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  • Audio Rating: B
  • Video Rating: B+
  • Packaging Rating: N/A
  • Menus Rating: B-
  • Extras Rating: C
  • Age Rating: 15 & Up
  • Region: 2 - Europe
  • Released By: MVM Entertainment
  • MSRP: £49.99
  • Running time: 420
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Tenchi Muyo

Tenchi Muyo OVA Box Set

By Bryan Morton     November 17, 2005
Release Date: November 07, 2005


Tenchi Muyo OVA Box Set
© MVM Entertainment


What They Say


The Review!
Tenchi Muyo! gets another UK outing, with some added Mihoshi goodness.

Audio:
Audio for the 3 OVA discs is provided in Japanese 5.1 and Japanese & English 2.0 versions. I listened primarily to the Japanese 5.1 track and spot-checked the other two audio tracks at various stages. While the 5.1 track doesn't make as much use of the rear channels as I would have liked, it is clear, with dialogue easy to pick out and no obvious problems. Both 2.0 tracks appear to be similarly problem-free, and the English track includes translated versions of the theme songs that are equally as good as the Japanese originals.

While the Mihoshi Special only has 2.0 soundtracks, the audio for these is again good and clear with a reasonable amount of direction. Again, there were no obvious problems.

Video:
Video is presented in its original 1.33:1 full-frame format, and looks good for its age. The picture is bright and colourful, and only a slight amount of graininess detracts from the quality. There were no obvious encoding problems.

Packaging:
No packaging was provided with our review copy.

Menu:
For the OVA disc menus, see the original reviews (linked at the end of this review). For the Mihoshi disc, Mihoshi in her GP uniform stands off to one side while the English version of the ending theme plays in the background. Submenus are provided for Setup, Scene select and Extras - these are all silent static screens, making the menus very quick to navigate.

Extras:
No extras are provided on the OVA discs. The Mihoshi Special comes with a few pieces of production line-art and a gallery of screenshots from the episode. Considering how much material there is out there for the Tenchi universe, it's disappointing that there's so little here.

Content: (please note that content portions of a review will contain spoilers)
This is a four-disc release. The first three discs contain the Tenchi Muyo! OVA episodes and are the same discs as last year's individual releases, so I'm not going to dwell on them too much here. Suffice to say that Tenchi is perhaps the best known anime "harem" series and a firm fan favourite, and in general it's deserving of the praise it gets. The adventures of Tenchi, Ryoko, Ayeka, Sasami, Wasshu and Mihoshi provide everything from comic to action-packed to bittersweet moments. That variety in the stories means that the setting doesn't get tired. Add in a great cast of characters you get a series that's hard not to like. If you missed the series first time around, check the reviews of the original discs, which are linked at the end of this review.

The fourth disc in the set brings something new to the mix in the form of the Mihoshi Special (or Galaxy Police Mihoshi's Space Adventure, if you want to use its full title), where Mihoshi spins an unlikely tale while trying to convince Sasami and the others that she really is a great detective, and not the airhead she appears to be. The way Mihoshi tells the story, all the key roles have been filled by the regular Tenchi cast. Space Pirate Ryoko has been raiding ships, stealing as much ultra-energy matter as she can get her hands on. GP Inspector Tenchi caught Ryoko red-handed during one of her raids, but wasn't able to capture her - instead, he was captured himself and is now missing, and his fiancÚ Ayeka is demanding action. After many (unspecified) adventures, Mihoshi, Kiyone and trainee detective Sasami manage to track down Ryoko's secret base, and head out to rescue Tenchi - but it seems Ryoko is only the flunky for an even greater criminal, the galaxy's greatest mad scientist, Wasshu...

It's obvious from the start that this story isn't intended to be taken seriously - with Mihoshi as the star of the show, that probably shouldn't surprise anyone. It is a lot of fun, though - Mihoshi's obviously making things up as she goes along ("after many adventures..."), and all the characters play to their usual personalities. The special is also notable for being the first appearance of a certain magical girl Pretty Sammy, which led to another spin-off OVA & TV series that sadly hasn't made it to UK shores yet.

OVA Disc reviews:
Disc one
Disc two
Disc three

In Summary:
Tenchi Muyo! is one of those series you really should try to see at some point, and having it presented in a reasonably priced set like this makes it even more appealing. The Mihoshi Special is a good extra, but I don't know that I would go out of my way to get it if I'd already bought the single releases.

Features
Japanese Language 5.1 (except Mihoshi Special),Japanese Language 2.0,English Language 2.0,English Subtitles,Mihoshi Special line-art & screenshot galleries

Review Equipment
Panasonic TX-W28R30P 28" widescreen TV; Pioneer DV-626D player; Acoustic Solutions DS-222 5.1 speaker system.

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