For some people, high school represents the opportunity for a fresh start. You can take new classes and make new friends. For Souichiro Nagi and Bob Makihara, though, high school means something different: the chance to become the top fighters in the entire student body! Too bad Toudou Academy is the hardest possible place to realize their dreams. Their new high school is no ordinary academic institution. Rather than concentrating on classic subjects like math and science, Toudou Academy was created for the sole purpose of reviving the martial arts in Japan!
As a result, Souichiro's aspirations to become top dog are cut short when he runs afoul of Masataka Takayanagi and Maya Natsume. The two upperclassmen easily stop the freshmen duo's rampage across school, but rather than serving as a deterrent, it only stokes their competitive fire. What kind of monstrous fighters attend Toudou Academy? Are there any stronger than Masataka and Maya? And why in the world is Maya's younger sister stalking Souichiro? Learn the answers to these questions and more in Tenjou Tenge!
Tenjou Tenge a typical shounen anime that takes all the concepts that worked well in other shounen anime and puts it into a High School setting. Tenjo Tenge is basically about two delinquent boys; Souichiro and Bob who enter a school hoping to take it over, like their previous schools but problems occur and then the story turns into a quest to become stronger. Even though this plot (to become stronger) is not the least bit original, the story does become very interesting when it reaches the extremely long flashback, revealing a lot about certain characters. However soon after this flashback arc the story finishes,
leaving a lot of questions unanswered and half the story untold.
This isn't the only downfall of this anime. The animation quality is okay for the most part although for an anime with plenty of fighting, the quality of the fights is sub-standard. Instead of transforming the intense fights from the manga into fluid animation, all that's produced are static images of impact that just looked like a page straight out from the manga, which is definitely below the level of animation of it's time. If more effort was put into the numerous fight scenes then I would have given it a much better score.
The music ranges between really bad and sublime. There are times when the music is so great, with string instrumentals making the average fight seem more intense. Then there are moments when the music is just plain awful, like the deafening ending theme song "Ashite ne moto".
Overall this anime did a great job in adapting the superb manga story however it only told half the story, leaving major plot changes and character developments untold. The way it chose to end was poor, with an extremely stupid finale which followed a sad and exciting episode… bad idea. If only this anime does the same thing as others like Full Metal Panic, and make a sequel that looks 10x better than the original. Well at least with the story it has, it was able to portray Action, Drama and Comedy well. So if that's what you're looking for then this is the show for you.
What a waste of time. I picked up this anime because I had read most of the manga, and was interested in seeing the characters of the manga brought to life. However, the anime did NOT bring the manga to life... it killed it.
This anime is best left on the shelf in the store, unless all you want to see is big boobs and panty shots, because, basically, that\'s what the anime comes down to. The story and plot are all over the place and does NOT follow the manga at all. There is no resolution, and you\'re left at
the end of the series with just a \"WTF??!!!??\" type of feeling.
The only thing I did like about this anime was the opening song. Other than that, it\'s not worth it. I honestly wish I could have the time back I spent watching this rubble. Read the manga... avoid the anime. That is all I can say.
Note: I saw all 24 episodes including the 2 episode (OAV).
I feel I must redeem this anime from its horrible reviews. First off, I did not read the manga, so I can't comment on that, but for the most part this anime was really good. The story to me was relatively coherent and intriguing. The authors did a great job in intertwining all the main characters into the main plot giving each character a pretty good background story. The first episode in my opinion is just what I needed to really get me fired up. It was exciting and the fight scenes were well done.
The art was exaggerated but who cares they weren’t to the point of being hentai and it brought some uniqueness to the series. And I don’t think the anime would have worked well without the exaggerated breasts and curvy waist lines it made the fight scenes that much more fun, not because I'm a guy, but because its not the types of character models you see everyday in this particular genre.
The intro song was a little corny at first but some how I got really into it after the first couple of episodes and it grew on me. I actually ended up downloading it, it was well worth it. The ending song was quite good also, while the BGM was just okay.
There is quite a bit of character development throughout the series while the storyline progresses. Each and every character comes to some sort of epiphany throughout the series whether it be simply finding a reason to fight or to find a way to maintain ones family ties, or accepting ones fate.
For this anime's respective length and genre it was very enjoyable. However, one major flaw was the ending it was to open ended while nothing was really resolved. Frustrating enough it had me believing there would be a 2nd season of course there wasn't.
Overall, I would rate this anime at least a B because for being an anime that I myself must admit was not to interested in at first, but I was pleasantly surprised. A similar anime series to this was Kenichi which received a higher score but seemed to long to grab my interest. If I ever get around to watching it I'll be sure to write another review.
Honestly i was kind of expecting a lot from this anime since the first 2 episodes had really epic fight scenes and what looked like room for character development. But the support characters became the main characters and the main characters became the support characters. 90% of this anime revolves around flash backs about Maya and Aya Natsumi's older brother Shin Natsumi. The fight scenes were epic i must say, story wise. No. There is no character development and for around 10+ episodes is straight flash backs which really bothered me because there was NOTHING on Souichirou Nagi and Bob, they kept getting their asses
beat, no character development. And they were barely even involved in this anime.
Martial arts are an expression of power, showcasing the potential of the human body when pushed to its physical limit. It also makes for exciting anime, and allows animators and directors to showcase their prowess as things get heated.
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