every bit as charming & engaging as i'd hoped it would be. and FUNNY! much funnier than i'd even expected. i think the translation is wonderful, t...moreevery bit as charming & engaging as i'd hoped it would be. and FUNNY! much funnier than i'd even expected. i think the translation is wonderful, though it's almost impossible to tell unless it's awful...(less)
my heart sings with glee. i wasn't terribly impressed with the first disc of the newest Tenchi series (which is actually the third season of the ORIGI...moremy heart sings with glee. i wasn't terribly impressed with the first disc of the newest Tenchi series (which is actually the third season of the ORIGINAL, and my favorite, series) so i kinda lost track of it. haven't given Tenchi much thought, until this little beauty came across my desk & i gave it a read at lunch one day. i was delighted to discover that it takes place in that same continuity (as opposed to one of the other million that are floating around out there), apparently in the many-years-long gap between the original end of the original series, and the recent ACTUAL end of the original series. i later found, through a little digging, that this manga doesn't REALLY take place within that continuity, it just uses it as a jumping off point. which is to say, it is not part of that OVA canon. but that is fine. the important part is that i know who everyone is & what their stories are & what the fuck is going on. the first issue of this does a pretty good job in communicating which Tenchi-verse we're dealing with. for a non-initiate, it might be a lot of expository data to cram into about 4 panels, but for me it was just what i needed to ease the only hesitation i ever really have when it comes to checking out new Tenchi material: whose canon are we dealing with? it seems like every new series takes place in its own reality, where some things about the characters are the same, but others are completely different. i guess in a way that is true of any comic book, though.
point is, this is Tenchi to me. the characters are exceptionally well-defined in my mind, and those definitions came from the OVA. and in this book all that characterization is on the page. everyone looks perfect, sounds perfect. this is Tenchi. and it's good to have him back.(less)