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Tenchi Muyo! OVA Series (Blu-ray + DVD)

4.6 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews

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In the beginning, there was Tenchi. Back when the only cure for an anime fix was a trip to the mall to load up on VHS tapes. Back when cable television first introduced this amazing new genre to American fans. The times may have changed since those good old days, but we're thrilled to be bringing Tenchi back! A true classic never goes out of style, and Tenchi is the original anime harem comedy that started it all.Tenchi is an average guy with extraordinarily bad luck! And to make matters worse, he just accidentally freed the ravishing space pirate Ryoko after 700 years of captivity! Now, attractive alien girls from across the galaxy are about to make his life more outrageous than ever imaginable! Can he survive the romantic entanglements of living with five lovely ladies - and unlock the secrets of his mysterious ancestry? Find out in the anime that launched a thousand harems!The Limited Edition comes with a collectible art booklet.

Although Tenchi Muyo! (1992) can be translated as "No Need for Tenchi," everyone wants the teenage hero of this popular series--at least all the girls do. Maybe that's why his name can be read in Japanese as both "Earth and Heaven" and "This Side Up." Although he appears to be a normal 17-year-old kid living in the small town of Okayama, Tenchi Masaki is actually the long-lost crown prince of the planet Jurai, and commands awesome psychic powers. In the first adventure (episodes 1 to 7), Tenchi inadvertently wakes what people believe is a mummified demon imprisoned in the Masaki family shrine for 700 years; but it's really space pirate extraordinaire Ryoko. The problems she causes are dwarfed by the arrival of Jurai princesses Ayeka and Sasami; bubble-brained Galactic Police agent Mihoshi and her long-suffering partner Kiyone; and super-genius Washu. Assuming his role as prince of Jurai, Tenchi defeats the machinations of the evil Kagato with a magic sword that resembles a light saber. Keeping the Masaki household in chaos in the later, shorter adventures (episodes 8 to 13) are unexpected arrivals, including a baby cousin of Tenchi's, a shape-shifting robot who impersonates Ryoko, and the Emperor and Empress of Jurai. Tenchi Muyo! established the anime genre of the harem comedy: all the women from space pursue Tenchi--unsuccessfully. The initial OVA spawned several TV remakes and spinoffs, as well as three theatrical features, music and drama CDs, video games, and licensed products. Countless harem comedy series followed Tenchi , but none of them balanced interplanetary threats, teenage romance, and broad comedy to better effect. More than 20 years after its initial release, Tenchi Muyo! remains an anime classic. (Rated TV 14: risqué humor, violence, nudity, alcohol use) --Charles Solomon

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  • Actors: Matt K. Miller, Petrea Burchard, Jennifer Darling
  • Directors: Masashi Abe, Hiroki Hayashi, Masaki Kajishima
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Animated, Box set, Color, Full Screen
  • Language: Japanese (Unknown), English (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Funimation
  • DVD Release Date: December 18, 2012
  • Run Time: 405 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009B82EZ6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,841 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Tenchi Muyo is one of my favorite shows and one of the best animes. No need going into what makes this show special because if you like it, you love it and if you don't like it well you aren't even reading this. This release should have been what fans have been waiting for. Tenchis first time on blu-ray is however somewhat disappointing. The transfers aren't much better than a SD upconvert and they might even be given FUNimations track record. It is the best the show has ever looked on a US release; the colors can be quite vibrant and some scenes feature very good detail. There are scenes that are very soft though, even keeping in mind the age of the OVAs. Overall it's hard to find any serious gripes with the video. As for supplements, there is only one special feature included. Just a short 7 minute slideshow-of sorts. I was let down with this and the Tenchi Movie collection, which also features less than stellar transfers and no special features save for some trailers. It's pretty clear this isn't much more than a cash grab. Even with the reduced price it's hard to fully recommend this, especially since part of the cost are the DVDs that you are forced to buy. If it's your first Tenchi purchase you will likely love it. For myself and others that have waited patiently for Tenchi on Blu-ray you will likely be quite disappointed. This should have been the 'definitive' Tenchi release for the fans, with loads of special features, but it's not.
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Format: Blu-ray
"Tenchi Muyou!" (which translates to "Useless Tenchi!") was one of the first anime series to be released in home video in America and one of the first anime series to introduce Americans to English dubbing and for LaserDisc owners, a series that was known for its quality for being releasing in CAV format but also one of the most expensive home video releases on LD at $39.99 per episode.

