The demonic space criminal Kain has escaped from prison and destroyed the Galaxy Police headquarters. To ensure that the Jurai will not stop him, Kain travels back to 1970 to eliminate Tenchi's mother before he is even born. Now, Tenchi and the gang must travel to the past to stop him before he ceases to exist.
First off I would like to begin by saying that I am a big Tenchi fan. I feel this movie is one of the best that I have seen in while(although i know its been out for some time now as well). It uses the limited amount of time for a movie well by taking the characters we already know and giving them a serious new problem to figure out in a completely different setting. The characters once again use their own unique talents to help solve it, but the movie provides the viewers with some new important information about Tenchi's mother and
father. It also shows how the stage was set up for Tenchi after he was born from the house to his mother. The only downside that I could see in the movie was that the arch villain, Kane, lacked a little development outside his need to stop the people who had imprisoned him in the past. The movie did a good job keeping me on the edge of my seat especially toward the end and also made me smile and laugh throughout. I would highly recommend picking up the Tenchi Muyo! Movie Collection
Tenchi Muyo was one of my favorite shows to watch as a kid on Toonami every weekday when I would come home from school. It had everything. Action, romance, comedy and fantasy all combined into a half hour of greatness. IN LOVE is the first feature film of the Tenchi franchise, released in the golden years of anime, the 1990's. A space being known only as Kain has escaped space police custody and plans on traveling back to 1970 to kill Tenchi's mother, and destroy her and Tenchi's royal bloodline. After viewing some old videos Tenchi's mother mysteriously disappears from the film and Tenchi himself
starts to dissipate. Now he and his friends must travel to Tokyo, 1970 top stop Kain from killing his mother thus preventing him from ever existing. In an ultimate showdown in a alternate dimension.
If you loved Tenchi and 90's anime as much as I do, there is a lot to take from this film. The artwork is drawn in the certain old fashion style and the music is charming. The actual film starts out like a slice of life as everyone adopts to their new lifestyle while trying to protect Tenchi's mom. There is laughter, Ryoko and Ayeka share some their classic banter and other great characters return like Washu, Sasami and co. The third act of the film is a bit slow, going more into the fantasy aspects of Tenchi, where as I was more enjoying the casual school life with a little bit of mystery as to Kain's appearance. But the ending was beautiful because it was your classic anime ending. I don't know why, but endings to anime films, usually from the 90's always get to me. If you love Tenchi Muyo, you will love this film. A classic in 90's anime culture.
In the early-mid 2000s, US licensing companies were involved in numerous anime Production Committees. It didn't go so well for them. This year, several US licensors are trying their luck on Production Committees again. Will it go better this time?