Tenchi Muyo!

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 4 : Ep 7

    Final Confrontations (SPECIAL)

    Aired 9/9/05

  • S 4 : Ep 6

    Z

    Aired 3/16/05

  • S 4 : Ep 5

    Operation Lovey-Dovey

    Aired 12/22/04

  • S 4 : Ep 4

    Here Comes Misao on The Chobimaru!

    Aired 9/15/04

  • S 4 : Ep 3

    Strategy

    Aired 3/27/04

  • Cast & Crew
  • Matt K. Miller

    Tenchi Masaki

  • Petrea Burchard

    Ryoko

  • Jennifer Darling

    Ayeka

  • Rebecca Forstadt

    Matsuno

  • Wendee Lee

    Yoshinaga

  • show Description
  • Tenchi Muyo! follows the adventures of Tenchi Masaki, an ordinary teenager whose quiet life in the mountains of Okayama is shattered by the arrival of a diverse group of alien girls. Although having a bunch of beautiful women living at home might sound like no bad thing, Tenchi soon discovers the downside to this arrangement when the girls start using their special powers to fight for his affections! Genres: Action, Romance, Adventure and Comedy Rated: TV-MA or 15+ [uncut], TV-Y7 [Toonami version] for adult situations, language Season and Series Explanation With all the different Tenchi continuities and storylines, this is how I'm organizing the seasons. Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki (season 1, OAV1) Number of Episodes: 6 + 1 Carnival special Continuity: Ryo-Ohki series Originally broadcast: Fall 1992 in Japan. Description: Tenchi Masaki's quiet life is shattered the day he releases the demon Ryoko from her imprisonment in the Masaki shrine. From then on, nothing is ever the same again as even more girls arrive from outer space - followed by the heinous and eternally wanted criminal Kagato. Could it be that this has some connection to the Masaki family past? Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki (season 1, OAV2) Number of Episodes: 6 + 1 Mihoshi special Continuity: Ryo-Ohki series Originally broadcast: Fall 1994 in Japan. Description: As Tenchi settles down to life with the five girls, a new force is stirring in the depths of the space - the higher dimensional life form known as Lady Tokimi. Just who is Tokimi, and why does she seem so interested in Washu? Tenchi Universe (season 2, TV1) Number of Episodes: 26 Also known as: Tenchi Muyo! TV Continuity: TV Series Originally broadcast: Spring-Summer 1995 in Japan. Description: Tenchi Universe retells the story of how Tenchi came to meet the girls, their adventures both on Earth, and later as fugitives in space. Introduces Kiyone as a regular of the TV series. Tenchi Universe video list 1. Tenchi Muyo on Earth 1 (ep 1-4) 2. Tenchi Muyo on Earth 2 (ep 5-7) 3. Tenchi Muyo on Earth 3 (ep 8-10) 4. Time and Space Adventures (ep 11-13) 5. Tenchi Muyo in Space 1 (ep 14-16) 6. Tenchi Muyo in Space 2 (ep 17-19) 7. Tenchi Muyo in Space 3 (ep 20-22) 8. The Last Battle (ep 23-26) Tenchi in Tokyo (season 3, TV2) Also known as : Shin Tenchi Muyo, New Tenchi Muyo Number of Episodes: 26 Continuity: different TV series Originally broadcast: Spring-Summer 1997 in Japan. Description: Set in yet another alternative universe, this series sees Tenchi heading off to attend school in Tokyo. As Tenchi settles into his new school, and even finds a new girlfriend, Sakuya, the girls back home spend all their time finding ways and excuses to get to Tokyo and be with him. But, unbeknownst to them, in the shadows, a new evil has awoken to toy with their fates. Tenchi in Tokyo video list 1. A New Start (ep 1-4) 2. A New Friend (ep 5-7) 3. A New Legend (ep 8-10) 4. A New Enemy (ep 11-13) 5. A New Love (ep 14-16) 6. A New Challenge (ep 17-19) 7. A New Career (ep 20-22) 8. A New Ending (ep 23-26) Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki (season 4, OAV3) Number of Episodes: 6 + 1 (Plus One) special Continuity: Ryo-Ohki series Originally broadcast: Fall 2003 in Japan. License Status: Licensed by Funimation for the US. Description: Tenchi and friends deal with a whole new bunch of characters, including extended families and even an arranged fiancée! But not every new person is a friend, especially with Lady Tokimi's warrior, Z, stirring up trouble and threatening destruction. Videos: Volume 1, Here comes the Bride (ep 1-3). Volume 2, Target: Tenchi (ep 4-6), is coming October 17th, 2006. Volume 3, Final Confrontations (ep 7 + bonus material) is coming November 28th, 2006. Tenchi Movies have their own continuity but are loosely based on the following seasons, which is where you'll find their episode guide: 1. Tenchi Muyo in Love (TV1) 2. Tenchi Muyo: The Daughter of Darkness (OAV) 3. Tenchi Muyo in Love 2: Tenchi Forever. (TV1) About the U.S. Broadcasts Tenchi first debuted on US Television as part of Cartoon Network's Toonami block on 7pm ET, where it was somewhat edited. Then in 2003, International Channel (now AZN TV) broadcast the unedited entire seasons 1-3 and the movies on Friday nights 8pm PT/11pm ET. Although AZN no longer shows Tenchi Muyo, they occasionally tease their anime audience with some of the more racy Tenchi movie clips. How can I watch the series?: Tenchi is currently not airing on any regular cable TV station, so your best bet to catch this series are places where you could rent movies and anime. If you do see it on cable, please post about it on the forums, especially if it shows up on AZN TV or Cartoon Network again. Spin-offs With so many Tenchi storylines, the producers even came up with these two Tenchi spin-offs: In Tenchi Muyo! GXP the perennially unlucky Seina Yamada finds himself recruited into the Galaxy Police Academy, where he faces not only space pirates, but girl trouble as crazy as Tenchi's! Aired in Spring-Summer 2002. In Pretty Sammy (aka