Outlaw Star is a seinen manga series written and illustrated by Takehiko Itō and his affiliated Morning Star Studio. The series takes place in the "Toward Stars Era" universe in which spacecraft are capable of traveling faster than the speed of light; the plot follows protagonist Gene Starwind and his motley crew of an inherited ship dubbed the Outlaw Star, as they search for a legendary, outer space treasure trove called the "Galactic Leyline". Outlaw Star was serialized in the monthly Shueisha magazine Ultra Jump between 1996 and 1999 for a total of 21 chapters. Three volumes of collected chapters were published in Japan between August 1997 and January 1999. Although no official English version of the manga exists, it has been published in Chinese, German and Spanish. Sunrise Studios produced a 26-episode anime adaptation, directed by Mitsuru Hongo and aired on the Japanese station TV Tokyo in early 1998; the animated series has since been broadcast worldwide. This includes an English version from Bandai Entertainment that received an edited airing on the North American Cartoon Network blocks Toonami in early 2001 and on Adult Swim in early 2002.
Outlaw Star has been licensed for release in Australia and New Zealand by Madman Entertainment and in Europe by Beez Entertainment. A few Japanese-exclusive audio CDs and light novels have been spawned since the start of the manga's publication. Critical reception for Outlaw Star has been positive. Many reviewers praised the anime series its animation style and its balance of dramatic and comedic elements. However, some found fault with the show's pacing, believing that the storyline quality begins to wane after the first few episodes. Sunrise produced a spin-off television series titled Angel Links, which aired in Japan in 1999. Preliminary plans were made to create a direct sequel in the form of a single-episode called Sword of Wind, but production never began. Outlaw Star is a space opera/Space Western set in the fictional "Towards Stars Era" universe. During its past, an asteroid containing a material known as "dragonite" crashed in the fictional Arashon desert of northern China. Scientists found that the dragonite contained properties related to "ether", an energy source that would allow spacecraft to travel faster than the speed of light, thus traverse large distances of the universe in a short time.
As new colonies were formed throughout the vast reaches of outer space, pirates and outlaws began to threaten humanity's new frontier. To create order, the Earth Federation established four empires: USSA, Einhorn and Tenpa. However, internal power struggles within the factions and conflicts amongst one another become abundant, leading to inevitable lawlessness; the storyline starts shortly after an infamous outlaw named "Hot Ice" Hilda flees from the Kei Pirates, a branch of the Tin'Pa. Hilda has stolen from them a highly-advanced prototype ship dubbed the XGP15A-II and a suitcase containing a bio-android called Melfina, the only being capable of interfacing with the ship. Outlaw Star opens on the backwater planet Sentinel III, on which the protagonist Gene Starwind and his 11-year-old business associate James "Jim" Hawking run a small jack-of-all-trades business. After the two take a job as bodyguards for a disguised Hilda and engage in a brief skirmish with the Kei Pirates and Jim find themselves the owners of the XGP15A-II and the caretakers of Melfina, though Hilda is killed in the process.
Hilda reveals that the ship's true purpose is to locate the "Galactic Leyline", a place which popular claims say is a holder of immense treasure and power. Throughout the course of the series, the crew grows to include the kimono-garbed contract killer "Twilight" Suzuka and the Ctarl-Ctarl alien catgirl Aisha Clanclan; the Outlaw Star manga series and animated television series are paced differently. The anime episodes involve Gene and his comrades taking on various jobs or missions to fund their ship's massive maintenance costs. Throughout their travels, the crew encounters Ronald MacDougall and Harry MacDougall, a pair of bounty hunters responsible for the death of Gene's father. Ronald acts as a rival to Gene, while Harry wishes to form a bond with Melfina, a bio-android like himself, who instead develops strong feelings for Gene; the crew contends with others that learn of the Outlaw Star's connection to the Galactic Leyline. They are a scientist wishing to gain omniscience through the Leyline.
The series climaxes. In the end, Ron MacDougall retreats, saved by a computer copy of his brother Harry, Khan is integrated into the Leyline as data, Gene reveals to Melfina that he is in love with her and frees her from the Leyline by making it their shared wish to be together forever, Hazanko is defeated by the Outlaw Star crewmembers. Once the conflict comes to a close and his friends return to Sentinel III and go their separate ways, but reunite to continue their adventures together. Outlaw Star was created by Morning Star Studio. Takehiko Itō was the manga's director and chief artist. Itō was aided in his duties by a pseudonym of writers at Sunrise. Others who contributed to the work include producer Kenzoh Tomita.
