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Tenchi the Movie - Tenchi Muyo In Love (1996)

Animation, Anime & Manga, and Science Fiction & Fantasy movie directed by Hiroshi Negishi

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Very well done . . .

  • Nov 27, 2001
For the first theatrical release of Tenchi Muyo, this was well done. The artwork and sound are top-notch. But the reason I am rating this a 4 is because #1 the story moves SLOWLY! It takes a good half hour to get into the main plot line. #2 Unless you REALLY care about the mushy, in depth character development of the story of Tenchi's mother and the story of how Tenchi's parents came to love each other, this whole movie will bore the pants off you. The humor we normally get in a Tenchi flick just isn't here to support this.

I understand that the director and screen writers were going for a serious, and meaningful anime movie, and I don't have a problem with that, and to any Tenchi fan - you will need to see this at least once. Maybe not own it, but definitely see it. The story DOES get moving towards the last part, and surprise surprise for a Tenchi story, the plot line does have closure. So over all I was happy with this DVD, but casual Tenchi watchers may want to rent instead of buy.

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Although the first feature in this popular franchise is more serious in tone thanTenchi in TokyoorTenchi Muyô!, the characters prove strong enough to carry a longer story while remaining true to their established personalities.

When the criminal Kain escapes from prison, he destroys Galactic Patrol Headquarters, then moves to Earth to strike the Masaki family, whose link to the royal family of Jurai engenders his hatred. Capable of moving through time as well as space, he plans to kill Tenchi's mother, Achika, before she marries his father, Nobuyuki. If Kain were to succeed, Tenchi would cease to exist, the Masaki line would end, and his friends would disappear.

Scientific genius Washu transports Tenchi, Jurai princesses Ayeka and Sasami, space pirate Ryoko, Galactic Patrol officers Mihoshi and Kiyone, and cabbit Ryo-Ohki back to 1970 to defend Achika. The inevitable wacky contretemps occur--Ayeka and Ryoko get into a fight that brings Tokyo's commuter train system to a halt--and it's interesting to see Nobuyuki as an uncertain architecture student, rather than a comic lecher. The final confrontation with Kain takes on an unusual poignancy from Tenchi's feelings for the mother he never knew (she died while he was an infant).

Unrated; recommended for ages 10 and older for brief nudity and cartoon violence. --Charles Solomon

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Director: Hiroshi Negishi
Genre: Animation, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
DVD Release Date: October 1, 1997
Runtime: 95 minutes
Studio: Geneon [Pioneer]
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