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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: 100
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Disc Resolution: 480i/p (mixed/unknown)
- Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
- Series: Tenchi Muyo
Tenchi in Tokyo Vol. #8
By Chris Beveridge
January 11, 2000
Release Date: January 11, 2000
Tenchi in Tokyo Vol. #8
What They Say
© Geneon Entertainment (USA), Inc.
Heartbreak and Conflict! Washu discovers Yugi’s secrets and reveals them to a stunned Tenchi. Tenchi rushes to Sakuya’s where he discovers Yugi and her crystal fortress. Tenchi is joined by the rest of the Tenchi Family to confront Yugi, but Tenchi must enter Yugi’s crystal fortress on his own. Will defeating Yugi mean the end of Sakuya?!
Tenchi In Tokyo #8: A New Ending includes:
Episode 23: Here, There, and Everywhere
Episode 24: Yugi's Shadow
Episode 25: The End of Time
Episode 26: PaybackThe Review!
And so with this volume, Tenchi in Tokyo concludes, leaving DVD fans with only the Tenchi Universe series and the Pretty Sammy incarnations left to come out. It'll be a bit of a wait, but I can see myself rewatching this series again in the meantime.
As with past releases, the audio quality for this TV series has been pretty good. The front soundstage is used fairly well with various directional effects thrown in. Dialogue is clean and undistorted in both languages.
The video is also quite good, though with a few bits of line noise mostly from the master source causing a few minor problems here and there, but nothing that would be distracting for the most part unless you're looking for it. Overall it's very comparable to the past seven releases for the quality.
The packaging definitely deserves an A just for finally getting a full blown Ryo-ohki picture there. All the other characters get a smaller picture behind our favorite cabbit on the front while Yugi gets the prime space on the back cover. As usual, there's a good amount of information on the back including the episode numbers (always a must when you don't number the discs themselves) as well as the creative teams behind the Japanese and U.S. release.
The menus also duplicate the last half of the series release with the simple static image in the background. The same kind of language selection problems occur on this disc, but the recent release of Nazca gives me hope that Pioneer is just keeping it the same on this release to keep things the same across each disc of the series. Otherwise, while functional and quick to access the selections, the menus are middle of the road.
But in the end, what really counts is the content, and this final disc in the series doesn't disappoint. And thankfully, this disc contained four episodes so it was a good solid viewing of the ending. The majority of the disc can pretty much be considered spoilers, so I won't be going into too much detail there (as I'm sure the alternate angle reviews will when they roll in), but there were things in these episodes that stand out as to why so many people like this show.
Simply, Tenchi is a good guy. He may not want to make a decision most of the time, but he's definitely a feeling and caring character and these things truly shine through in these final episodes. A mixture of sad moments combined with what is sure to be happiness for others are all over these episodes.
All in all, it's good to have more Tenchi on the shelf with all my other discs. The series has been a solid release since it started in January 1999 and has now come to it's completion here in January 2000.
English Language,Japanese Language,English Subtitles,Extra Stuff
Toshiba CF36H50 36" TV, Pioneer 414 codefree DVD player, Sony STR-DE915 DD receiver, Monster S-Video cable and Sony speakers.