Making Sense of Tenchi Muyo!

Tenchi.Muyo!.full.468297My first exposure to Tenchi Muyo was on Cartoon Network’s adult swim. The way it was presented, it seemed simple, easy to follow along. Latter I learned how they strung two series together which were not meant to be.

Tenchi Muyo is essentially about a boy that lives with his father and grandfather, that over time has several girls either living with him (or near him), with several of them fighting over his affection (secretly or overtly). This includes a mad alien genius (exiled to earth), a notorious space pirate, two princess’s from a space empire, one or two space police detectives (depending on which version you’re watching) and a cute cabbit pet (cross between rabbit and a cat).

Tenchi Myuo original source is the manga, the various series and spin off can be broken down into three completely different series.

Let’s break this down in to three parts  

  • Part 1 – Tenchi Muyo OVA (Original) &  OVA Spin Off’s
  • Part 2 – Tenchi Universe (Alternate Telling of OVA)
  • Part 3 – Tenchi in Tokyo (Alternate Telling of OVA)
The listing is for the chronological order of the Japanese release date.
Special’s and Spin-off’s may not directly following the main plot and are indented. 
Part 1 – Tenchi Muyo OVA’s
  • Tenchi Muoy! OVA #1 [1992]
  • Tenchi Muyo! The Night Before The Carnival OAV [1993]
    • Tenchi Muyo! Mihoshi Special [1994]
  • Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki OVA #2 [1994]
    • Magical Girl Pretty Sammy OAV (3 Episodes) [1995]
    • Magical Project S (26 Episodes) [1996]
      • Magical Girl Pretty Sammy Bonus Theatre (OAV) 6 episodes
    • Tenchi Muyo! Movie #2 [1997]
    • Tenchi Muyo! GXP (26 episodes) [2002]
  • Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki OVA #3 [2003]
  • Tenchi Muyo! Ryo Ohki Final Confrontations OVA [2003]
    • Sasami: Magical Girls Club Season 1 & 2 (26 episodes) [2006-2007]
  • Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar OAV [2009]
Tenchi Universe is pretty strait forward, and was the series aired on Cartoon networks adult swim. This happens to be my favorite of the three series.
Part 2 – Tenchi Universe (Alternate retelling of original OVA)
  • Tenchi Universe (26 episodes) [1995]
  • Movie #1 “Tenchi in Love” [1996]
  • Movie #3 “Tenchi Forever” [1999]

Tenchi in Tokyo is also based on the 1st part of the OVA series, this is my least favorite among the series.

Part 3 – Tenchi in Tokyo (Another Alternate retelling of original OVA)

  • Tenchi in Tokyo (26 Episodes) [1997]

Now for the good news

Tenchi Muyo was originally licensed and released by Pioneer/Geneon Entertainment. It’s been out of print / rare for quite some time. Funimation picked up the rights to Tenchi Myuo and has been re-releasing complete sets of the various titles.

Funimation Re-Release’s of Tenchi Muyo!
Tenchi OVA & Spinoff’s
Tenchi OVA (Complete Series) – Amazon –
Tenchi Myuo GXP – Amazon –
Tenchi Myuo Ryo Ohki  – Amazon –
Sasami Magi Girls Club Season 1 – Amazon –
Sasami Magi Girls Club Season 2 – Amazon –
Tenchi Myuo War on Geminar (Part 1) –
enchi Myuo War on Geminar (Part 2) –
Tenchi Universe (Complete Series) DVD – Amazon –
Tenchi in Tokyo (Complete Series) DVD – Amazon / /

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