DIC Entertainment Corporation was an international film and television production company. In 2008, DiC was folded into it. Most of the DiC library is owned by DHX Media after DHX acquired the Cookie Jar Group on October 22, 2012. In addition to animated and live-action television shows, while under Disney, DiC produced live-action feature films, including Meet the Deedles and Inspector Gadget, licensed various anime series such as Sailor Moon, Saint Seiya and Speed Racer X. Diffusion, Information Communications was formed in France in 1971 by Jean Chalopin as the production division of Radio Television Luxembourg, a long existing media company. DiC's American arm was founded in April 1982 in Burbank, California by Andy Heyward, a former story writer at Hanna-Barbera, to translate DiC productions into English; the company produced television animation for both network broadcast and syndication, outsourced its non-creative work overseas, enforced anti-union policies and hired staff on a per-program basis to cut costs.
For some in the industry, DiC stood for "Do It Cheap". With directors Bruno Bianchi and Bernard Deyriès, Chalopin and Heyward were able to make DiC an effective but restrained animation company. Soon after joining DiC, Heyward developed Inspector Gadget, which became a successful production out of the American office. DiC partnered with toy makers and greeting card companies for character based product lines that could be made into animated series, thus DiC productions came with built in some time financiers. Between Inspector Gadget and The Littles, the company became profitable; as the only non-union animation firm, in 1984 DiC faced a unionization effort. In 1985, DiC opened its own Japan-based animation facility for animation production on their shows in order to bypass overseas animation subcontractors. In April 1986, DiC launched. From late 1986 to 1987, along with investors Bear Stearns & Co. and Prudential Insurance Co, bought Chalopin and Radio Television Luxembourg's 52% stake in DiC in a $70 million leveraged buyout and made the US headquarters the company's main base of operations.
After the buyout, Bianchi, Deyriès and producer Tetsuo Katayama left the company to be replaced by Robby London and Michael Maliani as key employees. After selling his shares in DiC, Chalopin retained DIC's original offices in France and formed the company C&D in 1987 to continue producing animated shows. After the buyout, DiC was in debt and the foreign rights to the DiC library were sold in 1987 to Saban Productions, who sold the rights to Chalopin's C&D. At the time, Heyward considered Chalopin an enemy because of the purchase and the situation permanently poisoned DiC and Saban's relationship. DIC sued Saban for damages. By 1987, DiC Enterprises' parent company was known as Inc.. DiC entered the toy industry with the development of the Old MacDonald talking toyline. In December, DiC arranged a deal to merge with Computer Memories Inc. a former computer component manufacturer and public shell company. A dissident Computer Memories shareholder scuttled the deal in February 1988. With the buyout debt still a burden, the animation market beginning to soften with the rise of video tape viewing and a glut of new shows & new kids cable channels, Japanese contract animation companies rates increased 40% from 1986 to 1988 due to the yen exchange rate.
In 1987, DiC moved production of Dennis the Menace to a Canadian animation firm for grants and tax breaks from the Canadian government. The company started moving some work to Taiwan. By the 1987-1988 season, DiC had shows on all three major networks Saturday mornings: six half-hours of shows and 50 half-hours per week in syndication. Prudential Insurance Co. purchased additional equity of DiC Animation City in August 1989 while increasing DiC's debt capacity. For the 1989-1990 season, DiC provided 30% of the networks' Saturday morning schedule with a total 60 hours per week on networks, local stations and cable channels. Four new programs debuted that season on syndication. On September 11, 1989, DiC launched the 26-hours-a-week Funtown programming block on CBN Family Channel. DIC was to produce four specials, with the first launching on Funtown with the others holiday specials, for the fourth quarter of 1989. A special based on The New Archie Show was slated for the first quarter of 1990. In 1993, DIC Animation City and Capital Cities/ABC formed a joint venture called DiC Entertainment L.
