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by julia
#25320 I was happy with episode 7! I wasn't CRAZY about it because I'm still kind of hesitant about this series. I am looking forward to the original girls roles and how often we'll see them/their relationships with the new girls.

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

OVA3/Tokyo/GXP

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!
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by highgear56
#25321
julia wrote:I was happy with episode 7! I wasn't CRAZY about it because I'm still kind of hesitant about this series. I am looking forward to the original girls roles and how often we'll see them/their relationships with the new girls.

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

OVA3/Tokyo/GXP

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!


Good points, I agree completely.

edit: I'm thinking of splicing some random OVA sound clips (dubbed) to episode 7 just to visualize and see how it's like if the original VAs would voice this new series.
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by susano
#25322 If episodes 1-4 and 6 were the first episode of a typical series, it will seem that AI was just another harem series. Yet, the episodes have to focus on why Tenchi is a student teacher at an all girls' high school. I like episode 7. It introduces Sasami, Ayeka, and Ryoko. Ryoko and Ayeka are a lot like her Ryo-Ohki and Universe counterparts. While Sasami smaller than Ayeka, she is her early teens. More likely, Sasami will be in Grade 3 of Jr. High School.


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by Nil Admirari
#25323 Image

Episode 7 is now subtitled and available!

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Episode 7:

Ahh, there we are. A new apartment, a few years later and still up to the same old same old. Ayeka and Ryoko are still at each others' throats, Sasami trying to be the peacekeeper. I loved all of the written instructions on the walls about how long the TV can be on, how experimenting is prohibited (like that'd stop Washu, at any rate), reminders of how long to use the bathroom. Not only is Tenchi out of his element at this school, the girls now have to contain themselves now more than ever. We saw their inability to keep their explosive hands to themselves in Universe, though there was a temporary ceasefire in TMiL2. This is spun off of the OVA continuity though, so those rules may not always apply here.

This felt like a classic Tenchi scene. Bathhouse, Ryoko being ultra-touchy, Ayeka shrieking (fantastic work by Ayeka's new Seiyuu, who nailed the subtleties of her character) and Tenchi as fed up with it as ever. Welcome home, Tenchi.
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by Dagon123
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julia wrote: 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.


You or anyone else who feel the way you are, are not in any way, shape, or form shit fans! This does, however, highlight something that I think needs to be addressed.

The Tenchi brand name has been drug through the mud the last 10 years or so, and it has turned people very, VERY, cynical of anything that has the Tenchi name on it, and that is a perfectly normal response, but I think a lot of people need to understand a few things here.

This is not an OVA, this is not a traditional TV series, in fact it is a format that Tenchi has NEVER done before, in fact the 5 minute format demands changes to how plot, characters, and production are introduced, going into the episode expecting it to play out in the same way as an OVA or Traditional TV length episode is fundamentally wrong.

Many people, especially in the west who say "Well this doesn't FEEL like my Tenchi" are also the same people who are watching it not in their preferred language and even without english subs, and making comments about how the episode wasn't good or "not good enough",

How can you honestly pass judgement on an episode when you don't even know what's being said?

And hell, we're not even 30 minutes into the show yet, it's one thing if you sat down and watched the whole thing and then made a critical analysis, but how can you write off an entire show as garbage when you've only seen a 10th of it?

I'm not defending the shows faults, I'm merely highlighting the completely unrealistic nature that people have gone into the show with.

The cast and crew have obviously shown that they know what they are doing, give it time.
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by julia
#25328 I'm definitely going to still give it a chance, things change and I could end up loving it. You can't really cast such a judgement with only seeing the beginning. I kinda brushed up on that, saying I'm going to watch more means I was still giving it a chance since we havent even really seen all of our girls importance to the story (I gotta see that! :) )

I still stand by the "vibe" thing, though. It's just how the first episodes are making me feel. I am totally aware that can change though and that's the reason I am going to keep watching it and not drop it for now :) It's just reminding me of the Tenchi anime I don't like, and it is very literally giving me the same feelings I had when watching group #2. We're introduced to good sized cast of new girls, that Tenchi is around and they're in the spotlight together(and so much Momo). They're going to play an important role in this story, and oh Momo stop blushing LOL. but I do understand, that we need to be introduced to them and actually get to know them a bit so the story makes sense and theyre important, and since they're so short it makes sense as to why we're focusing on them. but so far, it's just starting out reminding me of the stuff I don't like.

