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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: 29.99
  • Running time: 75
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Tenchi Muyo

Tenchi in Tokyo Vol. #2

By Sean Connolly     February 18, 2002
Release Date: February 06, 1999

The Review!
Ah yes...more Tenchi in Tokyo fun! The second disc contains three episodes in this new TV series based on the Tenchi Muyo! franchise and it continues the wackiness that the first disc introduced. This review might be kinda short considering most of everything is the same quality, but let's just move on and see.
First off, as always, the visuals. Like the first disc, the video is great with no visible pixellation that I could see. Like I said, nothing has changed here. It's the same great quality we've come to expect from Pioneer. Also, the subtitles are still white, and the little quirk with Sakuya's head in the opening sequence is still there. It's kind of amusing.

The audio is standard Dolby Digital 2.0, just like the first disc, and just like most TV series' that will appear on DVD. Just like the first disc, the audio is clean and clear like it should be. On the dub and sub issue, I much rather prefer the sub on this disc. It appears the original cast handles the wackiness much better then the dub cast, but that's expected though right? No offense to the fine English cast of course.

We move on to the packaging and the menu ( Two, two, two subjects in one! ). Both are pretty much the same. The cover on this disc features Ryoko in her new Space Pirate garb. Looks good to me. ^_^ Quick note, the back of the package has a picture of Tenchi with his new sword. I'll just say that that sword has got to be the ugliest sword I have ever seen in any anime ever ( and I've seen a lot, trust me ). The thing must weigh 50 pounds! Oh well. The menu is the same basic menu that even features the same extras as the last disc, more character design sketches. Yaaay.

Now to the meat of the review, the show itself! Well, this disc contains episodes 5-7 with 5 and 6 retaining the same wackiness has the first four episodes. However, things start to get interesting in episode 7. In this episode entitled " The Day We Met, " Tenchi travels back ( by taking a train? Why didn't he just use the inter-dimensional portal? Oh right...its out of order due to sunspots...right...) to Tokyo for a special party with the girls celebrating their anniversary of their arrival. It shows how the girls got there through some flashbacks and it's pretty interesting to watch as the animation quality is very good. It also shows how Sakuya follows Tenchi back to his home to do a very real thing, tell him how she feels about him. The other episodes are pretty good too. Episodes 5: Money! Money! Money! is very funny as the girls are broke and are forced to go out and work in Tokyo. It's cool to see how ( badly ) they handle employment in the series. I found it hilarious.

Now, a little bit more on Sakuya Kumashiro. Her character is very interesting to me as, like I said in the last review, she seems to more real to me then the other girls do. In episode 6: Play Date, she pulls Tenchi aside while he's in town with Sasami and talks with him about furthering their relationship. Needless to say, her reaction is very real for a girl her age ( of course, I could be wrong. Women are the most unpredictable things on the earth! ) and I found it interesting. Romantic relationships and their effects on the characters have never really been explored in any real detail in any of the Tenchi Muyo! series' ( with very few exceptions ) and it's interesting to see in the midst of all the SD and wackiness that goes on in the episodes.

The same applies here as with the first review. If you're a Tenchi fan, you'll either love it or hate it. If you're a casual fan, I'd suggest a rental first of this TV series. Anyways, I certainly enjoyed it. And the fact it's on DVD only helps it. I enjoy the slapstick comedy used in the series and I'm a sucker for SD. I'm certainly enjoying the series so far.

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