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  • Audio Rating: A
  • Video Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: A
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.
  • MSRP: 29.99
  • Running time: 60
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Non-Anamorphic Widescreen
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Tenchi Muyo

Tenchi Muyo: Daughter of Darkness

By Chris Beveridge     March 31, 1998
Release Date: March 31, 1998

Tenchi Muyo: Daughter of Darkness
© Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.

What They Say
A Daughter of Darkness can only envy the light or succumb to it! On a hot summer day, a fetching young girl named Mayuka appears to Tenchi, calling him Daddy! Jealousy and envy follow as Ryoko and Ayeka battle for Tenchi's attention with an apparently new rival. Who could the mother be?! Hiding in the background, Yuzuha, the Demoness of Darkness, is about to get her revenge against Yosho for a grudge held for over 700 years! She begins her plan by using Mayuka to steal Tenchi away to the Dimension of Darkness. So it begins again. Tenchi must fight to save his friends and Mayuka, daughter or not!

The Review!
The follow-up movie to Tenchi Muyo In Love is just right - it's not deadly serious as that one. It's a very enjoyable romp, very similar to the early OVA episodes that you can find on laserdisc and VHS (very reasonably priced as well now). The story focuses on Mayuka, a young woman who claims to be Tenchi's daughter, who simply appears from nowhere and is just constantly beaming and giggly and happy. This, of course, causes nothing but disgust and distrust from Ryoko and Ayeka (Ryoko more though) as they try to figure out what this woman must be up to. Ryoko's convinced that she's here to kill Tenchi.

The truth of course, is that she is. The story takes the small turns as we learn more of Jurai's family from the past. I don't want to give too much away about the story, but suffice to say that it is well written and enjoyable. If you liked the first movie, and want to see them in a lighter frame of mind, then by all means snag this disc.

The sound on this is just perfect in the 5.1 track. Thankfully the recent releases by Pioneer have taken full use of this sound setup and the results have been near perfect each time. Even the English dub on this disc is great, though there is some concern that one or two voice actors were not present and were replaced by either others in the cast, or an unknown. Since Pioneer STILL refuses to give credit to the actors as to their characters, the average viewer is just unaware of who does who.

C'mon Pioneer, give us those seiyuu we want over here! :)

The video itself is, once again, near perfect. No complaints at all.

The menu system is better in this one than in the Tenchi Muyo In Love. You can move around the menu picks easier, and the graphics are more seamless as well. The Tenchi Encyclopedia that is included even has a very useful 'sub space network' menu where you can access all the information and not go through all the menus. Though you should use them at first... enjoy all aspects of what you buy!

I still dislike the packaging they use. The cardboard box with a jewel case in the bottom (a la early 80's cd releases) still seems poor. Case in point; in moving some of my titles around, I pulled this case towards me off the shelf, but I was only holding the upper portion. The jewel case slips out and there she goes to the ground below. Grumble grumble. :)

English and Japanese subtitles and credits,Closed captioned in English,Theatrical trailers,Tenchi Muyo Encyclopedia

Review Equipment
Toshiba CF36H50 36" TV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE915 DD receiver, Monster S-Video cable and Sony speakers.


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