Tenchi-Muyo in Love 2
Review by: Ikusabe Wataru
Finally, after four years the
Tenchi Muyo! series is coming to an end with the release of its last movie
- Tenchi Muyo! in Love 2 (the subtitle of the original Japan release "Harukanaru
Omoi" can be translated as "Distant Memories" which is basically what the
story is about). As many of you might have already noticed, the gap
between the Japan release and US domestic anime releases is getting shorter
and shorter, from the early 90s of about 2 years run-around time to now,
only about 3 to 4 months between the Japan release and the US release.
It wasn't long ago when the movie itself was released in theaters in Japan
(Spring of this year in fact).
All right, back to the subject.
Although this movie was suppose to be the end of the Tenchi Muyo! series,
in reality, it only concluded the stories from the TV series (US release
as "Tenchi Universe") and the story from TM! in Love (first movie).
This means it has little to do with the original OAV series and the Shin
Tenchi Muyo! (US release as "Tenchi in Tokyo") series. The main changes
you will probably notice when you first start watching this movie is that
the mood and setting is quite different than those we used to see in the
series, the general chaos - Ryouko get drunk, fighting with Aeka, Sasami
chasing Ryou-oh-ki around, etc. Instead, this time the story will
concentrate mostly on the characters' feelings toward each other and of
course, the new character Haruna.
On a nice Spring afternoon
as Tenchi wanders into the woods near the stairway leading up to the Masaki
Shrine, after escaping from Ryouko and Aeka just down the stairs... a female
voice called out to him from a big tree blooming with Camelias, "Come,
Tenchi..." and so Tenchi disappeared into thin air for six months.
After months and months of searching, with Sasami back to Planet Jurai
trying to tune into Tenchi's location with the help of the Jurai Royal
Trees, Mihoshi and Kiyone at the Science Academy searching the database,
Ryouko and Aeka searching all over the place flipping through piles and
piles of police records, the former space pirate and the Royal Princess
finally arrives in the town which Washu believes is where Tenchi is at
(with her usual scientific calculations). But to their surprise,
the Tenchi they see is no longer the Tenchi they knew, but a far more matured
and grown up Tenchi who doesn't seem to recall anything about his past
with either of them. Even more shocking is the fact that Tenchi seem
in love (and living together) with a mysterious girl Haruna... so what
is going on? And who is Haruna? Well, you will have to watch
and find out. =) Here's a hint: This story doesn't only involve Tenchi,
Ryouko and Aeka, but it also involves Yosho as well. If you're
a Tenchi fan who's looking for more sword fights or funny jokes from Ryou-oh-ki
acting silly or Ryouko fighting Aeka, don't put your hopes too high, because
there is close to none when it comes to fighting scenes; there are a few
scenes that might brings up a chuckle or two, but most of the movie will
be surrounded about what the characters feel toward each other and Yosho's
Theme song is entitled "Love
Song ga Kikoeru" sung by famous female J-pop artist Anri, a very nice but
sad song which is very fitting for the story of this TM! movie.
|Review Info File
Tenchi Muyo! in Love 2 ~ Harukanaru Omoi ~ [J] / Tenchi Forever [E]
VHS / DVD / LD *
|Production: AIC / Tenchi Muyo! in Love 2 Production Committee
Outstanding BGMs w/ a change of taste in the storyline makes it
interesting, a must-have for Tenchi fans.
* Japan Release of the movie's Limited Edition also includes an Omake CD
single with "Secrets of Tenchi Muyo!" by the cast of TM! Domestic DVD
version includes Teaser & Trailer preview, Dub/Subbed Dolby Surround Sound
5.1 (w/ THX).