I failed to note the movies I picked up Tuesday night. I'm cutting down a bit on the Tuesday rental thing, since I now have a small stock of DVDs I have to watch. Still, I'll be picking up at least two a week (heck, it's a buck) if only to have a variety of things for the girls to watch. Here's what I picked up for myself:
- Record of Lodoss War Vol. 1
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Ranma 1/2: Like Water For Ranma
...well, Totoro is for both the girls and me; in fact, they've already watched it. I rented the first Record of Lodoss War because I intend to review it, and I rented the Ranma 1/2 because although it's a fairly well-known anime, I'd never seen it. I got to watch it last night, though. Like a lot of anime, Ranma 1/2 has many forms. It began as a manga, or comic book, which was then adapted into an anime TV series and several OAVs, or animated movies released separately on video.
Ranma 1/2 is a comedy series about a highly competitive young martial arts student called Ranma who, during a training session in China, falls into a cursed pool and now transforms into a female version of himself when splashed with cold water. His father has arranged for him to marry Akane, the daughter of another martial arts instructor, so the two schools will merge. Akane is an excellent martial artist but a lousy cook. Episodes of this comedic series revolve around the relationship between Ranma and Akane, Ranma's inability to refuse a challenge, someone being forced into betrothal, the complications with Ranma's curse, or some combination thereof. As you might expect, the series is replete with running gags.
Ranma and his father change to a girl and a panda, respectively, when splashed with cold water.
I've posted a review of the "Like Water for Ranma" OAV I rented to the forums at Destroy All Monsters.
More Ranma 1/2 resources:
Ranma 1/2 anime and manga FAQ
A handy scorecard of the characters and their relationships
Review of a Ranma OAV at Stomp Tokyo.