Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-ohki OVA 5 is on Crunchyroll!

Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-ohki OVA 5 is on Crunchyroll!

Well, as many of you have already learned, Crunchyroll has licensed Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-ohki OVA 5 for streaming. I for one am STUNNED by this.

A Stunning Move

What makes having Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-ohki OVA 5 on Crunchyroll is how the Japanese have always treated these kind of OVA series. While they are not considered exclusives for the Japanese market like OVAs attached to limited edition manga titles, they are given a similar treatment. For example, when FUNimation scored Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-ohki OVA 3, they were pretty much forced to wait until the series had completed in Japan.

OVA 5 has only just started in Japan. And like previous Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-ohki OVA titles, they will be spread out in terms of release. Assuming no scheduling changes, episode six won’t come out for over a year from this post (May 28, 2021). So I’m even more amazed that AIC and other Japanese companies even allowed it. After all, where’s OVA 4 at?

Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-ohki OVA 5


I’ve had several folks ask about Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-ohki OVA 4 and why it isn’t licensed. And to be honest, I don’t have an answer. The truth of the matter is, OVA 4 was not made with gaijin audiences in mind. It was created for the Japanese otaku. As such, to truly understand a lot of what was going on, one needed to have read the first several Tenchi Muyo! GXP novels from Kajishima-sensei. Watching the GXP anime will give you some name recognition, but that’s about it.

So I wasn’t surprised that no one licensed OVA 4. And I honestly didn’t think it would get licensed, but maybe it will now. Who knows. After all, OVA 5 is going to be filled with more lore from various different sources. As such, not only do the GXP novels come into play, but Kajishima-sensei’s Paradise War will also come into play.


That aside, I am going to watch the Crunchyroll release of OVA 5 and will write a review sooner rather than later. However, I already have a beef with them. They are simply calling this entry “Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-ohki” rather than properly identify it as OVA 5. I have no idea why this is, but leave it to Crunchyroll to screw things up and thus make things confusing for folks.

Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-ohki OVA 5


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  1. […] gang! As I posted on my main blog, Crunchyroll is now streaming the Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-ohki OVA 5 series. I’m as shocked as you, […]

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