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Tenchi Muyô! 

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Every man needs a good woman. Tenchi Masaki has six.

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Masaki Kajishima
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Series cast summary:
Flávia Mendonça Fontenelle Flávia Mendonça Fontenelle ...  Sasami 30 episodes, 1994-1997
Flavia Fontenelle Flavia Fontenelle ...  Sasami 29 episodes, 1994-1995
Matt K. Miller ...  Tenchi Masaki / ... 28 episodes, 1995-2005
Sherry Lynn ...  Sasami / ... 28 episodes, 1995-2005
K.T. Vogt ...  Washu / ... 28 episodes, 1995-2005
Jennifer Darling ...  Ayeka / ... 27 episodes, 1997-2005
Rebecca Forstadt ...  Mihoshi / ... 27 episodes, 1997-2005
Petrea Burchard ...  Ryoko / ... 27 episodes, 1995-1997
Wendee Lee ...  Kiyone / ... 27 episodes, 1997-2005
Debi Derryberry ...  Ryo-ohki / ... 27 episodes, 1995-1997
Bob Papenbrook ...  Additional Voices / ... 27 episodes, 1997-2005
Lara Cody Lara Cody ...  Additional Voices / ... 27 episodes, 1997-2005
Julie Maddalena ...  Matori / ... 26 episodes, 1997
Richard Cansino ...  Tsugaru 26 episodes, 1997
Brianne Brozey ...  Additional Voices 26 episodes, 1997
Dave Mallow ...  Additional Voices 26 episodes, 1997
Doug Stone ...  Additional Voices 26 episodes, 1997
Eddie Frierson ...  Additional Voices 26 episodes, 1997
John Prosky ...  Additional Voices 26 episodes, 1997
Joshua Seth ...  Additional Voices 26 episodes, 1997
Michael Sorich ...  Additional Voices 26 episodes, 1997
Scott Menville ...  Additional Voices 26 episodes, 1997
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Storyline

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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Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

25 September 1992 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-oh-ki See more »

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Runtime:

(26 Episodes) | (20 episodes) | (26 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

For the earlier episodes, the English voice actors had to assume pseudonyms as, at the time, the production was outside the actors' union system. 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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Alternate Versions

In the dubbed cartoon network version, the scene where Ryoko was discovered in Tenchi's bed was shortened because part of her cleavage was shown and Tenchi was reacting to it in a funny way and Ryoko's cleavage was covered with a drawn-on brassier; in the scene where Ryoko was taking a bath, she was naked but ended up with a drawn-on swim suit; the same goes with Ayeka when Ryoko removed her towel in front of Tenchi. See more »

Connections

Featured in Toonami: Broken Promise (Dreams) (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Yamerarenai Yamerarenai
(Unstoppable, Unstoppable)
Ending theme
Performed by Masami Kikuchi (Tenchi), Ai Orikasa (Ryoko), Yumi Takada (Ayeka), Chisa Yokoyama (Sasami),
Etsuko Kozakura (Ryo-Ohki), Yûko Mizutani (Mihoshi), Yûko Kobayashi (Washu), and Yuri Amano (Kiyone)
Lyrics by Natsuko Karedô
Music and arrangement by Masami Kishimura
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One of the finest anime's ever....
11 June 2001 | by garbage kingSee all my reviews

When people run down the list of classic anime shows, Tenchi Muyo! is almost always overlooked. Why? just because it was on Cartoon Network? because it doesn't feature heart stopping action or deep philasophical issues? if so you need to give a look over because what the series lacks in the above two things, it makes up for in comedy, drama and it's characters which is the heart of the series.

The story starts out simple, with Tenchi Masaki a typical teenager meeting a variety of exotic space women who all fall for him on some level and live with him but grows more complex with the various relationships each character has with one another and how it's never the same thing through out.

The characters are amongst some of the most interesting I've ever seen in an anime. From it's star Tenchi to Ryoko to Aeka and Washu and others the show introduces characters who always manage to surprise you in showing a different aspect of their personality or something you didn't think they where capable This adds terrific depth to the characters and makes you care about them a great deal as they become more and more interesting with each episode.

The next thing that makes this show great is the mix of drama and comedy. Both are never overdone and when can coexsist at the same time without ever being goofy or annoyingly dramatic.

What else makes this a good anime is the extremely talented voice cast which for the most part is leaps and bounds ahead of the japanese cast. From Washu's voice to Ryoko who is one of the sexiest characters in anime based on her tone of voice. Music is also top notch and is a must listen for any J-pop or anime song fan. Though a few tracks are pretty annoying.

In the end, Tenchi Muyo! is a great series in the tradition of Urusei Yatsura and Ranma 1/2 and is not to be missed. At the very least it should be given a shot, you won't be disappointed.


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