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

By:Tania Tia Gatdula
Review Date: Monday, February 18, 2002
Release Date: Tuesday, January 11, 2000

The Review!
If you have read previous reviews of 'Tenchi in Tokyo' or you have been purchasing the volumes as they are released, there is not that much to say about the Audio, Video, Packaging, and Menu. Pioneer has been pretty consistent with this series. The Japanese Audio track was crisp and clear. I can't comment on the English dub though. The Video quality was good. The images were sharp, with no distortion and the colors were rich. Pioneer provides you with an easy to use Amaray keepcase, a postcard, and a Chapter Stop insert. Unfortunately the Menus are like before - a little confusing because you initially can't tell which is the highlighted selection. The Extras section includes a No-Credits version of 'Sakuya's Ending' and a conceptual art gallery.

So, what about content? If you are a fan of Tenchi Muyo, you should not be disappointed. The last four episodes of this series tie everything up in a way that one expects a Tenchi series to end - Sakuya is finally explained, the conflict with Yugi is resolved, and life goes back to normal, Tenchi Muyo normal that is. If the series were ended any other way, it would be completely out of character.

However, it's the predictable ending that made it a little disappointing. It was a little too similar to previous Tenchi Muyo series - one movie in particular. I understand that there is probably no other way to end this show, given the characters and the development of the story, but I was hoping for something a little different.

Regardless, I really enjoyed the whole series. Some of the episodes were very well written. I liked Sakuya and I think that Yugi is one of the most sympathetic and amicable villains out there. I don't regret picking up this title at all. I am a huge Tenchi Muyo fan and I always will be. Several months from now, when I rewatch the show, I'll still like it.

Review Equipment
Panasonic DVD P10, Sony 32" Television, Pioneer VSX-D1S Dolby Surround Sound Receiver, 5 Speaker set up w/ Sub Woofer, Monster Cable Speaker cables, S-Video Cable

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: 100
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Tenchi Muyo