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by Nil Admirari
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Episode 34 is now subtitled and available!


Episode 34:

Beni displays her more contemplative, subtle side, if only for a moment of reflection. It doesn't take long for her to charge Tenchi like a bull once he brings up the "treasure" she seeks. She's been thinking a bit about Sensei, and she's been able to put the dots together that he isn't who he says he is. When she lashes out towards Tenchi and Momo, a lil somethin somethin comes out of nowhere
sup light hawk wings
to shield them from the blow.

Quite a bomb to drop there.
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by GaianKnight
#25989 Well, that explains the roof, later on... mmhmm1

Also makes one wonder what the Ep. 35 Momo-chat will be like, this time around. Probably off topic as usual, but one wonders...
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by Nil Admirari
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GaianKnight wrote:Well, that explains the roof, later on... mmhmm1

Also makes one wonder what the Ep. 35 Momo-chat will be like, this time around. Probably off topic as usual, but one wonders...


Well, wait no longer!

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Episode 35 is now subtitled and available!


Episode 35:

The pink haired goof is back at her usual antics, giving us a little behind-the-scenes peek at the bathing habits of some of the girls. She also allows herself a small moment to think about Tenchi-sensei, before she snaps back to her normal cheery self. Quite interesting that she compares Tenchi's home to a festival. I guess she can sense the madness from miles away! Though, that might be hard to ignore with Ayeka and Ryoko at each others' throats.
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by evilpii
#26165 Sorry for the delay. Work and Chibi Pa have been keeping me quite busy. blush1 Since I have not posted in this thread yet, I will discuss the entirety of Episodes 31-34 as a whole, rather than individual posts for each.

For those who have been looking for the plot, you have your prize as of Episode 33. Admittedly, several episodes, including Episodes 31 and 32, built up to the reveal, but the realization is blatantly shown from Wednesday's episode. In short, those realizations are as follows.

Momo is Juraian, and Beni too is from space and perhaps Juraian herself. Beni no doubt lost her memory in the crash of her ship, Toshika, given to her by the Jurai royal family. As a child, Beni was given favor by the king (of Jurai?) and installed as Momo's handmaiden/guardian. What exactly she did to earn this favor has yet to be revealed as of Episode 45. Notably, young Beni is very brazen, not unlike the Beni seen in the school era. One wonders if the memory loss reverted her back to before she had Jurai's influence. One could likely play a lot of nature-vs-nurture games here. In particular, notice that Beni's memory sparks when Momo touches her hand in Episode 34. Part of Beni remembers, as she told Tenchi on the roof. She always seems just on the verge of remembering, which obviously frustrates and infuriates her. This seems very much the "X-Men" complex that many teenagers feel. They feel different and don't know why. They crave an explanation that no one seems to give them. Hence, they lash out, as Beni does with Tenchi. There is some fun psychology to study here. gendo1


Of course, this week had some fun comedy bits as well. Tenchi's situation in Episode 31 continued the fan service from Episode 29, which lends the same commentary I had from the previous week's thread.

Episode 32 took me back to my undergraduate study, cooking ramen in the dead of night, skirting curfew to infiltrate different portions of the school. I am glad to see Yuki and Rui living the life of a starving student, very nostalgic. mmhmm1 Moreover, this episode dropped visual and dialogue hints to the happenings on campus. Not only do we hear Yuki and Rui's explanation for their "war" against the Student Council, but also we find out that Yuki built Goriki but doesn't quite know what powers it. Notably, the camera pans over the crab plushie as she says this. Also, Goriki's "treasure sensor" goes off, spurring everyone to scramble to digging under the floorboards. While they find nothing, the camera pans over Tenchi's sword in his back pocket while Yuki mentions the sensor. Dare I say, the "treasure sensor" detects
Juraian technology or Juraian energies
? gendo1 Then, there is the revelation that
Beni is the one after the treasure. Yuki and Rui are in it for the prestige and funding, and to help their comrade.


Yet, in both comedic episodes, Tenchi mentions to himself that he sees the pieces falling into place. He has been playing the hapless protagonist, but he has not forgotten his mission. fyeah1

While we were at Chibi Pa, Wwwwhhhhoooo and I had some fun speculation on the raw Japanese episodes in the airport. Since we didn't have a translation, we theorized on what could be going on, and I have to say, Wwwwhhhhoooo's thoughts have been nearly spot-on the last few weeks. kiyonesmile1 However, for posterity, and potential fan fiction, I would like to record one of the darker theories we had.

