Ranma 1/2 DoCo Second. (SM 319) This is a good upbeat CD. Track 6 was apparently recorded live and the crowd really gets into the song. Booklet has some nice artwork.
Ranma 1/2 Best Collections (GA031). This is another one with a cut from a live performance and another good CD. Most Ranma 1/2 music is upbeat and very listenable.
Ranma 1/2 Complete Vocal Collection Volume 2 (GA-017). Like the previous two this one is also an upbeat, good CD.
(GA 032) Unfortunately, not every Ranma 1/2 CD is good. This one has to be one of the most god-awful CDs of any kind that I have ever heard. It seems to be incidental music from the series with no vocals. A lot of the pieces are short and I'm not sure that they are actually taken from the episodes or if these were done separate from the series itself. A lot of the pieces are annoying, actually. Track 8 has a sound like an elephant, but it's apparently supposed to be a guitar riff. I actually had to force myself to sit through this one so I could write this review. Run, do not walk, away from this CD!
Ranma 1/2 Complete Vocal Collection Volume 1 (GA 016). This is another one of the good, standard CDs. I really like the cover art on this one.
Ranma 1/2 SM-193. Another good collection of standard cuts, but with some really terrible cover art.
SM 194 Ranma 1/2. More good music. Track 4 is extremely cute, and track 7 sounds like a Japanese version of Queen. Also the booklet has lots of artwork in it.
This is GA 064, Ranma 1/2 Eta Karuta Volume II. Uta can translate as "song" (or "poem", I'm just starting to learn Japanese). Now here I'm taking a guess which may be wrong; I think "karuta" comes from "karui" which is an adjective, making it mean "light/easy", so the album would be Ranma 1/2 light music volume II.
Anyhow, this is best listened to if you have already listened to a bunch of other Ranma music. If you have then get ready for the absolutely funniest anime CD you have ever, ever heard!
It's hard to describe effectively a music CD that has Japanese yodeling on one track! There's even one track (39) that sounds like a take-off on Dylan! Some of the tracks are take-offs on regular Ranma songs but sung in, at best, utterly strange and bizarre forms. Other tracks have some talking and background music, or odd sound effects. While listening to the CD I kept laughing out loud the dark thing is so funny. Take-offs on almost all the main Ranma music tracks are on this CD. Even the songs that are sung relatively straight are given a new beat or approach that is really good. If you can ever find this CD, BUY IT!
This is another of the type of Ranma 1/2 CDs that is generally not that closely tied to the Ranma 1/2 "feel". The music could have served as background to any variety of other anime series. Not that it's bad music; it's not. Unless you're a completist, though, you can probably pass on this offering.
This one is more recognizable as Ranma 1/2 music. A lot of the cuts are upbeat, pretty and quite listenable. A good one to add to your collection.
This one has a cover that is very, very much like the cover from the Complete Vocal Collection 2, GA-017 above. This one, though, is SM-178, has a different back cover and has 19 tracks instead of 15 and the tracks are different. It's a fair CD, again not one you would closely tie to Ranma 1/2 and it's not really one that you need to add to your collection unless you're a completist.
Another one of the "background music" types of CDs, and another one that you don't really need to add to your collection. There's just too many of this type of CD out there.
Yet another of the "background music" CDs which you can pass on. It's all right, most of this type is, but it's not something I would listen to over and over.
These are two of the Ranma 1/2 cards I found in some of the CDs I got.
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