New to Ranma? Then what better way to learn about the strange household that is the Tendo Dojo, and the even stranger things that happen when Ranma and his friends get splashed with cold water! The Best of Ranma 1/2 is a collection of three tapes including the best episodes featuring Ranma, the best of his rival, Ryoga, and a volume containing series/creator Rumiko Takahashi’s Favorite storyline of all time!
Magic and the supernatural dominate these misadventures. Mao Mo Lin, the feline specter from "My Fiancé, the Cat," returns, determined to wed Shampoo. Ranma is forced to face the one thing he fears: cats. The rarely seen gentle side of the gender-bending hero emerges in "Run Away with Me," as an eerie old man revisits his lost youth with girl-type Ranma. The "Mushroom Temple" adventure ranks as one of the zaniest in the series: Ranma and Akane inadvertently eat "love mushrooms"–and decide to marry. The love feast degenerates into a smackdown when Kuno, Ryoga, and Mousse butt in. Things eventually get sorted out–as much as anything ever gets sorted out in this nutty series. But the perpetually quarreling Ranma and Akane addressing each other as "pretty baby" and "honey" sets a new standard for improbability. (Unrated: suitable for ages 12 and older: slapstick violence, alcohol use, mild risqué humor) –Charles Solomon