Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-ohki OVA 5 News From C95

Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-0hki OVA 5 News From C95

Hey gang! Well, if you didn’t know, Comiket 95 is in full swing. That means that Kajishima-sensei has published two new doujinshi titles. Here’s Tenchi_Zin with his copies, that he received from Kajishima-sensei as part of a courtesy doujinshi exchange. (Tenchi_Zin is also an artist at C95, as well as a Tenchi Muyo! fan. If you’ve read Genshiken, you’ll know that at Comiket, doujinshi artists will sometimes exchange their work with other artists.)

 

Since Kajishima-sensei ALWAYS provides some sort of news communication on his current or future projects, we already knew that Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-ohki OVA 5 was in pre-production (first announced in C92). Then Tenchi_Zin hit us with the C95 news about Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-ohki OVA 5.

 

Basically, this says that Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-ohki OVA 5 will have six episodes. This is major news, since Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-ohki OVA 4 only had four episodes. And though I have major problems with OVA 4 from a Western perspective (meaning, OVA 4 is expecting the viewer has been reading the GPX novels and has watched the Tenchi Muyo! War in Geminar series).

Anyway, when someone asked Tenchi_Zin if this was really true, he responded thusly.

So he confirmed that Kajishima-sensei’s news note did state OVA 5 will be six episodes.

So What Will OVA 5 Be About?

Here’s a little of what we know so far (subject to change with updated information).

  • It will take place PRIOR to Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar.
  • It will take place AFTER the birth of Tenchi’s two daughters. (See image from the first IF doujinshi.)
  • Kenshi from War on Geminar looks to have a major role.

For those interested in Tenchi’s daughters (and Seina’s boy as well), here’s a page from Kajishima-sensei’s IF doujishin.

Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-ohki - Tenchi's Daughters Seina's son

I believe Kajishima-sensei wanted to do an anime off of his IF doujinshi line (there are several published at this point). They are done like color storyboards with no text. So it will be interesting to see if that turns out to be the case. Normally, Kajishima-sensei seems to not be interested in animating anything he’s already done in some other form. But the IF doujinshi seem to be the exception.

Was OVA 4 Really That Popular in Japan?

While the Tenchi Muyo! franchise as a whole may be seen as something old and obsolete in the West (outside of us hardcore fans, of course), in Japan, the canon Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-ohki stuff is very popular. Fans eagerly look forward to the bi-yearly doujinshi publications from Kajishima-sensei. Kajishima-sensei’s GXP novels are still being created and continue to sell well.

I’ll be the first to admit that OVA 4 has a VERY high wall for Western fans to overcome, more so for casual fans. While OVA 3 did allow many new folks to enter the canon TM!R universe, OVA 4 would not. That’s because in typical Japanese fashion, OVA 4 expects that the viewer is a fan who’s reading the GXP novels and who’s watched Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar. Having watched the GXP anime will only give you some name recognition as Kajishima-sensei used the GXP novels to “fix” what Nabeshin broke. And then he just kept going. ?

But as I understand it, OVA 4 sales were quite good. And certainly, they were good enough for the skittish AIC to decide to grant OVA 5 six episodes.

More News, If It Comes

Now that things are on a more firmer path concerning OVA 5, I’m going to start more closely watching for news. And should anything arise, I’ll make a post. ?


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6 Responses to “Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-ohki OVA 5 News From C95”

  1. OverMaster says:

    Six episodes of Washu, Seto, and eight new female characters sitting around a table discussing Juraian political convenience marriages while nothing else happens. Calling it now.

    “And certainly, they were good enough for the skittish AIC to decide to grant OVA 5 six episodes.”

    Well, WHAT ELSE do they have now to work with anyway? El-Hazard? Yeah, like that’s ever going to happen again.

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      Six episodes of Washu, Seto, and eight new female characters sitting around a table discussing Juraian political convenience marriages while nothing else happens. Calling it now.

