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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: 95
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Non-Anamorphic Widescreen
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Tenchi Muyo
Tenchi Muyo: Tenchi Muyo In Love
By Sean Connolly
February 18, 2002
Release Date: September 30, 1997
The GP headquarters has vanished. One word is left...'Kain.' The merciless criminal Kain has escaped from sub-space where he has been captured! Kain, who was deprived of his freedom by the Jurai royal family and the Galaxy Police has demolished GP headquarters and attacked the Jurai King. His next target is earth! Around the same time on earth, Tenchi's house has suddenly disappeared. What's even worse is that Tenchi's body is disappearing too! Something must have happened in the past to Tenchi's mother, Achika! So the gang must now leave for a journey to the year, 1970!"
I love you Pioneer, I really do, but let me write the summaries on the backs of your boxes PLEASE! Anyways, to clarify, there's no attacking of a Jurai King, but there is some good old fashioned Time Travel!
Tenchi Muyo in Love is the first ever movie based on the Tenchi Muyo! franchise. Based totally on the 1st Tenchi TV series, this picks up where the TV series leaves off. like it said up there, Kain has escaped from his GP prison and looks to get his revenge on the people of Jurai. So, he travels back to the year 1970 and kills Tenchi's mom! So, of course, when Tenchi starts disappearing in the present day, they know something is up. So, good ol Washu sends them back to the year 1970 to keep tabs on Tenchi's mom and to make sure Kain doesn't touch her.
Quick question, why doesn't Kain just go directly to Jurai? And why pick time travel? Gah! There's a plot device that's just begging for complaints right there. Ah well, then there wouldn't be a plot I guess. Anyways, all of your favorite characters from the Tenchi TV series show up in this, most with limited time on screen. Which is good, because there's a little romance going on in this movie as well. We finally get to see both Nobuyuki ( Tenchi's Father ) and Achika together when they were teens. I just love a good budding romance. *sniff*
Anyways, no to the review portion of this DVD! Did I mention this was my first DVD ever? Yep, this disc holds a special place in my heart. Anyways, here we go:
The picture is brilliant. Crisp, bright colors along with deep, rich blacks and blues just goes to show that animation can look simply gorgeous on disc. The sound is just as good with both English and Japanese tracks in blazing Dolby Digital 5.1. Even my girlfriend loves the sound on this disc.
The extras are cool too. There's motion menus that lag a bit, but that's cool considering this was one of the first Pioneer DVDs out. There's production notes with director's comments, an interview with the composer Christopher Franke ( Go Tangerine Dream man! ) and various Trailers and TV spots. There's also lyrics for the ending theme, " Alchemy of Love." Very cool stuff that I *still* go back and watch today.
Besides the cookie-cutter villain in Kain ( "I'm created just for revenge!" ) and the bad plot device in time travel, this movie is great! My beef with Kain is not Kain himself, just that we don't see any of the mounting hatred towards Jurai or anything, just that he goes out and travels back in time and kills Tenchi's mom. Eh? Ah well, that's ok, luckily, the movie stayed focused more of the romance between Nobuyuki and Achika which is this movie's true saving grace.
If you're a Tenchi Muyo fan, you've already seen this movie, if you don't have this disc, get it right now. If you're new to Tenchi Muyo, you might be better off starting with the Tenchi Universe ( 1st Tenchi TV series ) since this movie is based off of that series. Actually, if you're new to everything Tenchi, see them all! - Sean Connolly
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