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Tenchi Muyo: OVA Series DVD/Blu-ray Collection (Hyb) Limited Edition

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Reviews of this title:

Darren Low - Oct 7 2012
Rating: Wonderful!
Nostalgia
This is one of the very first anime titles I viewed. Tenchi Universe comes after this one, and this is a more true to manga universe of where Tenchi and company fit in the universe. The back stories are also a little deeper as well, from the Universe side. This title is also OLDER than Universe and attention to detail to the scenes is also one of the primary reasons why I love this title.

If you're new to Tenchi Muyo, by all means get your hands on this FIRST before watching anything else! Definitely a classic and I'm glad they're re-releasing it again!

Ogie Doggie - Nov 15 2012 ogiedoggie@aol.com
Rating: Wonderful!
Finally re-released the Original Harem Anime
Considered to be the Original Harem Themed Anime (one guy surround by many -three or more - girls who like him). This is a Sci-fi action paced love story (or is it the other way around?).

This has been out of print for many years now and when it was announced at the 2012 Anime Expo in Los Angeles that Funimation would re-release this series this year the room went wild.

Originally slowly released in 1992-1995 by Pioneer this was a big hit in Japan and the USA throughout the 1990's, because no matter what age bracket you were in there was a character for you to relate to.

Warning - People get this mixed up with the TV Series made in 1995 called Tenchi Universe which is a re-telling of this story with some minor and major changes (but still very good - especially for a TV series version).

This is a very large series:

The OVA's 1991-1995 OVA 1 & 2 - Tenchi Muyo (originally slowly released over 4 years in Japan - they are now calling this box set Tenchi Muyo OVA Series) 2003: OVA 3 Tenchi Muyo - Ryo Ohki 2011: An off shoot of this OVA series is Tenchi Muyo GXP (which really has nothing to do with Tenchi himself - go figure -done by the Director/Screenwriter team who did Excel Saga - need I say more).

TV Series 1995 Tenchi Universe

Movies 1996 - Tenchi In Love 1999 - Tenchi Forever

Also from this was launched the Magical Girl Pretty Sammy

I hope I have given you some insight into this series. And yes that's right - this Box Set called Tenchi Muyo OVA Series that you are buying only includes what amounts to OVA's 1 & 2 (13 episodes - but don't let that stop you what so ever from enjoying this since this IS how the first box set was originally released here!!!)

Oddball Casey - Dec 15 2012
Rating: Wonderful!
One Of My All Time Favorites
This was a gateway anime for me. I remember staying up late watching Tenchi on Toonami midnight run during the week. This anime will always be special to me. It's great to see it get a re-release on DVD and BR. One thing I really like (and this might seem strange) is the menu music. It's old school sounding like DBZ or Toonami bumper style. I thought that was pretty fitting for this anime. Really takes me back to the good ol' days when I first started watching anime.

Tenchi is truly a great anime to add to the collection. Do yourself a favor and buy it!

Eric T. Potter - Dec 24 2012
Rating: Wonderful!
OVA and Movie Blu-Ray Review: Tenchi and the Girls Have Never Looked More Clean
Anyone having heard of ‘Tenchi’ would already know what it’s about, or would have read elsewhere the basic story. The only thing I have to say to add about this undeniably classic title is that this was historically one of the first harem series ever created, and even today it stands out as something special from the genre. In fact, the OVA was created before the harem genre even became a genre—they were just creating a sci-fi comedy/action show with an over-the-top romantic comedy element to it. Because of that, even amongst other recent harem titles, the girls stand out as having far more living character to them and you just genuinely care about this cast than you would in similar recent shows. Plus, if you have an appreciation for the classics, and/or if you like titles that are weird, inventive, imaginative, funny, and just plain fun, 'Tenchi' is definitely from that spectrum.

Otherwise, the title of my review basically sums it up. As a forewarning, if you already have the Pioneer releases, and if you especially care about special features, you’re better off keeping them. The only downside to Fuminations’ blu-ray release is that it’s as bare-bones as they come—no production sketches, no trailers (except for the third movie, oddly enough, I guess they weren’t able to get all materials), no interview with Christopher Franke (the phenomenal composer of the first movie), not even creditless OP/ED which is even more odd. But if you’re a ‘Tenchi’ fan, and you have a blu-ray player, you’re doing yourself a favor double-dipping on this. If you’re new to the ‘Tenchi’ saga, this is the best time to start checking out this title (just know that two of the movies are actually sequels to the TV series and not the OVA, while ‘Daughter of Darkness’ is a branch from the OVA continuity). Both the OVA and Movie sets come in good-looking, rigid artboxes with art mini-booklets as companion items. The classic OVA itself (that is, precluding the third season which could’ve been a lot better) has never looked more beautiful in its existence, and the equally great movies have been attuned to look even more cinematic than they ever were.

To sum up, all I have to say is—Thank you, Funimation, thank you so much for caring enough about us fans for this special collector’s release! ‘Tenchi’ fans old and new, you owe yourself to get this!

Eric T. Potter - Dec 24 2012
Rating: Wonderful!
Tenchi and the Girls Have Never Looked More Clean and Vibrant
Anyone having heard of ‘Tenchi’ would already know what it’s about, or would have read elsewhere the basic story. The only thing I have to say to add about this undeniably classic title is that this was historically one of the first harem series ever created, and even today it stands out as something special from the genre. In fact, the OVA was created before the harem genre even became a genre—they were just creating a sci-fi comedy/action show with an over-the-top romantic comedy element to it. Because of that, even amongst other recent harem titles, the girls stand out as having far more living character to them and you just genuinely care about this cast than you would in similar recent shows. Plus, if you have an appreciation for the classics, and/or if you like titles that are weird, inventive, imaginative, funny, and just plain fun, 'Tenchi' is definitely from that spectrum.

Otherwise, the title of my review basically sums it up. As a forewarning, if you already have the Pioneer releases, and if you especially care about special features, you’re better off keeping them. The only downside to Fuminations’ blu-ray release is that it’s as bare-bones as they come—no production sketches, no trailers (except for the third movie, oddly enough, I guess they weren’t able to get all materials), no interview with Christopher Franke (the phenomenal composer of the first movie), not even creditless OP/ED which is even more odd. But if you’re a ‘Tenchi’ fan, and you have a blu-ray player, you’re doing yourself a favor double-dipping on this. If you’re new to the ‘Tenchi’ saga, this is the best time to start checking out this title (just know that two of the movies are actually sequels to the TV series and not the OVA, while ‘Daughter of Darkness’ is a branch from the OVA continuity). Both the OVA and Movie sets come in good-looking, rigid artboxes with art mini-booklets as companion items. The classic OVA itself (that is, precluding the third season which could’ve been a lot better) has never looked more beautiful in its existence, and the equally great movies have been attuned to look even more cinematic than they ever were.

To sum up, all I have to say is—Thank you, Funimation, thank you so much for caring enough about us fans for this special collector’s release! ‘Tenchi’ fans old and new, you owe yourself to get this!

Ogie Doggie - Jan 17 2013 ogiedoggie@aol.com
Rating: Wonderful!
Funimation fixed some things too!
I forgot to mention in my first review that FUNIMATION fixed some things.

1. On the original Pioneer release (DVD and Laser Disc) where if you wanted to skip the opening credits and hit SKIP you would go to the opening credits of the next episode - Funimation fixed this.

2. There were some inaccuracies in the English subtitles of the original version that were also corrected by Funimation.

J Green - Feb 5 2014
Rating: Pretty good!
TM on Bluray!!
It's nice after all these years to finally get this on bluray-as an old cell animated series it really looks great.