COMIC A7 Reviews - Tenchi Muyo! The Movies

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    Tenchi Muyo! In Love
    AIC/GAGA/Pioneer LDC, 1996
    Pioneer Entertainment, 1997
    Directed by Hiroshi Negishi (Amazing Nurse Nanako, Shadow Skill)
    Rated 13-Up for graphic violence, slight nudity and strong language.

    by areaseven (http://areaseven.net/)

    A demonic alien known only as "Kain" has escaped from his imprisonment and destroyed the Galactic Police headquarters. Making matters worse is that he has traveled to Earth to wipe out Tenchi Masaki's existence as revenge against the Jurai Royal Family.

    Tenchi and the gang must travel back to 1970, the year Kain plotted to kill Tenchi's mother Achika. Can they stop Kain before Tenchi will cease to exist?

    Story: B+
    If you haven't seen Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki and the Tenchi Universe series, do not watch this movie yet. Although Tenchi Muyo! In Love doesn't use too many back references to the series, first-timers should get to know the characters first.

    As for the movie, it's unusually dark for a Tenchi title. It also borrows elements from Back to the Future pretty well.

    Animation: A+
    AIC and Pioneer really put some budget to this film. Tenchi Muyo! In Love is very well-animated and the non-CG effects are very vibrant.

    Soundtrack: A-
    For Tenchi Muyo! In Love, German composer Christopher Franke (Babylon 5, Universal Soldier) was selected for the soundtrack. A slightly different approach from the other Tenchi soundtracks, Franke's score mixes well with the film's settings. I just had to put the TV on MUTE during the end credits; the song by Nina "Hairy Pits" Hagen is very annoying.

    Sub vs. Dub
    Reprising their roles are Masami Kikuchi (Keiichi in Ah! My Goddess, Yusaku in Kimagure Orange Road) as Tenchi, Ai Orikasa (Rose in Street Fighter Alpha: The Movie, Quatre in Gundam Wing) as Ryoko, Yumi Takada (Megumi in Urotsukidoji, Yuki in City Hunter) as Ayeka, Chisa Yokoyama (Sakura in Sakura Wars, Ryoko in Martian Successor Nadesico) as Sasami, Yuko Kobayashi (Rapier in Maze) as Washuu, Yuko Mizutani (Luchs in Saber Marionette J/J to X, Marie in Nadia of the Mysterious Seas) as Mihoshi, Yuri Amano (Rain in Mobile Fighter G-Gundam, Ifurita in El-Hazard) as Kiyone, Takeshi Aono (Dr. Tarsan in Dangaio, Col. Campbell in Metal Gear Solid 1-2) as Katsuhito and Noboyuki, and Etsuko Kozakura as Ryo-Ohki. For this film, the multi-talented Megumi Hayashibara (Faye in Cowboy Bebop, Rei in Neon Genesis Evangelion) plays Achika.

    The English dub, produced by ZRO Limit/Animaze, is well-executed like the OAV series. Reprising their roles are Matt K. Miller as Tenchi, Petrea Burchard (Miho in Serial Experiments Lain) as Ryoko, Jennifer Darling (Irma in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Pythona in G.I. Joe: The Movie) as Ayeka, Sherry Lynn (Saemi in Gate Keepers, Moore in Trigun) as Sasami and Kiyone, K.T. Vogt as Washuu, Ellen Gerstell as Mihoshi, Jay Hopper as Katsuhito and Noboyuki, and Debi Derryberry as Ryo-Ohki. Also featured in the film are Grace Zandarski as Achika, and Andrew Philpot (Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust) as young Noboyuki.

    DVD Extras: B+
    This DVD features the original trailers, TV spots and an interview with Christopher Franke.

    The Bottom Line
    Of all the Tenchi movies, Tenchi Muyo! In Love is arguably the best of the bunch.
     
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    Tenchi The Movie 2: Daughter of Darkness (Tenchi Muyo!: Manatsu no Eve)
    AIC/Kadokawa Shoten/Pioneer LDC, 1997
    Pioneer Entertainment, 1998
    Directed by Satoshi Kimura.
    Rated 13-Up for violence, nudity, mild sexual situations and strong language.

    by areaseven (http://areaseven.net/)

    All is well in Tenchi's household when all of a sudden, a blue-haired girl Mayuka shows up and reveals herself as Tenchi's daughter. Little do the gang know that Mayuka is a trap created by the creature Yuzuha as a means to extract revenge from the Jurai Royal Family.

    Story: B-
    One thing's for sure: this will never hit Cartoon Network's Adult Swim lineup due to its incestous overtones. As for the story itself, it's too short for a theatrical.

    Animation: A-
    Surprisingly, the quality is a step down from Tenchi Muyo! In Love. It's only slightly better than the OAV series.

    Soundtrack: B+
    Ko Otani (You're Under Arrest, Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Daikaiju Sogougeki) composed a decent soundtrack to this film. Not as memorable as the previous soundtracks, though.

    Sub vs. Dub
    Joining the original cast for this film are Junko Iwao (Key the Metal Idol, Ceres, Celestial Legend) as Mayuka, and Yo Inoue (Kanuka in Mobile Police Patlabor, Sayla Mass in Mobile Suit Gundam) as Yuzuha.

    The English cast remains the same, except for a few role changes. Wendee Lee (Faye in Cowboy Bebop, Ruriko in Gate Keepers) replaces Sherry Lynn as Kiyone, and Rebecca "Reba West" Forstadt (Minmei in Robotech, Pai in 3x3 Eyes) takes over Ellen Gerstell's role as Mihoshi. For this movie, Julie Maddalena (Dita in Vandread, Sarah in Love Hina) plays Mayuka while Barbara Goodson (Marie Crystal and Sera in Robotech, Doris in Vampire Hunter D) plays Yuzuha.

    DVD Extras: B
    You get an encyclopedia covering the characters, technical know-how, videos, soundtracks and merchandise.

    The Bottom Line
    Not as memorable as the other Tenchi stories, but still pretty good.
     
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