Today Viz Media has announced that their first release of Ranma 1/2 will occur on March 25th. This release will be the first time that the Ranma 1/2 series has appeared on Blu-ray in the West and Viz is pulling out all of the stops to make sure this is the best way to experience the classic series.
The release will be available on standard DVD for $44.82 but it pales in comparison to what is being offered in the Blu-ray Box Set. While both releases contain the first twenty three episodes presented in the original Japanese order, the Blu-ray version comes with a premium chipboard box with illustrations by Rumiko Takahashi, a 64-page booklet with a full color episode guide along with a manga re-master sampler, and additional on-disc bonus features.
The release will be presented in its original 4:3 aspect ratio and will feature both the original Japanese voice track or the English audio track. A preview video of what the series will look like can be found below. It is also worth noting that the original manga series will also be debuting in March in 2-in-1 omnibus editions.