Mysteries and surprises! To get money for repairs to their space ship, the girls all compete in a swimsuit competition, but no one expects the shocking swimsuit on the surprise competitor! Later, Mihoshi's blundering res... more »ults in chaos at a Jurai checkpoint that leads to the even more shocking revelation of Katsuhiko's past, and the resurrection of the sleeping Jurai guardians of legend! Contains episodes #20, 21 & 22.« less
"With the popularity of the original "Tenchi Muyo" OAV, it was only natural that Pioneer would want to rack in the cash and create a TV series. Thus enter "Tenchi Universe". This is a 26-episode series which retells the first 6 episodes of the OAV series. All of the characters have been modified to a degree from their OAV counter-parts as has the story. I call it "Tenchi Light" because it lacks the subtle depths of the OAV series, however it stands up well on its own. It is funnier than the OAV series which helps it quite a bit.As far as the DVD's go, I'm annoyed that Pioneer decided that most of them should only contain three episodes! This is such an outrage! There are a few extras on the DVDs, but lets face it, I'd rather have at least 4 (if not 5) episodes per DVD. But they make more money by spreading it out so far.Another complaint I have is Pioneer's lack of concern for the English subtitles. I didn't care for the English dub because I've seen all of the series in Japanese and thus am attached to hearing those voice actors speak. It is sad that at times the subtitles are unreadable due to their poor font/color choices. Also, they can't decide if they want to translate the titles of "-dono" or "-sama" as "Lord" or not. One moment it's "Lord Tenchi" and then the next moment its just "Tenchi" before they go back to "Lord Tenchi". And Pioneer ignores most Japanese text refusing to translate most of it. This results at least a couple of jokes being missed because it is obvious we are meant to read the Japanese text. Bottom line: while not as good as the OAV series, it is good on its own as a funny anime sci-fi title. The set should have been reduced by at least 1 (if not two) DVD's and the subtitles should have been done better."
Marnix van den Berg | Beusichem, Holland | 06/10/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"My first encounter with Tenchi was in the form of the OAV. After Pioneer's incredible transfer with those episodes, I knew it was going to be tough to even come close with a TV series.And I guess I was right. Tenchi Universe is everything the OAV series was. Funny, touching, action-packed, etc.. but all just
a little step back from the OAV.The transfer quality isn't as good as the OAV's was, although this isn't all Pioneer's fault, since the animation is a lot less vibrant than the OAV as well. But then this is a TV series.The audio quality was also a little less, even if it was still good. Well, it's not THX certified so you can't expect a quality like that.The characters and story are similarily a little less than the OAV. It's not as gloomy/farreaching as that series' plot and more light-hearted in nature. Some characters are also a little less developed (Mihoshi/Washu for instance) and don't get the same level attention as do others.That said, I still enjoyed this series, because it is more complete (doesn't stop after 13 episodes like the OAV) and it's still Tenchi!I just wish Pioneer would've gone the extra mile and digitally remastered this series as well and the price tag is a little high, considering there's 3 epidoes per dvd (excepting the first and last dvds, who have 4)."
Tenchi Universe is the Best!
christine | Scottsdale, AZ USA | 08/17/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Want to treasure Tenchi Universe? This is the boxed set for you. Tenchi Universe definitely does not disappoint those fans of Tenchi Muyo! OAV. The storyline is the same, just switched around a bit at the beginning. The best episodes include "No Need for Genius," where Washu creates a mecha Washu with the personality of Mihoshi. Go figure. The greatest episodes include "Adventures in Time and Space." Each girl lives out her fantasy world with Washu's new invention. When the invention starts backfiring, the whole household is sucked into different worlds. Of course, Washu is trying to fix it as soon as she can. Aeka's world: Feudal Japan, where Tenchi is her fiance off to fight the demon, Ryoko. Kiyone's world: A small town rid of Mihoshi, or so she thought. Sasami's world: High school with Tenchi, Ryoko, and Aeka as students. Mihoshi and Kiyone are teachers. Sasami is Magical Girl Pretty Sammy. Mihoshi's world: A modern domestic family with Tenchi as her husband and Sasami her daughter. Aeka is the cranky aunt and Ryoko is the pesky neighbor. Ryoko's world: She's a bank robber in the US and Tenchi is her reluctant assistant. Aeka is the millionare trying to get Tenchi back and Kiyone and Mihoshi are two police officers. Buy this boxed set and you won't be disappointed!"
I enjoyed it...
Mark Kraska | Colorado | 05/31/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This won't be too detailed, just to say that I agree with others. It is different than the other Tenchi series in the way that characters are introduced and the basic plot. Dissapointingly, no Tsunami, but meh, thats okay.
It starts out a bit oddly, with some annoying filler episodes, but the plot really picks up after disc 5. The last few episodes really rock the house, and the ending is enjoyable.
The one complaint I have about this is the music. In Japanese, they suit me just fine. But that opening...good god it sounds terrible in English. And you can't skip it, you have to fast forward through it. The background music is enjoyable (since there were no lyrics) but back then the trend was to translate the songs too, which was a mistake in this case. The other thing to grouse about is the price, $180 for a whole 26 episode series. Pioneer has never been good about their pricing (always over priced) but thats fine I suppose, if you can afford it.
Overall, if you liked the Tenchi you saw on TV, you might enjoy this. Hardcore fans of the OVA might want to stay clear because it is so different, but if you don't care about the story differences (like me) you'll like it. Starts out slow, but gets really cool at the end. Beware of some mild language and nudity, nothing too bad. The dub is okay, in this particular case I prefer the subtitled option. Since this is an older gneration anime, you won't see too stellar a performance on the dub end (unlike ADV's dubs, they do an excellent job acting). Its your preference really."
My only complaint is the lack of plot
Wade Tritschler | Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada | 07/11/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Okay, once again the makers of Tenchi said, 'Who needs continuity, we have a better idea'. So, don't be expecting this one to match up with either other series (OAV or Tenchi in Tokyo). It starts things anew and goes from their. In also adds Kiyone into the Tenchi universe (and this hard done by Galaxy detective is probably my second fav character in the series). Overall the story isn't bad, their just isn't enough of it. Too many of the episodes are totally disposable from the series and are forgetable, but overall the series is quite good."