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Tenchi Universe is a 26 episode Japanese anime series produced by the AIC and Pioneer LDC. It is loosely based on the first six episodes of the Tenchi Muyo! OVA series. The series premiered on April 2, 1995 in Japan on TV Tokyo and concluded its airing on September 24, 1995. The English-dubbed version first appeared in the United States on KTEH public television in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1997, and was later picked up by Cartoon Network, the series made it's premiere on the Toonami block from July 20, 2000 to August 24, 2000. The series began it's second run on the block on January 17, 2002 and ended on February 21, 2002. Tenchi Universe also appeared on Toonami's Midnight Run from November 6, 2000 to January 12, 2001. The Toonami version was edited for content, and featured custom opening and closing credits.

This series introduces three new characters: Mihoshi's partner Kiyone Makibi, the bounty hunter and Ryoko's rival, Nagi, and her cabbit companion, Ken-Ohki. The series also gave some characters different personalities; Washu is now portrayed as a mildly-insane egomaniac with two pop-up dolls that proclaim her greatness, and Mihoshi was portrayed as a comic relief character whose constant bumbling, blunders, and crying fits would often get the gang into trouble. Two featured films came from this canon, Tenchi the Movie: Tenchi Muyo in Love and Tenchi Forever! The Movie.

Tenchi Universe was licensed in the U.S. by Geneon Entertainment who brought the show onto Laserdisc, VHS and DVD, before shutting down in September of 2007. In 2010, Funimation Entertainment announced the licenses of a handful of Geneon titles including Tenchi Universe, and an official boxset was released on October 16, 2012.

Series OverviewEdit

Color Season Episodes Toonami Season Premiere Toonami Season Finale
1 26 July 20, 2000 August 24, 2000
Movie 1
Movie 1

