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  • Audio Rating: A+
  • Video Rating: A+
  • Packaging Rating: N/A
  • Menus Rating: A
  • 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

Tenchi Forever

By Julian Yuri Tacher     February 18, 2002
Release Date: August 31, 1999

The Review!
OK. Why if everybody else is raving about this DVD am I giving it such a low content rating?. Well, I have not been a Tenchi fan for a very long time. Basically I got started after reading some glowing reviews on the Boxed set that came out a few months ago, and decided to take the plunge, since DVD Express usually has pretty good deals. SO I received the box set and loved it. Very entertaining series, especially since my dream of having all of Ranma on DVD hasn't happened yet. Anyway, ever since I have purchased the rest of the Tenchi movies, and enjoyed them too, to a certain degree. I haven't gotten into the Tenchi in Tokyo series yet, but might end up sometime soon. Now what does all this have to do with this movie? Well, frankly, I fell in love with Tenchi (pun intended) for the humor, and the strong characters. What on earth happened here?

First off, while Tenchi is always a bit wishy washy about choosing who he's going to end up with, his character is always very strong. Not so here, where he is a rag doll that gets tossed around all the time. If they had replaced him with a paper bag in this story and called it Tenchi, the same thing would have happened. He is a non-entity.

Next, or 2 wonderful leading ladies are turned from stubborn, emotional women that can bake a cake and kick ass too, into 2 whimpering girls that have almost no will, just walking around blindly, until they catch a glimpse of Tenchi. Then they burst into action, lose him and fall crying. In one part, Ryoko gets hit by a car and STUMBLES AND STOPS. This does NOT go with a character who we where introduced to by destroying a school without even getting excited. And adding insult to injury, the car isn't even dented. Everything we know of these 2 characters is apparently lost somehow, to the point of Ayeka waking in the night and asking Ryoko in a frightened panic, who was the girl they saw Tenchi with. If they ahd seen him with this girl for more than 1 second, I could understand some concern. But all they saw was a 1 second GLIMPSE, and they weren't even laughing.

Forget about all the other wonderful characters in the series. They only make token appearances, and they could just have easily not shown up at all for all the good it does. In the end, I didn't even bother watching the credits, as the story was so vapid and thin I was bored and disappointed.

So overall, this is a technically masterful release, Pioneer sure knows how to make DVD's. But the Tenchi people must have been replaced by the same guys that wrote Titanic and nobody noticed.

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