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Tenjho Tenge - Round One (2005)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Subtitled, 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: June 7, 2005
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00079I09W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,650 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Souichiro and Bob want to rule their new school, but just as they begin cracking heads, their plan is shot to hell. First there's the Natsume sisters and their Juuken Club. If the older sister, Maya, isn't kicking their ass, then the younger sister, Aya, is trying to force feed Souichiro and make him her husband. Then there's the Student Executive Council that sends executioners to "educate" anyone who questions the council's authority! Their education is just beginning!

The Todo Academy, the setting for the broadcast series Tenjho Tenge (2004), was created to revive Tokugawa era martial arts: it's a high school of brawling thugs, ruled by a student "executive council." But instead of the stylized duels of Revolutionary Girl Utena or the slapstick chaos of Real Bout High, Tenjho Tenge offers sadistic violence. When two-bit toughs Souichiro and Bob enter Todo Academy, they plan on taking over, but they're way out of their league. They're forced to join the Juken Club, run by the Natsume sisters. Aya disguises her voluptuous figure to appear as a midget; Maya flaunts her Grand Canyon-esque cleavage. The filmmakers throw in hip-hop music, breakdance moves, and lip service to martial arts philosophy, but Tenjho Tenge depicts brutality and sexism, not bushido. (Rated 16 and older: nudity, risqué humor, sexual situations, violence, violence against women, ethnic stereotyping) --Charles Solomon

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Anime Heaven September 17, 2005
This anime is one of my favorites! It's got action, comedy, romance, drama and more. I love these types of anime. It's a little violent but that's all good. I can't believe what people said about this being bad! I love it so much. I can't wait until I get the second one, I am so exicted to watch it. And theme song is so catchy. If you like action and an interesting plot and comedy then this anime is for you. By the way, I am a big fan of fruits basket, inuyasha, pretear, vampire princess Miyu and the old DBZ. So if you have an interest in any of them I suggest to you.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars High Schoolers With Super Powers November 14, 2005
This is an anime about high-schoolers with super powers. Wow, that's the most amazing thing I've ever heard twenty times. Seriously, this type of anime has been done almost as often as the giant-robot type of anime, only without as much success. In fact, should you ask me, I'd say that Tenjho Tenge is the best in this genre of anime. But that's isn't saying in anyway its a perfect anime (Evangelion is a perfect anime, and the absolute best in the genre).

The worst part of this anime is the characters. They, all of them, have been done before. There's the main protagonist with hidden powers, his sidekick, a mentor/love interest, a girl with a crush on the protagonist, and many all-powerful bad guys that the characters seem to overcome despite being vastly weaker than them, plus an over-lord type antagonist that makes an appearance later. It seems that, when the creators sat down, they took a formula plot, added names to all the cliches, and went with the idea until they ran out of cool ideas for bad guys.

Another bad part about this anime is the animation. Not only are all the women drawn with ridiculously large breasts, but the animation is generic and not as varied as I like. There must be differences between the characters, and as of this moment the only character that is actually different is the black character Bob.

Now, with most of the negatives out of the way, there are a few standout features in this anime. First, the opening credits are incredibly attractive, with all those characters dancing to a great soundtrack. Second, the action here is awesome and brutal, though sometimes interspersed with redundant bad guy talk (who isn't tired of the long expository moments where the bad guy reveals his powers with words and not with actions).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than you think at first glance March 22, 2006
When I purchased this anime I was a little afraid that it would suck and just be all about fanservice. Even though it has some fanservice, not enough to completely distact you. The first episode starts out as a normal highschool day until two guys show up causing a ruckus and beating up anyone that looked at them funny, Nagi and Bob. They get stopped by what seemed to be a little girl and a weak guy, Maya and Masataka. Turns out the little girl is really their senior, this could already be obivous in the intro to the show, and the guy aint as weak as originally thought, and boy do they show those guys how its done. I'm still cringing at what I saw from the the second episode, I cant say a word or I'll spoil it!!! Get this series, so far its worth it. It would be best that you got the starter set, so to keep the dvd volumes in order. 5 out 5
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awsome martial arts action December 19, 2005
Two street fighting punks enter their 10th high school after "conquering" the previous 9 hoping to continue their reign of terror. Unfortunately for them they have entered toughest school in the world, a school dedicated to martial arts. Needless to say, they haven't got a chance in hell...until the "weakest" club takes them on as new members.

