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Tenchi Muyo OVA - (Vol. 1) (Geneon Signature Series) (1994)

Masami Kikuchi , Yűko Kobayashi , Atsushi Takeuchi , Hiroki Hayashi  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Masami Kikuchi, Yűko Kobayashi, Yűko Mizutani, Ai Orikasa, Yumi Takada
  • Directors: Atsushi Takeuchi, Hiroki Hayashi, Kazuto Nakazawa, Masaki Kajishima, Masashi Abe
  • Writers: Masaki Kajishima
  • Producers: Del Casher, Hajime Yoda
  • Format: Animated, Color, Subtitled, THX, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Geneon [Pioneer]
  • DVD Release Date: January 6, 2004
  • Run Time: 325 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00012QLRS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,887 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tenchi Muyo OVA - (Vol. 1) (Geneon Signature Series)" on IMDb

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Direct to video "Original Video Animation" Dvd, volume 1. Tagline from IMDB: "Every man needs a good woman. Tenchi Masaki has six." Science Fiction/Fantasy Anime

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100 of 124 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A Blunder of Epic Proportions June 29, 2009
Tenchi Muyo! is one of those legendary anime productions that continues to live on in the minds of fans. Essentially a fairy tale and a coming-of-age story, the plot revolves around the seemingly simple Tenchi who inexplicably finds himself surrounded by a bevy of beautiful alien women. Naturally, zany adventure and epic danger quickly ensue. For many, this now common "harem" style of anime was their first introduction to the art form during a time when it was still a rare commodity. And for most, the series' cast of lovable, fascinating, and unforgettable characters still remain indelibly etched onto their hearts.

The franchise is also a complicated one, with various alternate versions of the original series spanning nearly all forms of media, including television, manga, video games, and even novels. Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki - Box Set The Complete Series is the much anticipated seven episode continuation of the original OVA (original video animation, or direct-to-video) animated series, although fans expecting to find the show's earlier thirteen episodes will not find them here.

Misleading monikers aside, these newest installments to the Tenchi canon serve as perfect examples of how not to resurrect a series. After a thirteenth episode that ended on a rather inconclusive note, fans, after years of waiting, naturally imagined the new installments would contain the same heartfelt romantic intrigue, epic battles, and zany shenanigans associated with the earlier productions. Instead, they received seven boring, nearly humorless episodes that revolved around characters not even present in the earlier stories. Below are some of my more detailed complaints, but beware of spoilers:

Remember Ryoko, the awesome space pirate? She's now a weak, ineffectual whiner.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the BEST episodes ever! May 24, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Vol. 4 of the Tenchi OAV's is arguably one of the best tapes in the entire series, just for having "The Night Before the Carnival" on it, and more specifically, the very naughty, very kyoot, Nurse Washu! and the infamous "Magic Fingers" scene. While the dub version is well done, they heavily censor this scene and the translations turn out *very* different, making the sub version a must have for any serious Tenchi fan, although it's not exactly appropriate for younger viewers. That aside, both versions are hilarious as always, and are worthy of even the most cursory anime fan's dollars. Go get it!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sammy Rocks September 19, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Sammy is a really great character and this is a show all hers. All the rest of the characters are here but it's nothing like the other shows. Washu is here, she's funnier than ever and everybody thinks she's a kid. In Vol. 1 she tells this great story about why such a little kid is out alone and when Mihoshi re-tells it it's simply hilarious. Anyways, in this volume the plot becomes even more ridiculus. Pixy Misa comes back and Tenchi is a dumb as ever, Sammy seems a bit better adjusted to using magic now. A great movie with very kawaii animation 5 stars ***** for any Tenchi or anime fan.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny and highly entertaining! April 22, 2006
A Kid's Review
I used to love watching this show on cartoon network when I was just 12 years old, it had a good story, funny charecters, and plenty of action! I've missed it alot over the years, and have wanted to see it again alot since then. I wasnt sure what to expect when I bought this DVD, but now that I've seen it, I'm glad that I bought it. It's the same old show that I used to love! Sure, it's uncut, but not much has changed...

Yes, the last episode on this DVD contains nudity, and lots of it, but it's nothing worse than the nudity in Disney's Fantasia movie, so dont let that stop you from buying it.

This DVD is 120 minutes long.

Contains 4 episodes.

Plays in either Japanese or English language.

Subtitles in English are available.

