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Tenchi Universe - The Complete Boxed Set (Vols. 1-8) (2001)

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  • Format: Animated, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Unknown), Japanese (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Geneon [Pioneer]
  • DVD Release Date: October 9, 2001
  • Run Time: 650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NX1L
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #377,945 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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  • All eight volumes of the Tenchi Universe TV series in a special boxed set. All DVDs are uncut and bilingual

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Collect all eight volumes of the Tenchi Universe TV series in a special boxed set. All DVDs are uncut and bilingual.

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny Series, Wasted DVD's April 17, 2003
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With the popularity of the original "Tenchi Muyo" OAV, it was only natural that Pioneer would want to rack in the cash and create a TV series. Thus enter "Tenchi Universe". This is a 26-episode series which retells the first 6 episodes of the OAV series. All of the characters have been modified to a degree from their OAV counter-parts as has the story. I call it "Tenchi Light" because it lacks the subtle depths of the OAV series, however it stands up well on its own. It is funnier than the OAV series which helps it quite a bit.
As far as the DVD's go, I'm annoyed that Pioneer decided that most of them should only contain three episodes! This is such an outrage! There are a few extras on the DVDs, but lets face it, I'd rather have at least 4 (if not 5) episodes per DVD. But they make more money by spreading it out so far.
Another complaint I have is Pioneer's lack of concern for the English subtitles. I didn't care for the English dub because I've seen all of the series in Japanese and thus am attached to hearing those voice actors speak. It is sad that at times the subtitles are unreadable due to their poor font/color choices. Also, they can't decide if they want to translate the titles of "-dono" or "-sama" as "Lord" or not. One moment it's "Lord Tenchi" and then the next moment its just "Tenchi" before they go back to "Lord Tenchi". And Pioneer ignores most Japanese text refusing to translate most of it. This results at least a couple of jokes being missed because it is obvious we are meant to read the Japanese text.
Bottom line: while not as good as the OAV series, it is good on its own as a funny anime sci-fi title. The set should have been reduced by at least 1 (if not two) DVD's and the subtitles should have been done better.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good June 10, 2002
My first encounter with Tenchi was in the form of the OAV. After Pioneer's incredible transfer with those episodes, I knew it was going to be tough to even come close with a TV series.
And I guess I was right. Tenchi Universe is everything the OAV series was. Funny, touching, action-packed, etc.. but all just
a little step back from the OAV.
The transfer quality isn't as good as the OAV's was, although this isn't all Pioneer's fault, since the animation is a lot less vibrant than the OAV as well. But then this is a TV series.
The audio quality was also a little less, even if it was still good. Well, it's not THX certified so you can't expect a quality like that.
The characters and story are similarily a little less than the OAV. It's not as gloomy/farreaching as that series' plot and more light-hearted in nature. Some characters are also a little less developed (Mihoshi/Washu for instance) and don't get the same level attention as do others.
That said, I still enjoyed this series, because it is more complete (doesn't stop after 13 episodes like the OAV) and it's still Tenchi!
I just wish Pioneer would've gone the extra mile and digitally remastered this series as well and the price tag is a little high, considering there's 3 epidoes per dvd (excepting the first and last dvds, who have 4).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tenchi Universe is the Best! August 16, 2001
Want to treasure Tenchi Universe? This is the boxed set for you. Tenchi Universe definitely does not disappoint those fans of Tenchi Muyo! OAV. The storyline is the same, just switched around a bit at the beginning. The best episodes include "No Need for Genius," where Washu creates a mecha Washu with the personality of Mihoshi. Go figure. The greatest episodes include "Adventures in Time and Space." Each girl lives out her fantasy world with Washu's new invention. When the invention starts backfiring, the whole household is sucked into different worlds. Of course, Washu is trying to fix it as soon as she can. Aeka's world: Feudal Japan, where Tenchi is her fiance off to fight the demon, Ryoko. Kiyone's world: A small town rid of Mihoshi, or so she thought. Sasami's world: High school with Tenchi, Ryoko, and Aeka as students. Mihoshi and Kiyone are teachers. Sasami is Magical Girl Pretty Sammy. Mihoshi's world: A modern domestic family with Tenchi as her husband and Sasami her daughter. Aeka is the cranky aunt and Ryoko is the pesky neighbor. Ryoko's world: She's a bank robber in the US and Tenchi is her reluctant assistant. Aeka is the millionare trying to get Tenchi back and Kiyone and Mihoshi are two police officers.
Buy this boxed set and you won't be disappointed!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed it... May 30, 2005
This won't be too detailed, just to say that I agree with others. It is different than the other Tenchi series in the way that characters are introduced and the basic plot. Dissapointingly, no Tsunami, but meh, thats okay.

