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Tenchi Muyô! 

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Every man needs a good woman. Tenchi Masaki has six.

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Masaki Kajishima
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Flávia Mendonça Fontenelle Flávia Mendonça Fontenelle ...  Sasami 30 episodes, 1994-1997
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K.T. Vogt ...  Washu / ... 28 episodes, 1995-2005
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Petrea Burchard ...  Ryoko / ... 27 episodes, 1995-1997
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Michael Sorich ...  Additional Voices 26 episodes, 1997
Scott Menville ...  Additional Voices 26 episodes, 1997
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Tenchi Masaki is a normal high school student in Japan, who spends the summers doing chores around his grandfather's family shrine. One day, Tenchi manages to steal the key to a mysterious cave where an oni (Japanese demon) is said to have been sealed away by his ancester Yoshou, whose sword still stands guard over it. When he enters this cave, he finds that, much to his surprise, the legend is indeed true when the oni's dessicated skeletal form ("mira"--Japanese mummy) comes to life and attacks him. Tenchi flees the cave in a panic, and later returns to high school, taking the hilt--seemingly all that remains of the ancestral sword--with him. At school, Tenchi is again attacked by the oni, whose name is Ryouko, who has now completely revived herself. Tenchi manages to defeat her with the sword's help, but this is only the beginning of a hilarious Japanese romantic comedy OAV (Original Animation Video, the Japanese equivalent of American made-for-video movies) series which has spawned... Written by Christopher E. Meadows <cmeadows@nyx.cs.du.edu>

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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

25 September 1992 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-oh-ki See more »

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(26 Episodes) | (20 episodes) | (26 episodes)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Ryoko name is a common Japanese name, yet the kanji used to write it is far from being a common reading. Translated, Ryoko is "One who summons the spirits of rocks and trees". Ryoko tells Ayeka this fact during their duel in episode 4, when she summons a water elemental. See more »

Goofs

In Tenchi Muyo OVA 3 (which it was made around 2000) the sound effects, when you set your DVD language to Japanese, doesn't match the motions of the character at all. In the English one it does match. See more »

Quotes

Ryoko: You shouldn't frown so much Ayeka or those wrinkles will never disappear.
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Alternate Versions

In the dubbed cartoon network version, the scene where Ryoko was discovered in Tenchi's bed was shortened because part of her cleavage was shown and Tenchi was reacting to it in a funny way and Ryoko's cleavage was covered with a drawn-on brassier; in the scene where Ryoko was taking a bath, she was naked but ended up with a drawn-on swim suit; the same goes with Ayeka when Ryoko removed her towel in front of Tenchi. See more »

Connections

Edited into Neon Genesis Evangelion: ReDeath (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Ginga de Chokuritsu Hokô
(Walking Tall In The Galaxy)
Ending theme (episodes #1-25)
Performed by Ai Orikasa and Yumi Takada
English version ("Up-Walk In Galaxy") performed by Diane Michelle
Music and arrangement by Ikurô Fujiwara
Lyrics by Natsuko Karedô
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Good , but a few adjustments would make this a classic.
26 July 2003 | by knowledgeSee all my reviews

With its active imagination and bright coulors , its easy to see why tenchi muyo is a firm favourite to many fans of Japanese animation . However , just because the adventures of tenchi and co are appreciated by many , that doesn't make it the best series you'll see. This isn't to say that tenchi muyo is bad , but it is to say that there are a lot of things wrong with it. Wrong things such as it being unoriginal : tenchi muyo borrows .. in fact , no STEALS ideas from star wars , urusei yatsura and sailor moon just to name a few. Another one of the shows negative factors is that it constantly moves from being sci-fi to a slapstick comedy to a romantic drama to an action drama , all very quickly , making the show feel uneven . Oh , and speaking of uneven , tenchi muyo doesn't keep the same pace throughout , resulting in a show that can be heart stopping and exciting some times , and just plain boring the next. And while we are on the subject of the shows bad points , ive got to say that the thinly veiled sexism that creeps up in the show is something that we could have done with out.

Wow . With all these bad points , it sounds like I hate tenchi muyo , doesn't it ? Well I don't , I think its very solid and its good qualities are very strong . One good quality is that from a visual stand point , tenchi muyo looks great - the animators and character designers manage to strike a good balance between cuteness and complex realism . Another strong point is that when the show is funny , it can get really funny , just like how it can get damn exciting when it puts its action gloves on , suggesting that being a straight action comedy would have definitely been the best way forward for tenchi muyo. But above everything the best thing about tenchi is easily its characters , something that any tenchi fan can agree with me on. From the destructive but sensitive Ryoko , to the eccentric Washu , the characters are developed and used well enough for you to care for them when any thing happens to them. And having characters that you can get behind and feel for is important in any story , anime or otherwise.

So in conclusion , it must be said that tenchi muyo has a lot flaws but still comes out as an intelligent and entertaining show that's definitely way above average . But if it focused entirely on action and comedy (its best assets) whilst still paying attention to character and plot then we'd be looking at a classic.

Knowledge gives this : 3(and a half ) out of 5


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