genre: comedy / science-fiction / action / romance
Masaki Tenchi is a typical high school teenager... until he finds out a little bit more about his grandfather and his lineage. Who could have guessed that he was a descendant of a Royal family from an alien planet? Things get even more out of hand when the Masaki household begins to get visitors of every sort, including a notorious space pirate and the beautiful heir to the Jurai throne... both of whom have their eyes on poor Tenchi!
Currently, the Tenchi universe consists of two OAV series, two TV series, one music special, two OAV specials and three feature-length theatrical animated movies. The OAV and both TV series are somewhat different from each other, especially in character history, and one notable character, Kiyone (Mihoshi's partner), is not in the OAV series.
The series is distributed world-wide through Pioneer LDC, and is widely available through video outlets. The subtitled release comes nicely packaged in a clam-shell case, and as we have come to expect from Pioneer, is absolutely stuffed full of goodies -- production notes, Ani-Mayhem cards, etc. -- to the point where we can never get the cases to close properly once they've been opened. The original Japanese LD's also come packed with the inserts, and the final TV LD comes with some additional material on the LD. The dubbed series comes in the more traditional slip-cover sleeve, and costs a little less.
Parental Guidance Advised - While the Tenchi series is really intended for young children, what's appropriate for children in Japan is not necessarily acceptable here in North America. There are several jokes and situations which would not be acceptable for young children, especially in the OAV series -- several references to sexual situations and deviant sexual behavior, as well as the occasional nude scene. Some parents may take offense to the candid nature that babies' needs are handled in the second OAV series. Most of the violence is of the slap-stick variety. For the most part, the TV series would be acceptable for all ages, but several young children may become distraught over the second-last episode due to the apparent death of one character, and the slightly more graphic violence leading up to the scene. Everyone will just fall in love with Ryo-Ohki; parents should be prepared for the worst-case scenario -- children demanding the plush toy.
1st TV Series
2nd TV Series (Shin-Tenchi Muyo / Tenchi in Tokyo)
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