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Tenchi Muyo: vols. 1 + 2
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Tenchi Muyo: volume three|
directors: Hiroki Hayashi, Kenichi Yatagai
135 minutes (12) 1992
MVM DVD Region 2 retail
reviewed by John Percival
This DVD release continues the story of school kid Tenchi Masaki and the bizarre alien
women who vie for his affection. We are presented with four more episodes from the
Tenchi Muyo OAV, including the episodes I Love Tenchi, The Advent Of
The Goddess, Zero Ryoko and Here Comes Jurai.
Although not really containing as much pure chaos as previous episodes this collection
seems to allow more time for character development. This is seen first in the episode
of I Love Tenchi with the unusual choice of focus being the cute meowing carrot
eating cat/rabbit 'cabbit' Ryo-Ohki. Not forgetting that the little creature can turn
into a flying warship, she is also one of many who love Tenchi. This makes it hard for
her when Tenchi accidentally hurts her feelings. Ryo-Ohki's sad feelings are picked by
some of Washu's creations called 'the masses' and after a fight with the odd potato
shaped creatures, Ryo-Ohki and the masses combine to allow Ryo-Ohki to generate a humanoid
body. This episode allows us to gain a greater insight into the carrot eating furball,
and even though she can turn into a spaceship she still has problems balancing in human
The next episode reveals more of the external threats to the group. The Advent Of
The Goddess shows a genius scientist, Dr Clay, being sent by Tokimi to capture Washu.
Dr Clay sends his assassin Zero, an artificial life form that assumes the appearance
of Ryoko, a space pirate, and one of the group. They carry on their daily lives unaware
they have been infiltrated.
Zero Ryoko follows Zero's attempts to assassinate Tenchi. However Tenchi's ability
for females to fall in love with him extends to Zero and because of her feelings she
can not kill him. Instead she returns to Dr Clay with Ryoko as her hostage. The rest
of the team follows in pursuit.
The final episode, Here Comes Jurai, shows the surprise appearance of three
visitors from the planet Jurai. They are Azusa the emperor of Jurai and the father of
Ayeka and Sasami, also Misaki, their mother and Funaho mother of Yosho (Tenchi's grandfather
who was once a prince of Jurai). They have arrived to check on the Misaki family and
uncover the many secrets of the group. Whilst is appears that Azusa's true intentions
are not what they outwardly appear, Tenchi is forced to confront the father of the girl
he lives with as well as Jurai customs unfamiliar to him.
Each of the episodes is a fun chaotic piece of the story combining comedy with action.
Still not strictly for young kids, despite the '12' certificate, there is the odd bit
of nudity. The animation, which although colourful, looks and feels more like a kid's
cartoon, but this does not distract from the intriguing story. It is also interesting
the observe how the improbable group live together, how under any other circumstance
they would be killing each other but their love for Tenchi keeps them together. If you
are a fan of Tenchi, or are aware of the series, then this DVD collection is worth a
The DVD menu system is as colourful and animated as the series but does lack some imagination.
The only extra is a collection of trailers under the title of Propaganda.