Magical Project S), the smallest of the Tenchi Girls, Sasami, takes center stage as an Earth schoolgirl who is given the ability to transform into the magical girl Pretty Sammy. A fun parody of Magical Girl shows mixed with the usual Tenchi Muyo humor. OAV Aired in Spring 1995 and TV series in Fall 1996-Spring 1997. This will also house the Sasami Magical Girl Club series that aired in the mid 2000s. Manga: No Need for Tenchi and The All New Tenchi Muyo are loosely based on the first OAV continuity. Main Characters Tenchi Masaki - Thoughtful and hard-working, Tenchi used to be a normal teenager who lived a quiet life in the Okayama mountains with his father and grandfather. All that changed when a group of beautiful alien girls ended up living with him - not only are they extremely powerful and dangerous, but they all seem to have a crush on poor Tenchi! As the glue that binds the group together, Tenchi has formed close relationships with all of the girls, but to date he has yet to pick one over the others. Tenchi also has a connection to the Jurai royalty. Ryoko Hakubi - In the OAV, silver-haired Ryoko was a fearsome demon sealed in the Masaki Shrine 700 years ago, only to be accidentally released by Tenchi. In the TV series' she is a space pirate, but whatever her background, she is not someone to be trifled with. With the ability to fly, teleport and create energy blasts and weapons, Ryoko can hold her own in most battles, but the mere suggestion that she help out with the chores has her running for cover! Nonetheless, despite her self-centred attitude, there is one person she truly cares about: Tenchi. Ayeka Jurai - As the First Princess of Jurai, purple-haired Ayeka is well aware of the duties and responsibilities of her position, and attempts to act in a manner befitting her position- although the veneer of civilisation tends to slip whenever she gets upset! In both the OAV and TV series, she ends up stranded on Earth, and despite her initial reluctance to adapt to the situation, with Tenchi's help she manages to settle down and even enjoy herself. She also develops deeper feelings for Tenchi himself, and is constantly fighting with her old rival Ryoko over who should be the object of his affection. Sasami Jurai - As Ayeka's little sister, light-blue haired Sasami may be the youngest of the gang, but as it turns out, she is also the most practical- certainly you wouldn't want to trust anyone else to do the cooking! An innocent at heart, Sasami's trusting nature and ability to see the good in people has been known to win over even the most hostile enemy. Sasami seems to regard Tenchi as a big brother, often managing to sneak in a hug before Ryoko or Ayeka can get to him (much to their annoyance)! Washu Hakubi - The self-proclaimed number one scientific genius in the universe, red-haired Washu is a top mad scientist who loves nothing more than creating innovative (if sometimes explosive) new inventions in her extra-dimensional laboratory (connected to the Masaki house via the broom closet). Although she spends long periods alone in the lab, Washu manages to form friendships with the others, and has a soft spot for Tenchi in particular. Mihoshi Kuramitsu - Given her clumsiness and basic incompetence, it seems amazing that this blonde and tanned Mihoshi has made it to the rank of first-detective in the Galaxy Police (although in the OAV the fact that her grandfather is the GP Marshal might have something to do with it). Considered a walking disaster by her superiors, Mihoshi nonetheless somehow manages to complete her assignments through a mixture of optimism, determination and sheer luck. Despite her self-proclaimed dedication to her duty, Mihoshi can usually be found at Tenchi's house, napping, eating or just watching TV. Kiyone Makibi - Kiyone does not appear in the OAV continuity, but in the TV series she is a brilliant young GP officer with blue hair whose career took a dive the day she was assigned as Mihoshi's partner. Despite the fact that Mihoshi adores and looks up to her, Kiyone longs to be rid of her incompetent partner, whom she treats like an exasperating younger sibling. Although Kiyone currently serves as a resident officer on Earth, she is always on the lookout for a promotion- especially one that takes her far away from Mihoshi. Ryo-Ohki - As a cabbit (cat-rabbit combination), Ryo-Ohki may just look like a cute mascot pet, but there is far more to her than that- for she can also transform into a spaceship! Smart and affectionate, Ryo-Ohki technically belongs to Ryoko (except in Tenchi in Tokyo), but she is more often to be found with Sasami. In the various series, Ryo-Ohki has several other transformations, but one thing always remains the same- no matter what form she is in, she has an overwhelming love of carrots! Nobuyuki Masaki - Despite being Tenchi's father, Nobuyuki is in some respects less responsible than his son, especially when it comes to 'peeping' at the girls! A good person at heart, Nobuyuki has worked hard to raise his son ever since the death of his wife. Katsuhito Masaki - Tenchi's grandfather, Katsuhito is guardian of the Masaki shrine, and also an excellent swordsman. His calm nature and wealth of knowledge have led some to suspect that there may be more to him than meets the eye. Azaka and Kamidake - At first glance they seem to be a pair of talking logs, but in fact Azaka and Kamidake are Jurai guardians, charged with protecting Ayeka. Although they spend much of their time as gateposts, their knowledge and powers are nonetheless invaluable to the princess. Sakuya - Tenchi's ate in the Tokyo series. She befriends Tenchi but her past is somewhat mysterious.moreless

