Of all the negative things I can say about OVA3, and I can say a lot, boring and dull is not one of them.
This is not something i can say about OVA4.
Where is it? The animation and art work is bare bones, everyone basically just stands around talking about nothing. This is a far cry from the amazing cel work done in OVA 1 and OVA 2.
Man, my favorite part of Tenchi Muyo, the part that truly brought me into this show all those years ago, is where they all stand around talking about characters from other shows and spin offs.
I remember, back in OVA
1, being absolutely riveted as everyone sat around a table talking about silk. Or or! I remember that part in OVA season 2, where they spent a whole episode around a table, talking about characters from other shows! Oh man, i just loved it in OVA 1 where instead of fighting Kagato, they sat around a table and talked. Or that part in OVA2 where they dealt with Dr. Clay, by sitting around a table talking. I just loved when they talked about Zero, but never actually showed her. Oh and how could i forget that episode in OVA 3 where a bunch of characters i have never seen all sat around a table talking about who will get married next.
Oh! My absolute favorite part was in OVA2 where half of a episode was spent around a table advertising a show that came out 7 years prior? Man i just loved that part.
When I watch Tenchi Muyo, I want to watch Tenchi Muyo. I want to see the antics of Tenchi, Ayeka, Ryoko, Mihoshi, Washu, Sasami and Ryo-ohki. Not characters from GXP, and not characters from Gemini. For example, none of the original characters even show up in OVA2 until past the 10 minute mark. As some one who has no interest in GXP or Gemini, i had just about no clue who any of these people are. And even worse they don't even show who all they are talking about, so i hope you have all their names memorized!.
~ Scene: Everyone is sitting at a table ~
"Hey hows is Character X from GXP?" "Oh he is doing good"
"Hey how is Character Y from Gemini doing?" "Not to bad"
"Hey hey, you remember Character Z from GXP?" "Oh yeah, i heard he is still in space"
Repeat until end credits.
Oh and now Tenchi has yet another sister who wants in his bed right from the get go.
What music? There is a opening and ending song, and that about it. Background music is nearly non-existent.
This is not my Tenchi Muyo Ryo-ohki.
You could have removed all of the original characters: Tenchi, Ryoko, Ayeka, Sasami, Ryo-ohki, Washu and Mihoshi from this show and it would not have made one difference at all. I mean, its not like they had any screen time here anyways.
BIG ADVISE FIRST!!! Before watching this season of Tenchi Muyou you have to watch the S3 of this one (duh!), Tenchi Muyo! GXP and Isekai no Seikishi Monogatari. This season ties the 3 of them, in my case, I haven't watched GPX and it hurt my enjoyment a bit.
Second, my view on this 4 seasons of the show, the first season was a solid and enjoyable entry that I really recommend for anyone that likes cute girls, harem and an actual story. Second season is a bit worse than the first one but it's decent too. Third and Fourth are a bit disappointing.
with this show is that it feels stale, there is no progression and the plot becomes less important with every season. The lack of focus in the characters also hurt the harem part and in the last 2 seasons I doubt if you could even call this show a harem because of the lack of romance... and ecchi. This show becomes kinda like a SoL with no focus on the characters, and to shake up the things a bit the keep adding and discarding characters without developing anything.
In terms of animation, the first one has the best one (and it's actually good compared to most of todays shows) and it really made the story more enjoyable. Seasons 2 animation was kinda weak and in s3 and 4 it was fine.
Art, it improves with every season imo.
Overrall, a decent franchise that deserves to be checked out, but the last 2 seasons of the main series are a bit disappointing... but they never reached the point of being "bad".
I decided to made my review in the season because I think that the advise is the most important part of the review, lol.
There is alot to be said about this show. It is awful. I certainly don't recommend to watch. You waste your time. You don't really make any sense of what's happening.
If you already seen the 3rd season. You don't need to watch the 4th season at all, because most of the plot is reused from season 3.
The whole plot of this series is literally about alternate Tenchi Muyou universes series characters while reusing plot from the original trilogy. This is not Tenchi Muyou Ryououki anymore. The main characters barely exist in this series. The only thing that exists is maybe the Tenchi residence.
The way they
do it is by cutting everything the show had good in it, starting with the main characters, with the art itself, and by literally throwing dialogue as a main plot device, to introduce a new main character in the place of Tenchi. The original characters have little to nothing to do with this show, while there are introduced up to 20 characters per episode.
The art was wholly digital, and the old Tenchi drawing style was redone into a new one. Most of the characters where copy paste with few alters. Colors were poor. Very few shades were used. Contours, what are those. The backgrounds where redone as well and because of that we won't be seeing but few residences, most of the time - Tenchi's.
Sound was obviously poor. I am ashamed to hear this. The intro and the outro changed the whole tonality of the show. They don't have anything to do with it really.
The story is awful. There is nothing but too much dialogue with little to nothing about anything that really matters in this series which is hard to follow and make sense of it.