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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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Series cast summary:
Flávia Mendonça Fontenelle Flávia Mendonça Fontenelle ...  Sasami 30 episodes, 1994-1997
Flavia Fontenelle Flavia Fontenelle ...  Sasami 29 episodes, 1994-1995
Matt K. Miller ...  Tenchi Masaki / ... 28 episodes, 1995-2005
Sherry Lynn ...  Sasami / ... 28 episodes, 1995-2005
K.T. Vogt ...  Washu / ... 28 episodes, 1995-2005
Jennifer Darling ...  Ayeka / ... 27 episodes, 1997-2005
Rebecca Forstadt ...  Mihoshi / ... 27 episodes, 1997-2005
Petrea Burchard ...  Ryoko / ... 27 episodes, 1995-1997
Wendee Lee ...  Kiyone / ... 27 episodes, 1997-2005
Debi Derryberry ...  Ryo-ohki / ... 27 episodes, 1995-1997
Bob Papenbrook ...  Additional Voices / ... 27 episodes, 1997-2005
Lara Cody Lara Cody ...  Additional Voices / ... 27 episodes, 1997-2005
Julie Maddalena ...  Matori / ... 26 episodes, 1997
Richard Cansino ...  Tsugaru 26 episodes, 1997
Brianne Brozey ...  Additional Voices 26 episodes, 1997
Dave Mallow ...  Additional Voices 26 episodes, 1997
Doug Stone ...  Additional Voices 26 episodes, 1997
Eddie Frierson ...  Additional Voices 26 episodes, 1997
John Prosky ...  Additional Voices 26 episodes, 1997
Joshua Seth ...  Additional Voices 26 episodes, 1997
Michael Sorich ...  Additional Voices 26 episodes, 1997
Scott Menville ...  Additional Voices 26 episodes, 1997
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Storyline

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Sakuya's eyes change color noticeably over the course of the series, and range from a vivid green to a sky blue. 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

Washu Hakubi: No, unless...
Ayeka Masaki Jurai: Unless?
Washu Hakubi: Unless you call me Little Washu!
Ayeka Masaki Jurai: [Ayeka falls] Huh? Excuse me, Miss Washu?
Washu Hakubi: No! I won't do anything unless you call me Little Washu!
Ayeka Masaki Jurai: [thinking] How can I call you 'little' when you're over 20,000 years old?
[talking]
Ayeka Masaki Jurai: All right then, Little Washu. Can you do me a favor? Can you help me plant Ryu-oh?
Washu Hakubi: Of course! I can do that! That's easy!
Ayeka Masaki Jurai: Of course! After all you're the number 1 scientic genius in the glaxay.
[...]
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Alternate Versions

The dubbed version aired on Cartoon Network in 2000 cut down a frame in the last episode of the series. It it Nagi shows a bartender a photo of Ryoko, which you see very briefly. In it Ryoko is actually showing her middle finger, which explains why the scene was cut short. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Ponyo (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Yamerarenai Yamerarenai
(Unstoppable, Unstoppable)
Ending theme
Performed by Masami Kikuchi (Tenchi), Ai Orikasa (Ryoko), Yumi Takada (Ayeka), Chisa Yokoyama (Sasami),
Etsuko Kozakura (Ryo-Ohki), Yûko Mizutani (Mihoshi), Yûko Kobayashi (Washu), and Yuri Amano (Kiyone)
Lyrics by Natsuko Karedô
Music and arrangement by Masami Kishimura
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The Best.
4 March 2003 | by jrayne1See all my reviews

The OVA series of Tenchi Muyo! is undoubtedly one of the crowning achievements of Japanese animation. It's got whatever you could want: drama, romance, comedy, action, nudity, violence, profanity, stupidity...it's a tour-de-force of all the emotions, pushing all the buttons and trying to get a response.

Of course, fans may be dismayed to have the series stop midway through the story, but fortunately the next OVA series is on its way after all these years of the good TV series and the kinda-passable-maybe-alright-kinda-bad Tenchi in Tokyo series. OK, so TV2 was horrible. But hopefully they will redeem themselves...


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