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Tenchi Muyo!, originally titled Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki, is a collection of Japanese original video animations (OVA) originally produced by AIC, and first released in Japan in 1992. The first two OVA series were licensed and distributed in North America by Pioneer Entertainment until Funimation took over the rights in 2007.

The English dubbed versions of OVA 1 and 2, spanning episodes 1-7 and 8-13 respectively, were picked up by Cartoon Network in July 2000 for broadcast on its Toonami programming block. The Toonami version titled simply Tenchi Muyo!, was heavily edited to remove blood, profanity and nudity (by digitally adding bikinis), as well as to shorten the length of the episodes to fit broadcast standards. OVA 3, spanning episodes 14-20, was never shown on Toonami due to the fact that no dubbed version was made until 2003.


Tenchi Masaki was a normal 17-year old boy until the day he accidentally releases the space pirate, Ryoko from a cave she was sealed in 700 years ago as the people thought she was a demon. In a series of events, four other alien girls show up at the Masaki household as Tenchi learns much of his heritage he never knew about and deal with five alien girls who each have some sort of romantic interest in him.


Tenchi Masaki — A teenager who accidentally releases an alien space pirate, thereby drawing the attention of other space faring individuals. His actions unintentionally cause the destruction of his school and the revelation that he himself is part of the powerful Juraian race, and a member of their royal family. In the 1st OVA it is revealed that he can create Lighthawk Wings (the power of the goddesses and Jurai ships) himself without the aid of a royal tree (Tenchi has no Royal Tree but possesses both Yosho's sword key for tree Funaho and a bracelet to draw power from tree Tsunami) when generating his own Lighthawk Wings, Tenchi can also perform energy-matter conversion. All of his female cohabitors are attracted to him in some way or another, and they often compete with each other for his affection.

Ryoko Hakubi — A creation of the scientist Washu (of her own egg and a substance called Masu) Ryoko was a space pirate in the service of Kagato until she was sealed in a cave for 700 years, she is released by Tenchi in the first episode. She draws most of her powers from three mysterious gems and is partnered with the cabbit spaceship Ryo-Ohki.

Ayeka Masaki Jurai — A princess of the Jurai Royal Family, she is searching the galaxy for her half-brother Yosho with her younger sister Sasami when she detects Ryoko (whom Yosho had been pursuing prior to his disappearance) her tree-ship Ryu-Oh crashes on Earth, where she reluctantly joins Tenchi and Ryoko. After initially disliking Tenchi, she starts to become attracted to him.

Sasami Masaki Jurai — A princess of the Jurai Royal Family, she tags along on her older sister's search for Yosho, it is revealed in the 2nd OAV (though hinted at in the 1st) that in addition to being a Jurain princess, she has also merged with the Goddess Tsunami, which grants the Jurai family its royal trees. Sasami frequently cooks for the household and is paired with the tree-ship Tsunami (the original tree-ship of Goddess Tsunami).

Mihoshi Kuramitsu — A member of the powerful Kuramitsu family of the Seniwa empire and a Detective of the Galaxy Police (which is also under Kuramitsu control). Mihoshi, despite being highly intelligent, is prone to clumsiness and can be a tad ditzy . Mihoshi is distantly related to Washu, and with that lineage, has the power of improbably good luck. However, while looking for Kagato, Mihosi crashes on Earth. She is then rescued by Tenchi when a space warp appears over the hot springs where he, his father Katsuhito, and friends are visiting.

Washu Hakubi — A former Director of the Galaxy Academy and ranked among the top scientists in the galaxy. Washu's more recent pursuits involve investigating the three gems (the ones Ryoko was given) and creating lifeforms capable of harnessing their power (of which the Ryoko/Ryo-Ohki combination is one). She was trapped by Kagato and later released by Mihoshi, it is revealed in OVA 3 and some spinoff media (and hinted in OVA 2) that Washu is a human manifestation of a sister-goddess to Tsunami and Tokimi.

