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Tenchi Muyo!: War on Geminar, Part 1 (Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo) (2009)

Jason Liebrecht , Jamie Marchi  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jason Liebrecht, Jamie Marchi, Jad Saxton, Morgan Garrett, Michelle Rojas
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Digital Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: May 21, 2013
  • Run Time: 322 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,750 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The OAV War on Geminar (2009) is another spinoff in the long-running Tenchi Muyo! franchise. Kenshi Masaki, the half-brother of the original Tenchi, has been transported to the world of Geminar and forced to take part in an assassination attempt against Princess Lashra of the Shtrayu Empire. When the attempt fails, Kenshi is adopted into an alien culture where elite warriors--most of them girls--train to pilot the Sacred Mechanoids in the fortress-school of the Holy Land. Soon all the girls are chasing him. The evil Dagmyer spins an elaborate plot to overthrow the Shtrayu Empire, but his agents are so easily dispatched, it doesn't feel like much of a threat. The original Tenchi Muyo! (1992) established the anime genre of the harem comedy and introduced a cast of popular characters, none of whom appear in War on Geminar. The first episode overflows with new characters, terms, mecha, and places, then nothing happens for the next several hours. The viewer has no idea how Kenshi got to Geminar or why he commands such extraordinary physical powers. It's also not clear why the girls pursue him, as he's a nonentity, with none of his half-brother's charm. Director Koji Yoshikawa fails to establish the balance between adventure and good-natured silliness that made the earlier versions of Tenchi so much fun. War on Geminar feels like a standard-issue jiggle show with occasional mecha battles thrown in to break the monotony. Fans of the long-running continuity will find themselves wishing Tenchi and the gang would arrive aboard the Ryo-Ohki and put things to right. (Rated TV MA: violence, violence against women, nudity, risqué humor, alcohol and tobacco use) --Charles Solomon

(1. White and Black Seikijin, 2. To the Seichi, 3. The Person Who Not Working…, 4. Pendant, 5. Chasing Him, 6. Vacation, 7. Warrior Tournament)

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Get ready for an adventurous new chapter in the legendary Tenchi franchise a classic spinoff loaded with interplanetary sex appeal! Fifteen year old Kenshi Masaki was taken from his home planet, transported to a galaxy far, far away, and captured by a gorgeous princess! This royal beauty quickly claims Kenshi as her personal servant and lends him out to all the lecherous ladies at her prestigious boarding school. On the rare occasion Kenshi doesn t have his hands full with a curvaceous coed, he can be found training for the intergalactic mecha battle royale looming on the horizon. Helping the princess save her planet is Kenshi s ticket home, but losing means he ll be stuck scrubbing backs in the interstellar sauna for the rest of his life! Every boy should be so lucky.Contains the first 7 episodes (approximately 45 minutes each).

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
OK first, the name of this series (which was changed for the American release into something very weird) is a little misleading. This is not a Tenchi Muyo series in the sense that Tenchi, Ryoko, Ayeka, Sasami, Mihoshi, Kiyone, or Ryo-Ohki appear in it at ALL. Washu makes an appearance as an outline. Various characters are referenced very, very little and none, but Washu, are mentioned by name. So please don't expect this to be a Tenchi series. It's not.

It is, however, AMAZING. This series takes place in the Tenchi Multiverse. The series picks up with Masaki Kenshi (Tenchi's half bro who was in utero during Tenchi Muyo! GXP). Kenshi has wound up in a very strange and different world filled with mecha (mostly piloted by women.. similar to Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventure, another Tenchi multiverse series). Kenshi is one of the few guys who can pilot the mecha. There are a bunch of other special things Kenshi can do that no one else can and it leads to hilarious hijinks. It feels, to me, kind of like a mash-up of Tenchi, Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventures and El-Hazard, taking the best elements of each and making it better.

Kenshi ends up becoming the attendant to Princess-King Lakasha, a rather greedy and conniving young woman who is a really good person despite all this. This leads him on a serious of adventures and misdirections. He ends up meeting tons of ladies (most whom want him, of course) and wrapped up in political intrigue of this new world.

The thing that really drives this series is Kenshi. He's a really great, fun character. He has depth while appearing to be very simple, a fact that is constantly revealed, but works. There is also his foils (several of whom resemble, personality wise, our Tenchi heroines).
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Anime March 11, 2013
I've always been a big fan of the Tenchi Muyo cosmos (can't really say world or universe cause that still wouldn't encompass all the different story lines).

I can say without a doubt this very high on my list to purchase. I've watched the fansubs multiple times. The storyline is engaging, the characters are deep and well modeled. The episodes are a satisfying 40 minutes long.