Season 1 (1995)Edit


Episode Title

Japanese Airdate

Toonami Airdate

1 "No Need for Discussions!" April 2, 1995 July 20, 2000
Tenchi Masaki was just a normal teenager leading a normal, quiet life, until his entire existence was turned upside down by the arrival of Ryoko, a girl from outer space. After claiming to be on the run from a vicious space pirate, Ryoko asks Tenchi for help, and pretty soon he is caught up in the middle of a battle that may turn out to be only the beginning of his adventures.
2 "No Need for a Princess!" April 9, 1995 July 21, 2000
On her way back to planet Jurai, Princess Ayeka decides to stop off on Earth in response to a distress call sent by Mihoshi. However, she is none too pleased to discover that her old rival Ryoko is also on Earth, and soon the sparks are flying! Will Ayeka be able to enjoy a peaceful stop on Earth despite Ryoko's presence, and just how will Ryoko react to Tenchi's spending time with their new visitor? Whatever happens, it seems likely that poor Tenchi will get caught in the middle yet again.
3 "No Need for Worries!" April 16, 1995 July 24, 2000
When her younger sister Sasami arrives to take her back to Jurai, Ayeka is disappointed to realize that this means her vacation on Earth is almost over- and just as she was starting to get closer to Tenchi! Meanwhile, Ryoko tries to become a full member of the family by showing up with an egg that she claims is her child by Tenchi.
4 "No Need for Monsters!" April 23, 1995 July 25, 2000
According to the legends, a goblin was sealed in the cave at the Masaki Shrine seven hundred years ago, and as far as Katsuhito is concerned, the place is best left alone. Naturally, this warning just makes Ryoko even more curious to explore the cave- and, so as not to be alone in there, she drags an unwilling Tenchi along with her. But just what awaits them in the hidden depths of this ancient shrine?
5 "No Need for Partners!" April 30, 1995 July 26, 2000
Galaxy Police Officer Kiyone thought all of her problems were over after her ditzy partner Mihoshi was reported missing, presumed dead over a month ago. But when she is sent to Earth to follow up on Mihoshi's disappearance, Kiyone is horrified to learn that not only is Mihoshi alive and well, but is living quite happily with the wanted criminal Ryoko! Determined that the mission should not be a total washout, Kiyone decides to arrest Ryoko whilst she has the chance, but with Mihoshi on hand to ‘help', that task could prove to be harder than anticipated.
6 "No Need for Resident Officers!" May 7, 1995 July 27, 2000
Having been assigned as resident officers based on planet Earth, Kiyone and Mihoshi decide to move out of the Masaki house and into their own apartment. However, in addition to their Galaxy Police duties, the two officers find themselves having to take on multiple part time jobs just to be able to pay the bills! And whilst Kiyone puts her all into working hard and sparing the luxuries, Mihoshi is predictably quite the opposite. Can Kiyone still manage to stretch the budget, even with Mihoshi around?
7 "No Need for a Carnival!" May 14, 1995 July 28, 2000
When the Masaki shrine holds its annual fair, Tenchi takes an excited Sasami to see all the stalls and games that an Earth style carnival has to offer. Meanwhile, the other girls decide to really get into the spirit of things by running their own stalls- but is giving them free rein really such a good idea, given their tendency for explosive conclusions?
8 "No Need for a Genius!" May 21, 1995 July 31, 2000
After seven hundred years of exile, Washu is more than a little behind in her research, and decides to create a mechanical lab assistant to help her catch up. Mecha-Washu is intended to be a robotic copy of Washu, complete with the original's brain patterns, but thanks to an accident in the lab, it ends up receiving Mihoshi's mind data instead! Now, Washu must devote all her resources to a new problem- finding a way to control a super-powered robot that has the mind of a ditsy GP Officer.
9 "No Need for Memories!" May 28, 1995 August 1, 2000
There are some mixed reactions from the girls when it starts snowing one Sunday- Sasami may be having fun playing outside, but poor Ryoko is huddled up indoors complaining about the cold! And whilst Tenchi tries to make sense of the memories the snowfall evokes for him, out in the lake, there is the promise of a new beginning as Ayeka's Ryu-oh spaceship starts to regenerate.
10 "No Need for an Arch Rival!" June 4, 1995 August 2, 2000
As a space pirate, Ryoko naturally has more than her fair share of enemies, but the most dangerous of all of them is none other than the top-class bounty hunter Nagi. Having finally tracked Ryoko to Earth, Nagi decides to draw her out by kidnapping Tenchi, who she believes to be Tenchi's boyfriend! Now, Ryoko will need of all her wits and strength if she is to defeat Nagi and retrieve poor Tenchi
11 "Time and Space Adventures: Part I" June 11, 1995 August 3, 2000
When the girls discover that Washu has invented a device that can change reality to fulfil anyone's desires, they are all keen to use it to create their own ideal worlds. After Washu tells them the machine is off-limits, everyone decides to sneak in and use it during the night, but when they all start inputting their own individual needs, the machine overloads, fracturing reality itself! Now, Tenchi and the others find themselves playing different roles in a different reality as their time and space adventures begin
12 "Time and Space Adventures: Part II" June 18, 1995 August 4, 2000
Whilst Washu continues working on the dimensional tuner, the others find themselves moving through yet more alternate realities. First, Kiyone flees from the nightmare of her life in the police force and manages to find peace with Tenchi and the others in a quiet village at the end of the world. Then, in yet another reality Tenchi finds himself pursued by his two high school classmates Ayeka and Ryoko. Can the magical girl Pretty Sammy put an end to his troubles?
13 "Time and Space Adventures: Part III" June 25, 1995 August 7, 2000
Tenchi and the girls move to yet another reality where Tenchi is a married man- and his wife is none other than Mihoshi! Unfortunately, poor Mihoshi finds married life harder than she ever imagined, thanks to her demanding sister-in-law Ayeka! Moving on to the next reality, Tenchi find himself in America, serving as an unwilling accomplice to the infamous gangster Ryoko! Is this world destined to become their new reality, or will Washu find a way to bring their time and space adventures to a conclusion?
14 "No Need for a Rebellion!" July 2, 1995 August 8, 2000
