Tenchi Muyo: DVD Ultimate Edition (3 Discs, Pioneer, 2000)
This is the best set to get if your going to go for the first 2 OVA's and the 7th Episode Special "The Night Before the Carnival". While it is generally more expensive ($100 to $300), it contains a third disc with tons of extra trailers and line art/sketches etc (If you have all 3 movies you have all the trailers for the most part so its mainly for the actual extras). There are the 4 Geneon Signature Series Discs (Which contain all the episodes just not nearly as many extras), which up until recently have been farely cheap, but with Geneon leaving the American market, Discs 2-4 have become quite rare and I've seen a 4 disc set go easily for $100. . Also another quick note, this set is the most notorious for bootlegs, the easiest way to tell if its a bootleg is 1.)The price, if it gos for anything under 100 USD its fake, and 2.) If it doesn't say THX mastered in the middle or Pioneer in the corner, its a fake, so BEWARE, lol
Tenchi Universe: Complete Collection (8 Discs, Geneon, 2007)
The most recent boxset release of Tenchi Universe (The first release being in 2000), like everything Tenchi, it also has 8 Geneon Signature Series Counterpart Discs, however unlike the Ultimate Edition, the boxset Discs and the Geneon Sigs are identical, the only thing this set does really is save space and look nice, it generally runs anywhere from 25$ to 50$ (I personally recommend Right stuf inc as they've always had the cheapest, best deals and excellent service)
Tenchi In Tokyo: Complete Collection (8 Discs, Geneon 2007)
Pretty much the same as the Universe set, Identical to its 8 Disc Geneon Counterparts, slim casing, same pricing, etc
Tenchi Muyo: The Movie Collection (3 Discs, Geneon, 2007)
This is the Full movie set, All 3 movies have seen 3 different DVD releases, The first Run Pioneer releases, the Second Run Geneon Signature Releases, and this Movie Collection release. The on disc content is the same throughout each release, the only difference is the actual look of the disc and the covers, with every "Geneon" release the Disc is Red with the Logo of the Anime on the top of the Disc(This gos for all boxsets and Geneon Sigs), the Pioneer Discs were Thermal Printed and look much different, for Example TMiL1 Pioneer Release has Kain on the Disc, with Pioneer Logo and TMiL1 across it with a nice Thermal printed shine, while the Movie Collection and Geneon Sigs are red discs with said logos, So really all it comes down to is what you think looks best in your collection ^_^ as all of them together no matter how you buy them, cost the same
Tenchi Muyo: The Mihoshi Special/ Pretty Sammy OVA (1 Disc, Geneon, 2002)
The Mystical Mihoshi Special and Pretty Sammy OVA, A cool little side plot with the main cast, almost like the Time and Space Adventures in Universe, Even though it has Pioneer on the Box, it has Geneon on the Disc, lol It can be found for roughly 25$, not bad for 4 episodes
Tenchi Muyo: Ryo-Ohki Complete Series - The Viridian Collection (3 Discs, FUNimation, 2009)
Where do I start with this one? First off, there have been 3 releases, Each release has had the same content on each disc, The first release has 3 separate Cases and a TIN Box with Tenchi on front (Which originally went for around 80 to 100 bucks, now it gos for 30$ to 40$, go figure, lol), next is the "Complete" Collection, which has Washu on the front, now this latest release, the one released in April, I don't understand at all. It is the exact same price, exact everything as the original collection release, The only difference is it says "Viridian Collection" on it, and it has a pretty sweet cover, So all in all, this comes down to "Who do you want on the front of OVA3?" lol (Me being a sucker for the Viridian Release cover I had to have it, come on look at Ryoko and Tenchi, That's probably why that cover is there to sucker in die-hard TenchixRyoko fans, but I still have my tin, lol)
Wheres the Blu-Ray at you say? Well If You can somehow find it in your wallet to keep looking on, then here they are
Tenchi Muyo Ryo Ohki Blu-Ray Box (4 Discs, Geneon Universal Japan, 2009)
(Sorry Guys, its now OOP (Out of Print) but the single releases are still available!)
Wow, awe inspiring right? lol This Blu-Ray Box is the equivalent to our Ultimate Edition DVD except much more epic lol, it also has the standard 4 seperate Disc release like the Geneon Sigs (With the same covers too, lol), There are a couple things about this set that are puzzling, first off, Unlike the Blu-Ray Movies, The OVA Box (And the single case releases) have no English or Japanese Subtitles, There is English Audio and 2 Japanese Audio tracks but no subs whatsoever, so If you liked the Subbed version looks like you're going to have to deal, lol the next puzzling thing is, both CdJapan and YesAsia say there are the standard 13 episodes, and then a special 14th episode and a "sound file", could this 14th episode be the Mihoshi special?(Recently Confirmed Yes) and is the sound file, the same sound file laser disc with all of the Music Videos on it?(Still Unconfirmed), with a great set of Extras, now heres the downer, Its Import Only, and the price is a whopping 333 USD (You can change it on CDJapan to fit it if you live outside the US) not to mention Importing Fees, And don't think the Single Releases are any cheaper, if anything buying those are MORE expensive as they average 86 USD a Disc
Tenchi Muyo: Theatrical Trilogy Blu-Ray Box (3 Discs, Geneon Universal Japan, 2009)
Still Awe Struck? Me too, lol This Blu-Ray Box trilogy of the Tenchi Movies is quite nice, On top of the Movies it comes with 4 pages of Liner Notes, and limited edition reprint brochures from when each movie was released, There are also Single releases of each movie which all have the same cover art except for Manatsu no Eve which instead of having the standard "Daughter of Darkness" cover, has a close up of Mayuka with the rest of the Tenchi cast sitting together under a tree eating watermelon, While the Blu-Ray OVA box seems to have alot better Extras this time around, the movies don't seem to have any different bonus features, but unlike the OVA Box, The movies come with both English AND Japanese Subtitles, which is kind of strange, but hey at least they still have both English and Japanese Audio, again the Only downers are Import only and the box is 265 USD (Yes Asia is considerably less on Single releases though, TMIL2 is only 45 USD there while at CdJapan its a whopping 90 USD)
Well thats the whole Main Cast Set, hope this guide was helpful ^_^
When we were young, we lived in the limelight.
Whenever I looked over, my buddies were next to me.
Our world was feverish, red hot.
Far, far away, back in the era of dreams,
we once burned brightly as the sun.