I my only problem is that 130$ (10$ per episode) for both boxes seems to be rather steep. At 70$ I would snatch the series up, but for now, I'll wait and bide my time till the prices drop.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Same Old Tenchi Formula With New Characters May 22, 2013
By KevinB
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Kenshi Masaki is the half brother of Tenchi Masaki. Somehow he was summoned to another planet called Geminar. He doen't know why or how he got there though. Fortunately, this planet is mostly inhabited by hot chicks that are all crazy about Kenshi. Kenshi enters a school for young mecha pilots. Part 1 of this series mainly covers his daily life and develops his relationship with the girls at the school. There is, however, trouble brewing on Geminar. A mysterious group has plans that threaten the people of Geminar, and somehow, Kenshi fits into their plan.

I expected a little more action from this series, because of the title, "War On Geminar". I think that the war actually starts in part 2. There are some major differences with this series and the original Tenchi Muyo series that this spins off of. The characters are the main difference. They are all good though. This set has 7-50 minute episodes. So it is actually a long as a 26-episode series if you include part 2. The situations are more suggestive than the original series, but there isn't any nudity. I think it should be rated PG-13, but whatever. The animation, voice acting and soundtrack are all top notch; as you probably expected from the Tenchi franchise. Although different from what I expected, this series did entertain me. I hope it picks up a bit in part 2, and I wish that it was a little cheaper. Other than those 2 little details, I think this is a good buy. If you like the older Tenchi series, you'll probably enjoy this one too.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 5 for the anime but... May 27, 2013
I'll be the first to say this is a great series. However, Funimation's translation contained a number of issues I found extremely frustrating. There weren't too many real errors, but some of the translation choices were annoying or worse. For instance, Funimation sometimes seems to want to overemphasize genre in their translation, made obvious here with their obsessive insertion of "mecha" wherever they think they can get away with it. "Holy Armor" suddenly becomes "Sacred Mechanoid", and "Holy Knight" turns into "Sacred Mechamaster", and largely unrelated devices like Wahan's robot are given almost identical names. The ultimate result to me was to make a lot of things sound silly.
What was far worse was the series description. Where in the world did these people get the idea of the conflicts being "intergalactic"? This'd be the first intergalactic battle I've seen that takes place entirely on one planet, involving people who don't appear to have ever even heard of space flight, with one single boy from another dimension(or something) stranded there whose civilization has barely managed to reach their moon. I've often felt that Funimation's descriptions and advertisements went a little overboard emphasizing specific aspects they thought would sell (in particular focusing entirely on fanservice regardless of the story that goes along with it), showing no interest in anything past the obvious, but this's the first time they seemed to create a description that makes up a completely different story altogether.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Anime Series, better in fact than the origian OAV Tenchi...
Tenchi Muyo! is used almost as a trade name here. In anime, the character always similar in appearance stemmed from a series of direct to video adventures of a boy who didn't know... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Courtland J. Carpenter
5.0 out of 5 stars Tenchi Collections
I am adding this to my Tenchi Muyo collection, which I will get around to watching sometime this year hopefully.
Published 1 month ago by Patricia P. Mincy
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great entry into the Tenchi OVA franchise
I started out as a fan of Tenchi Muyo way back in the age of the dino... er, VHS.

I tried most of the spin-offs; Tenchi Universe and Tenchi in Tokyo, but neither of them... Read more
Published 1 month ago by the DragonBard
5.0 out of 5 stars anime rocks!
Love the tenchi muyo war on geminar best series ever or one of the best top 5 definitely has romance an The powerful hero guy.
Published 1 month ago by JOSHUA
5.0 out of 5 stars a strong entry in the Tenchi Muyo universe
if you like any of the Tenchi Muyo shows, this is a must. Very action-comedy-harem based. there are a few surprises in the show that make it great.
Published 1 month ago by G. Flickinger
5.0 out of 5 stars Tenchi Goodness
I loved Tenchi Muyo original and I have all the Tenchi series in my collection War of Geminar is worth buying great storyline and plot the animation is great and it is full of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by DARRELL MADDOX
5.0 out of 5 stars If you loved Tenchi Muyo you will love this.
Although it is a different story and doesn't have anything but a couple small mentions of Washu and the others; this was a very enjoyable show. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Victor Galli
3.0 out of 5 stars It's not Tenchi! Pt. 1
Don't be fooled by the title...This is no Tenchi Muyo!

Though the series does take place in the Tenchi Universe and is considered to fall in the Ryo-Ohki and GXP... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Daniel B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Tenchi Muyo series
Haven't seen this yet, but soon. Not sure how this new tenchi series will compare to the original Tenchi that started out many years ago. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Michael C.
2.0 out of 5 stars Funimation Needs to Wake Up !!!!
First off the storyline was decent and the characters were great. The voice actor were well picked as well. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dudley Franklin Jr
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