A Necessary item for any Otaku!
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The OVA series was byfar the best offering incredible character development, excellent animation, and great fight scenes. Tenchi Universe for which this DVD is, takes place under a different universe. Tenchi Universe is a series that is clearly 'stretched out' the filler episodes in the middle of the series are quite easy to pinpoint-and get quite old. However a Tenchi fan can easily appreciate the humor, and the characters. Tenchi OVA being the best of all the Tenchi series, Tenchi Universe cannot be overlooked. The ending of Tenchi Universe is my excellent (Mind you the OVA series was never finished so not much to compare). The music is fitting and superb, even in the dub. That brings me to the dub. I think most every anime fan would agree Pioneer did a fantastic job dubbing Tenchi, the variations in voices, the acting, and the effects make it seem like English was it's intended language. Pioneer does an excellent job making the actors speech sync with the Japanese mouth movement. The only reason I deny this anime five stars is because the quality of the Tenchi Universe DVD is blurred, and gets rainbowy much like a copied VHS, I hope Tenchi Universe IV fixes this, because looking at the OVA boxed set, this is hardly impressive. But then again if your a Tenchi fan, then BUY it!"
Tenchi Universe Sampler
T. Martin | Connecticut, United States | 09/04/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Not sure if Tenchi Universe is for you? Try these 3 episodes which make up a self-contained adventure in the midst of the Tenchi Universe story. In other words, seeing these episodes out of sequence from the rest of the series will not leave you completely baffled to the whole plot, as is often the case when seeing anime series out of order. Also, since these episodes are not central to the main plot of Tenchi Universe, if you don't feel like investing into the 8 dvd set, they stand on their own as a 'mini-series'.Anyway, after that unusually long introduction, here is the main idea of "Time and Space Adventures"...Washu has invented her latest amazing technological wonder, a machine which can alter time and space to anyone's idea of a 'perfect' world. Leave it to Ryoko and Ayeka to sneak in at night to try and use the machine for their own 'perfect' worlds with Tenchi. After all the noise that ensues, and all the girls are fighting over the machine (much to Washu's horror), the button gets pushed, and space-time is changed around. Each girl is cast off into their own 'perfect' world except Washu, who manages to stay in 'reality' and has her work cut out to eliminate the fantasy worlds one by one and get everything back to normal. Everything goes smoothly until one girl has second thoughts about giving up her fantasy... you can guess who. -_^In all, a fun way to spend 3 episodes, and a bit of a side excursion if you are watching the entire series in sequence."
Most imaginative volume in entire series.
iwakura | Shinto Shrine | 03/09/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is volume 4/8, but it's by far my favorite of the series.The base story
Washu's most recent ingenious invention is hijacked by the dreams of Ryoko, Aeka, Mihoshi, Kione and Sasami. Washu's device is one that creates alternative realities based upon the wishes of the user. So, the girls' deepest desires (ummm, basicly involving Tenchi) become manifest...Poor Tenchi. Now the girls are chasing him across alternate dimensions of spacetime! Each alternative reality is a stand-alone mini story in its own right. Nice segway between the "on earth" and "in space" Tenchi Universe episodes.My favorite is Sasami's reality, where she becomes Pretty Sammy. (This is the 2nd instance of the Pretty Sammy character. She first appeared in the Mihoshi Special and later got her own OVA and TV series.) In this story, she comes up with a most interesting strategy to win Tenchi's affections while addressing the emotional needs of Ryoko and Aeka! Absolutely hilarious! Perhaps the funniest moment in the entire series.Must buy for dedicated Sasami/Pretty Sammy fans."
Adventures in Storytelling...
Daniel G. Bermudez | McKinney, Texas United States | 06/11/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Action, laughter and an emotive ending to a short hiatus in the daily life of Tenchi and the gang. Washu, the mad genius scientist, creates a machine that can make your dreams come true. But, unbeknownst to Washu, her invention turns out to be too big a temptation for everyone, except forTenchi of course. One night, disaster happens when the machine is left unattended and the girls poise themselves to be the first ones to use it. The fight results in a terrible accident that hurdles our heroes through time and space; condemning them to live the lifes and fantasies they could only wish for. Would Washu fix the machine on time to save her friends from ever wonder uncontrollably into parallel worlds? Of course she will, but not before everyone learns a valuable lesson about being more caring about those they love and true to their own feelings."