Sci-Fi comedy mixed in with giant robot action equals the outrageous feature Tenamonya Voyagers. Ayako, a new teacher, and Wakana, a student, both have to return home to Earth after their school goes bankrupt. They meet up with an unusual girl named Paraila and decide to make the journey together. However, Paraila is no ordinary girl -- she's a boss in the international crime syndicate known as the Jaokai. Or rather, a former boss... With both the police and the syndicate after her, Paraila continues her mad dash for Earth --dragging along poor Ayako and Wakana, who are now considered her accomplices.
The first direct-to-DVD anime, Tenamonya Voyagers
continues the outrageous-girls-in-space tradition of such popular properties as "Sol Bianca." Newly certified teacher Ayako can only find a job on the distant planet of Meldonia, at the school where a girl called Wakana has been given an athletic scholarship. But the school goes bankrupt, leaving the two women stranded on a remote world. As they try to find their way back to Earth, they encounter Paraila, a former boss in the Jaokai mob, a key force in the underworld of outer space. Paraila is wanted by the police for just about everything, and by the Jaokai bosses for trying to overthrow them. Ayako and Wakana soon find themselves dodging the attacks of hard-bitten policewoman Tatsue and the Jaokai hit squad.
Tenamonya Voyagerslooks great: the designers make effective use of stark images and bold colors to cover the limits of the animation. Unfortunately, the story doesn't make a lot of sense and simply stops at the end of Part IV, concluding that the fate of the three main characters is a question "only God can answer" and "for some reason, that's the end." Shouldn't the filmmakers know why it's the end?
Rated 13 up for nudity, violence, and occasional profanity. --Charles Solomon