Tenchi seeks answers from his past while Ryoko faces the present head on. But the gang's world gets turned upside-down when they receive a strange visitor. After composing himself, Tenchi discovers that the mysterious ... more »visitor is not his mom, but a long, lost sister who has come to inform him of his arranged marriage and, more importantly, his new fianc=E9e, Noike. While Ryoko, Ayeka, and the others are disputing this, Tenchi leaves to work in the fields, where he unknowingly meets his bride to be. When Tenchi collapses from exhaustion, Washu gives him a prescription for three days of complete rest and relaxation! Now, with Tenchi confined to his bed, Noike must find a way to rally the girls into helping out around the house! After proving herself to him and his friends, will Noike finally be the girl Tenchi chooses?« less
"Before I even get started, I'll address what was for me, and so I assume it was for many Tenchi fans, the anxiety over the replacement English dub for Ryoko. Mona Marshall replaces Petrea Burchard in this third OVA series. You'll know her as both the English dub voices of Kite in the .hack games and Nataku in X. Her voice here tries to capture Petrea's essence, but comes off as much younger. Of course, as a long time Tenchi fan, I miss Petrea as Ryoko, but I think Mona has done a fine job, certainly better in any event, than she did for the GXP series.
Most of the rest of the voice cast returned this time around, however they are all also ten years older, and a tuned ear can hear the minute differences. Sasami was dead on with the original though, however, Sherri Lynn hasn't been out of practice using it, as she has done the same voice for numerous other anime and games over the years (most notably MOMO in Xenosaga).
Now, the series as a whole is interesting. It's the same show, only some ten years later in coming. A lot more CG is used this time around, and most of it is very obvious and almost seems out of place. The story picks up where it left off, and for anyone who is either unfamiliar with it or can't remember it, being that it has been so long, the first episode has quite a few flashbacks to acquaint and re-aquaint the audience with the backstory and characters.
The first volume of OVA 3 deals with the arrival of Noike, an arranged fiance to Tenchi by everyone's favorite Devil Princess of Jurai, that you may remember from Tenchi GXP, Lady Seto. Yosho's wife Airi (also from GXP) arrives, as does an unexpected relative of Tenchi. Supposedly this new OVA series will deal more heavily with Washu, Tsunami, and the mysterious Tokimi. For fans who were hoping that Kiyone from the Universe and Tokyo series and movies would arrive, sorry, she isn't a part of the original OVA storyline and won't be appearing (her appearance in the Mihoshi special isn't part of the OVA timeline). However, Noike does a lot to fill that void for any lingering Kiyone fans out there (you'll just have to watch and see what I mean). And for anyone who is confused, in the proper timeline, Kiyone is the name of Tenchi's mother. It was changed for the first movie to Achika, to reduce confusion between herself and the other Kiyone.
In any event, I highly recommend this DVD for any old Tenchi fans, as well as the GXP series for anyone who is confused about all the new characters who appear on this disc."
The more things stay the same...
Michael Valdivielso | Alexandria, VA | 07/09/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"...the more they change. At first it seems like Tenchi and the girls haven't changed at all. And they haven't really. But in the background events are moving to change everything. Lady Sato has sent Noike to Earth to be Tenchi's bride-to-be! And while Ryoko and Ayeka decide how to handle her Lady Tokimi is carrying out her own plot against Washu and Tsunami. Of course there is lots of humor, dark hints - foreshadowing - of future events linked with Tenchi's future bride and way too many flashbacks. The English dubbing kind of threw me off - some voices are the same (just older) and some voices are new. Ryoko's English voice upset me at first but by the third episode I didn't seem to notice. With only three episodes and not much in the way of extras only a real Tenchi fan should bother to buy up the disc. Still, it does promise a new, fresh and interesting series of episodes - the Tenchi Muyo! universe is nothing if not interesting!"
It's sort of a "hate to love" situation.
