/2 creator Ms. Rumiko Takahashi was the one who actually wrote it. The "Anything Goes Martial Arts Bridal Competition" is admittedly quite funny though. Yet despite all the fun and frolicking, there is a major milestone here for Ranma and Akane's relationship (if you count it as an actual happening in the Ranma-verse, since it wasn't penned by Ms. Takahashi). I don't want to spoil it for you so let's just say that fans that are rooting for Ranma and Akane would be thrilled.
The art and animation here have been pumped up in more ways than one, especially where the girls are concerned. Everything is very colorful and detailed. Overall, I still think the TV series and OAVs are better, but this movie isn't too bad.
The Japanese title of this movie is "Ranma 1/2: Kessen Togenkyo! Hanayome o Torimodose!" Translated, that's "Ranma 1/2: Decisive Battle at Togenkyo! Get Back the Brides!"

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Ranma 1/2 Movie 2: Nihao my Concubine
120 Minutes
General Rating:
3 out of 5 stars
Suitable For:
Adventure, Comedy, Martial Arts
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