- Sat Mar 14, 2015 3:05 am
I have to say that this was pretty much the first time that a Kotaku comment section actually impressed me with how great it was. So kudos to the individuals who were in there!
I do think, while the review was fair, there is one line in particular that sums up a thought I have and a point I drive home every . single . time someone "reviews" (and I use that term very lightly) Ai Tenchi.
Richard Eisenbeis wrote:As an introduction to the franchise—or as a modern harem comedy—it is largely a failure. As a 20th anniversary love letter to all things Tenchi Muyo, however, Ai Tenchi Muyo is a decent nostalgic outing. And let's face it, that's probably exactly what it was trying to be.
This line right here emphasizes what everyone is looking at but misses, there's no "probably" about it because that was the very first fucking graphic we saw for Ai Tenchi Muyo, lol.
In a lot of ways, as much as it was a series to make new fans (through the modern look and new girls) come in, it relied on the hardcore fans through the various jokes and homages it paid.
There's no doubt that people have expectations with the Tenchi Muyo! name, we all have that in some degree or fashion, but sometimes you have to splash some cold water in your face and realize, it's not 1999 anymore people, Tenchi is no longer the juggernaut it once was.
I hate big-leaguing anyone, but this show wasn't made for anyone who casually watched Tenchi Muyo! It was made for people who had never seen it, and the people who know and understand that 20 years of carnivals happened before this series
I've said it before and I'll say it again, Ai Tenchi Muyo! had problems, Ai Tenchi Muyo is not perfect, and I can't blame anyone for wanting Tenchi to not suck ass like it has for a long, long, time, but when I see people say "These characters don't look like muh characters" I point to one comment in particular that Crazed linked that said
Have you seen the next Digimon?
Or any other anime lately?
Sorry, dude. Welcome to the future
This show didn't happen the way it did by accident, everyone on here knows that, so the entire point of all that is, while anyone can come in and review the show, throwing around "It failed this, it failed that", is a bit disingenuous when the show took place between commercial breaks for other anime, and made no bones about saying it was "a nostalgic outing" in the form of a 20th anniversary celebration.
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.