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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: A-
  • Packaging Rating: B
  • Menus Rating: B-
  • Extras Rating: N/A
  • Age Rating: 13 & Up
  • Region: 1 - North America
  • Released By: Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.
  • MSRP: 24.98
  • Running time: 105
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Tenchi Muyo

Tenchi Muyo OVA Vol. #2

By Andrew Tei     October 14, 2003
Release Date: March 18, 2003


Tenchi Muyo OVA Vol. #2
© Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.


What They Say
Now that Tenchi has four beautiful alien girls living in his house, his definition of reality has changed, but his real test is about to arrive! The evil Kagato wants the power of Tenchi's sword and is powerful enough to make Ryoko betray Tenchi! Tenchi leads the whole gang against Kagato's fortress in space, but if they are going to win, they will need help from unexpected places!

The Review!
With the girls of the series now pretty much set up, it?s time to introduce some conflict with the coming of Kagato who?s after Tenchi?s sword. Tenchi must learn even more about his heritage.

Audio:

There are two soundtracks on this DVD, Japanese 2.0 and English 2.0. For my primary listening session, I took in the original Japanese track. As normal with an older release, there is very little use of directionality and most sound is directed towards the front sound stage. Everything is clear though, and I didn?t hear any distortions.

Video:

With the second volume being only 105 minutes, Pioneer had a lot more room to play around with. I?ll bring up the Tenchi Ultimate Edition comparison first. This time, I found the video quality to be equivalent between the two releases. A grainy feel is present in the picture, and there is evidence of artifacting in various dark shades of blue. The picture is bit soft, but there were no rainbows or lime shimmering.

Packaging:

Mihoshi takes front stage on the second cover, with Kagato in the background and Washu silhouetted. Of course, Mihoshi has that vacant expression we?re all familiar with. Volume numbers on the front and spine, and the back lists the names of the three episodes present on the DVD. Four shots are included from the show, including one of Tenchi during his examination by Washu. Inside we have an insert that has the front cover on one side, and Ayeka raising a finger with the chapter list besides her. A limited edition coin featuring Ayeka is also included, while supplies last. The coin is encased in plastic.

Menu:

Pioneer uses a simple menu system here that is static and soundless. The main menu uses the same image from the cover, and you can select Play Movie, Set-up, or Scene Selection. Standard menus.

Extras:

None

Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)

Now that we have a team together, it?s time to strength their togetherness by introducing an enemy.

Now that there are a bunch of guests staying at his house, Tenchi has a lot of chores to handle. Ryoko, Ayeka, and Mihoshi spend their time bathing, while Sasami tries to help with the cleaning and cooking. Everything is pretty peaceful for a while, until the reason why Mihoshi was first sent to the solar system shows up, Kagato, a galactic criminal.

Kagato has come to Earth to gather the power from Tenchi?s sword, which is apparently a key to the House of Jurai?s power. Things get complicated when it?s discovered that Kagato can control Ryoko and Tenchi?s grandfather?s past finally gets revealed. After a battle, Kagato takes Ryoko into space with him, so it?s up to the rest of the crew to go rescue her.

While on the rescue, the crew meets up with Washu, a genius scientist who?s responsible for creating Ryoko and Ryo-Ohki. The gang discovers that her help will be necessary to finally defeat Kagato. In addition, Tenchi must learn the true extent of his powers if they ever hope to defeat Kagato.

The last episode of on the DVD, The Night Before Carnival, returns the comedy to full force after all the drama and action of the previous two episodes. One of the funniest anime scenes of all time takes place as Washu tries to discover the source of Tenchi?s power through a careful medical examination, including all of his bodily fluids.

There is one more technical point that I?d like to cover that applies to the first volume also. Only one subtitle track is present on the DVD, and it?s the literal subtitle track. Since the video isn?t overlayed, there are untranslated signs on screen. I wish Pioneer had gone back to produce a signs only subtitle track.

I enjoyed the episodes on this DVD a lot more than the first volume. It?s got the right combination of action, drama, and humor that has made Tenchi the classic it is, plus our cast is finally gathered. Washu is hilarious, and I always enjoy the scenes that show how much Ryoko actually cares for Tenchi.

Features
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Toshiba 3109 to a Toshiba 36? Cinema Series via component, Pioneer VSX-810S receiver via optical, Cerwin Vega front speakers, Pinnacle center and rears


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