Three months have passed since the girls started arriving on Earth, and it has been such a good time that Ryoko, for one, wishes it could last forever. Unfortunately, events are about to move beyond the girls' control, as the ascension of a new power on Jurai sees Ayeka and Sasami labelled as traitors and wanted criminals! Now, Ryoko, Ayeka and Sasami have been detained by a Juraian space ship, and it falls to Tenchi and the others to find a way to rescue them.
15 "No Need for an Escape!" July 9, 1995 August 9, 2000
The mysterious Yosho has claimed the throne of Jurai, leading to Ayeka and the others being branded as the most wanted criminals in the universe! Whilst they take flight aboard Ryo-Ohki, Kiyone and Mihoshi return to Galaxy Police Headquarters. Kiyone is hoping to receive her long-awaited promotion, but soon finds that her past association with Ayeka could land her in trouble as well.
16 "No Need for Hiding!" July 16, 1995 August 10, 2000
Tenchi and the gang find themselves in a tight spot when Yagami runs out of power- with the last of their money having been spent on a karaoke machine, they cannot afford to refuel! Instead, the group are forced to earn money by setting up a bar on an alien planet. Will this bar generate some much needed profits, or will the gang just end up attracting the attention of bounty hunter Nagi, who is also taking a rest in the area?
17 "No Need for Hunger!" July 23, 1995 August 11, 2000
When Yagami breaks down in the middle of nowhere, Washu sets about fixing the engines, but with Mihoshi ‘helping', it could easily take forever to get them up and running again! Meanwhile, Ryoko goes out in Ryo-Ohki to replenish their food supplies, but soon gets distracted with indulging herself instead! Can Ryoko be trusted to return with some much needed groceries before the others starve to death?
18 "No Need for a Ghost!" July 30, 1995 August 14, 2000
When Yagami strays into the Sargasso spaceship graveyard, a mysterious young girl named Mirei secretly comes aboard and takes Sasami back to her ship so that they can play together. Believing Sasami to be in need of rescue, Tenchi and the others come after her, but soon find themselves lost in the spooky corridors of what appears to be a ghost ship! Facing their fears, the gang continue the search for Sasami, not realizing that she may not actually want to be brought back.
19 "No Need for Runaways!" August 6, 1995 August 15, 2000
Tenchi and the gang are in for an unpleasant surprise when Yagami is hijacked whilst they stop off at a beef bowl restaurant. Determined to catch up to the hijackers, the gang head out at top speed in Ryo-Ohki, but the situation soon becomes complicated when the Galaxy Police also join the chase in the hopes of apprehending Ayeka and her band of wanted criminals.
20 "No Need for Swimsuits!" August 13, 1995 August 16, 2000
Whilst Yagami is in dock for repairs, Tenchi and the gang try to make some money selling snacks at a beach resort. Unfortunately, profits prove to be slim, and the girls are delighted to hear about another way they can make money- by entering the resort's swimsuit competition, which offers a grand prize of one million Jurai! Not to mention the fact that this competition will provide the ideal opportunity to prove once and for all which one of the girls has the most perfect body.
21 "No Need for a Checkpoint!" August 20, 1995 August 17, 2000
Anyone who wants to enter Juraian territory must pass through one of their checkpoints, and the time has finally come for Tenchi and the gang to try their luck at sneaking through. With Washu's help, the group sets up fake IDs and tries to sneak through in the guise of students and teachers on a school field trip. The plan seems flawless, but as always, Washu neglected to account for one random variable- Mihoshi! Can the group somehow make it through the checkpoint anyway, or will Mihoshi's incompetence spell an end to their journey right here?
22 "No Need for Knights!" August 27, 1995 August 18, 2000
Tenchi and the gang have made it into Juraian territory, but they soon find themselves in trouble once more when an imperial warship comes after them! To everyone's surprise, it is Katsuhito who gets them out of trouble, by guiding them to a hidden sacred place which their pursuers cannot enter without permission. Katsuhito promises that they will be able to find help in this sacred place- but just what form will the help take, and how does Katsuhito know about it in the first place? It seems that Tenchi's grandfather is about to reveal some long-hidden secrets.
23 "No Need for Karma!" September 3, 1995 August 21, 2000
Closer than ever to the planet Jurai, Tenchi and the others decide to take a rest stop in the ruins of the imperial Juraian villa on a now uninhabited planet. Katsuhito finally reveals his suspicions about the identity of his enemy- all the evidence points to Kagato, a Juraian royal family member who was corrupted by his lust for ever greater control of the Jurai power. And it seems that Katsuhito was correct, for soon after they arrive Kagato himself appears, looking for a rematch with his arch rival Yosho, who now goes by the name Katsuhito.
24 "No Need for Ryoko!" September 10, 1995 August 22, 2000
Having captured Ayeka, Kagato awaits the arrival of Tenchi at Jurai's Royal Palace for what inevitably will be the final showdown. As Tenchi tries to find the inner strength required to wield the Tenchi sword and face his destiny, Ryoko finds that she must overcome not only the wound Kagato inflicted on her, but also her own inner fears. For even though all of the gang (not to mention Nagi!) have their roles to play in this confrontation, Ryoko must take on the most important mission of all- delivering Tenchi to the Royal Palace. Even with her injuries, will Ryoko have what it takes to beat the odds and complete her mission?
25 "No Need for a Showdown!" September 17, 1995 August 23, 2000
Tenchi, Azaka and Kamidake have finally made it to the Jurai Royal Palace, where Kagato and his prisoner Ayeka await. With the others still up in space facing off against the Jurai fleet, the trio have only themselves to rely on as they head for the final showdown. And whilst Azaka and Kamidake must face off against Kagato's dark knights, the hardest task of all awaits Tenchi himself. For only he is capable of defeating Kagato, but in order to do so, Tenchi must realize the as yet untapped potential of his own Jurai powers. Will Tenchi be able to emerge victorious in this, the final confrontation?
26 "No Need for a Conclusion!" September 24, 1995 August 24, 2000
When any adventure comes to an end, there always loose ends to tie up, and Tenchi's is no exception. For now that the fight is over, it looks like it is time for the girls to move on and accept new positions and responsibilities. Does this mean that Tenchi will be returning to his old, quiet life in the mountains? And more to the point, is that even what he wants anymore?

