Tenchi Muyo! Bikkuri! no maki (of 1) (Mania.com)
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What They Say
This DVD contains Episode 13 of the Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Oh-Ki OVA series (''Kou Kitarinaba..."). It also includes an OVA Extra Episode & Sound File (I'll get to what those are later).
My biggest complaint is the packaging. Jewel case? Why? I'll never understand why companies choose to use these over nicer cases, except that they're probably cheaper. The cover art is very nice, though, with the King of Jurai in the background and Funaho, Lady Misaki (Ayeka's mother), and a young Yoshou in the foreground. There's a nice picture of Kiyone on the back, and the fold out inside the cover has a great picture of Washuu on it. There was also a little insert included that is apparently some sort of mini-manga. The hiragana at the top says "Te n chi o ni ya - DVD Edition."
It stars Tenchi, Ayeka, Washuu, Ryoko, and Sasami. All of them in 8 tiny cells, amazing!
The disc itself is beautiful! Why weren't we graced with such great disc art for our R1s? Oh well. Its got a smaller picture of the cover art as well as a very colorful arrangement of the title of the DVD and its contents.
The audio options are very nice - you have your choice of Dolby Digital 5.1 channel Japanese, Dolby 2.0 Japanese, Dolby 2.0 English, and even a Japanese 5.1 DTS track. Sorry I don't have a DTS receiver (damn one-model-higher-that-came-out-the-day-after-I-bought-mine.) but all of the
other audio tracks sounded very good.
The video quality of episode 13 looks pretty good. It's not glorious, but it's just about exactly the same as the region 1 Ultimate box set. The Sound File and OAV Extra episode are both good quality as well, nothing to complain about here.
Now lets get to the real reason I bought this DVD. The OAV Extra is known as the Bangaihen, or side story. To us Tenchi Muyo connoisseurs, though, it 's referred to as The Mihoshi Special. It's an episode where Mihoshi tells a story about one of her adventures, but she casts the Tenchi Muyo gang as the characters in the story. Now, this episode is very funny and interesting on its own, but there are two important extra things in it. We meet two characters for the first time - Detective First Class Kiyone, Mihoshi's unfortunate partner... And you also meet for the first time the incredible Pretty Sammy (OK, so its just Sasami. but they're as different as Clark Kent and Superman!), who ends up getting her own series.
The next main part of the DVD is what's known as the Sound File. It's a series of "Music Videos" that show scenes from the series while playing music and songs. Many of the songs are sung by or feature the Tenchi Muyo Japanese seiyuu. One of the Sound Files is actually the intro to the Pretty Sammy series, which features a really great song. Another one of the files features some very naughty scenes of Ayeka.
As far as extras go, there are a few short trailers for upcoming (at the time) DVDs, LDs, cassettes, and (mostly) soundtracks. I can't read all the names, but they all look very cool. Some of the ones that I can tell are: Parallel Trouble Adventure (Dual!), Amazing Nurse Nanako, Battle Athletess Dai Un Do Kai, Pretty Sammy, and of course Tenchi Muyo. There's also a commercial for Manabi Mizuno's first album, "Pop Drops."
Overall, it's a wonderful purchase! You never know when (or if) the Mihoshi Special will be released in the US, and the Sound Files probably never will be.
Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1 Language,
Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0 Language,
Japanese DTS 5.1 Language,
English 2.0 Language
Sony STR-DE825 Dolby Digital 5.1 receiver, Pioneer 525 Codefree DVD player, Panasonic 19" television.
Mania Grade: A
Audio Rating: A
Video Rating: A+
Packaging Rating: B
Menus Rating: A-
Extras Rating: N/A
Age Rating: All
Region: 2 - Japan
Released By: Geneon Entertainment, Japan
Running time: 105
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Tenchi Muyo