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  • Audio Rating: A
  • Video Rating: A
  • Packaging Rating: A
  • 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: 75
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
  • Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
  • Series: Tenchi Muyo

Tenchi in Tokyo Vol. #3

By Chris Beveridge     April 20, 1999
Release Date: April 20, 1999

Tenchi in Tokyo Vol. #3
© Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.

What They Say
The Anniversary of the Tenchi Extended Family! Tenchi returns to his hometown for the anniversary celebration of the arrival of the alien girls. However, when Sakuya follows Tenchi home, Ryoko and Ayeka almost turn the party into a war! The situation only gets worse when all of the alien girls' crystal pendants disappear shortly after Sakuya arrives. Who is the real thief!? Later, in a suburb of Tokyo, an old ruin is discovered and Tenchi and his friends fall into a cavern beneath the ruins. There, they discover an empty 3,500-year-old sarcophagus, and two very hostile Jurai Guardians looking for the contents!

The Review!
The audio on the third disc of Tenchi in Tokyo shows that hands down, Pioneer knows what they're doing. There's no evident distortion and they make good use of the front soundstage with this 2.0 Dolby Digital mix. Dialogue is very clean and moves along the speakers without notice.

The video aspect also shows once again that Pioneer knows their trade well. I could find not hint of pixellation or any artifacting. The video was extremely smooth throughout, and the colors were well balance and looked right on the money. Excellent transfer.

Thankfully this disc is in a black keepcase, keeping in accordance with the previous two. I had wondered if they were going to shift to white, as they did with Battle Athletes Victory, but so far so good. The cover artwork is good and fits the show well. The back cover gives a good synopsis of the disc, lists all the episodes on there and contains a boatload of credits. Good design job in keeping it full but not busy.

Curiously, this package is label as a Region 1 and Region 4 release. I went and double checked the first two discs, and they're both region 1 only. Is this a new shift in policy? I know they've released a few other shows in dual region, but to change midway through the series is kind of strange.

The menu. What's in the menu? Something people have been asking for, and receive in spades this time: scene access menus! Each episode gets its own page, and has more chapter selections than we're probably used to. This is a huge bonus to this disc, and something that I hope they implement across the board.

As for the show itself? I'm still really enjoying it. As we get closer to the halfway point, the super deformed aspects of it, while still there, are beginning to tone down some as other darker aspects start moving into place. Revelations about the "evil" character are made, more is revealed about the girls coming to Earth and much more.

And probably something that I think has been sorely missing from all previous TV & OVA's in the Tenchi canon, some serious emotion. The two minute scene between Sakuya and Tenchi in episode ten was perfect, and something that I can't recall seeing during any other episode of all previous works. That portion has enamored me completely of this series.

Sakuya rules. :)

Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles,Credit-less Opening & Endings,Collectable Postcard,TV Commercial Spot

Review Equipment
Toshiba CF36H50 36" TV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE915 DD receiver, Monster S-Video cable and Sony speakers.


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