P. with Heyward retaining a small ownership stake. DIC Animation City was supposed to remain independent, but was folded into the Limited Partnership a year later. With ABC in 1994, DiC programmed Dragon Club and Panda Club, in China. In October 1995, DIC Productions L. P. announced they would be opening an animation office in France in partnership with Hampster Productions. In March 1997, the studio was opened up and was named Les Studios Tex, which DIC was a shareholder in. In January 1996, DIC became part of The Walt Disney Company conglomerate following Disney's acquisition of Capital Cities/ABC. DiC launched a direct to video division in April 1998 with Riley Katherine Ellis, a Caravan Pictures producer, hired as division head; the first release planned was Madeline: Lost in Paris in spring 1999, with all the division's DVDs to be released by Buena Vista Ho
Superman (1940s cartoons)
The Fleischer Superman cartoons are a series of seventeen animated short films released in Technicolor by Paramount Pictures and based upon the comic book character Superman, making them his first animated appearance. They were produced by Fleischer Studios, who completed the initial short and eight further cartoons in 1941 and 1942. Production was assumed in May 1942 by Famous Studios, a successor company to Fleischer, who produced eight more cartoons in 1942 and 1943. Superman was the final animated series intitiated by Fleischer Studios, before Famous Studios took over production. Although all entries are in the public domain, ancillary rights such as merchandising contract rights, as well as the original 35mm master elements, are owned today by Warner Bros. Entertainment. Warner has owned Superman publisher DC Comics since 1969. Only the first nine cartoons were produced by Fleischer Studios. In 1942, Fleischer Studios was dissolved and reorganized as Famous Studios, which produced the final eight shorts.
These cartoons are seen as some of the finest quality animated cartoons produced during The Golden Age of American animation. In 1994, the first entry in the series was voted #33 of The 50 Greatest Cartoons of all time by members of the animation field. By mid-1941, brothers Max and Dave Fleischer were running their own animation studio in Miami and had finished their first animated feature film, Gulliver's Travels; the Fleischers were well into production on their second, Mr. Bug Goes to Town. Not wanting to risk becoming overworked, the Fleischers were opposed to the idea of committing themselves to another major project when they were approached by their studio's distributor and majority owner since May 1941, Paramount Pictures. Paramount was interested in financially exploiting the phenomenal popularity of the then-new Superman comic books, by producing a series of theatrical cartoons based upon the character; the Fleischers, looking for a way to reject the project without appearing uncooperative, agreed to do the series—but only at a per-episode-budget number so exorbitantly high that Paramount would have to reject them, instead.
They told Paramount that producing such a conceptually and technically complex series of cartoons would cost about $100,000 per short. To the Fleischers' shock, instead of withdrawing its request, Paramount entered into negotiations with them, got the per-episode budget lowered to $50,000. Now the Fleischers were committed to a project they never wanted to do—with more financial and marketing support than they had received for the projects they had done; the first cartoon in the series titled Superman, was released on September 26, 1941, was nominated for the 1941 Academy Award for Best Short Subject: Cartoons. It lost to Lend a Pluto cartoon from Walt Disney Productions and RKO Pictures; the voice of Superman for the series was provided by Bud Collyer, who performed the lead character's voice during The Adventures of Superman radio series. Joan Alexander was the voice of Lois Lane, a role she portrayed on radio alongside Collyer. Music for the series was composed by the Fleischers' long-time musical collaborator.
Rotoscoping, the process of tracing animation drawings from live-action footage, was used minimally to lend realism to the character's bodily movements. Many of Superman's actions, could not be rotoscoped. In these cases, the Fleischers' lead animators—many of whom lacked training in figure drawing—animated "roughly" and depended upon their assistants to keep Superman "on model" during his action sequences; the Fleischer cartoons were responsible for giving Superman his most singular superpower: flight. When the Fleischers started work on the series, in the comic books, Superman could only leap from place to place. After seeing the leaping animated, the Fleischers deemed it "silly looking", asked permission from Action Comics to have him fly instead, he was only shown flying in the comics due to an artist and editorial error in Superman #10. By the end of 1941, the brothers were no longer able to cooperate with each other, the studio's co-owner Dave Fleischer had left Florida for California, where he would become the new head of Columbia Pictures' Screen Gems studio.
