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Goku VS. Vegeta...A Saiyan Duel: Goku is no ready to face Vegeta. This is the beginning of the battle. You can see Goku do a triple Kaio-Ken! In the end of this episode you will see Vegeta blast off into the sky.
Vegeta...Saiyan Style: This is the best episode of the DVD. Vegeta creates a moon and turns into a Giant Saiyan Gorilla! Goku also decides to try the Spirit Bomb!
Stop Vegeta Now!!: In this episode Yajirobe manages to cut off Vegeta's tail and Vegeta turns normal size again. goku gives the Spirit Bomb to Krillin to blast Vegeta. Krillin misses and Gohan bounces it back and then it hits the Saiyan Prince.
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SETTING: This movie occurs shortly after the battle with Nappa and Vegeta, but before the crew goes to Namek.
STORY: Fifty years ago, a brilliant scientist was killed in an avalanche. However, his brain was implanted into a cyborg body by his robotic assistant so that he would never die. Their laboratory was covered by ice and snow in an avalanche. Finally, the present day arrives. Kochin (the assistant) uses the Dragonballs to free the lab from the icy prison. During a recent expedition to this area, Piccolo vanished. Gohan returns to see if he can find out what happened to his friend. Also, Master Roshi is captured and taken to the lab (because their data is outdated, it still says he is the world's strongest man.) Bulma is also kidnapped, and an all-out war against these villains begins.
DID IT HAPPPEN?: This film could never have occured. After the Saiyan Saga but before the Namek Saga is the only time it could have happened, but Piccolo is alive, so that completely voids the film. Likewise, there was not an intreval of this long between the two sagas.
There you have it - The World's Strongest. The first three movies were done by Pioneer, so the English dub actors are different than the ones you hear in the later TV episodes. Likewise, these DVDs have more extras than the modern DBZ DVDs, but not much. These films are good overall, but for the most part only die-hard Dragonball Z fans will get a kick out of them. I would actually consider holding off on buying these - they will be redubbed and released soon - hopefully with more extras. I hope you enjoyed this review. If you did, please click the "YES" button below.
In this version, the outrageous space pirate Ryoko arrives first, hotly pursued by bubble-brained Galactic Police Officer Mihoshi. After their ships crash in a nearby lake, Mihoshi sends out an SOS that reaches Jurai Princess Ayeka, who goes to investigate, followed by her little sister, Sasami. When Tenchi's grandfather explains that the shrine was built 700 years ago to imprison a goblin, Ryoko can't resist investigating. She and Ayeka get into yet another brawl over Tenchi and inadvertently release the goblin, who turns out to be the eccentric scientific genius Wasshu. She gleefully adds to the complications and, as Tenchi says in a rare understatement, life is soon "like a carnival."
The artists play the story for laughs and deliver. After the grimly serious battles in so many mecha films, it's a hilarious change to see an attack robot slip on a soda can, fall, and flail about like a turtle on its back.
Rated for ages 13 and up, but suitable for slightly younger viewers; some sexual innuendoes. --Charles Solomon
Well, I rented the TV series on DVD. I've got it set to Japanese with subtitles. I've watched over half of it. I've laughed...uh...once.
I have no idea why people love this series. I really don't. Maybe the OVAs are just SO GOOD that people who have seen it and then gone to watch the TV series have been compelled to love it. But I haven't seen the OVAs, and I can tell you the TV series stinks. It's just not funny. It's not even compelling. The characters I've seen done better on other anime series. And that blonde ought to be drop-kicked out of the galaxy. She's annoying, and she adds nothing to the story.
If you love Tenchi, I guess you'll love this. If you really want a comedy about romantic triangles and strange going-ons, watch Ranma or Fushigi Yuugi. Stear clear of this title, though. There's no funny in there.
This is a very funny scene. In fact, it is even funnier the second time around, because by that time we have learned Ryoko can fly, project energy blasts, throw up force fields and do all kinds of other things that show up her crying out and cowering behind Tenchi to be thoroughly ridiculous.
"Tenchi Muyo!" (meaning "No Need for Tenchi!") in all its forms is about two things: behavior and defeated expectations. It is not about plotting, per se; none of the Tenchi TV series or movies are terribly thick with plot. They are basically about characters with Dickensian attributes -- Ryoko the pirate is greedy and lazy; Aeka the princess, haughty and self-important; Mihoshi the incompetent cop, good-natured and vacuous; and so on. But all of them do care about Tenchi, their somewhat gormless benefactor on earth, and the show is more or less about how their different forms of caring collide.
Seeing any of the other Tenchi series or OAVs is not critical, but it's useful for the sake of contrast. Like "Tenchi in Tokyo," "Tenchi Universe" takes the same basic characters and shuffles the situations around slightly to produce a different storyline. In the original OAV, Ryoko was the "demon" imprisoned in the Masaki family shrine; in this story, it's *Washu* -- but the changes are interesting and usually lead to developments that we might not have expected otherwise.
"Tenchi" is basically slapstick situational humor, but with some slightly somber touches. I always found it interesting that the one remotely sane person in the whole gang is Sasami, Aeka's baby sister, who runs around and keeps everyone else sane while they're all operating at cross-purposes anyway. She is also like Tenchi in that she sees some good in everyone -- even in a pathological liar, criminal, and con artist like Ryoko, which is saying something. In the same way, Tenchi finds it hard to actually tell Ryoko to just get lost -- she may be bad but she's got real emotions under her flirting and bluffing, and it comes out in the oddest ways.
