- Tue Dec 01, 2015 2:07 pm
Internationally it will flop, because no one follows the doujins and no one wants it to end with Noike, or a marry all orgy.
I'd actually be slightly surprised if Funi does pick it up, because they are well aware of the backlash OVA 3 got, plus there's the Petrea issue, which is far far lower on their list of concerns vs. sales. Harem anime have been in a decline and are at an all time low in popularity anyway. The only exception being Nisekoi, and I'd hold that due to it's manga roots and visual presentation being a mix of Love Hina meets the Monogatari series.
What's going to matter is how it is received in Japan. Which while not a city stopping event, there did appear to be some turn out for the thing in Takahashi. Over there people have access to the doujin info much more easily, and a lot of the old guard that shipped one girl or the other has moved on. Canonical continuations are more equivalent to god speaking from on high over there, where as Ai got a lot of backlash on both sides of the ocean. Take a look at twitter using any of the tenchi hashtags, the vast majority of people are dying for OVA 4 because of misconception that it's going to go they way they want and they will see Tenchi get with Ayeka or Ryoko, and see space battles again. Except that doesn't exist anymore, the story isn't consistently more of OVA 1 and 2.
The question is just how much can Kajishima piss off everyone, and Tenchi survive on it's name alone, because it isn't itself anymore. If they are starting with the wedding of Noike, it's likely we'll see the typical reintroduction with the cast doing a lot of nothing, Seto or someone showing up out of the blue, ending with a teaser pic of everyone in royal dress. 2 will be the wedding. But where does it go from there? The little side stories from the minor doujins? Does it cover Rea and the Geminar reveal about Kenshi's origin? Is he going to time skip to when Sasami is a teen and Tenchi's boning Noike (Omake)? Or really time skip and go straight to IF with Noike's first kid? Even further when the collection of kids is in school?
The problem again, is where in any of that, is a antagonist? There's no enemy, there's no fight, there's the lazy and uneventful days of carrot fields and deciding which space chick to bone every day. The same is said of Tenchi's son, and Seina's son, and so on and so on.
If he can't pull off more than that with OVA 4, then yes the OVA series is dead. It needs an enemy, it frankly needs Star Wars injected back into it stat. We need a unknown enemy to drop out of orbit, blast the household, poison Noike and her die in Tenchi's arms at the pulpit, and kick off a hunt. We need someone to hit Jurai in the meantime and give them a real bloody nose. We need queen Misaki to be captured and 3 episodes of her being converted into the evil counteractor, designed to go after Tsunami. We need Tenchi's battles to be hard and uphill, and Mihoshi to take a hit for the team, leading into a explanation of what the deal is with her bow and broken brain.
We need a hero and his epic companions, not a boring ass harem daycare simulation.
We are still small flowers without names. We are small beings that finally budded,
supported by those larger than us. But we dream... of the day when we will eventually
blossom under the wide open sky.