What if the entire school era storyline was a shell universe? That is, the Ryoko and Ayeka with whom Tenchi lives are simulacra of the real Ryoko and Ayeka. What if in a fit of anger and sorrow, Momo created this world to resurrect a deceased Beni, dragging Tenchi and the other feudal era characters into the spacetime rift? This has precedent with Haruna's pocket universe, as well as the Time-and-Space Adventures from Universe. How would Tenchi feel to know that his current life was a lie? How would he cope with telling Momo that her lost friend Beni was dead, and could never truly be brought back? Could she even accept that? dawohki1
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by evilpii
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Nil Admirari wrote:When she lashes out towards Tenchi and Momo, a lil somethin somethin comes out of nowhere
sup light hawk wings
to shield them from the blow.

Upon a rewatch of the series, episode 34 in particular,
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the shielding used to defend Momo and Tenchi seems very similar to the Momo's personal defence in episode 8.
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Perhaps they are the same?

*Edit: Added screenshots.
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by Ukinojo92
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the shielding used to defend Momo and Tenchi seems very similar to the Momo's personal defence in episode 8.


I believe it is Momo channeling Jurai Power through her key and using it's defense function, Yosho did something similar fighting Kagato in ep 5 of OVA 1. That or Momo, Tenchi, and Yosho can do that themselves. fyeah1
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by evilpii
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Ukinojo92 wrote:
the shielding used to defend Momo and Tenchi seems very similar to the Momo's personal defence in episode 8.


I believe it is Momo channeling Jurai Power through her key and using it's defense function,

My main problem with this theory is that Momo in episode 34 did not have her key yet. While Tenchi likely had Tenchiken with him, teenage Momo would not have known it was there, let alone how to use it. If Momo is generating the barrier in episode 34, she is not using a key to do it.

I could accept that Tenchi created the barrier himself or through Tenchiken. Tenchismile

Ukinojo92 wrote:Yosho did something similar fighting Kagato in ep 5 of OVA 1.

I do not believe this is entirely true. Here is the image I believe you are referencing, where Katsuhito has a barrier shifting around him.
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However, the design of that barrier is starkly similar to this image of Tenchi from OVA series 1 episode 6.
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Moreover, here is a panel from Okuda's All-New Tenchi Muyo! volume 6.
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While Okuda makes it very clear what he intended, many have debated on what Katsuhito used to defend himself in OVA series 1 episode 5. The main theory is the one I usually defend, that Katsuhito used Tenchiken to access a Light Hawk Wing from the tree Funaho, as in Okuda's manga. This is feasible since Ayeka has Tenchi use Tenchiken in the same way with Ryu-Oh in the very same episode. Moreover, the shape of a Light Hawk Wing is very distinctive in OVA series 1, and the barrier around Katsuhito is damned similar to Tenchi's personal Light Hawk Wings.

However, there is precedent in Universe episode 23 for Katsuhito using only Juraian energy defend himself.
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Notice that the shape does not match a Light Hawk Wing, nor does it conform to Katsuhito's barrier in OVA series 1 episode 5. While one could debate whether Katsuhito is generating the barrier himself or through Tenchiken, I believe few say a Light Hawk Wing is involved here.

However, the above image from Universe of a Juraian barrier does seem more dome-like in shape, similar to Ayeka's barriers, as well as the one Momo used in episode 8 of Ai Tenchi. Honestly, I would like to see a wide-angle shot of the barrier in episode 34 to make a more definitive assessment.

Ukinojo92 wrote:That or Momo, Tenchi, and Yosho can do that themselves. fyeah1

There is precedent for a Juraian noble generating a barrier without a key, a tree, or likely a Light Hawk Wing.
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In TMiL1, Achika defended herself against Kain's breath weapon before Tenchi, Ryoko, and Ayeka arrived. Tenchi still had the sword with him, and Ayeka had her tiara with her. Notably, Achika's clothes and belongings were destroyed either by the transfer to subspace, breaking free from Kain, or by her transformation. She was nude before being wrapped in this celestial kimono, so she had nothing to use to defend herself except her own native abilities. Teenage Nobuyuki likely didn't have any Juraian technology on him either, and was in too much pain from a broken leg and other likely injuries to do anything.

Now, I have heard arguments that Achika's transformation was a product of her using Light Hawk Wings, but I find this unlikely. As TMiL1 and TMiL2 are both continuations of Universe, where Light Hawk Wings have never been mentioned or referenced before in its story, it would be strange storytelling to have them suddenly appear for one scene. Unless I see evidence to the contrary, I attribute Achika's transformation to the Jurai Power, which is heavily referenced throughout Universe and its two movies. As such, a transformation like this could feasibly be achievable by any Juraian noble of sufficient power and ability.

Perhaps even Ayeka? gendo1