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.