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  • Quotes (267)

    • (After Tenchi cuts off Ryoko's hand) Ryoko: Ohh well, another battle lost. That's the story of my life.

    • (Door slides open suddenly.) Tenchi: Whaaah?! (Tenchi looks and sees no one.) Kazuhito: It was curiosity that killed the cat Tenchi... (Tenchi jumps back in shock)

    • (Tenchi is trapped inside the school lab with Ryoko and thought of a "clever" plan to escape.) Tenchi: HEY. What's that outside the window? (thinking to himself) I just pulled the oldest trick in the book. (Much to Tenchi's surprise, as he turns around, Ryoko is "actually" looking out the window) Ryoko: Oh!! Where? I wanna see. Aw come on, show me. I don't wanna miss anything.

    • Tenchi: Oh man, if I'd known I was going to die today, I wouldn't have done all that homework over vacation!

    • Ryoko: Hey, try not to hurt yourself- I'd like to do that for you.

    • Tenchi: Plenty of girls - eighty-two years old. Amagasaki: Oh, so you dated mummies all summer long? Tenchi: Yeah, dried up, really old mummies! (Tenchi laughs until he remembers what happened at the shrine) …A mummy… Amagasaki: Hey, what's wrong, Tenchi? Tenchi: Huh? Oh… Amagasaki: Tenchi, don't tell me you were so hard-up you slept with a mummy!? (Tenchi punches him). Tenchi: Get a life, clown!

    • Tenchi: (sneaks a visit to the Masaki shrine) Curiosity killed the cat- lucky for me, I'm not a cat.

    • Tenchi: That does it! This calls for some real action. (Tenchi starts scraping at the bark of the tree with a Stanley knife). Take that! (attempts to escape the tree cage)

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    Notes (265)

    • Original Japanese release: September 25, 1992

    • Toonami cut: At the end, Tenchi pulls the covers off his bed to reveal Ryoko lying there with her cleavage somewhat exposed. All shots of Ryoko's cleavage are cut for the edited version.

    • The opening theme for the first OAV is "Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki's theme", whilst the ending is "Talent for Love."

    • "Tenchi Muyo!" has several possible meanings- "No Need for Tenchi!", "No Need for Heaven and Earth!" or "This way up!".

    • In the UK, the first 6 episodes were originally broadcast on the Sci-Fi Channel, and were not edited for content (although there were some cuts for time). Repeat broadcasts on Toonami UK used the edited version.

    • For the OAV series, the following aliases were used in the credits: Kermit Miller (Matt K. Miller), Celeste Burch (Petera Burchard), Jean Schwartz-(Ellen Gerstel) and Katie Ashley-(Sherry Lynn).

    • When the show was broadcast on Toonami, numerous cuts were made both for content and time. Also, the original opening and ending were not shown- instead, a shortened version of the opening theme is played at the end.

    • First appearance of Tenchi Masaki, Katsuhito Masaki, and Ryoko Hakubi.

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    Trivia (39)

    • Confusion? If you watch the first shot of the intro, you'll notice that they show the galaxy M31, the Andromeda Galaxy, assuming that this story takes place in the galaxy itself.

