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  • Tenchi Muyo: Keys

    Tenchi Muyo: Keys

    This is an item that helps one access the power of Jurai by a Royal Tree. The user is bonded to a tree and no one else can use it without the bonders permission. The sap from the royal tree is processed and converted into jewelry (or other things) making the key. By using the key, the bonder has access to the Light Hawk Wings which happens to be a force that is extremely powerful.

    Types of Keys

    Master Key

    This key was created from the first generation of Royal Trees. They can control all tree ships and can create a sword by harnessing the Light Hawk Wings. Tenchi’s sword is a good example of harnessing the powerful force.


    This Master key is used by those bonded to Prince Yosho’s tree. This key can control most of the tree ships. Only those of Juraian noble blood can use this key. It is said to have been carved from Tsunami-no-ki’s branch, the first generation tree.

    Normal Keys

    Normal keys are used from trees that were grown after the trees of the first generation. Those who use these keys can create the Light Hawk Wings, but only for defensive purposes. They are clearly not as powerful as Master keys.

  • Character of the Week: Washu


    Continuity: OVA (and surrounding materials), Tenchi Universe (and surrounding movies), Tenchi in Tokyo, Magical Girl Pretty Sammy, Magical Project S, Sasami: Mahou Shoujo Club

    Nicknames: The Greatest Scientific Genius in the Universe!!!

    Age: Older than all of existence (OVA), Unknown (Universe, Tokyo, all Sasami series (Appears 12 in child form and 30 in adult form)

    Species: Chousin (OVA), Unknown humanoid (Universe & Tokyo), Human (all Sasami series)

    Occupation: Scientist, Omnidimensional goddess (OVA), Reformed space pirate (Tokyo), Science teacher (Sammy & Project S), Cooking and magic teacher (MSC)


    Tenchi series: Tsunami (sister, OVA), Tokimi (sister, OVA), Ryoko Hakubi (creation/daughter, OVA), Mikamo Kuramitsu (ex-husband, OVA), Mikumo Kuramitsu (son, OVA), Sasami Masaki Jurai (sister via assimilation to Tsunami, OVA), Ryo-Ohki (creation/daughter, OVA), Fuku (creation/daughter, OVA via GXP), Mitoto Kuramitsu (great-granddaughter, OVA), Mihoshi Kuramitsu (great-great-granddaughter, OVA), Misao Kuramitsu (great-great-grandson, OVA), Minagi (creation/daughter [as Ryoko’s clone], Okuda manga)

    In the Tenchi Muyo! metaseries, Washu is an important character. Though depending on the series her character changes slightly. It is hard to fool her character and she often relies on technology rather than her own powers. She creates an inter-dimensional laboratory at the Masaki’s house in all three series.

    Her name is an ancient, Osaka region, Japanese name.Her hair is also linked to Osaka. It originally comes from a costume in the Noh plays, resembling crab claws. Red crab is a specialty food of Osaka. A red crab logo will also appear on a lot of her apparel and merchandise.

  • Anime of Week: Tenchi Muyo

    Tenchi Muyo

    Tenchi Muyo! is a Japanese franchise consisting of light novels, mangas, and animes. It began with Masaki Kajishima and Hiroki Hayashi in September of 1992. They created Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki and aired 6 episodes with two specials. Kenichi Yatani directed two separate OVAs in 1994 and 2003. In 1995 a 26 episode anime was created, Tenchi Universe. It not only was a retelling of the original story, but went more into detail. In 1997, Tenchi in Tokyo was created as an alternate story to the Tenchi series. The newest anime, Ai Tenchi Muyo! aired on the channel Tokyo Mix in 2014. There are several spin-offs and manga adaptions as well in the franchise.

    The story generally follows a male member of the Masaki family. A group of girls will somehow end up at their doorstep along with a mission. Most of the stories of the main arcs follow Tenchi Masaki and the group of girls Ryoko, Ayeka, Sasami, Mihoshi, and Washu.

  • Breakdown: Tenchi Muyo Franchise

    The Tenchi Muyo Franchise

    Tenchi Muyo is a very well known anime among the early Toonami generation of Americans. It is known for the sci fi and the women of the series. The Tenchi Muyo Franchise has three main timelines which can often confuse the new watchers. So here is a way to ease the confusion, a guide to the Tenchi Muyo Franchise.


    The Timlines of Tenchi Muyo


    Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki

    The original OVA series from Tenchi Muyo. It lasted 20 episodes and was followed by Tenchi Muyo! GXP and Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar.


    Tenchi Universe

    This Tenchi Muyo! series is a remake of the first story arc of Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki. It lasted 26 episodes and is followed by the movies Tenchi Muyo in Love and Tenchi Forever.


    Tenchi in Tokyo

    This Tenchi Muyo! is set in a different timeline from the other two series.



    Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki was the first OVA created by Masaki Kajishima. It was divided into three parts.



    Masaki Kajishima has also writen several novels based after the franchise. The series includes Shin Tenchi Muyo! Yosho, Tenchi Muyo! GXP, Shin Tenchi Muyo! Washu, Shin Tenchi Muyo! Jurai, and the Paradise Wars.

    Another writer, Naoko Hasegawa, wrote thirteen light novels based after Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki.


    TV series


    Tenchi Universe

    AIC began the series in 1995 after the growth of demand for more Tenchi. It was created by Hiroshi Neishi and produced by Pioneer.


    Tenchi in Tokyo

    The series aired in 1997 and artisitic differences as well as concept differences could be seen.


    Ai Tenchi Muyo!

    This series in new to the Tenchi franchise. It is a commemoration for the 20th anniversary of Tenchi Muyo! and the city of Takahashi, Okayama is sponsoring it. The series will have fifty episodes each only five minutes long.


    Films of Tenchi Muyo


    Tenchi Muyo in Love

    Created by Hiroshi Negishi, it continues the Tenchi Universe series.


    The Daughter of Darkness

    This movie is an adaption of Naoko Hasegawa’s novels.


    Tenchi Forever! The Movie

    This is a sequel to Tenchi Muyo in Love. The movie was also adapted into a manga called Tenchi Muyo! In Love 2: Eternal Memory.




    No Need for Tenchi

    A series written by Hitoshi Okudo and published by Kadokawa Shoten. It is based after the OVA original series.


    The All-New Tenchi Muyo!

    Another series written by Hitoshi Okudo and published by Kadokawa Shoten.


    Other Forms of Media of Tenchi Muyo


    Tenchi Muyo! Game Hen

    A video game for Super Famicom.


    Tenchi Muyp! Ryo-Ohki Manatsu no Carnival

    A radio drama.


    Himitsu Nabe Tenchi Muyo Special

    A 30 minute live action special included on the Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki DVD Set.


    Spinoffs of Tenchi Muyo


    Magical Girl Pretty Sammy

    A series where Sasami is the main character.


    Magical Project S

    The sequel to Magical Girl Pretty Sammy where Sasami is the main character.


    Photon: The Idiot Adventures

    A series related to the recent series Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar.


    Dual! Parallel Trouble Adventure

    It is related to the original series due to the usage of the term “Lighthawk Wings”. It is also an alternate story version for Tenchi Muyo! Universe.


    Tenchi Muyo! GXP

    This series takes place during the OVA continuity by Kajishima. One of Tenchi’s friends is main character.


    Battle Programmer Shirase

    A spin-off of Pretty Sammy OVA and TV series.


    Sasami: Magical Girls Club

    Another series where Sasami is the main character.


    Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar

    This is the most recent spin-off series where Tenchi’s half brother is the main character.