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- Audio Rating: A+
- Video Rating: A
- Packaging Rating: A
- Menus Rating: B+
- 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 Jared Wietbrock
February 18, 2002
Release Date: March 31, 1998
Well, this is certainly different from the other two movies. While Tenchi in Love and Tenchi Forever take themselves almost totally seriously (which works very well, I thought), Daughter of Darkness is definitely more in the spirit of the OVAs. It's just plain fun.
The story of Daughter of Darkness begins when, out of the blue, a girl named Mayuka appears and starts calling Tenchi "Daddy". Naturally, the rest of the Tenchi girls start freaking out, especially Ryoko and Ayeka. And after Washu's DNA testing proves she really is Tenchi's daughter, well, look out. Complicating matters further is the Demoness of Darkness, Yuzuha. She has her own plans for Mayuka, and isn't going to let anyone get in her way.
Like I said earlier, Daughter of Darkness is just a fun movie. It certainly got the most laughs out of me (the scene with Mayuka and Tenchi in the bathhouse is priceless). In fact, it seems to follow the same general pattern of story as the first six OVAs. It starts up as incredibly funny, but gradually turns more serious and culminates in a battle between good and evil.
I read somewhere that this movie had only half the budget as Tenchi in Love, but I could hardly tell. Okay, Tenchi in Love does look slightly better in terms of animation, but I like the return of all the bright, happy colors in this film (the other two movies are a bit darker than I would think of for Tenchi). Of course, Daughter of Darkness is also shorter, which may explain why it looks as good as it does.
However, I think Daughter of Darkness is a little too short. Portions of the film seem rushed to me, especially the beginning. The characters are just spastic for the first fifteen minutes or so. Also, by the end of the film I still didn't know what Yuzuha's problem was. For all I know she was just bored and picked Tenchi out of the blue to be her entertainment.
By the way, Daughter of Darkness has probably the best extra I've ever seen in the Tenchi Encyclopedia. It's full of information on the characters, including lots of tidbits I didn't know. Even better, the entire thing is cross-referenced and has lots of video clips. The only problem I have with it is that it includes no info on Tenchi in Tokyo or Tenchi Forever, but that's what the version with the OVAs is for.
Tenchi the Movie 2 is just as good as any of the other films in the franchise, and a definite keeper. Plus, it's only fifteen bucks! No Tenchi fan has should be without it.
KHL DVD 221; RCA 21" TV