- Director's comments
- Interview with composer Christopher Franke
Tenchi the Movie - Tenchi Muyo In Love
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The merciless criminal Kain has escaped from sub-space where he has been captured! Kain, who was deprived of his freedom by the Jurai royal family and GP (Galaxy Police), has demolished the GP headquarters and attacked the Jurai King. His next target is earth! Around the same time on earth, Tenchi's house has suddenly disappeared. What's even worse is that Tenchi's body is disappearing too! Something must have happened in the past to Tenchi's mother, Achika! So the gang must now leave for a journey to the year 1970.
Although the first feature in this popular franchise is more serious in tone than Tenchi in Tokyo or Tenchi Muyô!, the characters prove strong enough to carry a longer story while remaining true to their established personalities.
When the criminal Kain escapes from prison, he destroys Galactic Patrol Headquarters, then moves to Earth to strike the Masaki family, whose link to the royal family of Jurai engenders his hatred. Capable of moving through time as well as space, he plans to kill Tenchi's mother, Achika, before she marries his father, Nobuyuki. If Kain were to succeed, Tenchi would cease to exist, the Masaki line would end, and his friends would disappear.
Scientific genius Washu transports Tenchi, Jurai princesses Ayeka and Sasami, space pirate Ryoko, Galactic Patrol officers Mihoshi and Kiyone, and cabbit Ryo-Ohki back to 1970 to defend Achika. The inevitable wacky contretemps occur--Ayeka and Ryoko get into a fight that brings Tokyo's commuter train system to a halt--and it's interesting to see Nobuyuki as an uncertain architecture student, rather than a comic lecher. The final confrontation with Kain takes on an unusual poignancy from Tenchi's feelings for the mother he never knew (she died while he was an infant).
Unrated; recommended for ages 10 and older for brief nudity and cartoon violence. --Charles SolomonSee all Editorial Reviews
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So sit back, relax, and dig in deep for this movie, if you are already a fan, and if not do yourself the favor of watching this zany and exciting series from beginning to end.
This first movie in the Tenchi series is a masterpiece. Not only do we get an hour and a half version of the TV series (which is great in its own right), but we get to see Tenchi's mom and dad as teenagers. Achika is everything you would think the mother of Tenchi would be: Strong, serious, independent, and capable of incredible power. We also get an answer to why Achika, the daughter of Yosho, and presumably a powerful Jurai, died when Tenchi was a boy.
Normally, I cringe watching dubbed Anime. Many times American localization: translation and voice casting, results in a horrible piece of work. But with Tenchi there is both a decent translation and fabulous voicework. They say their lines with the right tone, pitch and inflections, and they are just the right kinds of voices for the roles they play (KT Vogt as Washu is one of my favorites). So don't even listen to people when they tell you Tenchi Dubbed is bad.
The only confusion of the story is the title. The movie revolves around Tenchi's parents as teenagers, and saving Tenchi's mother from being killed by a great evil. THEY are the ones who fall in love, not Tenchi, but no matter, it's still a great movie.
Tenchi and the gang, including Kiyone, go back to stop Kain from killing his mom and erasing him from history forever. This seems to be a normal Tenchi adventure, with a tad more blood than normal. And I'm not sure who Tench is in love with, but lets not go there. Just enjoy the time travel and the combat.
Kain, on the other hand, could of used more help as a character. That's why it has only four stars.
Its still an ok movie, but I only suggest buying it if you like to collect anime of the Tenchi franchise.