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Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki!
OAV Episode 5:
(Kagato Attacks!)

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

Wanted and dangerous criminal Kagato has shown up at the Masaki residence in order to reclaim Ryoko. Searching for the key to the ultimate power in the universe, he's finally caught up to Ryoko and Tenchi, the sword and master key to this power. However, Ryoko is not without friends, and Tenchi and his grandfather fight to free her from Kagato's power. Kazuhito's secret however is given away by Kagato when he addresses the Crown Prince of Jurai. Yosho gives the master key to Tenchi, in order to fight Kagato and free Ryoko from his power. If only Tenchi knew how to make the sword actually work...

[ capsule review ]

We finally get to see some real substance to the storyline, and a real conflict instead of the silly contrived slapstick. But how seriously can you take a villian who plays a giant pipe organ? Well, the story is pretty serious, even if the underlying mood is not. Wakamoto Norio, one of the best seiyu in the business, does a magnificently evil Kagato. The revelation that Kazuhito is actually Yosho is finally revealed in this episode, though there have been enough hints in the previous episodes to make that a no-brainer. Still, Kazuhito/Yosho seems pretty spry for an old man in his 700's. Kagato's capturing of Ryoko and Tenchi's subsequent chase is very well done, and the final result will have most people wondering... Strong storytelling will keep you glued to the end, and wanting more. - AN

Mihoshi has got to be one of the worst cases I've seen of the "typical blonde" stereotype. How she ever became a first class detective, let alone one of the best, is beyond me... unless it was through family connections of course. We get a very clear idea of just what Tenchi's father is like, especially when he tries teaching Tenchi the ways of the peeping tom. Tenchi of course isn't going to go for it unless he wants to get killed by the inn-keeper.

There's just something about this series. It continues to maintain its light-heartedness even though the action isn's particularly light. Kagato's appearance in the women's bathing room, and the end to his fight with Kazuhito both are hardly what you'd call serious even though the underlying story isn't as light as the previous episodes (just the delivery is). Tenchi of course is determined to save Ryoko and get her back from Kagato even though she causes lots of trouble for him. Kazuhito's real identity is given away by Kagato when he is addressed as the crown prince of Jurai. Ayeka is shocked and is saddened to see her beautiful brother has grown so old (of course she won't marry him now though!) Still the story continues to be solid and very entertaining, and we're left in suspense at the very end. -JYN

[ café rating ]

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

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