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Tenchi Muyo! DVD Ultimate Collection (2004)

Director: Hiroshi Negishi, Hiroki Hayashi, Hiroshi Negishi
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Studio: Geneon
Genre: Anime, Comedy Anime, Science Fiction Anime, Sci-Fi TV, Sci-Fi TV
Languages: English, Japanese
Subtitles: English
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First broadcast in Japan from 1992 to 1998, the weekly animated series Tenchi Muyo! (aka Tenchi Universe) spotlighted high schooler Tenchi Masaki, who lived with his father and grandfather, the latter a Shinto priest. Against his grandpa's wishes, Tenchi visited a cave near his home, where he accidentally released a centuries-old demon: gorgeous female space pirate Ryoko, who had been consigned to a life of evil by the spell of the wicked Kagato. Before long, Tenchi's home became the headquarters not only for Ryoko, but also for several other mystical women, including princesses Ayeka and Sasami from the planet Jurai and intergalactic police officer Mihoshi. Amidst all this confusion, Tenchi learned that he himself was a member of the Jurai royal family, and was expected to fight on the side of Right with the power of his "lighthawk wings" -- not to mention his own light sword, which coincidentally was also named Tenchi. The hero's mission was somewhat compromised by the fact that the six females now living in his home had all fallen in love with him, and just plain wouldn't leave him alone. The series was created by Kajisima Masaki. Together with its sequel Shin Tenchi Muyo (aka Tenchi in Tokyo), Tenchi Muyo! was seen in America beginning July 22, 2000 as part of the Cartoon Network's weekend lineup. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Ratings

Tenchi Muyo: DVD Ultimate Edition - OVA Episodes 1-7 (2004)
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8.15 (212 votes)
Tenchi Muyo: DVD Ultimate Edition - OVA Episodes 8-13 (2004)
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8.30 (187 votes)
Tenchi Muyo: DVD Ultimate Edition - Tenchi Encyclopedia (Bonus Disc) (2004)
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7.52 (91 votes)

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More Fun, More Questions by AstroNerdBoy March 18, 2003 - 12:57 AM PST
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
This DVD contains episodes 8-13.5 (13.5 is included as part of episode 13 and shown after the end credits of 13). As before, much of the same humor found before can be seen here with Ayeka and Ryoko still fighting over Tenchi's affections. However, threads of a deeper story emerge. The powerful ship Tsunami is actually partly Ayeka's sister Sasami. But is there even more too her than being the first Jurai battleship? And what about the scientist Washu -- why does she have no memories prior to 20,000 years ago? Why are both Washu's and Tsunami's silhouettes shown behind the goddess Tokimi? Oh, there are many questions behind this funny series. The only downside is all of the blasted nudity!

DVD wise, all you get are the episodes and a choice of Japanese or English voices (the former with decent subtitles -- though the readability of those subtitles could be improved). However, you get plenty of episodes so no having to change DVD's for a while! ;-D

Funny with a hint of something deeper by AstroNerdBoy March 16, 2003 - 6:53 AM PST
11 out of 12 members found this review helpful
Tenchi Muyo is the original OAV series that is credited with starting the "harem" sub-genre of romantic-comedy anime. This DVD contains the first OAV series (episode 1-6) and the OAV special (episode 7).

Basically, the story centers around Tenchi -- a high school boy living with his dad and grandfather who runs a shrine. The shrine is where the "demon" Ryoko is sealed 700 years ago by the samari Yosho. Tenchi accidently frees her. Turns out, she's not a demon but a space pirate with lots of power. Soon, the Tenchi househould is joined by the princesses Ayeka and Sasami who were looking for their half-brother Yosho. A battle between the two causes them to be stranded on Earth. Then the home is joined by Galaxy Police Officer Mioshi. Finally, the home is joined by the scientist Washu who is rescued by Tenchi and company.

The series is very funny at times. While all of the women like Tenchi, Ryoko and Ayeka like him the most and often fight for his affection. While all of this is fun, it is the underlying story which makes the series the most interesting. The first six episodes culminate in a confrontation with a "major" bad guy. However, things are briefly revealed which end up causing questions to be raised. Episode 7 takes place after the battle and while it is mostly a funny stand alone episode, again, things are revealed to hint at what the overall story-arc is.

Bottom line: All of the nudity (especially in episodes 4 and 7) were a put off and unrequired. The humor is quite good and the episodes are well written. The characters are all fun and lovable which makes this anime a good one.

Tenchi Encyclopedia by hneline1 August 20, 2002 - 6:29 PM PDT
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
This disk doesn't contain any episodes. Rather, it's a "Tenchi Encyclopedia" with data files, scenes, summaries of various Tenchi characters and situations. It's not as thorough as some websites I've seen, but it has a bit of trivia. If you're a Tenchi fan, you should glance through this disk just to get some answers -- for example, why is Tenchi's sword called a master key? What is the relationship between Tenchi's father and Tenchi's mother (besides the obvious!)? Why does Ryo-Ohki eat all those carrots when she's really a spaceship? Of course, there are no entries for Tokimi, but then again, all her files were mysteriously deleted from memory, right? Perhaps there's an easter egg somewhere...

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