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Tenchi Muyô! In Love (1996)

PG-13  |   |  Animation, Comedy, Drama  |  16 August 1996 (USA)
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Tenchi and co. find their existence unsettled by a time-travelling entity called Kain. Desiring revenge upon the Juraian emperor, Tenchi, Kain travels back in time to kill Tenchi's mother. ... See full summary »

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Megumi Hayashibara ...
Achika
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Yuri Amano ...
Kiyone (voice)
Takeshi Aono ...
Katsuhito Masaki / Nobuyuki Masaki (voice)
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Jennifer Darling ...
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Operative A (voice)
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Eddie Frierson ...
Male GP Controller (voice)
Ellen Gerstell ...
Jay Hopper ...
Nobuyuki / Katsuhito
Masami Kikuchi ...
Tenchi Masaki (voice)
Yûko Kobayashi ...
Washu (voice)
Etsuko Kozakura ...
Ryo-Ohki (voice)
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Tenchi and co. find their existence unsettled by a time-travelling entity called Kain. Desiring revenge upon the Juraian emperor, Tenchi, Kain travels back in time to kill Tenchi's mother. Trying to preserve the timestream, Tenchi and friends follow him back. Unfortunately, Tenchi must also deal with the pain that seeing his mother causes him. Since she died in the future, seeing her alive in the past reopens his old wounds. Written by Claude J Smith III <tsath@hotmail.com>

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Continuity-wise, this film follows the television series"Tenchi Muyô" (1995)_ while ignoring Tenchi Muyô! Ryô Ôki (1992). On a related topic Tenchi's mother who was named Kiyone in the Tenchi Muyo Ryo-Ohki continuity was renamed to Achika for this movie. See more »

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When Ryoko was making fun Ayeka on the train, she said "See?" After that her mouth was still moving, but no words. See more »

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Sasami: 8 millimeter film?
Tenchi Masaki: Yep. People used it to make home movies.
Sasami: Oh.
Tenchi Masaki: Yeah, my father always loved it when he can fool around with the latest gadgets. In fact, this a film that he shot quite some time ago
All: Oh.
Tenchi Masaki: [In the film, Nobuyuki sneaks up on Achika] Wow. It was a pretty sneaky way to pick up my mom, you have to admit.
Ayeka: Huh? You mean that gal we've been watching is your mother?
Tenchi Masaki: Yep.
Ryoko: She's nothing but a child.
Tenchi Masaki: [yelling] Of course, she is! When they shot this film, she was still in high school!
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References Black Magic M-66 (1987) See more »

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Alchemy Of Love
Lyrics & Music by Christopher Franke
Sung by Nina Hagen & Rick Jude
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Great movie (even dubbed); painless intro for anime novices.
11 September 1999 | by (Indianapolis) – See all my reviews

My wife never had any experience with anime before she was with me; over the years I've sent her scurrying out of the room with much of what I watch... Tenchi Muyo In Love, though, kept her interest piqued.

The animation: beautiful; the usual Tenchi OVAs and TV-series are great, but the movie is a real knock-out. Unlike the big-budget anime movies of late (and Disney films) the scenes have a consistent level of quality. There aren't nine scenes of good animation, and one scene of mind-blowing 3D computer-generated/cel combo stuff... all of the scenes are great quality, with little to cause distraction.

The storyline: good. It draws somewhat upon knowledge of previous events in the Tenchi realm, but is accessible for novices. I would have preferred the story to stick with the emotional aspect- as exciting as a big demon fight is, the characters are even more so... but then again, I guess that's why companies make stuff like Kimagure Orange Road or Maison Ikkoku.

The translation: good. Unlike how I prefer most of my anime, I'm both used to and accepting of the English translation job done by Pioneer. They're the voices I first heard when watching Tenchi, and they settle okay with me. (My wife can't stand Sasami's English voice, however.) I don't feel like I'm either missing parts of the original dialogue, nor do I feel like the story is too Americanized. If I were used to the Japanese version, my feelings might vary- but I have access to both versions, and the English one usually wins out.

The storyline is good... Tenchi as a whole is not supposed to be unique, but a comfortable, fun ride. It delivers entertainment in droves, and the characters are so well-rounded that it's hard not to come away without feeling affected, despite feeling like you've just watched a mish-mash of SF cliches. Rather than the tour-de-force movies like Akira or Ghost in the Shell, this is the movie I'd probably show new-comers- "This is what Japanese animation can be like." When they're more willing to work at comprehending a story, then move on...


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