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Tenchi Muyo! GXP is a Japanese anime series created by AIC and originally broadcast in Japan on NTV from April 3, 2002 to September 25, 2002.

The series was licensed by Funimation in 2003 and an English dub was produced in collaboration with Redshift Productions.[2] The English dub aired on Adult Swim's revived Toonami programming block from November 10, 2012 to May 11, 2013.[1] It is the fourth installment of the Tenchi Muyo! franchise to air on Toonami behind Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki (first two OVAs), Tenchi Universe and Tenchi in Tokyo. The series was rated TV-PG-DV and TV-14-DLSV on Adult Swim.

Plot

Seina Yamada is a young Japanese high school student living with his parents and younger sister in rural Okayama, Japan. One morning, following a hapless bike ride through the country, a large spacecraft crashes into the lake behind the Masaki residence, causing a violent tsunami that Seina is unable to escape from and he sinks, almost drowning. He regains consciousness shortly after, meeting Amane Kaunaq, the spacecraft's pilot, who gives Seina an application. Seina takes it, and shows it to his family at home. Mistaking it for a contest entry, his mother and sister aggressively force him to fill it out; afterwards he retreats to his room and falls asleep. The following morning, awakened aboard a vessel in orbit, Seina is informed by an official that he has successfully joined the Galaxy Police. It also revealed that the Galaxy Police were originally meant to recruit Tenchi, but they got Seina instead.

Unlike Tenchi Universe and Tenchi in Tokyo, which are continuations/reimaginings of Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki, GXP occurs during the same time period, making it a parallel series to the show. As such, the more-recognized cast do not play central roles, though they do make cameo appearances.

Characters

Seina Yamada — The unlikely protagonist of the series, Seina, a fifteen-year-old high school student with a supernatural penchant for bad luck, is mistakenly enlisted to the Galaxy Police after being coerced to fill out an application, which was meant to be given to Tenchi. His ultimate decision is to enroll, finding that, in company of others and as the captain of his own ship, his otherwise unfortunate talent proves incredibly useful in rounding up pirates and other lawbreakers.

Amane Kaunaq — Amane is a twenty-year-old Galaxy Police detective whose crash landing at the start of the series is solely responsible for the events that later ensue. Her mission on Earth was to give the application to Tenchi, but she mistook Seina as Tenchi's apprentice. In spite of her justified decision to give Seina an application, she is demoted from her position as an officer to that of an instructor in order to better supervise and train him. With a genuine crush and empathy for the boy, Amane grows to like her new responsibility, becoming a weapons specialist when the group are assigned their own patrol.

Kiriko Masaki — Kiriko is a twenty-year-old Immigration Officer for the Galaxy Police whose double life in the agency is completely unknown to her family and peers on Earth. Having grown up around Seina and developed a sympathy for his misfortune, she is the most familiar with him and self-assigns herself the role of being his guardian and caretaker when he is accepted to the academy. Unfortunately, her pride and distinction comes with a price, and in a manner identical to that of Amane, she too is demoted.

Ryoko Balta — Ryoko is a nineteen-year-old space pirate captain and member of the notorious Da Ruma guild, who in spite of her ruthless profile, exhibits behavior quite the opposite of her profession. She is introduced to Seina early into his travel to the academy, bestowing a humble, competitive respect for him when his paranormal luck aids in the arrest of several dozen ships of her fleet. Her admiration for him develops into a more passionate one however, and with her conscience run thin, Ryoko finds herself caught between her feelings and her allegiance to the guild.

Neju Na Melmas — Neju, contrary to her stature and demeanor, is a two-thousand-year-old former priestess of Melmas, a distant planet of religious psychics. Following a brief, unelaborate encounter with Seina, she makes a more established presence when he and the group are asked to escort her aboard their ship. To the blatant angst of the other girls, she grows ardently fond of Seina, looking up to him as an older brother figure and even making plans to marry him.

Fuku — Fuku is an infantile cabbit, developed as the nucleus of Seina's succeeding vessel, the Kamadaki II. As the heart and powerhouse of the ship, Fuku exercises superseding control over its entirety, most notably its energy output, which is influenced by her emotional vigor. She is initially troubled by the stress of belligerence, stunting her from exercising full potential, but soon finds the strength to rise to the occasion and become a paramount member of the crew.

NB — NB was Originally a standard helper robot that Seina was issued when he enrolled in the G.P. Academy. However, Kiriko and Erma, not trusting Amane with Seina, added a video camera for surveillance. However, a short circuit, caused by Amane's modifications altered the personality of the robot. NB's still the helper robot it was originally designed for, but now it has the personality of a voyeuristic pervert. NB is almost never found without its camera, hoping to catch girls in various stages of undress. However, the girls do catch it, the end result is NB getting dented.

