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|Title||Ranma 1/2 Original TV Soundtrack Vol. 1|
|CD Label||Viz Communications, Inc.|
|Music by:||Hideharu Mori and Kenji Kawai|
|Number of tracks||17|
|Number of discs||1|
|Year of release/manufacture||Nov. 18, 1999|
December 01, 2015
Review by John M Emmons
This is the American release of the first Ranma ½ soundtrack. The booklet does not offer any information about the series or the music besides lyrics for two of the three songs on the album. It doesn't even supply who composed the background music included in the album.
Referring to the credits on the DVD release, the music is composed by Hideharu Mori and Kenji Kawai. Kenji Kawai has gained a lot of fame over the years for his body of work, but it is worth noting that this was from very early in his career, and this music may not be what you expect from Kawai. "A Tight Spot" sounds right at home with music Kawai wrote for the early Patlabor TV series.
The album itself is composed of tracks used in early episodes in the series. As Ranma ½ is a blend of martial arts, humor, and romance, the music is all over the place. It relies heavily on synthesizers. It can be very eccentric at times. The opening song "Don't Make Me Wild Like You" is very catchy and one of my favorite tracks. Instrumental versions of the song appear in "Eyecatch No. 2" and "Greetings From China."
I'd recommend watching the show first to decide if this music is something you'd enjoy. This album is now out of print but not impossible to still find a copy of.
Ranma 1/2 Original TV Soundtrack Vol. 1