      Haha! I don’t think that will be the case. Maybe they will all sit around and talk babies.

      Well, WHAT ELSE do they have now to work with anyway? El-Hazard? Yeah, like that’s ever going to happen again.

      Hahaha! Well, AIC didn’t want to do the content from the IF doujinshi in the first place, if rumors out of Japan are correct. They weren’t sure it would sell. But considering how OVA 4 with its VERY high entry wall did well, I guess AIC felt it was safe enough to allow Kajishima-sensei to have six episodes.

  2. Robert says:

    I do want OVA 5 to be a sequel of the Ryo-Ohki series. Right now, OVA 5 is call Tenchi Muyo Ryo-Ohki OVA 5. Oddly in the above images from -if-, there is a clue to the year of the birth of Tenchi’s first two daughters. Sasami has the clue. To honor his mother, Tenchi will likely name one of his daughters Kiyone. I will leave it to Masaki Kajishima to determine the names of Tenchi’s first two daughters. To me, the name of Ryoko’s daughter may be Kiyone. For Ayeka’s and Tenchi’s first daughter, her name can be Achika.

    OVA 5 is set before War on Geminar. If OVA 5 is successful, there is the likelihood of another sequel which focus on Tenchi’s oldest son. Tenchi does have one confirmed son. His mother is Washu. It will make a lot of sense for Tenchi to have another son.

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      If OVA 5 is successful, there is the likelihood of another sequel which focus on Tenchi’s oldest son.

      I haven’t kept up as much as I should. Has Kajishima-sensei indicated he wants to do another WoG series? I’d be down for it.

  3. Rob C. says:

    These later Tenchi Muyo entries have been lacking greatly, it too much a family-social drama than what it started out as. Scifi-Comedy action series, with silly situation comedy over girls seeming to start falling for a clueless guy who would have been happier to farm in his family farm.

    Whatever get up and explode the first series had is now dead unless. Kajishima-sensei seems too stubborn to change things up or living things up. Animate the dulls part of his story seem to be foolish. I guess tastes in Japan are very off from West and how series was popular when Pioneer kicked off the franchise.

    Hell, Tenchi Ai was more interesting to watch than OVA 4.

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      These later Tenchi Muyo entries have been lacking greatly, it too much a family-social drama than what it started out as.

      I remember how he equated “chapter 2” of the TM!R story.

      T: Tenchi is chased into a life that he can’t make the choice as a normal male human being. Or I should say his destiny has determined what he has to go through. Tenchi is not allowed to have his own will and it all caused from his environment and fates. He must go through good and bad things. Will Tenchi’s life changed in the 3rd OVA series?

      K: The easy way to put the whole things is, Tenchi Muyo! the 1st, 2nd and 3rd are like in WW2. The Chapter 2 of OVA are post WW2.

      T: I believe people will be curious about the Chapter 2 as well. Do you have the idea now?

      K: Um…I wonder the project will be accepted by anybody…cause its about a normal daily life after war.

      T: Its like after war and everything settled, the rest of it is just normal daily life.

      K: Yes. But, there will be another meaning of “war” waiting for him…

      T: Yeah, the “war” that is different from “The earth is in DANGER!” things.

      K: Therefore, I think there will be no more 4th, 5th of “Tenchi Muyo! Ryohki”OVA Chapter one.

      That’s why I never thought there’d be an OVA 4. But as he stated back in the 90s, this new round of OVAs are post-war stuff. And it doesn’t help that we in the West haven’t read the GXP novels, which put a lot of OVA 4 into a difficult place to reach, even for me. But for Japanese fans who’ve read the novels and such, they are happy for all of the fanservice references.

      Personally, I’m not a fan of Kajishima-sensei’s approach to things. With limited episodes to work with, I can understand that he doesn’t want to cover ground he’s covered in other media. But it really does suck when one doesn’t have access to the other media, in this case, the GXP novels.

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