Tenjho Tenge - Round One
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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.
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).Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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
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 morePublished on April 28, 2007 by ZippyDSMlee
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 morePublished on September 3, 2005 by Orchid_Malevolence
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 morePublished on August 22, 2005 by M. Hencke
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
Well, I' ve finally seen the first four episodes of Tenjho Tenge, and I must admit that the series is quite promising. Read morePublished on June 27, 2005 by Devarim