I also don't like the excessive fanservice. I don't think I'm going to get used to that. You can make a damn good Tenchi story without dedicating so much time to panty flashes. (and some of those outfits...ugh)

I did like how in episode 7, it just felt like home. Tenchi is interacting with the girls the way he normally does and I just want to see more of that. Honestly, part of me wonders why they didn't just came up with a new adventure centering on the main cast, but we'll see how this series goes. It may end up being fantastic and I might be frustrated with some parts for nothing :)

I don't blame people for being cynical about the series, though... Of course you can't judge any particular one without seeing it, but if there are more people who categorize Tenchi series like I do, there hasn't been anything to get really excited about since Forever. I was excited to watch every single one on list 2 (I was in middle school when I watched em... and I think maybe 9th grade for OVA 3?) and I felt let down, they just weren't my taste. As much as I adore list 1 (I consider Tenchi my favorite series next to Utena :) ) it's hard to get myself excited,and it feels like we're starting off on a wobbly foot :/

and while I am giving it a chance to see if it will get better, I still feel kinda shitty that so many of you seem so excited about it and I'm just here, not AS much, lol.
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by wwwwhhhhoooo
#25329 I haven't been this happy for the last two years. I haven't been this happy for something Tenchi-related for over four; I'd almost started to forget how it felt.

soawesome1

Everything from here on out is gravy: my girls (ahem, I mean, Tenchi's girls) are back, Ryoko and Ayeka are bickering, Sasami's there to greet Tenchi after a long workday...with the original seiyuu returning and sounding and behaving as if it were still the 1990's, even these few minutes with them has made all these years of waiting patiently worth it. I sincerely mean it. I even "forgot" about the new designs for a while, and I saw the characters purely for who they are and always have been: it's like linear time quickly faded away...no past, present, or future...only Tenchi as it was meant to be.

Thanks to everyone who's been on the ride with me *sniffle the buildup to arriving "here" has been so much fun that like everything from here on out on this romp of Tenchi-esque feelgood wrapped in a new-anime packaging we know as Ai Tenchi Muyo!, everything in the future with my fellow fans and friends is just icing on this not-always-sweet cake I call my life. I've already been blessed with more than I deserve. Cheers to ALL of you! (mad-scientists, princesses, GP operatives and pirates alike)

author's note: I was stone-cold sober when I typed this spew of emotions up, i swear :wink:
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by evilpii
#25332 Episode 7 is exactly what every long-running Tenchi fan has been waiting for. Tenchismile We've already had an episode dedicated to Washu and a glimpse of Mihoshi, but this episode brings us all home to Ayeka, Sasami, and Ryoko. However, this is not quite the home we remember. From what it seems, Tenchi has moved into a large apartment in Takahashi while he finishes his student-teaching. Naturally, Ryoko and Ayeka follow right along, with Sasami in tow. Considering the signs on the wall about experiments, no doubt Washu calls this home as well. qt1

As one might imagine, Tenchi and Ryoko fall right into place. Sasami seems and sounds older, but this is natural, considering she has likely been on Earth a while now. Moreover, Ayeka's new voice actress performed smashingly. fyeah1 Considering how beaten up Tenchi was when he returned, I am already expecting one or both of Ryoko and Ayeka to end up on campus by the end of the week. gendo1

Now, on the other had, there are some notable absences. Ryo-Ohki has not been mentioned yet in the entire series or its promotional material. dawohki1 Also, no reference to Nobuyuki or Katsuhito back at home has been dropped either. While it is unlikely that either of the two men will play a heavy role, one would expect that Ryo-Ohki might, considering Momo and Beni being pictured in a spaceship in episode 3. We will have to see how that plays itself out. woooo1

While Washu is not present this episode, her presence is certainly felt in a few of the background signs (thanks and props to the translation team! kiyonesmile1 ). She also arranged for the package of miscellaneous riot gear to be delivered. No doubt as a professor, Washu knows how dangerous that first semester of teaching can be. butts1 There were days early on in my own career, about 23-24, when I thought a helmet or a shield might be good to protect me from a room of 18-year-old freshmen. wth2 In many ways, I think I will vicariously reliving my early teaching career through Tenchi. Ganbatte, Tenchi-kun! kiyonesmile1

What new hijinks await Tenchi on his second day at the office? tenchiahhhhhh