- Tue Feb 03, 2015 12:39 pm
Deathsight wrote:In terms of using the phrase everyone it is specific enough in the context it was used so does not require explanation. For the rest of the posts, this is a thread about correcting the mistakes of OVA 3 or removing it all together by in making a better OVA 4 or OVA 3 version 2.0 and rewriting it completely with the mistakes corrected.
Future ideas can be posted as long as they deal with correcting these mistakes (such as more development in terms of relationships, example Tenchi and Ryoko, or some of the other girls finding other love interests in the end as suggested in the post above) or finding solutions for plot points or events that you felt were mistaken or wrong. Those posts for future ideas specifically that don't already involve some event or plot point that you feel was mistaken that has already occurred in Tenchi, there is another thread for that.
I apologize if the sarcasm of my previous post
was not well-received. The video was the source of the quote I paraphrased. However, I do believe what I have proposed is feasible and satisfies several of the criteria you have set forward. Allow me to elaborate.
First, the OVA continuity is overflowing with characters that serve little purpose than background, and yet have entire series dedicated to them. One way to trim the fat of the series would be the cull them. I claim a powerful adversary could easily achieve this.
Second, most of the cast in the OVA are nearly untouchable (e.g. Tenchi, Washu, Seto). Even Seina seems to have a guardian angel being saved by Ryo-Ohki, the Chobimaru
, Mikagami, and the Zinv idol. I have already explained at length my issues with OVA 3
in terms of plot and characterization, so I will not repeat myself here. The protagonists need to be hurt, shown to be lacking. Without a struggle or journey, there is no story. An adversary seen destroying much of the universe's military might would establish this very conflict, much like Kagato's massacre of the White Rock Fleet in OVA 1 episode 4.
Further addressing the untouchable aspect, the deity of the cast should be removed, along with the "universal reset" option. Why have any plot or development if it can be just washed away with the literal wave of a hand as in OVA 3 episode 6? Admittedly, Hexagram of Love
did this also, but only after every one of the main cast lay dead. In fact, this is the very vein I have proposed. Hurt the protagonists, even kill them. Make the cast vulnerable, fallible. Make the audience feel for those characters as they suffer. Put them into a desperate position where the reset is the only option left, but at a price. Use it once and then never again. I believe having Tokimi reset the universe with her last breath would endear her more so than as a flying chibi. I envision this much like Crisis on Infinite Earths
from DC Comics, where many incarnations of famous characters died to be reborn in a new fused universe.
In short, as we have stated before in other
threads, whatever incarnation the series takes, it must evoke some emotion from the audience to be successful. The audience must care about the characters. As such, they need events to make them grow, change, and most importantly, mature. Conflict is necessary for this, whether it is man-vs.-man, man-vs.-god, or man-vs.-self. These events should not be a farce, like Misao and Masishu's fake predicament aboard the Chobimaru
in OVA 3 episode 5, where the event was openly staged. Make it real drama, where someone can lose and be defeated. Give a crisis to be resolved.
I resubmit my proposal for a dark force (e.g. Yuzuha, Kain) entering the OVA universe via a fissure caused by Tenchi's spasm in OVA 3 episode 6. This adds continuity with the existing works, as well as gives them consequences. I chose Yuzuha because she arises from Hasegawa's novels
, the tenth specifically. Since her novels follow OVA 1, one could adapt more easily than from, say, Universe
. A display of power by offing many of the military powers would establish the villain as a significant threat, particularly if core characters started dying in the process. Tenchi breaking dimensions was an exaggeration from OVA 3 episode 6, but him killing everyone in the process was straight from Hexgram of Love
. I chose Tokimi to resurrect the universe with her last breath since, unlike Washu and Tsunami, she has not had time to be endeared to the audience, even in the doujinshi or novels. This final act of salvation would give a reason to care about her, the last Chousin standing, watching her sisters and friends die, the one to save them all. Notably, this is in opposition to how I would usually write her
Ukinojo92 wrote:Also the last part sounds like the ending to Space Dandy.
Yes, Ukinojo, this would be like the ending of Space Dandy
, by design. Dandy realized being a god is not fun. Where is the adventure or drama or passion of the finiteness of life when you are omniscient and omnipotent? This is a main theme in most fiction that being eternal has negative effects
, not happiness forever. Unless a god-like storyline can be made compelling, it should not exist. Hence, erase it from existence.
Ukinojo92 wrote:But seriously, the idea sounds like you would need to marathon or cut parts from every continuity to explain it.
This is false. Except for Yuzuha, my proposal relies only on the OVA series 1-3 and GXP. The Galaxy Army is established in GXP, the Galaxy Police in OVA 1, and the Chousin are a point on OVA 3. I took ideas and inspiration from Hasegawa's novels, but not explicit events.