Tenchi Forever (Mania.com)

By:Greg Gray
Review Date: Monday, February 18, 2002
Release Date: Tuesday, August 31, 1999



The Review!
Tenchi Forever is the third Tenchi Muyo movie. It takes place in the Tenchi Muyo TV (Tenchi Universe) reality. Tenchi Forever is officially the end of the Tenchi franchise, and in my opinion it went out with style. For only 15 bucks, it is a great buy even if you aren't a huge fan of the Tenchi franchise (like me ^.~).
Audio: The audio is one of the best parts of this DVD. It fully supports Dolby Surround Sound, and is digitally mastered by THX. The dubbed version surprised me with above average voice acting. Also, the Japanese version is even better. The sound is crisp and clear, and listening to "Love Song"(the song in the ending credits) is worth the 15 bucks alone.

Video: Wow. That's what I said when I watched this for the first time. The animation is incredible, and is perfectly translated to the DVD format. The video flows smoothly and there is no break up at all. The movie is only about two years old, but the VHS version looked like the movie was at lest four years old. The DVD version looks incredible compared to the VHS release.

Packaging: The image on the front is definitely eye-catching. The back gives a good preview of the movie, without giving away many spoilers. There are the credits, which can be helpful if you want to know who worked on the production. The background has a naked woman coming out of a tree (That MIGHT influence some people's decision on weather to buy it or not). The way they listed the features disappointed me; the list of features is in a small box in the upper-right corner, and it doesn't list all of the features.
Menus: The menus look cool, with little cherry blossoms flying by. There is also a nice instrumental song playing. They are easy to navigate, as well.

Extras: The amount of extras disappointed me. There was a trailer, a teaser, and a line art gallery. The Trailer/Teaser were fun to watch a few times, but got old quickly. The Line Art Gallery was beautiful, but also got old quickly. I personally would have liked some more eye-catchers.

Content: This movie has a nice plot to it. Sure, it has the normal 'girl comes and trues to get Tenchi', but it also has a nice mystery feel to it. The Japanese voice actors were very emotional, and I almost cried during the part where Ryoko wanted to give up. Aside form the depressing moments; there are the humorous ones. I laughed out loud when Ryoko and Ayeka were fighting on top of a building.

The story begins when Tenchi walks up to a tree and is sucked inside. He is trapped in an alternate world by a girl named Haruna. The girls split up to find Tenchi. Sasami goes to Jurai, Keyoni and Mihoushi go to the Uneversal Science Academy, and Ryoko and Ayeka go to Tokyo. Ryoko and Ayeka keep spotting Tenchi, but he disappears seconds later. One day, Ryoko spots Tenchi and Haruna eating in the diner that they are working at. Ryoko is unable to touch Tenchi, and Haruna warps reality in order to get away. Washu makes a device to send Ryoko and Ayeka to Haruna's world. Tenchi cannot remember them and Haruna makes them leave.

Yosho, Tenchi's grandfather, reveals that Haruna is his dead wife and starts to cut open her tree. Haruna decides to finally rest in peace, and her reality starts to fall apart. Ryoko teleports there and Tenchi, who can now remember the past, leaves Haruna's reality. They all go home and live happily after ever.

The animation is done in a combination of the Tenchi Universe and Tenchi in Tokyo art styles. This combined style looks incredible. The music is great, especially the instrumentals. The ending theme, "Love Song", is beautiful. The voice acting is great in both the dubbed and Japanese versions.



Review Equipment
Sony 40" TV, Hitachi dv-p305 DVD/VCD player, Radio Shack component cable, Really Big Sony speakers



Mania Grade: A-
Audio Rating: A+
Video Rating: A+
Packaging Rating: A-
Menus Rating: B+
Extras Rating: N/A
Age Rating: 16 & Up
Region: 1 - North America
Released By: Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.
MSRP: 29.99
Running time: 95
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Tenchi Muyo