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  • Audio Rating: A
  • Video Rating: B
  • 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. #6

By Mike Kiefl     February 18, 2002
Release Date: October 12, 1999



The Review!
One thing really struck me when I first picked up this installment of the Tenchi in Tokyo series: the darker tone on the cover. Up until now, it's been a light, sky-blue scene in Tokyo with Tenchi and/or the girls (excluding #3). In this release, there is a dark background scene featuring Yuugi's henchmen/women, yet it still keeps the light blue spine for consistency. I like how they did it this way because I think it reflects on the darker tone of this disc. My only gripe with the cover is that they leave too much empty space on the back. The casing is just a standard black keepcase that you see on nearly every DVD release. I like!

The menu is the same, great layout as last time. It gets the job done efficiently and effectively, and the background art is great too! It is good and fast: I believe Pioneer is honing their DVD-making skills very well. The extras this time are just conceptual art for these particular episodes. While this is pretty cool, I miss the music videos that they had on the last two releases, but I guess they ran out of those.

The video is a big step down from last time. While disc 5 was basically artifact-free, this disc not only is packed with the infamous white fuzz, but also loaded with a grainier picture. The white fuzz appears most often during the first episode, especially during shot changes. The picture just keeps getting grainier and grainier too. I personally think Pioneer could've done better. Ironically, I think the quality of the actual art and animation was better in these episodes. Yep, that really makes sense.

As for audio, I can't really comment on front soundstage usage, as I am using a mono TV. The music for this show, however, continues to be excellent. It's always fun to go to my dad's TV and hear it in house-shaking loudness with a Dolby ProLogic decoder and 5 channels.

As for the content, this is where the disc loses it all. The 3 episodes on this disc can basically be summed up in one, maybe one-and-a-half episodes. The parts with Ryoko, and even the parts with Kiyone and Mihoshi, are interesting, while the downtime with Ayeka gets really boring. They could've filled this up with something interesting, like the earlier filler episode with cabbits on the moon, but they chocked this up full of empty downtime. Yawn! If you see the preview at the end of disc 5, read the back-cover summary for this disc, and then buy disc 7, you probably wouldn't have missed anything. If I wasn't a completionist and if I didn't know that this series jumpstarts again sometime in the next disc, I'd probably give up on the series now. Don't though, I know the ending of the series is good. If you haven't seen this, or any other Tenchi series before, don't jump in here. Your last chance to actually know what's going on was back in disc 5. No matter what your situation is, if you don't feel the urge to have all 8 discs in a row on your shelf, then you don't need this one.



Review Equipment
DVD-ROM drive from Sony PC, viewed on a 20" Sony Trinitron TV with a single mono speaker

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