Tenchi in Tokyo Vol. #4 (of 8) (Mania.com)

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Tuesday, June 22, 1999
Release Date: Tuesday, June 22, 1999

What They Say
Yugi slowly builds her plot to divide Tenchi's group and bring her devious plan to fruition. First Ryo-ohki is seduced by another cabbit and taken to a colony of cabbits on the moon. Then, a stupid, love-crazy doppelganger of Tenchi's father tries to bring Tenchi and Sakuya together by kidnapping Sakuya. Then Yugi attacks Ryoko and sends two of her agents to protect Ryoko and to earn her trust. With everyone's loyalties going in different directions, will they be able to withstand a future onslaught?

The Review!
On the whole, the audio on this disc is pretty good. On some sequences, there's some great use of the front soundstage. During the first episode on the disc, the girls make there way onto the surface of the moon, and as each head appears and they talk, the voices move from the right to the left. I thought it was really well done, and a good showcase moment for the front soundstage on a properly calibrated sound system.

The video again, is pretty great. I couldn't detect any flaws, and this is the first disc I've watched and reviewed with my new S-Video connection. Colors were bright and vivid when they should be, and darks were excellent. Another gorgeous visual presentation from Pioneer.

The packaging is thankfully still using the same colored backgrounds/spine area, and this fourth disc helps make the rest of the discs look really great on my rack. The rear cover contains plenty of useful information and gives a good idea of what's inside without spoiling it. For those wanting a chuckle, under the special features section they list what's on the disc, and one of the listings is "extra stuff".

The menu is pretty functional overall, but I'm still not terribly keen on the art designs used for it. And note for Pioneer: Make sure you update your title information soon so we know what to expect from your catalog titles! And add in the Tenchi Ultimate edition too!

As for the show itself? While I can see why some "die hard" Tenchi fans dislike it, my wife and I are still enjoying this series immensely, much more so than we did the Tenchi Universe where we felt like it was just dragging from scene to scene.

The first episode contains, what else, a bunch of cabbits on the moon. Any Tenchi episode with multiple Ryo-ohki's is always tops in my book, and this was no exception. No cuteness lost there at all!

The second one finally gives more time to Tenchi's father, who has probably had the least development in all the series, though he made out well in the first movie. Some great scenes with his PretenDad double ("ai!""ai!""ai!""ai!""ai!""ai!""ai!""ai!""ai!" cracked me up every time) though I have to question his taste in anime babes. I'd definitely have stuck with Sakuya and not gone any further.

The final episode goes more into the overall darkness of the storyline with Yugi and just what she's playing at is only hinted toward. This episode marks the halfway point of the series, and with the groups knowledge now that someone is out to get them, things could be swirling downhill for the remaining episodes for everyone. I'm looking forward to the ride.

And special note for Sakuya fans! The music video from the voice actress that was on the Tenchi Ultimate edition is on here too! My only pooh-pooh to Pioneer is that they didn't subtitle it, and they placed it in a "menu" section. The only way to get out of it was to either fast forward the disc or just stop it. Ah well. Minor quibble, as it's nice to see some extras on the disc!

English Language,English Subtitles,Japanese Language,Collectible Postcard,Music Video

Review Equipment
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: A
Menus Rating: B
Extras Rating: N/A
Age Rating: 13 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.
MSRP: 29.99
Running time: 75
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Tenchi Muyo