Voice Cast[]

Character English Voice Actor Japanese Voice Actor
Tenchi Masaki Matthew Kermit Miller Masami Kikuchi
Ryoko Petrea Burchard Ai Orikasa
Ayeka Masaki Jurai Jennifer Darling Yumi Takada
Sasami Masaki Jurai Sherry Lynn Chisa Yokoyama
Tsunami Sherry Lynn Chisa Yokoyama
Mihoshi Kuramitsu Ellen Gerstell Yuko Mizutani
Washu Hakubi Kate T. Vogt Yuko Kobayashi
Ryo-Ohki Debi Derryberry Etsuko Kozakura
Katsuhito Masaki Jay Hopper Takeshi Aono
Yōshō Masaki Jurai Matt Kermit Miller Takehito Koyasu
Nobuyuki Masaki Jay Hopper Takeshi Aono
Azaka Mark Tracy Kenichi Ogata
Kamidake Phil Fox (OVA 1)
Jack Fletcher (OVA 2)
Wataru Takagi
Kagato Michael Scott Ryan (Male Form)
Wendee Lee (Female Form)
Norio Wakamoto
Doctor Clay Wes Mann Seizō Katō
Zero Petrea Burchard Ai Orikasa
Lady Tokimi Jennifer Darling (OVA 2)
Mari Devon (OVA 3)
Yumi Tōma
Z-0010332536893 (Z) Brad MacDonald Eiji Hanawa
Kazuhiko Amagasaki Mark Tracy Toshiharu Sakurai
Galactic Police Commander Dan Butler (ep. 4)
Harry Johnson (ep. 13)
Hiroshi Masuoka
Captain Nobeyama Harry Johnson Takurō Kitagawa
Yukinojyo Mark Tracy Hideyuki Umezu
Onsen Keeper Zita Campisi (OVA 1)
Kate T. Vogt (OVA 2)
Hisako Kyōda
Taro Sherry Lynn Miki Narahashi
D3 Jack Fletcher (OVA 2)
Michael McConnohie (OVA 3)
Ryūzaburō Ōtomo
Nakita Kuramitsu Kirk Thornton Junichi Suwabe
Minami Kuramitsu Jay Hopper Fumio Matsuoka
Mashisu Makibi Lara Cody Keiko Onodera
Kiyone Masaki Petrea Burchard (OVA 1)
Wendee Lee (OVA 3)
Yuri Amano
Baguma Dan Woren Yoshinori Sonobe
Fujimasa Sean Cw Johnson Hidenari Ugaki
Sorunāru Kim Strauss Katsuyuki Konishi
Ikeda Kirk Thornton Yasuhiro Fujiwara
Kamikura Crispin Freeman Wataru Takagi
Noike Kamiki Jurai Kari Wahlgren Naomi Shindō
Misaki Grace Zandarski Yoshiko Sakakibara
Azusa John Rafter Lee Akio Otsuka



See Also: Toonami Edits
Color Season Episodes Toonami Premiere Toonami Finale
OVA 1 07 July 3, 2000 July 11, 2000
OVA 2 06 July 12, 2000 July 19, 2000
OVA 3 07 Unaired
OVA 4 04 Unaired
OVA 5 06 Unaired

Tenchi Muyo! consists of 5 OVA series containing 30 episodes. The first episode of the first OVA was originally released in Japan on September 25, 1992. Pioneer LDC produced the first two OVA series, VAP produced the third OVA series, and AIC produced the fourth and fifth OVA series. Pioneer Entertainment (later Geneon) licensed the first two OVA series in North America and released them on Laserdisc, VHS and DVD. The third OVA series was licensed by Funimation Entertainment. After Geneon's departure from the North American market in November 2007, Funimation bought the rights to the original two OVA series, along with a handful of other Tenchi Muyo! properties. Funimation released a limited edition Blu-ray/DVD combo pack on December 4, 2012.

