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.
The beginning of this series was good up to the point where it showed nothing but constant flash backs. This left no time to further advance the plot thoroughly. Instead after the flash backs they used the remaining 2 - 3 episodes to summarize the plot of the story. If this anime series was around 50 episodes it could have been good. I honestly would rather drink a bottle of iodine filled with glass shards than watch this crappy ass anime again.
P.S.: For those who are interested you should check out the manga. i hear from several people that it was way better than
this pile of crap!
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.
Okay this is my review of Tenjou Tenge. Let me start off by saying that I came into this series with exceptionally low expectations, I mean I was expecting turd quality stuff based off of the reviews I read so I thought maybe I don’t need to review this…I WAS SO WRONG! This series can’t even be called turd quality this is the equivalent of a girl going to her high school prom and getting maiimed by a highschool mascot/lion. This series is the epitome of absolute failure in both execution and satisfaction.
Story- If this series had stuck with something and went with it
would have been great, had it a logical ending it could’ve been good, and had it focused on the main characters of the story it would’ve been excellent but it didn’t and in place left a stinky pile of dissatisfaction, disappointment, and disarray; everything to make this series good was there the damn writers just couldn’t seem to overcome their handicap of lack of brains and put the damn thing together. For a good analogy lets say your dad buys you a knew car and tells you to get a drivers license so you can go for a ride in it...you get a license to drive a motorcycle rent a boat and row to a middle of a lake where you then proceed to make driving sounds with your mouth as you rock said boat back and forth before lighting it a flame and swimming back to shore. Damnit how did they mess this up
Art- The art was good a few minor mistakes here and there but other than that pretty well drawn. The animation was good the only things that really bothered me was 1 the way the legs were drawn and 2 the animation sequences for “special attack” moves.
Sound- I can’t really get on them too much about sound I liked the voice acting although occasionally I have to call corny animation sound 3 and 4.
Character- OMG this is what pisses me off the most about this freaking series who in the hell develops the character and story for characters that are not the main characters how much of a freaking idiot do you have to be to mess this up. I knew more about characters that were dead or side characters than I ever did about the main characters and you have to admit that’s just sad on many different levels.
Enjoyment- The first three episodes got me excited I was expecting something good after it then all of a sudden in a tidal wave of useless waste it was all messed and it became number 2 on my list of most hated animes that I have ever forced myself to sit down and freaking watch to the end.
Overall- For the love of whatever you praise avoid this anime series, AVOID IT LIKE THE FREAKING PLAGUE. Read the manga I’ve heard good things about the manga but DON’T WATCH THIS SERIES this applies especially to those of you thinking of watching it after having read the manga JUST DON’T DO IT. Trust me I will have saved you somewhere around ten hours of dissatisfaction and disappointment. Honestly watching this killed any motivation I would’ve had to even pick up the manga or for that matter anything with the same title in it ever again.
Alright i started this anime with extremely high hopes....i dont know maybe i was just expecting too much. From what i read on the synopsis and how the first couple episodes goes, if this anime progressed more fluently it would have easily gotten a 9 or 10 from me. It starts out wit a pretty dang good storyline but it then just about stops everything just to show past events. I mean don't get me wrong a background ep here or there is great but when they take more then half the season for flashback episodes it got really annoying. Then they never really show
the main character progress. It just spurt from one point of power to the next. It had all the good makings for a superb anime but it fell way short of my expectations at the end
Uff, the first chapters were some kind of fun, lot of panties and big tits, and of course the fight, two delincuents trying to kick everyone ass, but then it got suddenly boring....two many tits every girl had like porn tits, and then everygirl was showing their panties....WTF....the japanese people had the weirdest porn dreams about schoolgirls showing their white panties.
The story is absoluty stupid, i dont get it why they fight, why they kill or why after several years keep fighting.....they dont have a reasoneable IDEA of why ! The just fight, because that is all they do. just fight. for what? to fight.
to be stronger.
for what? to fight....
The character sometimes is cool, but after all the panties and tities you just start to loose interest...there is one but it is a poor imitation of Sephiroth of FF, and the black guy! WTF! with the black guy!.
So if you like tits, big ones...very big ones, and miniskirts, panties showing everytime (i got sick of watching) , stupids haircuts , loosy story THIS IS YOUR ANIME!.
