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Tenchi Muyo! OVA Series (Blu-ray + DVD) (2012)

Matt K. Miller , Petrea Burchard , Masashi Abe , Hiroki Hayashi  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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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: English (Unknown), Japanese (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 (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009B82EZ6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #69,480 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good show, disappointing release. December 24, 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars OK release March 17, 2013
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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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Misleading Title June 5, 2013
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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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
"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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23 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Orginal Tenchi September 15, 2012
Finally after all these years Tenchi Muyo is getting a new release. Some of you may remember the very limited DVD collection that ran under Pioneer for a ungodly price, and even fewer of you remember the VHS set. Back when you payed $20 a tape and it only had 1 episode on it! I am glad I can finally retire my old VHS collection of Tenchi and now have every series of Tenchi release in the US other then Tokyo (which was a abomination). How I hope they release DUAL which for those who do not know is a Spin off just like Isekai no Seikishi Monogatari (Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar wich is currently the English title for the Funimation release currently TBA).
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tenchi, the Beginning! September 15, 2012
Finally Me and all the fans can own not only the first Tenchi 13 ovas on dvd you get a dvd/blu ray combo. I love Tenchi and have been a fan since I watched it on Toonami.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars tenchi fan January 30, 2013
By Larry
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Highly recommendthis for any Tenchi fan or who has an interest in the series. Both the Blur-ray and DVD quality are good
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Norbie
I've never seen that Japanese Blu-ray transfer so I can't compare, but this transfer is more than acceptable. It's a show from '92/'93 that was shot on cells and transferred to film, either 16mm or 35mm. If it was shot on 16mm this transfer is fantastic, if 35mm then like I said its more than acceptable. Whether 16 or 35 what this generally means is that there are materials for a proper HD transfer and not an upscale. The backgrounds look as clear and crisp as any other. But also be ready for a few soft scenes and scratches that are inherent with the cells and film that this series was shot with, it's unfair to compare them with today's HD digital shows.

The HD transfer on this releases is clearly better than any of the other equivalent DVD releases, but don't get rid of them just yet. As for bonuses we get a 16 page booklet, trailers, and a sort of short clip show for a handful of minutes. Disappointing when it compares to previous DVD editions, so like I said, don't grow the old sets out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome anime series
Published 1 day ago by Maxwell Olmsted
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Have this on VHS and think the quality of the original is better
Published 2 days ago by James E. Canada
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great set
Published 3 months ago by S. Trusley
5.0 out of 5 stars Tenchi!
I'm a fan of the tenchi muyo ova series. I got the DVD exactly when it was suppose to come. It awesome to finally have the beginning series. It's hard to find this one. Thank you!
Published 4 months ago by polog90
3.0 out of 5 stars Warning, this is NSFW
This series can be funny sometimes, like when Ayeka and Ryoko try to win Tenchi's heart by imitating what they read in manga, but unfortunately, it's also creepy to the point of... Read more
Published 7 months ago by t
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect!
This came in just as described, and plays amazingly.
Growing up I have always enjoyed watching the series and now, I can watch it whenever I want.
Published 7 months ago by Ellen McKenna
4.0 out of 5 stars New to the Tenchi series
I decided to get into the Tenchi series of anime whole hog and this classic anime did not disappoint the OVA is just as crazy and I feel in love with all the characters. Read more
Published 8 months ago by W. L. Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series!
Loved this series growing up, happy it's part of my collection today. Evryone who loves anime should warch this series.
Published 9 months ago by Gary
5.0 out of 5 stars Anime was Good
its came in good condition with no problem it is an excellent anime and it was amazing to watch and see
Published 13 months ago by Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Tenchi!
I loved loved Tenchi for many year! This was great! I got it for my brother who also loves this show.
Published 14 months ago by Rickie Hammond
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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.

I own the original DVD... Read More
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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