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Tenchi in Tokyo
Reviewer: Rowena Lim Lei 12/31/1999

In this most recent Tenchi Muyo TV series, everything is once again rewritten and given new origins. A heated space chase sends several alien girls crashing to earth, in Tenchi's vicinity of course. As good old Tenchi nurses them all back to health, the girls develop varying degrees of affection for him. But Tenchi decides to move to Tokyo for a while to study. The girls don't like it, but Tenchi insists. In Tokyo, Tenchi meets another girl... Sakuya Kumashiro. Needless to say, she falls for Tenchi too. Ah, but there are also new enemies and a whole set of new problems for our hero. Things are just never as simple as they seem.

Tenchi in Tokyo resets everything you ever knew about Tenchi and starts from scratch. One thing remains constant though -- all the girls still want Tenchi.

In this series, we see changes in several main characters. Tenchi is a bit more assertive, which is an improvement over his usual wishy-washy self; Ryo-ohki can now transform to a spaceship and a giant mecha Ryo-ohki, she is also Sasami's pet rather than Ryoko's ship; Kiyone, however, takes a 180-degree turn for the worse. Kiyone used to be very sensible and capable, but now she's totally useless and manipulative. She can't seem to do anything right, which puts her near Mihoshi's league. The difference is, Mihoshi is amusing while Kiyone is not. The others characters remain pretty much the same as their previous incarnations in Tenchi Muyo and Tenchi Universe.

There are a couple of really funny episodes that had me laughing my butt off, but things do get serious in the later eps. The art and animation are very good and consistent in quality, although quite different in style from the other Tenchi incarnations. There's a good helping of action both in space and on earth. There's also markedly less sexy humor, making this Tenchi series the most wholesome one. While Tenchi in Tokyo doesn't really break any new ground, it's not a bad spin-off.

It doesn't matter if you've never watched any Tenchi before.

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Review Title:
Tenchi in Tokyo
Alternative Titles:
New Tenchi Muyo
650 Minutes
General Rating:
3.5 out of 5 stars
Suitable For:
Adventure, Comedy, Drama,
Romance, Sci-Fi, Shounen,
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