Tenchi Muyo! in LoveEdit

Tenchi Muyo in Love

Tenchi Muyo! in Love is a 1996 Japanese animated film and the first of three films set in the Tenchi Muyo! multi-verse. The film takes place after the conclusion of Tenchi Universe, and so varies from the original OVAs at several points. Most noticeable of these is the inclusion of Achika as Tenchi's mother instead of Kiyone Masaki. It was followed by Tenchi Forever!, released in 1999.


Episode Title

Japanese Release Date

English Release Date

1 "Tenchi the Movie: Tenchi Muyo! in Love" April 20, 1996
When Tenchi and the gang sit down to watch a home video of Tenchi's mother Achika, they are shocked to watch as she starts to disappear from the film! And when Tenchi starts disappearing too, Washu becomes certain that the problem is in the past- someone is trying to erase Achika from existence, meaning that Tenchi will never be born! In order to save the Masaki family, Tenchi and the girls travel back to 1970 to keep Achika safe, leaving Washu in the present to figure out just who their enemy is and how to combat them. Will the girls be able to protect Achika and save Tenchi- all without causing damage to the timeline? And just how does the escaped class A criminal Kain fit into all this?

Tenchi Forever!Edit

Tenchi forever US

Tenchi Forever!, known in Japan as Tenchi Muyo in Love 2 - Distant Memories, is a 1999 Japanese anime film based upon the popular Tenchi Muyo! series, and was directed by Hiroshi Negishi. It was released in America under the title Tenchi Forever!, possibly because it was to be the last Tenchi Muyo!-branded product created.

The film is the final story arc of the first Tenchi Muyo! television series, known outside of Japan as Tenchi Universe. TMiL2 is also notable for its radically different tone from its source material. Tenchi Universe excised much of the overt sexuality and violence featured in the OVAs in favor of a more comedy-themed atmosphere. The subsequent movie sequel, 1996's Tenchi Muyo in Love, was, at its core, an action movie. However, Tenchi Muyo in Love 2 is a significant departure from its predecessors; instead of the usual comedy-flavored action, the film is a downbeat, sexual melodrama that studies its characters quite intensely, shedding light on Katsuhito's past, the depth of Ryoko and Ayeka's feelings for Tenchi, and Tenchi's hidden desires.


Episode Title

Japanese Release Date

English Release Date

1 "Tenchi Forever! The Movie" April 24, 1999
Feeling harassed by Ryoko and Ayeka's insistence that he choose between them, Tenchi takes off into the mountains- and disappears! By the time the girls locate Tenchi, six months have passed, and Tenchi is now a more mature young man living with a new girlfriend named Haruna! Yet things are more complicated than they seem, for Tenchi is not only living a different life- he is caught in a parallel world with no memory of his past! As Tenchi becomes drawn further and further into the parallel world with every passing day, Ryoko and Ayeka must race against time to find a way to reach him, and bring him back to reality. But will the mysterious Haruna be wiling to let him go?

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