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Although the title means something along the lines of "no need for Tenchi," everyone wants the hapless hero of this popular series. These 13 OAV episodes reunite the cast from the TV show, but with some changes. Sasami is initially much younger and less domestic; grandfather Masaki turns out to be Yosho, the long-lost Jurai prince who was betrothed to Ayeka centuries ago; genius-in-residence Wasshu reveals an unexpected bond with interstellar outlaw Ryoko. The tone is a little racier than the broadcast version: Ryoko runs around naked and the attempts to seduce the terminally klutzy Tenchi are more pointed.

In the first adventure (episodes 1-7), Tenchi inadvertently wakes a mummified demon who was imprisoned at the Masaki family shrine 700 years ago--none other than space pirate extraordinaire Ryoko. The problems she causes are dwarfed by the arrival of Jurai princesses Ayeka and Sasami, bubble-brained Galactic Police Agent Miyoshi--and interstellar criminal Kagato. Assuming the role (and costume) of the Crown Prince of Jurai, Tenchi defeats the evil Kagato with a magic sword that resembles the lightsabers in Star Wars.

Unexpected arrivals keep the Masaki household in chaos in the later, shorter adventures (episodes 8-13), including a baby cousin of Tenchi's, a shape-shifting robot who impersonates Ryoko, and the Emperor and Empress of Jurai. The writers occasionally lose track of the plot, especially in episode 13, "Here Comes Jurai," but Tenchi has never been noted for its logic. In all the episodes, the filmmakers manage to balance interplanetary threats, teenage romance, and broad comedy with their usual aplomb.

The Tenchi Encyclopedia (powered by Wasshu OS) offers short biographies of the main characters with clips and stills, pencil tests, digital comics, Japanese commercials, and full credits for the series. A must-have for Tenchi fans. --Charles Solomon

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Genre:  Animation
DVD Release Date:  July 3, 2000
Runtime:  420 minutes
Studio:  Geneon [Pioneer]
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Quick Tip by . December 03, 2011
posted in ASIANatomy
I don't know why so many people consider this anime to be a "classic" in the genre. I've always felt Tenchi Muyo was an uninspired space fantasy anime with lots of immature sexual humor, illogical storyline, annoying characters. This anime is one of the main reasons why I stick to American animated shows like Rocko's Modern Life and Beavis & Butthead for laughs.
review by . November 11, 2001
posted in Movie Hype
If you are new to the Anime (Japanese Animation) world, then this a a GREAT series to start you out in. This series is a great story about a Japanese boy who "just wants to be normal." But ends up having every sexy woman in the galaxy dropping by his house, and a good half of them falling head over heals in love with him. Add that to the Star-Wars-Like combat and story line, and you have a great Anime series! The DVDs are even better than the VHS because of the obvious improvements of sound and …
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