As with other "Tenchi" stories, right from the start Ryoko and Aeka can't stand each other. In "Universe" this is set up through an amusing device where each of them relates an anecdote from childhood -- although both of them tell it completely differently, and it's probably a matter of speculation who's lying. (My money is on Ryoko, but that's only because she's a liar consistently, and not because Aeka is much better.) But the two of them are also shown as being in agreement on something: they care about this young man and will unite to protect him if they have to. Even if they wind up killing each other later. (Much to Tenchi's chagrin.)
I was reminded of the old Shel Silverstein song, about how some kind of help is the kind of help that helping's all about, and some kind of help is the kind of help we can all do without. The "Tenchi" stories understand that very well and spin great humor out of it.
Tenchi is a teenage boy that finds two women from outer space. One of them is a space pirate, the other is a member of the Galaxy Police, looking for the space pirate Ryoko.
This is a fun series and I never tire of watching it over and over and over and over and over again.
Despite its slower pace, this feature incorporates all the positive qualities other Sailor Moon episodes share: sharp, eye-catching artwork; humorous but heartfelt communication among the girls; an understandable plot line; and plenty of flashy transforming. Further enhancements include an intelligent soundtrack (a nice balance of kooky sci-fi and seriously beautiful tunes) and the introduction of the "Outer Senshi." This slightly older, more mature group of young women--Sailors Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto--join our regular band of bubble-spraying, crescent-beaming skirt tossers to melt the ice princess once and for all. The dubbed movie (tagged with the new title of Hearts in Ice) is an edited version of the subtitled film. Some language and violence (a few frames) have been altered. Due to the inclusion of mild nudity (imagine a spinning, naked Barbie), parents may want to think twice before offering this movie to fans younger than 6. The DVD is of the uncut version but also has the English language dialogue. --Liane Thomas
What I liked- The storyline liked I explained above its cute and sweet, really good artwork and you can see Luna as human.
What I disliked about it- bad dub, the monsters make this weird sounds (annoying ones), its a dub think dic dub
If you're a Sailor moon fan I would rather go for the subtiteled version but then again this is a great story and its great if you have small children that like Sailor moon.
I also wish they would come out with more movies of Sailor Moon and have them be longer.
The summary of this movie is basic:
A scientist sees a comet and gets a weird crystal that fell after the comet did. The next day, Luna is sick. The scientist saves her, and after a while, she falls in love with him, neglecting Artemis! Then Luna notices the crystal makes him weak. And a snow princess ccomes to earth wanting to freeze the earth and get her crystal back, and it's up to the sailor scouts to stop her.
Tenchi In Tokyo features two new cast members, Yugi and Sakuya. Yugi is a super mutant created on Jurai 3,600 years ago. She is sent to Earth (god knows why). 3,600 years later, Yugi is awakened. Yugi wants her own kingdom to replace Earth. Her "Kingdom" is made out of crystals and three of her servants that she made. Sakuya is a girl that Tenchi meets while in Tokyo.
Sakuya is disliked by Akeya and the others at the household of Masaki (gee, i wonder why).
Yugi and her three servants create bizzare and useless spirits, such as the Cell-phone god and the Marriage Goddess. These spirits causes mayhem for Tenchi and the gang.
The animation is poor, the characters look a little different, and the plot is weak. However, I think it's worth watching the entire series at least once. I had mixed feelings of how the series ended.
The extras for the series are almost non-existant. Each DVD will have one or two of the following: Conceptual drawings, Japanese music video, or commercial. Regarding the video, no subtitles are provided, nor are you even told which character in the Tenchi series the singer played. The commercial doesn't have subtitles, either.
This also has to be one of the poorest DVD menus I've seen. It's not obvious on the main screen when you've selected something; the buttons are different colors, shapes, and placements; and you'll have to go through two screens and several button presses to change from the default English to Japanese language with subtitles. Considering that these are the two most common forms of viewing, converting between the two should only be a toggle.
Otherwise, I'll just say that I enjoyed the series. The Tokyo characters aren't the same characters in their previous incarnations. If you have to have your entertainment that way, don't watch this series. But Tenchi in Tokyo is far better viewing than most of "what's on tv" so I'll recommended it.
Six months later, Tenchi is still missing and everyone is searching. Sasami returns to Jurai to use their network. Washu uses her vast scientific knowledge and resources, enlisting Kiyone and Mihoshi to assist her. Finally, Ryoko and Ayeka put aside their differences and head to Tokyo where Washu has determined Tenchi to be.
While this starts as a standard Tenchi fare, this quickly turns into a serious tale of maturity, love, and loss. People who enjoyed the various Tenchi sagas for their humor may be put off by this movie. However, if you can accept this as a serious story, it is a very good one. Watching all of the girls in the Masaki household putting everything aside for Tenchi is very touching, especially when it comes to Ayeka and Ryoko working well together.
As I mention in my title, Tenchi does choose between the girls, but not in a way that some might expect. Personally, I think Tenchi made his choice in the "Tenchi Universe" series. As we are shown Tenchi's new life where he can't remember his past, one girl continues to come to his mind. He draws her and paints her though he doesn't remember her. As to the girls, one conceeds defeat in order to save Tenchi while the other takes one more chance to rescue Tenchi despite the danger not to mention apparently being rejected earlier.
Bottom line: As a story, this one is truely a good one. The standard complaints against Pioneer's subtitles (translations & readability) still stand and the extras are nothing to write home about. Fans of good romantic stories will enjoy this as will most Tenchi fans. Anime fans should also appreciate this title.