(天地無用!, Tenchi Muyō!
?), is a Japanese anime, light novel, and manga series created by Masaki Kajishima and Hiroki Hayashi about a boy named Tenchi Masaki, which has grown into a larger franchise. Along with the likes of Moldiver
, Tenchi Muyo!
was one of the early successes for AIC, the animation company behind it, which went on to create El-Hazard
, Battle Athletes
, Oh My Goddess!
, Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventure
and many other anime series. The generally accepted translation of the title is No Need For Tenchi
, though at the time of its appearance it was also translated variably as No Heaven and Earth
and, bizarrely, This Way Up
The original series, Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki
, is a six episode Original Video Animation (OVA) released in Japan in 1992–93. As its popularity grew, it spurred a seventh episode (also known as the Tenchi Special
) and a stand-alone Mihoshi Special
. In 1994-95, the second OVA series (episodes 8-13) was released, featuring episodes 8–13. A third OVA series (episodes 14–19) was released from 2003-2005, followed by a special twentieth episode.