Let's start with this shows biggest problem. A flashback is one episode MAX! Not a entire arc. The writers could have just started the story in the past and jumped to the future or made the past chapters a movie or ova, but instead two massive flahsbacks, two really two? I felt this show had cool characters and cool fighting, but if that's all a show has then it's a bad show. The one thing I liked was that the main character got his ass kicked a lot that was amusing. Perhaps that's why I kept watching. So if you like a show that
takes large ventures into the past and doesn't really take feelings or proper motivation into consideration then watch this show, and if you want to watch a show where people run around spouting move names like they didn't punch the other guys ears so hard he can no longer hear anything then then by all means, but I'll stick to a show with a foundation based in a reality not pseudo- reality. Recap: if you're writing a show watch this show so you can learn how not to use a flashback, and make you're main character lose a bit to make things more interesting. I'm not a hard man to please look at my anime list, but when I see something bad I like to warn others.
An utter disappointment. I decided to watch this because it was good enought to be english dubbed. This is so far the worst Anime TV Series I have watched. The only thing worse is its OVA.
At the beginning this haad a lot of potential but noooooooooooooooooooo the stupid idiots decided it would be 'cool' to make it an anime full of flashbacks.
First of all at the beginning it gets the audience excited by making Nagi some sort of God or something with a whole lot of potential but then oh guess what flashback then after nearly TEN episodes of it they go back to the
present time and continue then after a few more episodes oh guess what another BLOODY FLASHBACK!!!
This whole anime is about nothing but flashbacks. They should change the name of 'Heaven and Earth' to 'Flash and Back'. At least it would make more sense and sort of give a heads up as what to expect.
Anyway the action was descent at least and kept me...sort of...entertained.
The big breast were also pretty nice...not that Im a pervert or anything.
The whole anime is basically about Maya's past and she came to be...well what she is today or...that day...in the anime...or...whatever.
If you disliked or even hated this anime don't watch the OVA.
If you liked or loved the anime still don't watch the OVA.
One of the worst anime I ever watched. I thought it would catch my eye since some themes I would have enjoyed: ecchi, martial arts, comedy, but sadly it failed.
This blonde character wants to beat up the biggest and strongest student in a martial arts school until he gets his butt kicked. He still is determined to get back up and fight. The one he was fighting seemed a nice guy but can be a hardcore fighter with red eyes.
The story is confusing because I have no idea who is the main characters or am I just to see all of them as one.
Two sisters, who can change to small height size, have their own agenda. One who is more like a senapi while the other is in love with the blond man for strange reasons.
Reason why I didn't like it and quit after 2 episodes was because the plot was weak. So weak that it made me sleep. I would rather watch Bleach again than this.
Tenjou Tenge is yet another example of why you don't make anime based on a not-even-close-to-complete manga. The problems with series stem from the fact that it abruptly ends at the conclusion of the first arc of the manga, which is about the 8th volume. The manga is on it's 21st volume and is still going.
This leads to issues such as half the series being a big flashback (there's a big flashback to explain everything that's going on in the the present, and the anime literally ends RIGHT after the story returns to the present), characters seeming to be bland and one dimensional because
the anime ends before the story gets around to developing them(Bob and Masakata from what I've heard), and the series just ending with a crapton of unanswered questions because Oh! Great didn't right Tenjou Tenge in a way that you can just stop where the anime did.
Story: The story isn't super unique, and suffers from an abrupt ending long before the heart of the plot really gets a chance to get going.
Art: The fight scenes were entertaining and rather creative in that you couldn't just throw in two random characters and have the fight end up looking largely the same. Characters felt like they had unique skills and attributes that made combat interesting.
Character: There aren't any terribly locked in archetypes for any characters, and many do see growth and development. Sadly, this is again limited by the show ending at the first arc.
Enjoyment: The most entertainment comes from the fight scenes. Rather creative group of abilities amongst the cast, main characters can never just hammer their to victory, but need to outskill them. That, and the show can be a tad funny at times.
Overall: Don't get me, I'm not saying Tenjou Tenge is bad. I know that this isn't the first anime to be made of an incomplete manga, and it won't be the last. It's just that most anime either stop at a point where some sort of resolution has been reached for what is currently going on, or make some up of their own. Tenjou Tenge just stops one day, and... that's it. It starts interesting, got me all interested and stuff, then just up and leaves. It's a difficult anime to enjoy because of the lack of closure (or arguably even beginning).