From its popular 6-episode OVA series known as "Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki" (1992-1994), which was released in 1992 followed by seven more OVA episodes from 1994-2003, an expanded television series focus on the first six OVA's were released titled "Tenchi Universe", the series was a retelling of the OVA series, debuted on Japanese television in April 1995 through September 1995. And would air in the United States via the Cartoon Network in 2000. And three films "Tenchi the Movie: Tenchi Muyo in Love", "Tenchi the Movie 2: The Daughter of Darkness" and "Tenchi Forever! The Movie" would be released in theaters.

Originally released by Pioneer/Geneon several times in VHS/LD and DVD format, with the license of "Tenchi Muyo!" now moving to FUNimation, the company will be re-releasing the OVA's, the movies and "Tenchi Universe" television series on DVD, while the OVA series and movies will be released on Blu-ray for the very first time.

"Tenchi Muyo!: OVA Collection" will include the first 13 OVA episodes released between 1992-1995 and for those who owned the previous Japanese Blu-ray release, this is the same release from Japan from 1999 but now includes the English dub soundtrack. The Blu-ray release will also include the DVD's and a limited edition was released with an art book.

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This DVD/Blu-Ray box set advertise as OVA Collection THE COMPLETE SERIES! Well guess what, This box set contains the first 2 OVA series but not the 3rd one. So much for the COMPLETE SERIES!
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Format: Blu-ray
The Bluray release of this series is nothing to scoff at, it came out nicely and I was happy to buy the OVA since I haven't seen the series since it aired on TV. The release of the series has been rather confusing though which is my only fault with it, since I was initially under the impression that these two OVA arcs had a third set of episodes. Those aren't part of this release.
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I believe this is one of the earlier unwanted harem comedies, and it's a great space opera adventure, to boot.

Tenchi Masaki spends his summers at his grandfather's shrine, learning an ancient, presumably Japanese sword art,.His life changes when he finally successfully enters the shrine's "forbidden area", accidentally releasing the "demon" said to have been imprisoned there by his ancestor, Yosho. This is the start of a grand adventure during which he discovers the true origins of his grandfather's art, the extent of his own powers, and the lengths to which four beautiful, powerful, and at times dangerous women will go to secure his affections.

It's a great show, and I'm really glad they finally re-released it; it was very difficult to find for many years, and I'm glad I finally have the opportunity to own my own copy.

My only complaint is the subtitles. I would have preferred if, rather than simply transferring the old material to new DVD and Blu-Ray disks, they had had someone re-translate the subtitles. The current subtitles have problems stemming from the translation practices of the time, the biggest problem being the erasure of honorifics. In most cases, this is okay, except when the choice of honorifics becomes a plot point--Washu's insistance on being referred to as "Washu-chan" being the most painfully awkward translation. The English has her say "little Washu", which is fine for a dub (if even more painfully awkward), but inexcusable in the subtitles in an era when most anime fans are expected to have some familiarity with the use of honorifics.

But still, great series, and far better than the adaptations that followed.
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No Mihoshi love?
As far as I know, this is a US version of the Japanese version of the same thing, which I don't believe contained those.

It also won't contain OVA 3, either, as I don't think that was included. This should be 13 episodes, and cover the ova's Ryo-Ohki and Ryo-Ohki 2.

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Nov 21, 2012 by Dustin Stevenson |  See all 3 posts
5.1 surround
Probably only the Japanese tracks will have 5.1 surround. The dub will retain the original 2.0 stereo track from 1995. Most anime Blu-rays don't have 7.1 tracks (especially if they're not movies).
Oct 19, 2012 by Shogo-Kun |  See all 3 posts
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