    • The English dub and subtitles incorrectly refer to Ryo-Ohki as being male during her initial appearances. This is corrected after episode 7.

    • Toonami edit: When Ryoko pulls off Ayeka's towel in front of Tenchi, Ayeka stands there in a bikini. In the Japanese and Pioneer DVD she's completely nude.

    • In the English dub, a mis-translation of Ryoko's flashback results in the woman with Tenchi being called "Grandma"; in fact, she is Tenchi's mother Kiyone.

    • Confusion? After Sasami has a bad dream, she goes and asks Tenchi if she could sleep with him. When Tenchi asks what her dream was about, she says that a woman tried to take him away and she didn't know who she was. However, when she wakes up from the nightmare she sees that the woman is Lady Tokimi taking Tenchi.

    • The reason Ryoko doesn't know about milk needing to be liquid probably has to do with her not really having a need to eat. All the energy she requires, she absorbs from the jewels. She also doesn't have a sense of taste. She only eats to be social.

    • When Ryoko is trying to feed Taro a bottle of powder, Tenchi asks "What kind of stuff are you trying to give him this time?" even though Ryoko had not previously fed him anything (unless this happened offscreen).

    • Due to the cutting short of the OAV episodes, this storyline is still awaiting conclusion. It is difficult to say whether it is Sasami or Tsunami that lives on after the assimilation completes, however the most logical answer is that they will become the same person, sharing the same thoughts, personality and memories, considering that Tsunami says that her appearence is that of Sasami in the future.

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    Allusions (12)

    • Ayeka: On Earth, you might think it odd to marry your brother, but on Jurai it's quite common.
      In fact, marriages between close family members were once common within the European royal families. The Juraian royal family seems to be following the same trend.

    • Ayeka: A demon at Rashomon?
      A famous Japanese folk tale tells the story of "The Warrior Watanabe no Tsuna" fighting a demoness at Rashomon, Kyoto. In the alternate reality, Ryoko is the demoness, whilst Tenchi takes on the role of the warrior hero.

    • Bonnie and Clyde In Ryoko's alternate reality, Ryoko and an unwilling Tenchi rob a bank in the U.S. around the 1930s, resembling that of the Bonnie and Clyde criminal duo.

    • Washu: Through his experiments, Heisenberg...
      Washu is explaining Heisenberg's famous Uncertainty Principle, an important consequence of the postulates of quantum mechanics. As Washu attempts to explain, the more accurately you determine the position of a particle (i.e. where it is), the less you know about its momentum (where it's going)- and vice versa.

    • Kiyone: I think this might be what they call Sargasso.
      The Sargasso sea is a large area of warm water situated in the North Atlantic, and filled with large clusters of sargussum seaweed (it also overlaps with part of the Bermuda Triangle). The Sargasso Sea has inspired numerous tales, many of them involving ghost ships. The outer space Sargasso spaceship graveyard seems to have earned the same reputation.

    • Final scene: The final moments of the movie is just like the scene between Achika and Noboyuki in the first Tenchi movie. Instead of Noboyuki drawing at the hill by himself, it is Tenchi with Ryoko looking for him instead of Achika - a possible hint that Tenchi will end up with Ryoko like Noboyuki and Achika did.

    • Ryoko: Ryoko: I'll be back to visit you as soon as I escape from this Wicked Witch of the West, so remember, don't sit under the apple tree with anyone else but me.
      Ryoko manages two completely different references in one sentence here. The Wicked Witch of the West is the well known villain from the Wizard of Oz (her cruel and vindictive nature is just how Ryoko sees Ayeka). "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree (With Anyone Else But Me)" is a popular song by Glenn Miller (later remade by various other artists).

    • Ayeka: ...and that's why we're having this party...
      As Ayeka explains the origin of Tenchi anniversary, everyone's faces appear in their own square, laid out in a 3x3 grid. This same layout of characters was used in the opening of The Brady Bunch.

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  • Fan Reviews (24)
  • what I say about this great show

    By RachelRo45, Sep 02, 2014

  • The funniest anime of all time, maybe even funnier than Excel Saga. Anyone who doesn't like Tenchi Muyo has no sense of humor at all.

    By lightning_kf, Apr 04, 2006

  • One lucky, unfortunate boy named Tenchi stumbles across a diverse group of "foreign" beautiful girls. Little does he know what he's getting into when he only begins to befriend them.

    By sunkissedxhunny, May 15, 2008

  • without a doubt, THE BEST ANIME I HAVE EVER WATCHED (Tenchi Muyo!) i will be giveing seperate reviews for the 4 shows, please try to keep up :).

    By Broly103091, Dec 19, 2007

  • Take 6 girls that are all in love with the same guy and then put them under the same roof. What do you get? A huge mess with Tenchi in the middle!

    By Ninja_Avatar875, Apr 05, 2007

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