Oh how the mighty has fallen...Ito Sensei. This anime would be 'Great!' if Madhouse didn't continue or forward the story line, Tenjou Tenge would have been a 'Great!' anime with some martial art kick ass animation to attract us on the first place.
Although the guro fest, and guys who has unnatural muscular body like DBZ doesn't suit my taste on manga and anime, but Tenjou Tenge does have a good story but it doesn't go to the main point. You will spend the next 16+ episode only just to see the Past Chapter. The chapter mostly revolve the older character in Tenjou Tenge, like Maya,
Bunshichi, Mitsuomi, and other. It does give us a clear view on how they come and why, but why do it 18+ episode to cover up on the 26 episode. They could a least shorten the plot, make it easy to understand and further it to the real fight. But Madhouse just have to pick the Past Chapter as the main plot of this anime. As if like turns out that Maya, Bunshichi, Mitsuomi, and other older character are the main character, and Souichiro, Bob and Aya are just the side character to maintain the plot or something. Madhouse just giving Maya the main character seat, not Aya or Souichiro.
You can't blame for the animation in this anime (and hey, is 2004 and you can expect a better animation quality like today!), but if i was living watching this on 2004, i would say the animation is good. The fight scene, character movement were pretty well done. And i also like the OP animation where the character jumping out from the manga strip, pretty creative.
The cast of Tenjou Tenge i would say 'AAA' class. Though i know a few of them like, Hoshi Souichirou (Kira Yamato), Ikeda Shuuichi (Char Aznable), Yao Kazuki (Judau Ashta), Miki Shinichiro (Lockon Stratos), Seki Tomokazu (Domon Kasshu) and to name a few. And ya....all the male cast are happen to be voice on the character of Gundam in past and future.''''-_-
The verdict, i would say: 'Madhouse, giving me a good OP and ED and having a 'AAA' class seiyuu won't please me, if you guys would have continue the anime.'
Like i say:'Oh how the mighty has fallen... ' Tenjou Tenge have the best animation studio to produce it, the best manga, the best cast of seiyuu, but it just happen to fall off because of the Past Chapter, and not even the OVA would able relive this anime if Madhouse would have left us clueless on it.
For you to continue the plot, you have continue it on the manga.
Summary: There are a ton of things this anime gets right. It has the makings of an epic fighting anime, including awesome fighting scenes and tons of blood and some gore. It has insanely powerful characters with a ton of diversity. There is romance, intense hatred, crazy plots and interesting character development for most of the main characters (though a few characters don't have much development and fall into stereotypes.) The problem with the anime is it's story is drawn out. More than half of the anime is flash backs to a different set of characters (though some are common) that leave you wondering who
the main characters are. Also, the last episode was REALLY different from the others and had too much comedy, breaking of meta (mentioning things like the amount of screen time characters got) and lacked a concrete ending. This anime may have left a lot to be desired, but it made me want to read the manga, so I guess mission accomplished for the writers of the anime.
One of the weaker elements. You are introduced to Masataka and think he will be your main character. It turns out, he is actually a very minor character who is rarely taken seriously and becomes the but of several jokes by the end. Maybe this is just me but the fact that he was introduced first made him into the character I liked and sympathized with and the fact that he turned out to be disappointing was a huge turn off.
Also, the story is basically insane. There is so much going on, so many characters and flash backs and plots that by the end there were at least 4 or 5 plot points I was confused over. I have heard the manga goes into far more depth and I plan on reading it, but the anime was a bit of a confusing adaptation.
I liked the art design. The animations were bright in some instances and dark and haunting in others. It is nice to see such interesting and vibrant character art (I really liked Bob and how he was a-typical) and I think the art overall was solid.
This will come across weird but the sound was one of my favorite parts. The OST is solid, and a few pieces of the score (especially the emotional pieces) really enhanced the mood. The general fighting sounds were very realistic and I thought that the sound greatly enhanced the experience and more than once had me directly noticing it and praising it to myself.
This is tricky. Some characters, such as Maya, Shin and several others get great development. Other characters get a fair amount that leaves their motives a bit in question and a handful get almost no development and come across as stereotypical good or bad. There is enough here to really draw you into some of the characters and bring them to life, and those points are done extremely well. On the other hand, when other characters pale in comparison it becomes painful obvious (Bob is one you don't get a lot of detail about which sucks because he is pretty cool).
