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Tenchi Muyo! watching order?
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Check out Astronerdboy's continuity chart at tenchi.astronerdboy.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Tenchi-chart.jpg .

The Kajishima Canon is considered by most Tenchi fans to be the one to follow.
Posted 2/11/16

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Perhaps this will help. Honestly, I can understand why a newcomer would be confused about where to start.

Personally, I recommend starting with either the original OVAs or Tenchi Universe. Both have their perks, and I think either would make a fine starting point.


I not a newcomer. I watch this when I was a kid on TV. But since I was a kid I don't remember crap. So I thou I should watch it to a least be able to remember the story..... But I didn't know this was the Marvel of anime!
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The older pretty sammit tv series is fun too. it a bit more self aware magical girl show. and pixy misa is just awesome.
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curr0001 wrote:

The older pretty sammit tv series is fun too. it a bit more self aware magical girl show. and pixy misa is just awesome.


Pretty Sammy was an OVA, but because it sold so badly, the TV series (which changed even that canon) Pioneer retitled as Magical Project S in NA, and it's pretty cute.
Self-aware magical-girl parody jokes ten years before they became cool, and ripped off later as the fake-busters' "Sasami Magical Club", but accept no imitations.


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The OVA series thinks it's a sci-fi epic, and throws in everything from everywhere, while Universe was the broadcast TV series, more of a straightforward linear comfort-food sitcom/adventure like Slayers, and seems to be more of the "central" plot that the first Tenchi Muyo in Love movie followed.
The difference between the two divergences has become a culture war: Those who started out with the OVA's think it's a sci-fi epic, and say "How can you watch the sitcom, it's so silly and trivial!", and those who started out with Universe say "How can you watch the OVA's, you can't follow it from one episode to the next!"



rcsatcrunchyroll wrote:This is strictly my opinion, of course, but I emphatically disagree. My suggestion is to watch only the OAVs and ignore the rest. That is the original Tenchi Muyo, and that is what built its legendary reputation among us anime fans in the '90s. (And it is absolutely worth noting that only the OAVs are impartial about the harem.)


Heretic! It's not a space epic about "Tenchi using his destined power of the Lightwing against his cosmic enemy", it's a "Crazy full-house harem" sitcom and you know it! Don't preach such blasphemy!


Balzack wrote:

Yeah I wouldn't recommend starting with the OVA's either, but they were a pretty awesome watch for the time. And a LOT of people's first foray into anime that wasn't Sailor Moon or DBZ. I think they're worth at least checking out, even if just for posterity.

As far as Tokyo is concerned, its been so long that I really wouldn't be able to have a discussion about it. All I know is that I watched it all, and disliked it. As did my friends. I'd personally prefer to just watch Universe and the sequel movies. But if you want to treat Tokyo as a sequel instead, then to each his own I guess


The first six Tokyo episodes, while cute for Universe fans, were badly animated and just monster-of-the-week, and fans raged so angrily, you can see a director change and the producers retool the concept around Ep. 7-8:
The canon of how the characters met was now re-retconned again to work in some excuse why "united they stand", and the villain now has a method to her madness in that Tenchi at school in the city now meets a mysterious girl which starts to break up the eternal harem--It actually turns rather touching near the end, as Ayeka is the only one aware that the other characters also mysteriously getting what they want is starting to break up that old gang, and we feel that same pang of watching the entire series seemingly come to a big finale end...Or is it?


Yamstarch wrote:Then when you're done go watch Slayers


And then accept that the snarky, male-bashing OVA's with Naga have almost nothing to do with the TV series, and came out from another producer. (As became a running joke on Slayers Evolution-R.)
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There are a few universes. Here is the breakdown though. Series listed Left -> Right are in the same universe.
Tenchi OVA / Ryo-Ohki are the same thing I believe.

Tenchi Universe -> Tenchi Movies.

Tenchi in Tokyo.

Sasami Magic Girls Club

Tenchi OVA series 1 (12) -> OVA series 2 (12) -> OVA series 3 (6) -> Tenchi GXP -> -> Ai Tenchi Muyo! -> War on Geminar

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The ones not listed on the 4th line can be watched in any order more or less. The ones on the 4th line make the most sense in that order.

Tenchi OVA series is self explanatory. It's linear.
Tenchi GXP has a different protagonist, and follows different characters, but it takes place pretty much right after the end of OVA3 chronologically.
War on Geminar takes place at least 15 years after OVA series 3. Honestly it's difficult to tell. The protagonist is Tenchi's half-brother and he's not born yet as of the end of GXP.
Ai Tenchi Muyo! I think takes place after OVA 3, not sure when in comparison to GXP. Probably after though.

Honestly , as long as you watch GXP , Geminar, and Ai Tenchi Muyo after OVA 3 it doesn't matter which order you watch them in. They are primarily their own stories anyway.
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xxJing wrote:
Ai Tenchi Muyo! I think takes place after OVA 3, not sure when in comparison to GXP. Probably after though.


Don't think it matters--Ai Tenchi Muyo was literally funded by the Okayama Prefecture Chamber of Commerce as an excuse to plug the region in the series, at which point we can say that post-GXP Tenchi has now become the Terminator: Salvation/Genysis of anime:
An expired-franchise name up for auction, to be used for whatever crap its latest name-owner wants to exploit the marketing-icon for.
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edit: Oops looks like emw2455 already posted this chart.


This chart should help.
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