Max Rockwell | California, The OC USA | 12/26/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Now I am a Tenchi Fan in all forms. I have the original OVA's, Tenchi Universe, Tenchi in Tokyo, all 3 Theatrical movies, the Tenchi Muyo GXP series, and even the Pretty Sammy series just for completion purpouses. Oh yeah, that Mihoshi special too. I've watched them all, if not more than twice, and whether I liked one more than the other have re-watched them just to be knowledgeable about them. I originally saw my first Tenchi on Toonami:Cartoon Network, and was instantly hooked.
I will mark what is a spoiler so read past the lines of doom as your own risk.
----Spoiler---- The 1st episode on this volume starts out with a 10 more minutes than usual episode of flash backs, trying to recapture your Jeopoardy on what you remember of the original episodes. All the characters are revisited and given a moment for you to have that "Yay, good ol'e -Character name here-" moment. It ends with a special visitor at the end. In the 2nd episode she is introduced as Tenchi's sister, Tenyou, even though she looks uncannily like his own mother (although she admits to filling in for his mother on many occasions due to their alikeness). Tenchi's father reveals in a misconception that Tenchi's real mother's name is Kiyone (Okay guys, you really messed up here) over the heavily popular idea that her name is Achika based on one of the Tenchi Movies in which she played a large role. This is a bit of an issue considering that Kiyone was the name of Mihoshi's partner in all the other series casts, however the rumor is that they simply made her name Achika for the movie she was in to prevent confusion(Kiyone was in the movie as well). Kiyone is non-existant however in this series' timeline, so onward. After Tenchi clears up from crying thinking it was his mother for 5 minutes, Tenyou introduces a woman named Airi who happens to be Grandfather Yosho's wife. The bad news comes when Tenyou reveals that Ayeka's grandmother Lady Seto, the Devil Princess of Jurai, has arranged for Tenchi to marry Noike. Tenchi finds Noike by accident while doing the feilds and inturn she is invited to dinner where Tenchi evidently figures out she is to be his wife. Of course, a few of the cast is left unsettled by this (Can you guess who? :]), but they are left powerless to do anything to get rid of her because she is so incredibly polite/nice. She helps Tenchi in the feilds and even does his chores for him during a 3 day period in which Tenchi became unhealthy due to a stress factor from all the news he had recieved (Hey, if you had met your 80 year old sister, your Mistress of Galaxy Police Grandmother, and figured out you were to marry the adopted daughter under the order of the most powerful enitity in the galaxy, wouldn't you be surprised?) It is later discovered that Noike's intentions are a bit above and beyond just marrying Tenchi... ----End Spoiler, read on now!----
Here's how it looks. Tenchi Muyo is obviously the most popular of the Tenchi Series and releases, as it is the only series that skillfully combines a more serious vibe with the silly story and setting that we know as Tenchi Muyo, provides more interesting character development over the silly and somewhat bad introductions and stories of the cast in Tenchi in Tokyo, has not shown any conclusive signs whereas the TV series "Tenchi Universe" ended promptly after he defeated an enemy he defeated midway through the first few episodes of Tenchi Muyo OVA original (Prequel series to the item I'm reviewing), and pretty much a perfect example of an anime you watch that sets you apart from watching Trigun, or Pokemon (Tenchi In Tokyo provided a very joke and kid feel). It is the only series left frayed, and people have been waiting years for this to finally come out and this is the turn out...
