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Tenchi in Tokyo

Type: Not, ah, my favorite entry.

Synopsis: I was going to try to make a long point about people moving new places, dating new people, and how this sometimes means losing track of your old friends and family. But that was taking so long, so screw it. What this show is really about is Tenchi trying to escape his crazy life filled with alien girls by moving far away and shacking up with the most IRRITATING girl you could think of…only for her to be a psychic projection of another alien girl.

Pros: For all it’s faults, Tenchi in Tokyo does a good job at staying true to the characters of the Tenchi Muyo Series. There’s no real point that in the show that the characters act in a way that isn’t believable to them. The essential plot is that the bad guy tries and succeeds in separating Tenchi and crew, and each react to this in a way I can buy into. Mihoshi and Kiyone leave after getting a reassignment from the Galaxy Police. Ryoko goes on a violent rampage in space after having her heart broken, and goes through the best story arc she’s ever had in the franchise. Plus, it was cool to see Ryoko as a proper space pirate for an extended period of time. And Ayeka tries her best to keep it all together since, as a lonely princess, she most likely never had many friends. What’s also interesting is that this iteration of Tenchi may be the most unlikable he’s ever been, but arguably the most realistic. The catalyst for the show’s plot is when Tenchi decides to leave for Tokyo to further his studies. While there, he meets a seemingly normal human girl and starts to date her, leading to the group slowly drifting apart. What made Tenchi unlikable was his efforts to keep the girls away from him and his life in Tokyo. At first, it starts as him comedically trying to stop Ryoko and Ayeka from interrupting him from starting a new life. But as the show goes on, Tenchi starts to outright ignore his former friends. Almost as if he’s willing to abandon his friends if it means living a stereotypical normal life. The plot even revolves around this, as it’s Tenchi’s bond with the girls that the antagonist is trying to severe. What’s especially interesting is that Tenchi wasn’t tricked into doing this. Not really. All he did was move and meet someone. But that was enough to make him move one from his hometown life.

Cons: While the character work in this entry in the show was fascinating, and probably the best exploration of each member of the cast, or at least Ryoko and Tenchi, this show is a mess. The tone of the show is also all over the place. This show contains both the sillies jokes that Tenchi Muyo has ever broadcast, as well as it’s most dramatic moments.  It’s starts off way to slow. The first six episodes are basically an unfunny farce that do nothing to keep the audience’s attention. If I wasn’t for my commitment to the series, I probably would have stopped watching. Well, that’s a lie, I watch no matter how bad, cause I’m RIDE OR DIE. But I probably wouldn’t have payed as much attention. The real meat of the show doesn’t come until 7, when the show reveals how this version of Tenchi and the girl’s first met. From there we get Ryoko’s Date, Ayeka trying to hitch hike to Tokyo, Tenchi starting to date Sakuya–the real story basically. Then there’s Sakuya…OK, I don’t want to be that fanboy, but I’m gonna be that fanboy. Sakuya is a horrible character who forced me to skip every scene that she was in (which included the majority of Tenchi scenes). She’s a homewreaker. Literally. She was created to distract Tenchi and keep him away from the other girls. The other more interesting girls, like the bad-ass space pirate, or the alien princess, or the two space cops. The show tries really had to make the audience like her, but I don’t think she really added anything to the existing cast. Tenchi, like most harems, is build on troupes. Ryoko is the rude girl. Ayeka is the princess. Sasami is the cute one. Mihoshi is the ditz. Mihoshi is the exacerbated career woman. But no, Tenchi’s first kiss in the franchise had to come from Sakuya, another in a long line of cheerful school girls who makes boxed lunches every day and dreams of nothing more than being a beautiful bride, because Anime. Goddam it Anime. I think this whole thing would have worked better as a movie. It would have at least tightened the plot and reduced Sakuya’s screen time. That being said, I guess I can’t call this show terrible if it caused me to feel this strongly about it.

Watch it?: Man, for a average show, I sure had a lot to say about it. Heck I have more, like how Ryoko was the only one who trusted Tenchi with Sakura, but her trust was broken. Anime men are dogs! (3/5)

MVP: Ryoko

It was great to see Ryoko cut loose

Best Episode: Ep17-19 The Separation Arc (it’s like when your favorite band breaks up!)

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Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar

Type: Alien world anime with mecha fighting

Synopsis: This guy named Tenchi Masaki I mean Kenshi Masaki is sent to an alien world by his sister-in-law’s crazy mother (only he don’t know it till the end, but that’s not important). This alien world has a bunch of mecha suits that can only be piloted by really hot girls (and sometimes jerky boys). Being a completely inexperienced alien with no training, Kenshi naturally excels at piloting the mecha suits. This lead him to become irresistible with the female populous. Those Masaki’s will do that.

