Tenchi Forever (Mania.com)

By:Edmund Lee
Review Date: Friday, February 22, 2002
Release Date: Tuesday, August 31, 1999

The Review!
Back when my first experience with Tenchi was with the OAVs, I had a chance to check out the Universe TV series and that was not the greatest thing I had expected out of Tenchi. However I was surprise with this movie. Not to mention I'm testing out the new widescreen TV.

The final movie that follows on the Tenchi TV series, it is quite a change from the regular norm that is all that is Tenchi. It starts off when Tenchi was drawn into a parallel surreal world created out of an unfulfilled love from Yosho's past. A woman named Haruna. As six months past, the girls of his household still continue to search for his whereabouts. As the movie progress, the girls come closer and closer to finding him. But they still have to find out who Haruna really is and why she is doing all this. This leads them to discover the reasons why Yosho disappeared from Jurai and the history of the Masaki family. As time is running out, Ayeka and Ryoko have to travel to the parallel world and rescue Tenchi from Haruna's clutches, but would that be enough?

By far it is one of the most enjoyable movies I've see. I like how this movie has a more matured feel to it. An aspect that isn't really touched up on much in the other Tenchi incarnations. There's none of this silliness (well at the start and somewhere in the middle) that plagues the series, it's just a pure, emotionally driven, drama movie. Something I really like with my anime. And the greatest thing I like about this movie is how Tenchi becomes more focus and how much more he has matured during his time with Haruna. In all the other incarnation, he's really indecisive, but by the end of the movie, you can see who he really likes/love. Oh, and did I forget to mention the music? Like a good drama, there has to be a good soundtrack. The music has this melancholy feel, and it fits the situation of the movie perfectly.

Ok, the video of this movie looked great on my setup. No noticeable shimmering, distortion, bleeding and what ever artefacts that plagues DVD video. If there is one thing to fault though is how the images seem rather soft, but I believe it is done intentionally by the animators.

The audio is pretty good. Both languages sounded good with no noticeable dropouts and such. Since it's mostly a dialogue driven movie, the center channel is mostly used, while the other channels are to give the music a greater feel and depth.

Extras included are nothing more than a couple of trailers and some sketches and artwork.

The dub is by far one of the best out of the entire Tenchi series. It feels like all the VAs took their roles seriously, unlike the Universe ones, which feels like it's really dragging on and on. Most noticeable is how Matt Miller not having to go to his young Tenchi role like he usually does, but sound like the mature person Tenchi is in the movie. Overall, if you are familiar with the dub cast ever since the beginning, you won't be disappointed.

Definitely a must get. Not only that, the price point helps make the decision much easier.

Review Equipment
Panasonic SA-HT80, Panasonic TX-76PW10A 32" Widescreen 100hz/Progressive Scan, standard S-video cables

Mania Grade: A
Audio Rating: A-
Video Rating: A-
Packaging Rating: B-
Menus Rating: B-
Extras Rating: C+
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