Good god...what happened?! What you knew and loved out of the Tenchi cast, story progression, and good ol'e "just another wierd day" episodes is about to get rocked. I'll begin with the horrible lack of supportive story. These 3 episodes are buckets of unneeded plot twists that make you indcredibly uncomfortable and confused. New characters all over the map(Introduction of Tenchi's Sister, His Grandfather Yosho's wife, and his set fiancee by Ayeka's grandmother Lady Seto) make the current high profile characters (Such as Ryoko and Ayeka/Washu ect) seem somewhat unwanted. The addition of a wife to the humble grandpa Yosho we know, especially a wife that is full of immature antics of being offended over her position on the family tree is a very disconcerting new relative. It's like watching your favorite episode of Batman, and then Batman gets married to Sailor Moon. Tenyou is an okay character, but what bothers me in summation of the two is that both of them seem to flirt with Tenchi, even though they are closely related to him which in an essense might not seem SO bad considering Tenchi would be marrying family if he married Noike, but in the atmosphere that the Tenchi Muyo series has created that surpasses all the other Tenchi stories, it is just awkward. The character Noike is a super boobed out woman with long green hair(which she cuts short in the 3rd episode because it was "in the way of her chores")who is way too nice, and has such an annoying niceness to her that it seems like it is a disease, but this could be part of her plan, who knows. The animation is revamped, which no doubt is a positive thing, but inspite of all the negatives they succeed in only making it feel like you are watching digimon(not to mention, one of the new voices IS from one of the main characters of Digimon but I'll rant about that later). It's definetly cool to see a continuation of the series we all know and love, but before I conclude, allow to address the most stellar issue of this new edition...
Voice Acting. I can't exactly think of where to begin...I'll start the not as bad to the terrible.
Mihoshi: Over the voice actor that portrayed Mihoshi in the original OVA and the Tenchi Universe series that is by far my favorite, it is a huge misconcpetion when they say "All but Ryoko" have returned for the cast. The Mihoshi voice used is the actor that played in Tenchi and Tokyo and the 2nd movie. You got used to it, but compared to the muyo series, it didn't even stand. In muyo, she sounded gawky, clumsy, but they managed to do it while still giving her a sense of femininity and maturity. Now her voice (same one from the Tenchi in Tokyo series) is an incredibly annoying high pitched chirp that makes you want to completely dislike the character. She continuously talks, for instance when she is alone. She gives a constant play by play of what she needs to do like her brain is forcing her mouth to speak out everything she needs to do. Although most anime characters tend to brainstorm aloud when they are alone, she makes it seem like downright constant conversation with herself and it gets annoying pretty darn quick. Don't be fooled when you read that the original cast has come back besides only Ryoko. Adding to all of this, her voice acting is undoubtedly terrible, with tons of uneeded dialogue, and horrid expression of her feelings and what she is thinking. Mihoshi is far from her original.
Yosho/Noboyuki: Again, the Muyo and Universe voices > the Tenchi in Tokyo ones. Tenchi in Tokyo seemed like one big laughable joke, and using the voice cast that was not same to the Original Muyo, makes this seem like a joke. Not to mention the same guy does both of them and does a bad job differentiating between the two. There is a scene where the camera is placed well above both of their heads while they are in conversation, and it took a few minutes of matching what I think that character would say to them to figure out who was talking because they sounded exactly the same. Voice acting for them is par, but nothing astounding as what I'm about to reminisce on...
Ryoko: Okay, here's the big cheese. This is the all purpouse biggie reason that canned my final opinion on their choices in this extension of my favorite series. Petrea Burchard was replaced with Mona Marshall. Ever see Izzy in Digimon? Yeah, that voice. I must say I am absolutely shocked whenever I hear her speak now. It is just mind boggling to me how they made the connection between her voice, and Petrea's voice and thought "Oh, that's definetly our new Ryoko!" I'm shocked, dissappointed and absolutely disgusted with the new choice. I'm not saying the replacement is a bad voice actor. I'm just saying she is literally(from what I've heard thus far) INCAPABLE of reproducing what we know of Ryoko. The flash backs are utterly butchered because of the re-dub and make you want to watch the original over and over to cleanse your mind of the horrid new vocal pick. Here's a letter Petrea sent in response to a fan letter, reproduced with her permission...
"I appreciate your taking the time to write.
Indeed, it's no secret that I won't be returning as Ryoko. I feel it would be unprofessional to reveal the details of why and why not. We just weren't able to work it out. I loved playing the part and have enjoyed correspondence with many fans over the years.