Voice Cast

Character English Voice Actor Japanese Voice Actor
Seina Yamada Tony Oliver Shigeru Mogi
Amane Kaunaq Dorothy Elias-Fahn Mariko Suzuki
Kiriko Masaki Wendee Lee Kumi Sakuma
Ryoko Balta Barbara Goodson Aya Hisakawa
Erma Rebecca Forstadt Nina Kumagaya
Neju Na Melmas Sandy Fox Nana Mizuki
Fuku Lara Cody Tomoko Kaneda
NB Bob Papenbrook Shinichi Watanabe
Mitoto Kuramitsu Kari Wahlgren Yūko Mizutani
Seiryo Tennan Kirk Thornton Mitsuaki Madono
Kyo Kamachi Jessica Gee Romi Park
Alan Tom Fahn Jun Fukuyama
Berry Kirk Thornton Koichi Nagano
Cohen Dan Lorge Yusuke Numata
Kenneth Barl Steve Staley Kenji Nojima
Rajau Ga Waura Tony Oliver Susumu Chiba
Minami Kuramitsu Michael McConnohie Fumio Matsuoka
Misao Kuramitsu David Mallow Hikaru Midorikawa
Mashisu Makibi Kari Wahlgren Keiko Onodera
Seto Jurai Kamiki Melora Harte Yukari Nozawa
Airi Masaki Kari Wahlgren Sakiko Tamagawa
Mikami Kuramitsu Melodee Spevack Ikuko Sugita
Yoshiko Yamada Kari Wahlgren Mamiko Noto
Mrs. Yamada Julie Maddalena Keiko Onodera
Mr. Yamada Tony Oliver Katsumi Suzuki
Minaho Masaki Kari Wahlgren Yuko Nagashima
Kai Masaki Brad MacDonald Hisayoshi Suganuma
Kanemitsu Hirata Dave Mallow Jūrōta Kosugi
Mr. Kaunaq Michael McConnohie Kazuhiro Nakata
Mrs. Kaunaq Kari Wahlgren Kei Hayami
Tarant Shank Kim Strauss Yuki Matsuda
Utsusumi Kamiki Richard Epcar Masashi Hirose
Commander Daluma Toshihiko Nakajima
Azusa Masaki Dave Mallow Akio Ōtsuka
Funaho Masaki Mona Marshall Rei Sakuma
Misaki Masaki Kari Wahlgren Yoshiko Sakakibara
Wau Shaman Michael McConnohie Toshihiko Nakajima
Wau Boy Mona Marshall Aya Hisakawa
Nabiko Sandy Fox Yūko Mizutani
Vega Wendee Lee Yuko Nagashima
Jun Jessica Gee Mamiko Noto
Commander Balta Steve Kramer Kenichi Ono
Noike Kamiki Mona Marshall Naomi Shindō
Hakuren Julie Maddalena Yumiko Kajihara
Karen Kari Wahlgren Shiho Kawaragi
Suiren Mona Marshall Asako Shirakura
Gyokuren Rebecca Forstadt Nao Takamori
Katsuhito Masaki Bob Papenbrook Takeshi Aono
Yosho Masaki Bob Papenbrook Takehito Koyasu
Tenchi Masaki Christopher Corey Smith Masami Kikuchi
Washu Jessica Gee Yuko Kobayashi
Ryoko Mona Marshall Ai Orikasa
Ayeka Masaki Rebecca Forstadt Yumi Takada
Sasami Masaki Kari Wahlgren Chisa Yokoyama
Mihoshi Kuramitsu Rebecca Forstadt Yuko Mizutani
Ryo-Ohki Mona Marshall Etsuko Kozakura

Gallery

Episodes

Color Season Episodes Toonami Season Premiere Toonami Season Finale
1 26 November 10, 2012 May 11, 2013

All episodes of Tenchi Muyo! GXP have been released in the United States on DVD.

Broadcast History

Tenchi Muyo! GXP was broadcast in Japan on NTV from April 3, 2002 to September 25, 2002. In the United States, the series aired on Colours TV's Funimation programming block from June 24, 2006 to September 17, 2006, as well as the Funimation Channel periodically from 2006 to 2012.[3] The series also aired on Adult Swim's revived Toonami block from November 10, 2012 to May 11, 2013.[1]

  • Japan (NTV) — April 3, 2002 - September 25, 2002
  • United States — (Colours TV) — June 24, 2006[3] - September 17, 2006
  • United States — (Funimation Channel) — 2006 - 2012
  • United States (Adult Swim) — November 10, 2012[1] - May 11, 2013

Toonami Broadcast History

Tenchi Muyo! GXP began airing on Adult Swim's Toonami programming block at 12:30 AM on November 10, 2012, replacing Casshern Sins in the lineup.[1] The series was pushed down to the 1:00 AM time slot on December 1, 2012 by the premiere of uncut Naruto, which took over the 12:30 AM time slot.[4] On December 15, 2012, due to low ratings and negative fan response, the series was moved to the 3:00 AM time slot. The series completed its run on May 11, 2013 and was subsequently replaced in the lineup by One Piece.[5]

  • Toonami (United States) — November 10, 2012[1] - May 11, 2013

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