Tenchi Masaki may be a 17-year-old young man in rural Japan, but little does he know how bad his day will be getting. When a space pirate chased by a pair of Galaxy Police officers crash-lands at his grandfather's temple, Tenchi is sucked into a new adventure that will literally blast him off into outer space and beyond.
Tenchi Universe is a spin-off to Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki. Like its inspiration, the series remains a harem comedy, following the tangled life of Tenchi Masaki and his extraterrestrial visitors.
The story is similar to the first series: progressive events cause an assemblage of characters, mishaps create subplots, a threatening antagonist later appears and the group pits to stop them. The artwork is less shaded and the animation isn't as fluid but it all still looks good. Audio is backed with a library of different music, spot-on sound effects and believably acted voices. Bolder content, like nudity, swearing and sexual references, is a lot more minimal.
One of the best points about Tenchi Universe is how nicely it transitions. Viewers don't get stuck with empty fillers; there is always something going on whether or not the story has picked up. As a result, fans of the OVA, and fans of harems in general, should enjoy this series.read more
After following the first 12 episodes of the Tenchi series, what else is there to do? Watch more Tenchi! Although the Universe concentrates on tons of side-stories about enemies, crazy scientist (i.e. Washu), cabbit romances, overthrowing a kingdom (you know, the general line), it is a good fill of episodes until you get to the "in space" storyline in which you are truly set into the "we've got to get Jurai back" storyline. It has it's great comedic moments, it's tearjerker moments (a certain "death" near the end of the series is a killer...) and the ever happy ending is great. Although I personally love the OVA, the Universe is a great storyline to continue along especially because of all the chaos that happens thanks to Mihoshi. read more
Especially given that everyone and their dog's probably seen Tenchi Muyo (Universe/TV aka the one who's page you're on). I'm also an unashamed fan. It's not a stretch to say that Tenchi is what got me into anime along with Outlaw Star on the legendary Toonami block a few yonks and a half back now.
Tenchi isn't just a harem anime. It's not going too far in my mind to say it is THE harem anime. A fantastic rom-com with some well placed scifi action and a nice bit of world building here and there, Tenchi has managed to create a fantastic cast of characters with unique personalities and character design (following the silhouette rule of character design, that is, in silhouette, as many characters as humanly possible should be immediately identifiable or recognizable. It's also a trope setter for a lot of things we commonly see now, and it's not unfair to level a fair amount of blame for the scourge of super cute mascot characters we see these days on Sasami and Ryo-Ohki.
I'm not going to go into depth on this review. Suffice to say, it's worth your time. Enjoy.read more
I've lost count of how many times I watch Tenchi Muyo, but I never get tired of watching! Tenchi Muyo is a classic tale of romance, and the high point of the series are the scenes of humor protagonized by the frequent fights between Aêka and Ryoko, competing for the love of Tenchi.
At first, the story introduze each character, and begins to create the link between the girls and Tenchi. However, this seemed to be just preparing the viewer for the main focus of the story, the events on the planet Jurai due to the appearance of legendary warrior Yosho, who had disappeared a long time ago. From the beginning, it can see that there is a mystery behind the origins of Tenchi, because of the peculiar way Tenchi and Aêka are related, and you can understand better with the unfolding of the plot.
In the end, the decisive battle against the real enemy is not so great, all responsibility falls under Tenchi who bravely fight, even without knowing quite what to do with a sword that was handed to him by his grandfather. Another point was the end of Ryoko, I always hoped that she and Tenchi be together, always felt she had more pure and true feelings for Tenchi. But I knew Tenchi should save Aeka then he would never choose Ryoko at that time. The last appearance of Ryoko's just sad, and I got to thinking that she actually died after leaving aimlessly wandering the universe.
There is nothing to complain about animation, especially when portraying the landscapes of both the Earth and of Jurai. The mountains, the sky and the vegetation a touch of tranquility to life the characters. I especially love the Jurai's landscapes and I feel Jurai has a feudal feature that is also strongly defined by the soundtrack, the most striking being "Royal Nights". On the other hand, I did not like it one bit of opening and ending.
I think Tenchi Muyo deserved to have more episode that dealt with history of the Jurai Royal Family and the legendary warrior Yosho and also the personal story of each character, which is not fully revealed and that leaves us eager to know more about her origins!read more