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Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki!
Episode 1:
(Ryoko Resurrected)

Distributed by: Pioneer LDC (world-wide)
Length: 30 minutes
Rating: NR, Adult situation with brief nudity, parental guidance suggested
Format: Original Japanese dialog (LD), subtitled (VHS) and dubbed (VHS)

Director: Hayashi Hiroki Character Design and Supervising Animation Director: Kajishima Masaki Design Work: Takeuchi Atsushi Screenplay: Hasegawa Naoko, Kajishima Masaki, Hayashi Kiroki Art Director: Waki Takeshi Director of Photography: Konishi Kazuhiro Sound Director: Honda Yasunori Music: Nagaoka Seikou Animation Company: AIC Presented by: Pioneer LDC Subtitles: Pioneer LDCA, Inc.

[ plot summary ]

vhs jacket

Masaki Tenchi is your typical 16 year old and is currently on summer vacation helping his grandfather take care of the family shrine. Nearby is a locked cave that he's always been warned to stay away from... so he's dying to know what's inside. Legend has it that 700 years ago, an evil demon of incredible power was locked away in that cave. One of Tenchi's ancestors, Yosho, managed to defeat the demon and lock it away leaving his sword in the ground as part of the seal on the demon. Tenchi of course wanted to get into the cave and see just what was in there, but his grandfather carries the keys. If he could just get them away from him...

[ capsule review ]

It's interesting to compare the TV and OAV series -- actually, it's unavoidable. Even though the OAV series is four years older, it holds up remarkably well. The story differences between the two series takes some getting used to, however. The OAV series in my mind has a definitely edge when it comes to story, character motivations and characterisations -- for example, the driving force behind Ryoko's affections for Tenchi is far more believable in the OAV than the TV series. Animation is a bit of a mixed bag -- backgrounds are very rich in detail and colour, though frame rates again are very limited. The music is not particularily memorable in the first episode (the opening theme is rather non-descript and mixed rather poorly, making some of the instruments annoying, while the end theme is pretty standard stuff. Luckily, Yokoyama Chisa -- who plays Sasami in the series -- has an inoffensive singing voice) Pioneer's attempt at subtitling has a lot to be desired, however. It's bad enough that the translations are at best described as "loose," but even worse is that they're in all caps. LARGE, yellow all caps. Lots of silly slapstick and heavy use of SD abound, serving to remind you to leave tongue firmly in cheek. Despite the better scripting and story in the OAV series, I found the TV series worked better for me, primarily because of the flow. But, you can decide for yourself. - AN

This is where it all began so long ago (1992) and does it show in the animation! While not bad, it's definitely a bit different from how things look now. The animation quality is pretty typical for OAVs and makes liberal use of the SD style, and while Ryoko looks just about exactly as she does now, Tenchi is a bit differently drawn. The music is also nothing particularly fantastic, but is enjoyable. The story itself though is a bit different and is rather interesting. Fairly fast paced, with a lot of action and featuring plenty of property damage. The premise of awakening a demon is nothing particularly new, but they use some interesting little twists in this series which makes it very escapist and lots of fun. The drawback to this episode however are the translations and the subtitles. I had a virtual headache after watching this episode thanks to all the constant SHOUTING from the subtitles. It was hardly necessary for the subtitles to be done in all caps, and the size used was rather large... I will grant that it made for easy reading however. The translations themselves were only fair. They do the job of getting the meaning across, but I found the translations left much to be desired in the areas of dialogue flow and accuracy. I also found that some of the sub-titled translations made the language harsher than necessary as if for the shock value. All that does really is raise the parental guidance rating. Despite the drawbacks to the sub-titles, the episode itself is a good way to unwind. -JYN

[ café rating ]

Original: Subbed: Dubbed:
Story: 3 stars
Direction: 3 stars
Acting: 3 stars
Animation: 4 stars
Music: 3 stars
Translation: N/A 2 stars
Overall Rating: 3 stars

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