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 Ayeka Masaki Jurai
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 Mashisu Makibi / ... (voice)
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 Mihoshi Kuramitsu - OVA 3 (voice) (as Becky Olkowski)
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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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Trivia

"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 »

Goofs

In Tenchi Muyo OVA 3 (which it was made around 2000) the sound effects, when you set your DVD language to Japanese, doesn't match the motions of the character at all. In the English one it does match. See more »

Quotes

Tenchi Masaki: I'm leaving!
Washu: Oh, Tenchi, please! It'll just be a minute. I only need to examine you a little bit.
Tenchi Masaki: But I have to go to the field now.
Washu: You promised you'll be my guinea pig, didn't you?
Tenchi Masaki: Now there's a conversation I don't recall.
Washu: [rubbing her head on Tenchi] Tenchi, darling, please?
Tenchi Masaki: Um... maybe later when I get back. I gotta go, ok? Bye.
[Tenchi runs off]
Washu: Oh, you mean thing!
Tenchi Masaki: [Ryoko appears. She is about to grab Washu, but Tenchi comes back. Ryoko's face turns red] Little Washu! Do you know where my ...
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Connections

Followed by Tenchi Muyô! In Love 2: Haruka naru omoi (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Talent For Love
Written by Natsuko Karedo & Kyoko Matsumiya
Performed by Kit Thomas
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The best Tenchi, and my favorite anime.
9 November 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Amazing. Tenchi Muyo! is quite simply, one of the best anime out there (in my opinion, THE best). Why is this? It's certainly not because of the plot, which is full of holes (try to figure out the characters ages will lead you down a path to madness), it is currently incomplete (although the third OAV is on the way!), and there are certainly a lot of other flaws that I could pick out, but this is the kind of story in which you get so wrapped up in, you don't even notice any of the problems. It's the characters that really make this show. There is a surprising amount of depth here once you get past the terminally light tone of the show. The fact is, however, Tenchi Muyo! is incredibly touching.

Basically the plot is about 17-year-old Tenchi Masaki, a young man with hidden powers who suddenly finds himself surrounded by beautiful women from all over the universe who are all in love with him! There's Ayeka, the reserved dignified Juraian princess (and her younger sister Sasami, Mihoshi the clutzy Galaxy Space Officer, Little Washu, the genius scientist, and of course Ryoko, the demon space pirate who is released from a 700 year imprisonment by Tenchi which starts the whole saga rolling. One of the shows virtues is that Tenchi never even tries to decide, and the group becomes like a family with a common interest... The character of Ryoko is what really meant the difference to me, a 2000-year-old demon who is somewhat vicious and violent, but is truly humanized in her love for Tenchi. I couldn't help but root for her, and the scene in episode 5 where she remembers watching Tenchi grow up is truly touching. I won't really go into any plot cause that's not really the point. You get into this show because its light, funny, and touching.

I can't recommend it enough.


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