A 4-part fourth OVA was announced to be in production in October of 2015 with a slated release date of November 30, 2016 for the first volume.[3][4] The second volume was released on February 22, 2017, the third volume on May 31st, and the fourth volume on September 13th.[5] A 6-part fifth OVA was announced in 2019 and the first volume was released in Japan on February 28, 2020.[6] The second volume was released on May 29, 2020 and the third volume will be released on August 28, 2020.[7]

Broadcast History[]

The English-dubbed version of the first two OVAs, episodes 1-13, originally aired on KTEH, one of two PBS stations serving San Francisco, California from 1995 to 1997. The first two OVAs, excluding episode 13b, were then picked up by Cartoon Network and aired on the network, mainly as part of the Toonami block, from July 3, 2000[1] to January 16, 2002. From February 23, 2002 to May 18, 2002, the series aired on Adult Swim as one of six shows in the initial lineup for its Adult Swim Action programming block. On September 12, 2003, the now-defunct International Channel began airing the English dubbed version of the series. On April 1, 2012, one episode from the third OVA aired on Adult Swim as part of a Toonami April Fools stunt.

The series also aired on Cartoon Network and CNX in the UK from February 5, 2001[8] to 2002. In Canada, the series began airing on YTV in 2000. In Latin America, specifically Chile, the series aired on Chilevisión as part of the "El club de los tigritos" programming block in 2001.

  • United States (PBS) — 1995 - 1997
  • United States (Cartoon Network) — July 3, 2000[1] - January 16, 2002; February 23, 2002 - May 18, 2002
  • United States (International Channel) — September 12, 2003 - 2004
  • United Kingdom (Cartoon Network) — February 5, 2001[8] - 2002
  • United Kingdom (CNX) — 2002
  • Canada (YTV) — 2000 - 2001
  • Latin America (Chilevisión) — 2001

Toonami Broadcast History[]

The first two OVA series of Tenchi Muyo!, excluding episode 13b, premiered in the United States on Cartoon Network's Toonami block from July 3, 2000[1] to July 19, 2000. The series then aired in reruns on Toonami until January 16, 2002. The series also appeared on Toonami's Midnight Run and Rising Sun programming blocks. One episode from the third OVA also appeared as part of Adult Swim's Toonami April Fools stunt in 2012.

  • Toonami (United States) — July 3-19, 2000[1]; October 2-18, 2000; January 12-30, 2001; February 14, 2001; April 26, 2001 - May 15, 2001; December 31, 2001 - January 16, 2002; April 1, 2012
  • Toonami (United Kingdom) — February 5, 2001[8][10] - 2002

Toonami Marathons[]

The following is a list of Toonami marathons in which at least one episode of Tenchi Muyo! appeared.

External Links[]

See Also[]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "FEATURE: Anime Expo Days 2 and 3 ". July 3, 2000. Retrieved on April 4, 2015. 
  2. "Tenchi Muyo Ads ". June 5, 2000. Retrieved on December 14, 2014. 
  3. "4th Tenchi Muyo! Ryo Ohki Announced After 10 Years ". October 16, 2015. Retrieved on April 27, 2019. 
  4. "4th Tenchi Muyo! Ryo Ohki OVA's Additional Cast, Staff Revealed ". August 11, 2016. Retrieved on April 27, 2019. 
  5. "Rui Tanabe Narrates 4th Tenchi Muyo! Ryo Ohki OVA's Latest Promo Video ". August 24, 2017. Retrieved on April 27, 2019. 
  6. "Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki 5th Season 1st Volume Set to be Released on February 28, 2020 ". November 1, 2019. Retrieved on July 28, 2020. 
  7. "5th Tenchi Muyo! OVA Season's' Video Previews Tropical Island Setting ". July 7, 2020. Retrieved on July 28, 2020. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 "Tenchi Muyo! ". February 16, 2001. Retrieved on August 1, 2016. 
  9. "Midnight Run & Rising Sun Schedules ". August 16, 2000. Retrieved on February 19, 2015. 
  10. "CN Schedule ". February 6, 2001. Retrieved on August 1, 2016. 
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