After the Fleischers were removed from the company, Paramount renamed the organization Famous Studios, placing Seymour Kneitel, Isadore Sparber, Sam Buchwald, Dan Gordon in charge of production. The sleek look of the series continued, but there was a noticeable change in the storylines of the shorts of the series after Famous replaced Fleischer as producer; the first nine cartoons had more of a science fiction aspect to them, as they involved the Man of Steel fighting robots, giant dinosaurs, meteors from outer space, other perils. The eight cartoons in the series, which were all Famous Studios productions, dealt more with World War II propaganda stories, such as in Eleventh Hour, which finds Superman going to Japan to commit acts of sabotage
Mobile Suit Gundam
Mobile Suit Gundam is a televised anime series and animated by Sunrise. Created and directed by Yoshiyuki Tomino, it premiered in Japan on Nagoya Broadcasting Network and its affiliated ANN stations on April 7, 1979, lasted until January 26, 1980, spanning 43 episodes, it was the first Gundam series, which has subsequently been adapted into numerous sequels and spin-offs. Set in the futuristic calendar year "Universal Century" 0079, the plot focuses on the war between the Principality of Zeon and the Earth Federation, with the latter unveiling a new giant robot known as the RX-78-2 Gundam piloted by the teenage civilian mechanic Amuro Ray. In 1981, the series was split into three movies; the characters were designed by Yoshikazu Yasuhiko, Kunio Okawara was responsible for the mechanical designs, including the eponymous giant robot, the RX-78-2 Gundam. The first movie was released on February 22, 1981. Tomino himself wrote a trilogy of novels that retell the events of the series. Two manga adaptations of the series have been written by two manga artists.
Despite initial low ratings that caused the series' cancellation, the popularity of Gundam saw a boost from the introduction of Bandai's Gunpla models in 1980 and from reruns and the theatrical release of the anime, leading to the creation of a prolific and lucrative media and toy franchise. The series is famous for revolutionizing the giant robot genre due to the handling of mobile suits as weapons of war as well as the portrayal of their pilots as ordinary soldiers, as opposed to the previous style of portraying hero pilots and their giant super hero robots. Set in a fictional universe in the year 2179, the Principality of Zeon has declared independence from the Earth Federation, subsequently launched a war of independence called the One Year War; the conflict has directly affected every continent on Earth nearly every space colony and lunar settlement. Zeon, though smaller, has the tactical upper hand through their use of a new type of humanoid weapons called mobile suits. After half of all humanity perishes in the conflict, the war settled into a bitter stalemate lasting over 8 months.
The story begins with a newly deployed Federation warship, the White Base, arriving at the secret research base located at the Side 7 colony to pick up the Federation's newest weapon. However, they are followed by Zeon forces. A Zeon reconnaissance team member disobeys mission orders and attacks the colony, killing most of the Federation crew and civilians in the process. Out of desperation, young Amuro Ray accidentally finds the Federation's new prototype arsenal—the RX-78 Gundam, manages to beat back Zeon forces. Scrambling everything they can, the White Base sets out with her newly formed crew of civilian recruits and refugees in her journey to survive. On their journey, the White Base members encounter the Zeon Lieutenant Commander Char Aznable. Although Char antagonizes Amuro in battle, he takes advantage of their position as Federation members to have them kill members from Zeon's Zabi family as part of his revenge scheme. Amuro meets ensign Lalah Sune with whom he falls in love, but accidentally kills when facing Char.
When the Federation Forces invade the Fortress of A Baoa Qu to defeat the Zeon forces, Amuro engages on a final one-on-one duel against Char due to both blaming the other for Lalah's death. Having realized he forgot his true enemy, Char stops fighting to kill the last surviving Zabi member, Kycilia Zabi. Amuro reunites with his comrades as the war reaches its end; the "Mobile Suits" of the show were inspired by the powered armor from the American novel Starship Troopers from 1959. Mobile suits were conceptualized as human-like robots. Yoshiyuki Tomino's original plot for the anime was much more grim, with Amuro dying halfway through the series, the crew of the White Base having to ally with Char, but having to battle him after he takes control of the Principality of Zeon; the original concept found expression in a series of novels written by Tomino soon after the show's conclusion, elements of the storyline weaved themselves into Zeta Gundam and Char's Counterattack. In previous series Tomino worked in, villains were alien agents.