From the 3rd or 4th episode on, I could tell my man Masataka wasn't the MC, and I just couldn't get into the story as much as I'd like. The switching back and forth between the past and the present made me a bit frustrated and I got stalled a few times during the past arcs just waiting for the future arc to come back into play. Perhaps if they had done more flashbacks for only an episode at a time instead of 5+ episode flashbacks it would have been better.
There was a ton of potential here that I feel was wasted. The story and character development had high points but also very low points, and the use of flashbacks was frustrating to say the least. I don't regret watching the anime, and plan to read the manga as a result, but I was just left with a feeling of disappointment that this could have been a 9 or 10/10 anime if it had been handled differently.
I really wanted to like this anime. Sadly, the more I watched of it, the less I got into it until the final episode where I was happy to have watched it... because I didn't want to watch it anymore.
Its not a bad anime, but I think that somewhere along the road it became a disaster. The story stopped making sense, the characters were flipping out for silly reasons and did things that at the end of the episodes made no sense.
What killed it for me was the story. After episode 6 or 7 the anime turned into another anime that I didn't sign up
to watch. It really dragged on, like a naruto filler arc. Worst part of it was the mid-episode pauses and the intro / outro cinematics showing all the main characters... THAT I WASN'T WATCHING THEM ANYMORE. The main character became the brother of the two sisters and his saga. And it wasn't just one episode. It dragged all the way to the end, to the point where I was like "So why did they made the anime with two girls and two guys? Why couldn't they have made an anime with this guy, sadistically killing people". But no, it was just a "trip to the past"
Also the main girl is liked by literally everyone because the writers say so. She loves everyone, picks nobody and everyone lusts for her. To the point where the other sister that loved one of the MC got her story wrecked because the guy wanted her sister.
There is tons of fighting though, that's the cool part.
Watch it on your own peril, not sure if it will captivate you or ruin you.
This was a great anime. It didn't have the most sensational storyline, or character development, but overall it was an enjoyable anime to watch, and that's what matters. There were a couple supporting characters that I would have liked to see more of. Some of the main characters needed more background and insight on as well. However, it has a compelling storyline, great music, funny comedy, and some awesome fight scenes. I recommend it to anyone who likes "powered up" fighting anime.
The main character, Souchirou is not an charismatic character. So it is in my opinion the first fail. The rest of the characters are not bad in my opinion or annoying, which is something I appreciate, looks like in every anime is there at least one annoying character.
The storyline is not concluded at all, the two final chapers got me asking myself "what the fuck?!". It was so absurd that I liked it. I don't considera good ending to end a series whose most interesting part was the flashbacks -which were the part wherein the character development and emotional bonds showed up- in a random-comical
way. Even though the flashbacks were interesting for me, they took too long and left a few chapters to show the path it was going to head. And that path headed nowhere.
I understand it's not a really bad anime, looks like they tried hard to give us an epic and badass fighting themed anime. But it wasn't enough for most part of the audience and I understand why.
Apart from this I did enjoy it; not bad.
The following lines will probably spoil you, so you may not want to keep reading this~
I liked Maya a lot, because she grows considerably stronger, but maybe sometimes she's too passive and does nothing to change or avoid events (in the flashbacks). Aya looks plain but I thought that she was going to be developed so I could respect her. It wasn't.
The relationship between Maya and Shin is kind of strange, as well as the relationship between Shin and Kuzunoha (were they in love or not?), Kuzunoha and Mitsuomi (did she love him or just was a trick? He didn't hate her for using him. I can't understand that). Maya and Mitsuomi (my favourite, and being Mitsuomi my favourite male character of this series), Mitsuomi and Isuzu...
And why Mitsuomi changed? Was it because of that power he got? I mean not that he grew stronger, I mean his aims. I don't understand his "Maya, I will defeat your brother so you won't suffer anymore and we could be together (I ship this pairing, ok?). Hey, I just defeated and "killed" your brother, goodbye Maya" logic thing.
To make a long story short, this anime showed incredible promise in the begining, but ultimatly fell way short of expectations. The first few episodes start down a cliched but engaging story setup but by the middle of the the series, it starts to drown in a pool of it's own complexity. The story is way too weighted down by the backstory of people who aren't the story's heroes. And don't even get me started on the fact this series is incomplete; it has no resolution whatsoever!
The story Failed.
Art was good enough.
Sound was forgetable.
Characters were interesting but had little to no
The fighting and humor was enjoyable but not always.
Overall, I was left wanting...