Pros: Once again I find myself liking a Tenchi Muyo! anime, even though on paper I really shouldn’t. Its not over the top. Its not particularly sexy. Its ending is convoluted. And this one has hour long episodes! But dammit, they got me again. Its really Kenshi’s fault. His ability to attract every woman around him without even trying to is just too funny. He’s not a Casanova, he’s a puppy. That’s the best way to describe it. He’s not the girls’s leader, he’s the girls’s pet.

Cons: Like I said, the ending is too convoluted. It makes the mistake of introducing an evil matermind that is just their to be an evil mastermind. Which is a shame, because the show spent its first half establishing the character Dagmeyer as the main antagonist (he was able to trick Kenshi into an attempted assassination). Dagmayer was manipulative, seductive, and sympathetic. He was Kenshi, but evil. But his downgrade to lackey by the midpoint of the show was a bummer. Other than that, it has many of the traditional Tenchi Muyo!-isms that may not be for everyone: nice guy, alien girls, middle of the road humor (not too subtle, not too wacky), evil mastermind, rival, convoluted story, and mild action.

Watch it?: If you’re a Tenchi fan then yes. If your not, then its up to you. (3/5)

MVP: Kenshi Masaki

Who wouldn’t love a monkey boy with Kun-fu and Home-ec skills?

Best Episode: Ep. 3 “He Who Must Work……” (special messages…)

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Tenchi Muyo! GXP

Type: Comedy harem with space things (again) and winter-spring romances.

Synopsis: This guy named  Seina Yamata is going to his local shrine when a giant space ship lands on him. He’s rescued by this hot blonde chick who turns out to be recruiting for the Galaxy Police. Stuff happens involving his extremely bad luck, space pirates, and furries. Oh, and every girl interested in Seina is about 5 years his senior, and the oldest is 15 years older. But their still hot, so that makes it o.k. I guess….

Watch It?: eh, depends. (2/5)

Tenchi Muyo! GXP good, but it’s not great. GXP is a proper 26 episode anime with an actual plot. Not a great plot, but a plot none the less. It starts with Seina joining the GXP, his promotion to Captain of his own ship, and his raise to fame due to his dealings with the space pirates. But their are points when GXP wants to be something its not. GXP is a harem comedy with science-fiction elements, not science-fiction with comedic elements. The “serious” moments of the show feel forced and out of place. Its hard to take Amane (blond space cop) comforting Seina after a traumatic mission when every other moment with her focuses on how jiggly her breasts are.

Another problem is Seina himself. Seina is nice. Super nice. Annoyingly nice. On top of that he’s not that assertive, and way too humble. He’s basically a passive player in his own anime. If not for the strength of his supporting cast, GXP would be un-watchable. But what a supporting cast! Amane the seductive blonde space cop, Kiriko the jealous childhood friend/ 30 year old, well, 30 year old. Then theirs Ryoko the hot space pirate/furry, and finally Neju, the younger sister type who is ironically the oldest out of the bunch. Not to mention the much loved new characters to the Tenchi Universe: Seto “Devis Princess” Jurai and Airi Masaki (Tenchi Masaki’s great-grandmother and grandmother respectively, and Seina’s bosses). So, if your a fan of Tenchi Muyo anime, not too thrown off the the serious age differences in GXP, and patient with your anime, then watch it. If not, pass.

MVP: Amane

Blonde, big boobed, flirty, and knows it.

Best Episode: Ep.12 Kamidake Seriously Damaged (solely for the fact that it has the best Ryoko-Seina scene in the entire series)

Video Summary: Here

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Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki

Type: Comedy harem with space things and sometimes incest.

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Synopsis: This guy named Tenchi Masaki is training to be a monk or something when he accidentally frees a demon who turns out to be an alien girl. Later he finds out that the girl, named Ryoko, is actually a wanted space pirate. Add two space princesses, a space scientist, and a space cop, and you have the basic premise.

Watch It?: Sure. (3/5)

Tenchi Muyo! is pretty funny for an early 1990’s harem. The animation won’t blow you away and the fan service is weak, but the characters are likable. The anime follows that traditional harem troupe of establishing a love triangle, then adding additional women for fun. The rivalry between Ryoko (space pirate) and Ayeka (space princess) is gold, and Mihoshi’s (space cop) blonde dummy act is priceless. The anime does fall victim to having a plot that only show’s up when it wants to, but given its OVA nature, that can be forgiven.

The one flaw that may turn you away is Tenchi Muyo!’s dance with the topic of incest. One of Tenchi’s main love interests is actually his great Aunt (did I mention that none of the aliens age? Cause that’s important) who was really eager to marry Tenchi’s grandfather (a.k.a. her brother). Not to mention that Tenchi’s own sister (who helped raise him) and his grandmother both seem to be warm for his form. But these incident are thankfully few and far between.

MVP: Ryoko

She’s brash, rude, and a drunk. What’s not to love!

Best Episode: Ep.1 Ryoko Resurrected (“You are one sexy demon” wink.)

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