In my experience, most actors will give their all and do their best, and I'm sure whoever plays Ryoko in the new OVA will be no exception. I hope the fans will give her a chance. Thanks so much for writing!
Sincerely, Petrea Burchard"
The new voice is squeaky, unstable and downright annoying. It takes all of Ryoko's past personality placements away, and gives her a complete make over in to a truly inverse character. It sounds as though she is sick with a stuffed nose, and can't breath most of the time. Petrea offered a wonderful, alto, feminine feeling to Ryoko, one that made her character mature and indeed a "woman" but has now been blown to literally bits by this replacement. I can barely imagine a romantic scene between her and Tenchi or like if something fatal were to happen to Tenchi like when he was blown up in Tenchi Muyo before coming back to life, how this new talent would even come close to pulling of an eleagant drama to the clip that Petrea most certainly would. They've ruined Ryoko. They've obliterated her completely, I'll give Mona a few more episodes to shape up, and given there hasn't been any dramatic dialogue yet in these first 3 episodes, I'll give her the benefit of the doubt for now. But I adore a lot of the drama in Tenchi, and you know what I mean-those parts where you just KNOW you want to cry (don't lie :]) like when she apparently "dies" near the end of the universe series(although she comes back but it is made very clear as though she passed in the actual episode), or when Tenchi defeats the final nemesis in Tenchi Universe and the wonderful score of Tenchi's previous composers plays in the background while Ayeka cries on his shoulders. It is just those moments that all the silly slap-stick comedy only support, that make Tenchi the anime for me and many others. I can only cross my fingers, but I still see the worst to come. But who knows, she may turn around and blow me away.
The composition thus far seems weak. Unlike in Muyo where you had these little atmospheric tracks that played through your mind even when you weren't watching Tenchi, and wonderful drama-esque music that opens your eyes, we have little to no music at all, much worse when it does play it's these little annoying jingles. And as I said, I can barely imagine an emotional scene as of now with my current view on the new voice replacements.
All in all I am all but pleased with this new edition of the Tenchi Series, although I still recommend it for Tenchi fans, because it will complete your collection and god knows we all want to keep knowing what's gonna happen to this series and where it's gonna go. So if you are a Tenchi fan on the same level as I, then it is a must get, but not on the level of must get that it is an amazing addition to the powerful and wonderful Tenchi experience we had through the first OVA Tenchi Muyo's. Thanks for reading."
At last, more Tenchi!
Wayne E. Warren | 07/09/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Tenchi has probably been my all-time favorite anime series. When everything sort of stopped with episode 13 we were left out in the cold it seemed. Tenchi TV, Tenchi in Toyko and GXP are great series but they don't hold out against the first and best. With the release of "Here comes the Bride!" we we hopfully get a conclusion to the OAV series. Although I think that it will sort of end like Tenchi TV with no real choice by Tenchi, I still look forward to seeing what all is planned for this series."
Great as always, with only a little let down...
Rebecca Lakey | Clearlake, CA USA | 07/09/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"First, the new voice for Ryoko does sound much younger, but she fits in well after a couple episodes.
What threw me off was the fact that they had her re-dub a flashback: the fight Ryoko had with Tenchi, which burned down Tenchi's school in the first part of the OVA. Something in me was just missing her old voice then..
But, ah well, ten years *is* a long time.
All that aside this DVD drops us off right were the last left off, giving more background to Tenchi's family for the most part and sending Sasami skipping though the carrot field playing a singing game of "Where's the rabbit? Where's the kitty?" with little Ryoohki.
In many ways, it's like we as fans never left the well known world of Tenchi, where 'things sure are getting interesting'.
My only true let down is after all these years, we only get 3 episodes on this DVD. From the look of things, the next one is not even planned to come out for the better part of four months to the start of next year! Could someone be underestimating how strong the fandom is for more Tenchi?"