Big part of the reason I was hesitant about Ai was because of the girl collecting. The original girls are vital to Tenchi Muyo. They really make the show to me, and I don't want to see them pushed a bit to the side to make away for a pretty big cast of new girls.
Someone mentioned a "Tenchi vibe" earlier, and... I agree to an extent. To me, Tenchi series as a whole (well, what I've seen) is separated as such;
OVA1&2/Universe/All 3 movies
and to me, each group has their own vibe... and Ai so far has been giving me the vibe of the latter. There are small aspects of the second group I do like, but as a whole I don't like them. I feel kind of like a shit Tenchi fan because I guess I am kind of close-minded about new groups/girls being introduced. It still has group #2 vibe, don't know if that will change with coming episodes, because I do plan to watch it more.
My first post for episode 6, "Momo no", was because of the blushing near the end. My little alarm came on and thought "oh no"... I guess it was inevitable at least one of the girls would fall for him or develop a small crush... but it doesn't make me any less frustrated. I'm hoping Momo doesn't overshadow the original girls. She seems to be the ~most important~ one of the new crew so far. on a side note I also don't like the panty shots, I didn't like the group of high school girls stripping Tenchi and trying to go in his underwear.
It was great we finally got to see Ryoko, Ayeka and Sasami. It seemed very natural, not like a novelty of seeing an original Tenchi character (oh LOOK AT THIS SPECIAL GUEST IT'S PRINCESS AYEKA! etc). I wish we had seen the house full of girls, having Mihoshi, Washu and Ryo Ohki there too. I guess I'm wishing for a series that Ai isn't, though. I'm kind of conflicted on Ryoko's new outfit... I'll have to see her in action more! Ya know if Washu didn't have that garter or the lace-up on the top, it wouldn't look so lingerie-y.... I'm also liking the animation style a lot more than I thought I would.
Just hoping our ladies get the spotlight and attention they deserve in the future!