Mobile Suit Gundam was the first of his work. The director commented, he aimed to expose starting with Japanese aggression in Manchuria in 1939. Tomino did not allow for changes to history and wanted to use the story to make viewers confront the tragic realities of war; the director was unwilling to discuss the message of his work, expecting the viewers to reach their own conclusion. Additionally, he commented. Tomino met mechanical designer Kunio Okawara when he first worked in two television series from Sunrise. Tomino asked him to collaborate with him in his upcoming project; the anime would be called "Gunboy" but it was renamed Mobile Suit Gundam. The White Base, the mothership of the protagonist crew members, is designed with a 3 plane view method by Kunio Okawara, however, it is not specially designed for the anime series Gundam, it was a salvaged design from the anime Invincible Steel Man Daitarn 3; the idea of having a space carrier from Tomino is inspired by the earlier science fiction anime Space Battleship Yamato, in which he claimed to be a fan of.
It was intended to be in a more realistic black color, but was changed to white by the order
The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest
The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest is an American animated action-adventure television series produced by Hanna-Barbera and broadcast on Cartoon Network from August 26, 1996 to April 16, 1997. A continuation of the Jonny Quest series and the The New Adventures of Jonny Quest series, it features teenage adventurers Jonny Quest, Hadji Singh, Jessie Bannon as they accompany Dr. Benton Quest and bodyguard Race Bannon to investigate strange phenomena and mysteries in exotic locales. Action takes place in the virtual realm of QuestWorld, a three-dimensional cyberspace domain rendered with computer animation. Conceived in the early 1990s, Real Adventures suffered a troubled development. Hanna-Barbera hired new producers to finish the show. John Eng and Cosmo Anzilotti completed Lawrence's work; each team produced half of the show's fifty-two episodes. While Lawrence's team crafted stories of real-world mystery and exploration writers used science fiction and paranormal plots. Turner supported the show through a massive marketing campaign with thirty-three licensees.
Real Adventures debuted with an unprecedented wide release on Cartoon Network, TBS, TNT, airing twenty-one times per week. Critics have debated the merits of the show's animation and spirit compared to classic Quest, but it has received praise in those categories. Real Adventures failed to gain high ratings with its targeted demographics and its merchandise performed poorly, leading to cancellation after fifty-two episodes. Turner Home Entertainment and Warner Home Video have released eight VHS tapes, two laserdiscs, twenty-six DVD episodes. All 52 episodes were made available for digital purchase on the iTunes Store in 2013. Hanna-Barbera created The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest in the early 1990s after being acquired by Turner Entertainment Co. Turner planned a series of year-long "Turner-wide initiatives" to capitalize on old characters and create new franchises. Turner received copious fan mail and phone inquiries about Quest, observed "incredibly high" marketing Q Scores; the show was Hanna-Barbera's most popular venture in the action-adventure genre.
With William Hanna and Joseph Barbera's blessings, the company planned a new series, live action film, two telefilms—Jonny's Golden Quest and Jonny Quest vs. The Cyber Insects. Combined with a substantial marketing campaign, the project would be their largest initiative since Turner acquired H-B. Turner Home Entertainment President Philip Kent claimed Quest would be a "consumer-products bonanza", the company considered Real Adventures the linchpin of the Quest revival. Real Adventures, the live-action film, release of classic episodes on VHS would constitute a "Year of Jonny Quest" marketing blitz. Delayed until 1996, the project echoed 1994's "Year of the Flintstones" and 1995's "Year of Yogi Bear". Production on Real Adventures commenced in 1993. Turner hired a team led by director Dick Sebast, writer Peter Lawrence, art director Takashi Masunaga; the firm appointed Stephanie Sperber head of the Quest task force in 1994. Hanna-Barbera President Fred Seibert allowed Lawrence to create a new team of companions for Jonny, but Lawrence chose to revive the original group.
