Finally, It's Coming!!!!!
sexy_sean | Jurai | 01/06/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It took two years, but it's finally here! Tenchi Muyo! GXP. GXP takes place in the Tenchi OAV timeline, after the period of the as of yet unreleased (state-side)3rd OAV series. I don't know much about it in the story department (as I wish to remained unspoiled), but I've heard only positive things from those who have viewed the Japanese episodes. Add to that, these FUNI dvds contain the Home video version and not the TV version, what we get is uncut entertainment. A must for any Tenchi fan!!! If there's any negative, it's the possibility of bad dubbing. FUNI is known for it's "over-the-top" Dragon Ball/Z/GT dub, but I had no problem with the Blue Gender dub, so let's hope GXP continues this. These next two months will feel like the last two year wait all over again. Hurry up March 9th, 2004!!!"
The most unlucky boy in the world...
Michael Valdivielso | Alexandria, VA | 06/21/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Seina Yamada is from Earth, but through a series of accidents and strange events, he ends up joining the Galaxy Police. He'll meet Pirates and Princesses, sexy Police Detectives and weird aliens (some of which are also sexy). Will he survive space travel? Will he survive having so many females trying to help him? Will he survive dorm life?
While he might be unlucky, he does have a few good points. He has a good heart and REALLY wants to explore space and learn about life off the planet Earth. So it looks like he plans to stay with the Galaxy Police, no matter what happens.
This first DVD has five episodes, a few extras and a lot of fun. The GXP TV series is linked to the Tenchi Muyo! OVAs by using some of the same settings and some characters related to the OVA characters. We get a glimpse of Ryoko, we meet Mihoshi's mom, it seems that the dorm security system was designed by Dr. Clay, and we learn that the Jurai Family Tree is more of a over-cooked bowl of spaghetti. The artwork is great, with heavy use of computer graphics for the ships and many of the combat scenes. I just loved the pirate Rats and the marks that could not be shown on TV. Warning: The subtitles for the Japanese version IS different from the English version (which I believe is meant to help the hearing impaired). So if you want a direct translation listen to the Japanese audio with the subtitles - it does seem to make more sense too. Keep the pause button ready.
125 minutes of life off the planet Earth - keeping the peace was never so wild!"
What is Tenchi?
AlucardsQuest | 12/27/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Tenchi is more than just an anime and manga series, it's now a pop-culture phenominon in Japan, and a cult classic in the US. This television series seems almost an apology letter to Tenchi fans who have been waiting for new episodes for several years. It is chock full of interesting characters and much needed hilarity. True if you kept your ear to the ground Magical Project S has helped ease the wait for new Tenchi, (not to mention The Wanderers, El Hazard and Dual) but like that tv series this one may not be exactly what you were hoping for either.
The Tenchi name has become a subtext for intergalatic hijinks and sincere but unforced heart... so the true meaning of Tenchi Muyo (No Need for Tenchi) is exemplified in this series. Tenchi and his friends are reduced to cameos to delve into the world of Galaxy Police. But even First Class Detective Mihoshi of the GP isn't seen very much, (unless you count her twin sister Mitoto). And her missing in action partner Kiyone is apparently still stuck in space after what happened in the Pretty Sammy OVA (Original Video Animation, as opposed to a movie or tv show) DVD. So what do we have here?
Seina Yamada, an underclassmen of Tenchi, has quite possibly the worst luck in the universe. One day as he goes for a usual bike ride (if that's what you want to call it, you lose count of how many parts on it break in the first episode due to his luck) when his tires go flat. He decides to go to Tenchi's house for help, when he is nearly drowned by a spaceship landing near the lake at Tenchi's house. Nope it's not main-stay Mihoshi, but rather a young beautiful detective named Amane. Amane gives Seina a pamplet after some very fast talking and even faster flirting before she blasts off. Seina's mother and sister make him sign the pamphlet, (thinking that they've won a prize of some sort) and the next thing you know Seina wakes up in space. Dealing with bad luck all his life, Seina eventually decides to become a Galaxy Police officer... much to the dismay of his childhood friend and love interest Kiriko, whom we discover later is also a member of the GP.
Perhaps the attempt to "cash-in on the popularity of Tenchi" can be forgiven because the characters and the humor is so good, (unlike Tenchi in Tokyo, which you might have noticed that I excluded earlier in this review since I deny it's very existence :). Let's face it, not everything has to make perfect sense, and sometimes it's good to watch something a bit "mindless" for lack of a better term. Sometimes the players fit their rather cliche' roles too well, but you can't help but love them because they mean well and usually end up fighting for the right causes and reasons.
What may not be so easy to forgive is the new publisher of this series. The English language version is awful, I've heard worse dubbing but not very many. The reason for my distaste in this is because important story, plot and even humor points are often ignored in the translation. This was not the case with earlier Tenchi Muyo series, but now it's quite abundant and intolerable. Avoid the English track at all costs, (real anime fans should only be watching in Japanese anyway).
Another downside is the very packaging of these DVDs. Apparently Anime companies figured out that they can make more money selling individual copies of a DVD series rather than putting together a whole box set. Hence this version, including only the first DVD a calender and an empty box. Not only that, but while other anime favorites like The Slayers puts 7 episodes on a disc, Tenchi Muyo! GXP only puts 5 on the first disc, and 3 episodes on the other seven. Talk about greed.
On the confusing end, this story takes place 2 years after the original Tunchi Muyo! OVA. So when Tenchi and everyone do appear, playing catch-up is more difficult than you can imagine. Even if you've been reading the No Need For Tenchi manga comics, (which explain what happened after the OVAs) you'll end up scratching your head at a few points. Especially at the fully expanded and possibly far more inbred, (or just plain bred) than anyone had suspected Jurian family.
However the content within more than makes up for any and all of the downsides. If you liked any of the Tenchi, Pretty Sammy or Magical Project S series (or their sister series The Wanderers: El Hazard, El Hazard OVA, and Dual: Parallel Trouble Adventure which has a surprize cameo near the end here)... then you'll love this guaranteed. If you're new to anime comedy, then this is a great place to start as well! Don't miss out!"
Tenchi without the Tenchi!!
shadowmansghost | Liverpool, Merseyside Great Britain | 01/26/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Although i've only seen this as a fan sub, it has always been my favarite out of the three (Tenchi Muyo, Universe + GXP)All of the characters from the origional Tenchi Muyo appear ( also watch out for Mihoshis mother who appears frequently, if you though Mihoshi was a bubble head you aint seen nothing yet. In usual tenchi stylee all the women fall for one man, in this case the man is Yamato Seina, Tenchis Lower classman. Ryo-oki, will be delighted at the appearance of a sister cabbit, namely FU (so sayeth the fansubbing) the one character people will be suprised with is the return of ol pink hair Serio Tennan (the bloke Ayeka almost had to marry in the end of Muyo). A little warning before you start watching be careful who you call Grandma, people who have seen the fan sub will know what I mean."