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El-Hazard: The Magnificent Thread

PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 9:05 pm
by wwwwhhhhoooo
You know what's silly? Though many of us here enjoy it, and it has many connections to Tenchi, we don't have a specific place for El-Hazard love...or rather we didn't until now!

Anything related to El-Hazard goes here, like favorite characters, questions about the series, whatever! If the need arises we can always expand and make more threads later.

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Since I'm fairly new to experiencing this series (thanks chuck!) I'll make my first post simply about spreading the good word: see this series! Fantastic setting, fun and engaging plot, and, like Tenchi, populated with an eclectic, memorable cast of characters (easily its greatest strength).

I could go on I will continue later, but for now I'm passing the mic.

Re: El-Hazard: The Magnificent Thread

PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 10:03 pm
by Nobuyuki
it has many connections to Tenchi

I'm sure that's debatable to some, exaggerated to others. ;)

Sure there's the director, the animation studio, the in-joke crossovers in with Pretty Sammy, Mr. Fujisawa as Tenchi's homeroom teacher (TiT) and of course
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evil blue Kiyone ;)

... but it stands alone.

That said, I think I like the first OVA more than most Tenchi.

Re: El-Hazard: The Magnificent Thread

PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 10:13 pm
by wwwwhhhhoooo
Nobuyuki wrote:
it has many connections to Tenchi



Sure there's the director, the animation studio, the in-joke crossovers in Pretty Sammy, Mr. Fujisawa as Tenchi's homeroom teacher (TiT) and of course
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evil blue Kiyone ;)

... but it stands alone.


Ah, I think I see what you're getting at: yes, I should have worded that more specifically, as it is entirely stand alone in relation to Tenchi (unlike Kaji's multiverse approach) but, as you are well aware, in our world the connections are indeed many.

(Debatable to some? Really? Not sure why, because as you just listed, a lot of people who worked on Tenchi OVA1 worked on EH OVA.)

Nobuyuki wrote:That said, I think I like the first OVA more than most Tenchi.


You know, I've heard others on this very forum say the same thing, which was one of the reasons I just had to check it out at that point. Even though Tenchi's my No. 1 I can't in any way shoot that down, because it is really, really good.

Re: El-Hazard: The Magnificent Thread

PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 10:18 pm
by Nobuyuki
is entirely stand alone in relation to Tenchi

By debatable, I meant I'm one of those who don't relate it to Tenchi. ;)

Re: El-Hazard: The Magnificent Thread

PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 1:46 am
by Makoto_Mizuhara
Nobuyuki wrote:
is entirely stand alone in relation to Tenchi

By debatable, I meant I'm one of those who don't relate it to Tenchi. ;)

Well, if we were to go with theories on how it COULD be related to Tenchi (in-jokes aside)...

Re: El-Hazard: The Magnificent Thread

PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 8:01 am
by Dagon123
Not really sure what happened here but apparently only the initial run of the Blu-ray box of OVA 1 went out and currently any other re-release has been postponed indefinitely, which is a shame considering that the blu-ray box had the dub.

http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/product/GNXA-1060

Re: El-Hazard: The Magnificent Thread

PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 9:24 am
by chucklocker
I love El Hazard!

I had always heard tell of the many similarities and "connections" between EH and Tenchi, but I held off actually watching it for over two years. Easily one of the dumbest choices I've made since getting back into anime! El Hazard OVA 1 is so incredibly like Tenchi Muyo! it's clear as day that they are both children of Hiroki Hayashi. I agree entirely with Who and Nobuyuki in saying that El Hazard ≥ Tenchi Muyo!, broadly speaking. It's so refreshing to find another series that radiates all the same qualities that make TM! so engaging and fun. I CANNOT recommend this series enough for fans of Tenchi, or fans of fun and fantasy in general!

Currently, I've only seen the two OVA series (of which I enjoyed the first slightly more), and half of the TV series, which is LITERALLY El Hazard's equivalent of Tenchi Universe. I'm probably getting redundant at this point, but watching this franchise all the way through is like rediscovering Tenchi. Two OVAs, two TV series, released in almost the same order, and each possessing the nearly the same qualities! I just wish that El Hazard had gotten a movie or two, like Tenchi and AIC's other big 90's franchise, Ah! My Goddess, did. And boy oh boy, could they have made one hell of a movie!

I'll wrap up this post (the first of many, I'm sure), with a brief recounting of my favorite characters from the show. First and foremost there is Katsuhiko Jinnai. This guy. He is so hilariously over-the-top evil, and so ridiculously convoluted in his scheming that he unintentionally becomes the most lovable and charismatic character in the show! Plus, his laugh is without a doubt the greatest laugh in all of anime! Next up is the perpetual boozer Masamichi Fujisawa. A history teacher ( 8-) ) and chronic alcoholic, Fujisawa is the ultimate bro. While everyone around him is freaked out about the craziness of the world, he's just looking for his next drink. He and the MC, Makoto Mizuhara, develop such a great rapport that their banter by the end is legendary. Finally, is the bombastic priestess of fire, Shayla Shayla. Cut from the same cloth as our own hard playing space pirate Ryoko, Shayla is a brash, hot headed tomboy who prefers to charge headlong into a fight. These three are far from the only great characters from EH, but they are the ones that never cease to entertain!

Well, that's it for now. What about everyone else?

Re: El-Hazard: The Magnificent Thread

PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 1:52 pm
by Makoto_Mizuhara
If anything, I'm wondering how it is that the infinite loop gets closed, as El Hazard (OAVs plus the 'Alternative World' series) has one of those as a plot point. Is that ever explained in a light novel or manga?

Re: El-Hazard: The Magnificent Thread

PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 3:20 pm
by Nobuyuki
The loop was closed at the end of OVA 1 episode 7.

Everything in OVA 2 and AW happened before the ending scene in episode 7. :ugeek:
(Notice Ifurita proper isn't in either series.) ;)

Re: El-Hazard: The Magnificent Thread

PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 9:09 pm
by CrazyCabbit
My favorite of all is the first OVA of El Hazard. When I first watched the OVA, It felt like visiting "A whole new world" from the alternate side of this very same world we live in. And my favorite character has to be Mr. Fujisawa because he was a awesome character (and strongest) to be in a magnificent world to grow up... TO BE! And I saw him as a role model, sort of.