It starts out a bit oddly, with some annoying filler episodes, but the plot really picks up after disc 5. The last few episodes really rock the house, and the ending is enjoyable.

The one complaint I have about this is the music. In Japanese, they suit me just fine. But that opening...good god it sounds terrible in English. And you can't skip it, you have to fast forward through it. The background music is enjoyable (since there were no lyrics) but back then the trend was to translate the songs too, which was a mistake in this case. The other thing to grouse about is the price, $180 for a whole 26 episode series. Pioneer has never been good about their pricing (always over priced) but thats fine I suppose, if you can afford it.

Overall, if you liked the Tenchi you saw on TV, you might enjoy this. Hardcore fans of the OVA might want to stay clear because it is so different, but if you don't care about the story differences (like me) you'll like it. Starts out slow, but gets really cool at the end. Beware of some mild language and nudity, nothing too bad. The dub is okay, in this particular case I prefer the subtitled option. Since this is an older gneration anime, you won't see too stellar a performance on the dub end (unlike ADV's dubs, they do an excellent job acting). Its your preference really.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank god for this DVD!
Thank god for this DVD. It features 3 incredible episodes, starting with a swimsuit competition! The group lands on a planet needing to repair the ship. Read more
Published 21 months ago by KevinB
5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY!
Okay, so I've been searching for a decent copy of Tenchi Universe that didn't cost an arm and a leg. I finally found one, in "Very Good" condition. Read more
Published on August 18, 2010 by James
4.0 out of 5 stars What the OAV dreams of being.
I realize that this is an unpopular opinion, but I actually prefer Tenchi Universe to Tenchi Muyo, the OAV. Don't get me wrong, the OAV is great in it's own way. Read more
Published on May 23, 2008 by Nadia
5.0 out of 5 stars Who would you choose?
I ask this question due to the fact that after you watch this show you'll love one of the girls and hate one of the others. It's simply a fact. But I wonder. Read more
Published on February 24, 2007 by Black Shadow
5.0 out of 5 stars Basically Awesome
I've seen every series of Tenchi Muyo, and the Tenchi Universe series is by far my most adored and favored of them all. Read more
Published on February 8, 2007 by J. Green
5.0 out of 5 stars A great series.
This review is for the whole Tenchi Universe series, not just this disk :)

A second outing of a popular show always meets with criticism. Read more
Published on November 28, 2006 by Yamerarenai
3.0 out of 5 stars You might wonder...
yes i gave it 3 stars even though its one of the best animes i have ever seen. yet it lacks certain importaint elemts to watch such a nice anime. Read more
Published on July 2, 2006 by Mayle
5.0 out of 5 stars tenchi universe: Its great but watch the movies too.
I believe that not enough credit has ever been given to the Tenchi Universe series. While sure the artwork is not as outstanding as the O.V. Read more
Published on June 27, 2006 by Mary Chavez
5.0 out of 5 stars great just like Tenchi Muyo
Ryoko the dreaded space pirate, Mihoshi the Galaxy Police officer, Ayeka the princess of Jurai, and Washu the greatest genious in the universe what do these women have in common... Read more
Published on October 21, 2005 by Ronnie Clay
4.0 out of 5 stars It was truly a good series dont get me wrong.....
The first time I viewed tenchi muyo the OVA series was about a month ago. Then I recieved information that Tenchi Universe was just as good...or so I thought. Read more
Published on February 25, 2005 by Dennis Jiang
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tenchi in tokyo
People seem to dislike Univerese over OVA, and I like Universe better...I think it's taste. I had parts of Tokyo I liked...but then there were some things I disliked, mainly Ryouko's love interest, and Sakura. Ugh.
Jul 22, 2006 by William Stech |  See all 2 posts
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