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- Audio Rating: A
- Video Rating: A
- Packaging Rating: A
- 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. #6
By Chris Beveridge
October 12, 1999
Release Date: October 12, 1999
Tenchi in Tokyo Vol. #6
What They Say
© Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.
Ryoko is shattered when she discovers Sakuya kissing Tenchi. Wandering aimlessly around Tokyo, she is attacked by mysterious robots! Hotsuma, one of Yugi's agents appears and tells Ryoko that the robots are Galaxy Police Bio-Roids and he begs her to leave the Earth for her own safety and to resume her career as a pirate.
Ryoko joins Hotsuma and they go on their first job to steal the most prized possession in the universe. While Ryoko is rusty, she is able to get inside the bank, where they are suddenly attacked by the Galaxy Police. Meanwhile Mihoshi and Kiyone manage to capture a criminal on the Galaxy's most wanted list, and are promoted to Headquarters. With their departure, Ayeka is left lonely and distraught.
Ayeka and Sasami are distraught over everyone's abandonment of the Masaki household, so they jump into Ryo-ohki and try to track them down. When they are pulled over by Kiyone and Mihoshi for speeding, Ayeka confronts Kiyone, and Kiyone indicates she cares more about her career than anyone else. Ayeka returns to Earth to try and enlist Tenchi into the effort to re-unite the Tenchi household, but he's having too much fun with Sakuya to care.The Review!
Six down, two more to go.
The sixth volume of Tenchi in Tokyo (A New Challenge) is definitely a departure from the norm. Even more so than previous episodes. Let's get into things.
There's some use of directionality on the front soundstage for these episodes, but nothing too major. Again, it's a TV episode so there's little rear surround going on at all, but the dialogue is clear and on the same level as everything else. I spot checked the English vocal track and things sounded good there as well.
The video presentation is quite good as well. I noticed only the faintest shimmering in a few key places but nothing that most people would see or even realize was there. Colors continue to look good and with many blacks and grays in these episodes, they're handled quite well. Tenchi in Tokyo is a good looking disc to be sure.
One thing that just about everyone's commented on after seeing the artwork for the cover is "Hmm, must be a change in there". Yup, with the dark blue and the "evil" characters taking center stage, this cover does give a good indication of what's inside. Thankfully, the spine is the same color as the rest of the series (and looks great with all the others!) and the back continues the dark coloring of the front. The back contains the usual amount of information which is fairly detailed (and something I'm glad to see) with both the Japanese and English folks involved as well as a brief description of the disc in it's entirety.
The menus still don't thrill me much, but I'm glad to see that the background images are being used from the show itself instead of the art deco style that was used on earlier discs. Menu selections move at a good pace and everything leads to where it should.
The rest of this review will contain spoilers in terms of the show itself. You've been forewarned.
These episodes must seriously tick off longtime Tenchi fans to some extent. At least some of them. A New Challenge presents a challenge to a certain segment of fandom in the continued portrayal of their favourite characters.... changing! Though these changes are being manipulated by Yuugi, they're changes nonetheless.
The first episode deals primarily with Ryoko's reaction to seeing Tenchi and Sakuya kiss and her somewhat downward spiral into despair. A "chance" meeting with Hotsuma, and she remembers what she really is, the Space Pirate Ryoko and heads back into the stars to do what she does best.
The second and third episodes follows up with a caper with her and Hotsuma as well as bits with the newly promoted Kiyone and Mihoshi (golly, all the way to Pluto!). Ayeka senses something afoot and tries to get everyone that's left involved (as well as finding those who left).
The primary focus, if you couldn't tell, of these three episodes is the breakup of the close knit family. While many will disagree, many will see the changes by Ryoko to be accurate and in the right direction, again, even if manipulated.
There are some slow sections in these episodes (noticeably during some of Ayeka's scenes) but they're all pieces of the plot and character development that goes on. Ryoko's scenes tend to be full of energy (which is pleasant after her recent slump) but there's just a great energy in the scenes that contain Sakuya.
Was I the only one who was piqued by the thought of her in a swimsuit by the beach? Heh. The scenes with her we learn bits of Tenchi's past memories with his mother, he talks of taking Sakuya to the beach and other things.
Based on what I've seen so far (which could naturally change abruptly during the last disc), I'd love to see another Tenchi TV series with just the two of them. No wacky aliens around them, just a Kimagure Orange Road style show.
Japanese Language,English Language,English Subtitles
Toshiba CF36H50 36" TV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE915 DD receiver, Monster S-Video cable and Sony speakers.