Tenchi Muyo is a highly entertaining and wonderful series! It has some really nice art work, a graet story, and it's alot of fun to watch. Tenchi Muyo is also one of the few shows that successfully blends comedy with action, in most shows where they try to blend comedy with action it just ends up looking inappropriate. Tenchi however, blends the two perfectly, and doesnt leave you feeling confused. I highly recommend buying this DVD, it's a great show and lots of fun to watch!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ryo Ohki OVA 3 August 9, 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Just adding this review as a disclaimer that this is the third OVA from a couple years back. If you were looking for the original series from 1992 - this isn't it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Tenchi Muyo Video! November 28, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
As I walked to where the Jap. Anime part in Blockbuster I spotted Tenchi Muyo.I had had read about it in a magazine.So I took it and rented it.I was amazed by the how funny it was I laughed all threw the movie.The voices for the charcters were picked nicely.Thats how i became a good fan of Sasami I'm still waiting to buy the movie!Every Tenchi Muyo Fan MUSt see this!
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25 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'll Have the Special! September 18, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Episode 7 is supposed to be the final episode of the first OVA series (1-7) but since the first episode of the "infinity" series starts on episode 8 and ends on 13, I do not consider these two universes, but one OVA series consisting of episodes 1-13 and that's how most everyone sees it anyways. So, Episode 7 has Ryoko and Ayeka fighting over Tenchi again and this time, Mihoshi leaves for the Galaxy Police. This was a trick by Ryoko to get Mihoshi out of the picture and to eliminate her as a candidate for Tenchi's love. While Ryoko just wants to sleep with Tenchi, Ayeka's objective is to stop her at all costs. This episode is to good to miss. Out of everything that is Tenchi Muyo, this is my favorite! This Video also includes the Mihoshi special. For some Reason, they didn't include this special on the Tenchi Muyo Ultimate OVA DVD. You can only get it on this tape so buy it now and have it in your collection! The Mihoshi special is about Mihoshi telling a story from one of her galaxy police missions. It's mainly about Ryoko and Washu in a crime operation of stealing ultra energy matter with Mihoshi and Kiyone being hired by Ayeka to capture Ryoko for stealing Tenchi away who is also a GP officer. Later When Pretty Sammy comes around, things get more interesting. I like the ending music of the Pretty Sammy Theme. It sounds best in japanese but the english version is alright. I say buy this video now because of "the night before the carnival" (my favorite) and Just so you can have a copy of the Mihoshi special since it's not even on the DVD That costs 83 Bucks.
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Published 1 month ago by Bonnie Lewien
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Published 2 months ago by rashad bisiolu
5.0 out of 5 stars thanks
I Love it, Thank You SSSSSSSSSOOOOOOOO Much!!!!!!
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Published 3 months ago by Goddess_Maker
5.0 out of 5 stars great condition
came in good condition,gave a lot of nostalgic memories cant wait to buy more of the other dvds thanx .
Published 6 months ago by Robert Ascencio
1.0 out of 5 stars misleading
All though the box says "Complete Series", it is not. It's missing the first 6 episodes, and only has the final 7 episodes of the original OVA series. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Stephanie E. Bare
5.0 out of 5 stars If i was to die today and i had to ...
If i was to die today and i had to pick one thing to represent me (in my childhood years) i would pick the complete Tenchi Muyo anime and all its spin offs
Published 10 months ago by clinton
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest
The greatest anime series to come out of japan, wish they would have keep it going. So many unanswer questions.
Published 18 months ago by Excee Carpenter
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Complete
This product came exactly as pictured, but unless you know Tenchi Muyo and how all the episodes and series are set up, figuring out exactly which one this is could be confusing. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Tina Rose Madrid
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmm...
I thought this was supposed to have an end to the series but it still leaves off at a vague place. Bleh. You'll still want it if you're a Tenchi fan.
Published 19 months ago by mikoyoukai
5.0 out of 5 stars toonami
this is the original of tenchi for sure that came out CN so if you wondering this is it and not a bad of a price at all
Published 21 months ago by animefreak
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All 20 episodes?
Nope. Unfortunately, Geneon and FUNimation having different OVA's have muddied the waters greatly. By "Complete Series," FUNImation means "all seven episodes of 'OVA 3' and 'OVA 3 +1'."
May 6, 2009 by AstroNerdBoy |  See all 4 posts
since i bought the last 7 episodes title tenchi muyo ryo ohki full set
this one has the first thirteen episodes on it, the end of the series is in the complete series one that has washu on the cover
Jun 3, 2009 by Michael Pappas |  See all 2 posts
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