Tenjho Tenge is filled with incredible action that can be defined as a mix of every single martial arts video game out there. The comedy is on par with any Jackie Chan flick. A must for any serious action/martial arts fan out there. The only major flaw that keeps this from being enjoyable to all above the age of 13 is the apparent fixation of having every single female character in the series with DD size breasts, almost to the point where it overshadows an excellent anime series. If you hate this exploitation of the female anatomy (no matter how beautiful it is :) ) steer away from this series. But if you are willing to tolerate this flaw, have at it. You won't be dissapointed.

Rated 16+ for language, bloody martial arts violence, and sensuality.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
What if your old student council president decided to have you hunted down and punished to an extreme only known in kung-fu type shows like this, and by martial arts masters whom you could never defeat, no less? Join the club the first person who puts the hurt on you belongs to? Correctamundo. That's what Souichiro and Bob did.

See, they came to this new school looking for a fight, right? Instead they get beat by a mild mannered geek, and then they are told that this geek who just beat the holy heck out of em is at the bottom end of the totem pole. There is more. A huge breasted girl who transforms into a kid to hide her strength is his master, and her sister, who is as well endowed as her sibling, falls madly in love with Souichiro after he crashes into the roof over which she is showering and lands on her. Then there is a guy who shoots fire from his hands, and a wrestler who can manipulate the joints in a person's body, and so on, I'm sure.

Hey, these are only the first four episodes.

My complaints: while the animation and character designs are above average, the fight sequences, usually the bread and butter of a show such as this, are not the best. Some fights are skipped altogether, only showing the loser lying on the ground with battle damage all over em, allowing you to guess how things went down. One odd bit I noticed was that in the subtitled version, Aya, one of the sisters, mentions to Bob, who is a black dude, that he should be proud because his race has such flexible muscles and natural strength and that running alot should be good enough for training. I don't know if that is verbatim from the original Japanese, but that is wierd. I think that is what old Charlie Solomon was talking about up top when he said something about ethnic stereotypes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great box set...
An awesome box set for a great series. Bought this set after buying a bootleg complete set and I'm glad I did. The box set comes with several things inside. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Sekirei 1990
2.0 out of 5 stars OK animation bad storyline
I bought the first and second dvd of this series when I saw the trailer
I thought it would be a pretty good fighting not so serious anime but having just finishing watching... Read more
Published on July 12, 2007 by Rich(Anime&Games Will Always Prevail!)
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok Teen fighting anime
This is a ok Teen(mature 14+) fighting anime I have seen all 26 eps(the last 2 are 24min OVAs),the show needs 52 eps to finish its story so as it is its unfinished. Read more
Published on April 28, 2007 by Willaim Jarvis
3.0 out of 5 stars Good series with one MAJOR exception.
Tenjho Tenge in its entirety is a bit of an oddity, story-wise - the story starts out quickly enough: Souichiro Nagi and Bob Makihara, who dub themselves the "Knuckle Bomb" have... Read more
Published on September 3, 2005 by Orchid_Malevolence
4.0 out of 5 stars Give It A Chance
As with many anime I have seen in the last few years you really need to watch the whole disc before you can really form an opinion. Read more
Published on August 22, 2005 by M. Hencke
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm glad it has violence against women
Tenjho Tenge is a seinen anime and manga series drawn and written by the manga-ka Oh! great.

The manga is currently running in Shueisha's Ultra Jump in Japan. Read more
Published on August 22, 2005 by Ronnie Clay
4.0 out of 5 stars Promising fighting series with fan-service here and there
Well, I' ve finally seen the first four episodes of Tenjho Tenge, and I must admit that the series is quite promising. Read more
Published on June 27, 2005 by Devarim
2.0 out of 5 stars Mildly amusing, but
silly rambling plot is no grabber. Stock action plot material along with one of the worst theme songs to date, this series is definitely a 'renter'
Published on June 16, 2005 by Bob from the Midwest
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