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  • Audio Rating: B+
  • Video Rating: B
  • 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: 90
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Tenchi Muyo

Tenchi Muyo OVA Vol. #3

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


Tenchi Muyo OVA Vol. #3
© Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.


What They Say
Tenchi begins to settle into the everyday chaos of having five beautiful alien girl in his house. What secrets will we learn about Sasami and Washu? And how will Tenchi and his friends do against their greatest challenge since Kagato - the baby!

Finally, Washu's experiment escapes from the lab and enables Ryo-ohki to become almost human! Will she use this opportunity to show her love for Tenchi?

Contains Episodes:
8. Hello! Baby
9. Sasami & Tsunami
10. I love Tenchi

The Review!
There?s more relaxation up ahead for Tenchi and the girls, but babies, ghosts, and aliens have to disrupt the peace.

Audio:

For my primary viewing session, I took in the original Japanese stereo track. There is little use of directionality and the majority of sound is directed towards the front sound stage. The music, sound effects, and dialogue are clear and distortion free.

Video:

Running at 90 minutes, Pioneer got a lot more leeway on how much video compression is needed. The print for this volume seemed to be in worse condition than the previous two volumes, but that is reflected in the Ultimate Edition as well. The video here is soft, and colors were solid. Episode 8 seemed a little dull in brightness, but I believe it?s the episode itself. I didn?t spot any rainbows or line shimmering.

Packaging:

The third volume features Ayeka, Sasami, and Tsunami on the cover. Considering the focus on the episodes on this DVD, it?s highly appropriate. The background is the same wood grained background, reminiscent of Planet Jurai?s trees. On the back, the episodes are listed by number, and there?s four shots from the episodes on this volume. Of course, there?s the usual spiel describing the episodes. Inside there?s a chapter insert with the front cover on one side, and a great shot of Sasami. The limited edition coin for this volume features Sasami.

Menu:

Pioneer uses a simple menu system here that is static and. The main menu uses the same image from the cover, and you can select Play Movie, Set-up, or Scene Selection. Menus were very responsive, and the language/subtitle selection had clear indicators on what choice was selected.

Extras:

None

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

In addition to a lot of comedy, we?ve got a lot of character development on this volume. The pacing in Tenchi is well done for the series. You?ve got some action, and then some comedy. Pioneer also added subs to the opening and ending songs, but they skip subbing a song that takes place during one of the episodes.

The first episode on this DVD, Hello! Baby, has Tenchi?s aunt dumping her newborn grandson child on him. Of course, with so many girls in the household, this should be an easy task. Mihoshi, Ayeka, and Ryoko immediately jump in trying to prove their worth to Tenchi but not a single one knows anything. The baby proves too much for them. Sasami mysteriously stays away from the child in another room. When everyone falls asleep, and the baby wanders into Washu?s lab, prepare to see another side of her.

Sasami and Tsunami brings about some startling information about Sasami and takes us back to the bathhouse of Tenchi?s aunt which was trashed earlier. This episode builds a lot on who Sasami is, plus a nice dose of character building for Ayeka also. The last episode on this DVD is I Love Tenchi which amazingly concentrates on our little cabbit, Ryo-Ohki. You would think the little parasite only cared about carrots, but there?s a little more running upstairs in the cabbit?s mind.

This DVD concentrates on character building, and mixes in a good amount of comedy as well. There isn?t any action really in these episodes, but it works well after the previous volume. It?s the character interaction that makes Tenchi enjoyable, and this DVD is filled with it.

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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