Mania Grade: A
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- Audio Rating: A
- Video Rating: A
- Packaging Rating: B+
- 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
By Jared Wietbrock
February 18, 2002
Release Date: August 31, 1999
The most recent piece of Tenchi anime produced, Tenchi Forever bears little resemblance to its predecessors. Yes, they have the same characters, but that's about it. I don't think I laughed once during this film, but then again its not a comedy. Instead, Tenchi Forever is a very serious love story that is a worthy addition to the Tenchi franchise.
A lot of fans seem to wish this, along with Tenchi in Tokyo, never happened. I don't see why. I enjoyed both, and I personally like the fact that Tenchi has other love interests besides Ryoko and Ayeka (wouldn't want to see him end up with one of these other girls, but like seeing them help flesh out his personality).
In this flick, Tenchi is transported to an alternate dimension by the lonely Haruna,
leaving his family behind. Of course, Ryoko and Ayeka aren't going to just stand by and let this happen, and go searching for Tenchi. However, the person they find has forgotten all about them and is several years older than when they left. What follows is a subtle drama of the girls trying to win Tenchi back and return things to the way they were.
Haruna, I think, is one of the best new characters introduced to the Tenchi universe in a while. For the most part, she's a very sympathetic character, but there are a few scenes where her fierce, ruthless inner determination comes out. What you get is a character who you want to see get what she wants, but totally disagree with her methods of achieving that goal.
Unfortunately, the movie is about the only thing you get on this disc. There are absolutely zero extras aside from chapter stops (and the Japanese language track, but that's something I expect on every anime release). And the menus suck. They're functional, but not much to look at. Still, I buy DVDs primarily for the anime contained on them, so the lack of extras or pretty menus doesn't really bother me. Plus, its only $15. Worth having in any Tenchi fan's collection.