Sebast and Lawrence decided to make the series as realistic as possible through accurate physics and depictions of machinery. Lawrence emphasized believability; the creative team researched child psychology, ensuring they could depict realistic action and consequences without fueling nightmares. Seibert described the show's theme as "The X-Files for kids", citing difficult questions and mysteries to be posed in each episode. Departures from the classic series included new character designs and the introduction of a new character to the Quest family. Takashi designed Jonny to be "edgy and handsome", rendered characters in the style of Japanese animation to differentiate from American superhero cartoons; the team used a new character -- Jessie Bannon -- to create conflict with Jonny. She was introduced in Jonny's Golden Quest as Race's daughter by Jezebel Jade. Lawrence titled the show Jonny Quest's Extraordinary Adventures, but the title changed in 1995 to its final name. Intended for a 1995 release with 65 episodes, Real Adventures fell into development hell.
Both Lawrence and Takashi were removed in 1996, hiring John Eng and Cosmo Anzilotti to finish the first twenty-six episodes. Certain sequences necessitated heavy revision. A new team led by David Lipman, Davis Doi, Larry Houston finished twenty-six more for broadcast as a separate series named The New Jonny Quest. Time Warner's acquisition of Turner negated this plan, leading to the episodes' release as the second season of Real Adventures. Fred Seibert touted Quest as the "Home Alone of adventure", with "high-tech, multicultural themes" that would appeal to contemporary youth. Promoters promised the new Quest would avoid "mindless violence, chauvinism and insensitivity", addressing historical criticisms of the classic series. Turner claimed that Quest would appeal to any gender, stating, "Traditionally, action adventure animation may be stronger with boys, but in this case, storylines are being developed to draw girls in... we're hoping for a wide berth of viewership." Peter Lawrence aimed to "go beyon
Ronin Warriors, known in Japan as Legendary Armor Samurai Troopers, is a Japanese anime series and manga adaptation created by Hajime Yatate. The anime was produced and animated by Sunrise and Nagoya TV, aired across Japan on the TV Asahi network from 30 April 1988 to 4 March 1989 and has a total of 39 episodes; the manga ran from November 17, 1988 to April 5, 1990 and consists of 2 volumes which were published by Kodansha. Ronin Warriors was produced by Graz Entertainment and distributed by Cinar, it was recorded by the Vancouver-based Ocean Productions cast. Ronin Warriors first aired on American television during the summer of 1995 and subsequently appeared through syndication, as well as the USA Network and on Cartoon Network; the series was released on DVD in 2002, including the original Japanese version with English subtitles on the reverse side of the disc. On September 4, 2014, North American anime licensor Discotek Media announced their license of the original Japanese anime, plans to release the series on DVD.
Discotek has said that they have no plans to release Ronin Warriors until they clear issues with the dub. Discotek has licensed the OVAs and will include both Japanese and English audio as well as English subtitles; the opening and ending sequences and the eyecatches were replaced with new ones, the Japanese title cards were removed. Three direct-to-video sequels were produced: Gaiden, Kikoutei Densetsu and Message. There is a Ronin Warriors manga as well as numerous novels and audio dramas based on the anime. While all the sequels have been released on DVD, the manga and audio dramas have not been made available in English. Talpa, the demon lord of the Netherworld, is bent on conquering the mortal world. Standing against Talpa and his four Dark Warlords are the five Ronin Warriors, each in possession of mystical armor and weapons, they are assisted by Mia Koji, a young student-teacher, a mysterious warrior-monk known only as The Ancient. Opening 1: Stardust Eyes Opening 2: Samurai Heart Ending 1: Faraway Ending 2: Be Free OVA Opening: Tsukamae Teite OVA Solo: Hoshi no Lullaby Yoroiden Samurai Troopers Debut Album: Kimi o Nemurasenai..
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Tenchi in Tokyo
Tenchi in Tokyo is a Japanese anime produced by AIC, aired on TV Tokyo from April 1 to September 23, 1997. It is the third installation of the Tenchi Muyo! Line of series, preceding Tenchi Muyo! GXP and succeeding Tenchi Universe; the show was localized in North America by Geneon Entertainment and aired on Cartoon Network from August 25 to September 29, 2000. The opening theme was ``; the ending theme was "Can't Stop! Can't Stop!", sung by the cast, Episode 24 had its own ending theme, "Unrequited Love" sung by Mayumi Iizuka. Tenchi in Tokyo begins, he meets a new love interest, Sakuya Kumashiro, a classmate of his at his new school. Much of the series revolves around the development of Tenchi's and Sakuya’s relationship and its effect on the girls back in Okayama. Unlike the preceding series in the franchise, neither Tenchi nor his family has any connection to Jurai whatsoever in this series. In this continuity, the girls meet Tenchi on Earth because of one incident that takes place two years prior to the series.
