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 Katsuhito / ... (1 episode, 1995)
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 Ryoko / ... (1 episode, 1995)
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 Katsuhito Masaki / ... (1 episode, 1995)
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 Azaka / ... (1 episode, 1995)
K.T. Vogt ...
 Mecha-Washu / ... (1 episode, 1995)
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Tenchi Masaki is a normal high school student in Japan, who spends the summers doing chores around his grandfather's family shrine. One day, Tenchi manages to steal the key to a mysterious cave where an oni (Japanese demon) is said to have been sealed away by his ancester Yoshou, whose sword still stands guard over it. When he enters this cave, he finds that, much to his surprise, the legend is indeed true when the oni's dessicated skeletal form ("mira"--Japanese mummy) comes to life and attacks him. Tenchi flees the cave in a panic, and later returns to high school, taking the hilt--seemingly all that remains of the ancestral sword--with him. At school, Tenchi is again attacked by the oni, whose name is Ryouko, who has now completely revived herself. Tenchi manages to defeat her with the sword's help, but this is only the beginning of a hilarious Japanese romantic comedy OAV (Original Animation Video, the Japanese equivalent of American made-for-video movies) series which has spawned... Written by Christopher E. Meadows <cmeadows@nyx.cs.du.edu>

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Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-oh-ki  »

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"Tenchi Muyo" is a Japanese pun. In normal usage, this kanji compound means "This side up", and is often seen on boxes and crates. (This is why the North American dubs use a "stencil" font for all the English titles.) In this series, however, it is read quite differently. "Tenchi" refers to the main character, and "Muyo" means "useless". The title could be translated into English as "Useless Tenchi", or "No Need For Tenchi". See more »

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Kari Wahlgren was originally credited as as Kari Walhgreen in the first Dvd volume of OVA 3 that was released by Funimation. This was corrected in the second volume. See more »

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Washu Hakubi: [Mihoshi cries] Okay, you pain in the neck. There only a couple of things that we can do here.
Mihoshi: [Mihoshi stops crying. In front of her is a giant circle with Ryoko on it] Ryoko! And what should I do now?
Washu Hakubi: Take this and join in.
[She throws a fan at Mihoshi]
Washu Hakubi: Hooray! Hooray! Ryoko! What's the matter?
[Mihoshi falls]
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Referenced in Shadow Warrior (1997) See more »

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Yume wa Doko he Itta
(Where Did the Dream Go?)
Opening theme
Performed by Linda Yamamoto
Lyrics by Natsuko Karedô
Music by Kyôko Matsumiya
Arrangement by Masami Kishimura
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Simply brilliant
25 May 2001 | by (London) – See all my reviews

The original series that launched 3 spin-offs and 3 movies, Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki is by far the pick of the bunch. Although the series spans several genres it is more of a comedy at heart with its light hearted tone. This series perfectly encapsulates the whole Tenchi universe. Its art and animation is lush and gorgeous and the plot (or plots) is (are) relatively solid although the writers lose it occasionally after the first 6 episodes. Thrill-seekers may bemoan the absence of heart-stopping moments in the action scenes but the series' true strength lies in its characters.

The characters are compelling and genuinely appealing with deep and well-developed personalities. Even the pipe organ-playing(!) villain is cool! The character interactions are seldom boring, often being very funny and sometimes touching as well. One drawback is that is unfinished. The plot kinda meandered towards the end but then a ton of new plot threads were introduced which weren't resolved making the series seem incomplete.

Hopefully we'll see more of this series (which has been hinted) in the future but for I heartedly recommend this series to anyone. Simply put, it is simply brilliant.


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