Tenchi in Tokyo Vol. #2 (of 8) (Mania.com)
Review Date: Saturday, February 06, 1999
Release Date: Saturday, February 06, 1999
What They Say
While Tenchi enjoys his new life in Tokyo, the girls back at home experience a financial crisis! They resolve to get jobs in Tokyo to earn money, but can the easily distracted and excitable alien girls really hold down a job? Can Tokyo even survive their attempts?! In any case, you can be sure the mysterious and malicious Yugi will make their lives as difficult as possible...
Includes three episodes: "Money! Money! Money!," "Play Date," and "The Day We Met."
The second installment in the latest of the Tenchi series, A New Friend was just as enjoyable as the first disc. Tenchi and company, as anyone whose watched these kinds of shows knows, end up in all kinds of weird situations, though not as wacky as some on the first disc.
The audio on the disc is clean and clear, no distortion or anything to distract from it. A solid TV presentation soundtrack, very little rear usage, but about what one should expect from it. I skipped through parts of the English dub and didn't hear anything wrong with the few sections I checked out.
The video is again nice and clear. The only place where I wonder what's going on as during the opening credits, at the very end when Tenchi and Sakuya move close together, it looks as if her head is shimmering way too much, possibly from over enhancement. Is this on the VHS master as well? If not, I'm surprised that it didn't get caught earlier by Pioneer if it is indeed an error. Otherwise, I found nothing wrong with the video during the rest of this disc.
I dropped a grade on the packaging as I realized a serious problem here. There's no numbering on the disc, anywhere. The only way to tell what order the discs goes is from the episode listing on the back. This is not a good thing, especially for the brick and mortar retail world, where there are those places that like to have things placed neatly in order. Same goes for collectors. I can't speak for anyone else, but I just love having 7 or 8 titles in a row with the numbering at the bottom and similar spine coloring (which we have so far). It just makes it stand out as a collection. But volume numbering is VERY important.
The menu is definitely very busy graphics wise, coming a little close to overpowering, but that's just me being nitpicky now. The menu works well, no problems. The submenu with the character conceptual artwork is nice, as are the art pieces themselves. I wish there were a few more than given, but that's just me being a bit spoiled from the old laserdisc sheets they used to do.
So, what about the episodes themselves?
Episode 5 was fun, as the women all head into Tokyo to earn money to pay their way in the Masaki household. Sasami sums it all up nicely in the fact that the train ride to Tokyo would cost more than what she was asking for the household support. But, we end up with several wacky scenes and misadventures by the girls, and a couple of close calls for Tenchi as he and Sakuya wander around town and run into a couple of them.
Episode 6 was a little darker, as we got to know Yugi a little more, as she tries to get Sasami to stay with her in her world. I figure once we hit the halfway point in the series we'll learn more about Yugi and her plans, so I'm not surprised we didn't get much on her yet. I was surprised that Tenchi went off with Sakuya while Sasami was missing, but maybe it's something cultural I missed in that respect. Gotta admit though, I'd follow her around easily enough.
Episode 7 was something I was surprised we didn't see earlier on. Tenchi heads back home for a few days for the Tenchi Anniversary, the day that they all met. Through the episode we get to see how it all started in this universe. It looks like it'll spill over into the next episode as well, but there were some interesting changes from previous incarnations.
I'm still enjoying this series a lot, and am definitely looking forward to the next volume, which we'll have to wait about 2 months for, as next month is the OVA Box Set collection. It'll be nice to take a short break and go back to the zero storyline and see how it all started again, and then go back to this lighter fare universe and see what else happens.
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Conceptual Drawings,Collectable Postcard
Toshiba CF36H50 36" TV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE915 DD receiver, Monster S-Video cable and Sony speakers.
Mania Grade: A-
Audio Rating: A
Video Rating: A-
Packaging Rating: B
Menus Rating: B+
Extras Rating: N/A
Age Rating: 13 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.
Running time: 75
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Tenchi Muyo