At that time and Washu stole a crystal from Jurai and fled towards Earth, pursued by Ayeka, Ryo-Ohki, the Guardians in Ayeka's ship, Mihoshi and Kiyone in a Galaxy Police ship. They are all injured when Ryoko becomes a monster. Tenchi defeats the monster. During the anniversary party for this event at Tenchi's home, it is revealed that each of the girls has a crystal from the necklace as a token of their bond with Tenchi, which they each took after Ryoko broke Tenchi's necklace apart; the main antagonist is Yugi, a mutant Juraian, sealed away on Earth 3500 years ago when she destroyed Jurai. She intends to take over the Earth by turning it into her own kingdom. In order for her plans to succeed, she must break the bonds. Because, in this continuity, the Masakis are defenders of Earth, they perform this function with the power in the crystals, but the crystals need to be in proximity to one another for them to be able to function. Yugi executes her plan through her henchmen, such as Hotsuma, who convinces Ryoko to leave Earth with him, but by forming a genuine friendship with Sasami through one of her projections named Yugi.
When Yugi's plan comes to fruition, it is revealed that Sakuya, too, is nothing more than another projection of Yugi, designed to scatter the Masaki Family. Yugi tries to get Tenchi to abandon reality and stay in a pocket universe with Sakuya, but Sakuya herself tells Tenchi to leave; when he does, the crystals summon the girls to him, Tenchi is able to defeat Yugi. Yugi is sealed away until she becomes a good person. There are characters common to all of the Tenchi Muyo franchise who appear in this series, others who are particular to this series. Tenchi Masaki: The central character and love interest for all of the female characters. Voiced by: Masami Kikuchi. Ayeka - The First Princess of Jurai. Voiced by: Yumi Takada. Sasami - Ayeka's younger sister. Voiced by: Chisa Yokoyama. Ryo-Ohki - In this continuity, she is Sasami's pet and transforms into a giant robot. Voiced by: Etsuko Kozakura. Ryoko - A space pirate who stole the "Light of Jurai" from Jurai. Voiced by: Ai Orikasa. Washu - A genius, Ryoko's partner.
Voiced by: Yuko Kobayashi. Kiyone - Detective First Class in the Galaxy Police, Mihoshi's partner. Voiced by: Yuri Amano. Mihoshi - A clumsy Galaxy Police member and Kiyone's partner. Voiced by: Yuko Mizutani. Nobuyuki Masaki - Tenchi's father. Voiced by: Takeshi Aono. Katsuhito Masaki - Tenchi's grandfather. Voiced by: Takeshi Aono. Azaka - One of Ayeka's two Guardians. Voiced by: Kenichi Ogata. Kamidake - The other of Ayeka's Guardians. Voiced by: Wataru Takagi. Amagasaki - Tenchi's classmate at his school in Tokyo. Tsuchida - Tenchi's classmate at his school in Tokyo. In this continuity, his first name is Umanosuke, he is the grandson of the head priest Tenchi apprentices under during the series. Sakuya Kumashiro - Tenchi's love interest. Voiced by: Mayumi Iizuka. Yugi - The main antagonist. Voiced by: Akiko Yajima. Hotsuma - Yugi's henchman. Voiced by: Wataru Takagi. Matori - Yugi's henchman. Voiced by: Yuriko Yamaguchi. Tsugaru - Yugi's henchman. Voiced by: Masamichi Ota. Yu-Ohki - Yugi's henchman, an analogue to Ryo-Ohki.
Tenchi in Tokyo was met with mixed reviews. Animefringe.com cited a "horribly weak plot" and that "what makes the TV series unbearable to watch are the new character designs and the frequent use of super deformed animation You’ll either love it or hate it." Animeworld.com gave the show a moderate 2.5 out of 5 stars, claiming that although " is yet another funny Tenchi series with all the great characters and bizarre situations", "They don't bother explai