Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Tenjho Tenge - Round One Series Box|
Genres: Television, Anime & Manga, Animation
Souichiro and Bob want to rule their new school, but just as they begin cracking heads, their plan is shot to hell. First there's the Natsume sisters and their Juuken Club. If the older sister, Maya, isn't kicking their ... more »
High Schoolers With Super Powers
Antonio D. Paolucci | Beaver Falls, PA | 11/15/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is an anime about high-schoolers with super powers. Wow, that's the most amazing thing I've ever heard twenty times. Seriously, this type of anime has been done almost as often as the giant-robot type of anime, only without as much success. In fact, should you ask me, I'd say that Tenjho Tenge is the best in this genre of anime. But that's isn't saying in anyway its a perfect anime (Evangelion is a perfect anime, and the absolute best in the genre).
The worst part of this anime is the characters. They, all of them, have been done before. There's the main protagonist with hidden powers, his sidekick, a mentor/love interest, a girl with a crush on the protagonist, and many all-powerful bad guys that the characters seem to overcome despite being vastly weaker than them, plus an over-lord type antagonist that makes an appearance later. It seems that, when the creators sat down, they took a formula plot, added names to all the cliches, and went with the idea until they ran out of cool ideas for bad guys.
Another bad part about this anime is the animation. Not only are all the women drawn with ridiculously large breasts, but the animation is generic and not as varied as I like. There must be differences between the characters, and as of this moment the only character that is actually different is the black character Bob.
Now, with most of the negatives out of the way, there are a few standout features in this anime. First, the opening credits are incredibly attractive, with all those characters dancing to a great soundtrack. Second, the action here is awesome and brutal, though sometimes interspersed with redundant bad guy talk (who isn't tired of the long expository moments where the bad guy reveals his powers with words and not with actions). Thirdly, there is quite a bit of fan-service, meaning bouncing breasts, almost naked women, men in tight fighting outfits, and even a romance in progress, making Tenjho Tenge appealing to all sexes.
The story itself is also decent (though still not original). Two students transfer from their old school, where they were the best fighters, to their new school, where they promptly catch quite the butt-whooping at the hands of one of the smaller "fighting clubs." Thus, they begin their training with the Juken Club (the one responsible for the butt-whooping) to overcome their weaknesses, but in the process they make enemies with the Student Executive Council, the most powerful fighters in the school, and find themselves in numerous life and death battles. And all of the enemies, despite their numbers, seem to have a history, making them only slightly more realistic. Also involved are two voluptuous sisters, one making up for her past, the other attempting to make a future, and a boy whose brother runs the Student Executive Council.
Pros and Cons Key:
+ Good opening credits
+ Great actions when it's actually happening
+ Plenty of fan-service for all kinds of people
+ Decent story
- Too much chat in action scenes
- Generic animation meant solely for fan-service
- As used a plot as there ever was
If you're a fan of high school beat-em ups, this is probably one of the best. If you're into the most basic of story and enjoy solid action, Tenjho Tenge is one of the best. If you like great anime with that is excellent all around, then I wouldn't recommend this.
D. O'Regan | New Jersey | 09/18/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This anime is one of my favorites! It's got action, comedy, romance, drama and more. I love these types of anime. It's a little violent but that's all good. I can't believe what people said about this being bad! I love it so much. I can't wait until I get the second one, I am so exicted to watch it. And theme song is so catchy. If you like action and an interesting plot and comedy then this anime is for you. By the way, I am a big fan of fruits basket, inuyasha, pretear, vampire princess Miyu and the old DBZ. So if you have an interest in any of them I suggest to you."
Awsome martial arts action
John W. Leon | USA | 12/20/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Two street fighting punks enter their 10th high school after "conquering" the previous 9 hoping to continue their reign of terror. Unfortunately for them they have entered toughest school in the world, a school dedicated to martial arts. Needless to say, they haven't got a chance in hell...until the "weakest" club takes them on as new members.
Tenjho Tenge is filled with incredible action that can be defined as a mix of every single martial arts video game out there. The comedy is on par with any Jackie Chan flick. A must for any serious action/martial arts fan out there. The only major flaw that keeps this from being enjoyable to all above the age of 13 is the apparent fixation of having every single female character in the series with DD size breasts, almost to the point where it overshadows an excellent anime series. If you hate this exploitation of the female anatomy (no matter how beautiful it is :) ) steer away from this series. But if you are willing to tolerate this flaw, have at it. You won't be dissapointed.
Rated 16+ for language, bloody martial arts violence, and sensuality."
More than you think at first glance
Ron Harris | 03/23/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When I purchased this anime I was a little afraid that it would suck and just be all about fanservice. Even though it has some fanservice, not enough to completely distact you. The first episode starts out as a normal highschool day until two guys show up causing a ruckus and beating up anyone that looked at them funny, Nagi and Bob. They get stopped by what seemed to be a little girl and a weak guy, Maya and Masataka. Turns out the little girl is really their senior, this could already be obivous in the intro to the show, and the guy aint as weak as originally thought, and boy do they show those guys how its done. I'm still cringing at what I saw from the the second episode, I cant say a word or I'll spoil it!!! Get this series, so far its worth it. It would be best that you got the starter set, so to keep the dvd volumes in order. 5 out 5"