Anime Blu-ray/DVD Combo Review: Tenchi Muyo! OVA Collection The Complete Series

Tenchi Muyo! OVA Collection The Complete Series was released by FUNimation as a DVD/Blu-ray combo pack. This release contains the first 13 episodes of the Tenchi Muyo! OVA series, and it comes with two Blu-ray Discs, three DVDs, and a 16-page art booklet.

Tenchi Muyo! OVA Collection The Complete Series
English Publisher: FUNimation Entertainment
Format: Blu-ray/DVD Combo
Release Date: December 18, 2012

Tenchi Masaki is a stereotypical teenage loser who manages to bumble his way into various situations. At the beginning of the series, he accidentally releases an alien space pirate name Ryoko Hakubi from the seal she was under at the shrine where Tenchi lives.

At first, Ryoko attacks Tenchi to try to get revenge for being under a seal for 700 years. As the episodes progress, other female characters are introduced, and many of them become attracted to Tenchi. Ayeka Masaki Jurai and Sasami Masaki Jurai are princesses from the Jurai Royal Family. Ayeka has been searching for Yosho, her half-brother who had left Jurai to pursue the space pirate Ryoko. Ayeka detects Ryoko on Earth, and her tree-ship crash lands on Earth. Ayeka and Sasami end up staying with Tenchi and Ryoko at the shrine.

Mihoshi Kuramitsu is a Detective of the Galaxy Police, but she’s also ditzy and clumsy. She crash lands on Earth while trying to track down a villain, and she also ends up with Tenchi and the others. Washu Habuki is a former Director of the Galaxy Academy and is ranked among the top scientists in the galaxy. She is the one who created Ryoko, and Washu also ends up joining up with Tenchi and the others.

As you can see, there’s a rather typical “harem” setup of a loser guy surrounded by several girls. Fortunately, the storyline in Tenchi Muyo! is strong enough that it helps to lift the OVAs above many of the “harem” anime that have been created and produced since the Tenchi Muyo! franchise started back in the early 1990’s.

Admittedly, the animation in these OVA episodes look a little “dated.” If you know what to look for, then you can easily tell that these episodes originally came out in the early 1990’s. Again, the story itself is able to rise above the animation, so the “dated” animation isn’t as distracting as it could be.

Content-wise, there is some occasional female nudity, primarily with the character of Ryoko. While there are other characters who are occasionally seen in just a towel or wearing something a little skimpier, Ryoko is the only female character I can think of who actually has any actual nudity.

As for the release itself, there really isn’t much in the way of bonus features. The second Blu-ray Disc and the third DVD contain the bonus features that are included in this set.

The first extra is an omake titled, “Here Comes Jurai Part 2.” This seven minute long omake is not actually animated; instead, it is made up of still images with dialogue being said over them. I personally wasn’t too terribly impressed with this omake, but it does seem to serve as a bridge between the episode at the end of this DVD box set and the first episode in the Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki box set.

The second feature is the U.S. trailer for Tenchi Muyo!, which runs for about one minute. The last bonus feature are trailers for seven shows that FUNimation was promoting at the time this set was released, as well as a trailer for FUNimation’s website.

If you’re a fan of the Tenchi Muyo! franchise, then this is an item you want to purchase for your anime library if you don’t already have these episodes. Unfortunately, at the time of this writing, this DVD/Blu-ray Combo is the only way that FUNimation Entertainment has released these episodes, so you’re stuck with the DVDs if you’ve already upgraded to Blu-ray.

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