Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki is a twenty four episode collection of OVAs produced by AIC, initially released in Japan in 1992. The first two OVA series were later licensed and distributed in North America by Pioneer LDC (later Geneon), with FUNimation Entertainment taking over the rights for the third (and latest) series (FUNimation later rescued the rights to OVAs 1 and 2).
The distribution of the first OVA series was originally started in September 1992 and released six episodes that lasted until 1993. The first series was so successful that a seventh special episode was released in January 1994, followed by a second OVA series with six additional episodes that begun distribution in September 1994 and lasted for one year until September 1995. However, the second OVA series ended on a cliffhanger and it wasn't until nearly eight years later in 2003 that a third OVA series was distributed in Japan. The third OVA series ended the Tenchi Muyo! OVA storyline with six episodes, followed by a special episode released in September 2005 that concluded the storyline. However it has been announced on October 16, 2015 that after over a decade, a fourth OVA series is in the works. The first episode is currently scheduled to be released sometime during Fall 2016.
Major characters (protagonists)
A teenager that accidentally releases an alien space pirate, thereby drawing the attention of other space faring individuals. His actions unintentionally cause the destruction of his school and the revelation that he himself is part of the powerful Jurain race, and a member of their royal family. In the 1st OAV it is revealed that he can create Lighthawk Wings (the power of the goddesses and Jurai ships) himself without the aid of a royal tree (Tenchi has no Royal Tree but possesses both Yosho's sword key for tree Funaho and a bracelet to draw power from tree Tsunami) when generating his own Lighthawk Wings, Tenchi can also perform energy-matter conversion.
A creation of the scientist Washu Hakubi (of her own egg and a substance called Masu), Ryoko was a space pirate in the service of Kagato until she was sealed in a cave for 700 years, but was then released by Tenchi Masaki in the first episode. She draws most of her powers from three mysterious gems and is partnered with the cabbit-spaceship Ryo-Ohki.
A princess of the Jurai Royal Family, she is searching the galaxy for her half-brother, Yosho, with her sister Sasami when she detects Ryoko (whom Yosho had been pursuing prior to his disappearance). Her tree-ship Ryu-Oh crashes on Earth, where she reluctantly joins Tenchi and Ryoko.
A princess of the Jurai Royal Family, she tags along on her sister's search for Yosho. It is revealed in the 2nd OAV (though hinted at in the 1st) that in addition to being a Jurain princess, she has also merged with the Goddess Tsunami, which grants the Jurai family its royal trees. Sasami frequently cooks for the household and is paired with the tree-ship Tsunami (the original tree-ship of Goddess Tsunami).
A member of the powerful Kuramitsu family of the Seniwa empire and a Detective of the Galaxy Police (which is also under Kuramitsu control), Mihoshi is prone to clumsyness and can act ditsy, despite being highly intelligent. Mihoshi is distantly related to Washu, and through that lineage has the power of inprobably good luck. She crashes on Earth while looking for Kagato.
A former Director of the Galaxy Academy and ranked among the top scientists in the galaxy, Washu's more recent pursuits involve investigating the three gems (the ones Ryoko were given) and creating lifeforms capable of harnessing their power (of which the Ryoko/Ryo-Ohki combination is one). She was trapped by Kagato and later released by Mihoshi. It is revealed in OAV 3, along with a spinoff media, (and hinted in OAV 2) that Washu is a human manifestation of a sister-goddess to Tsunami and Tokimi.
Noike Kamiki Jurai is the adopted daughter Lady Seto and Tenchi's new fiancee. But that was only a pretense to her actual reason why she's here - to keep an eye on Tenchi, who has somehow gathered five of the most powerful women in the galaxy around him!
- Episodes 1-6
- Ryoko Resurrected (魎呼復活, Ryōko Fukkatsu) (25 September 1992)
- Here Comes Ayeka! (阿重霞が出た, Aeka ga Deta!) (25 October 1992)
- Hello Ryo-Ohki! (こんにちは！魎皇鬼ちゃん, Konnichiwa! Ryōōki-Chan) (25 November 1992)
- Mihoshi Falls to the Land of Stars (星降る里に美星降る, Hoshi Furusato ni Mihoshi Furu) (10 December 1992)
- Kagato Attacks! (神我人襲来, Kagato Shūrai!) (25 February 1993)
- We Need Tenchi! (天地必要, Tenchi Hitsuyō) (25 March 1993)
OVA 1 Special Episode
- Episode 7
- The Night Before the Carnival (お祭り前日の夜！, O-Matsuri Zenjitsu no Yoru!) (25 January 1994)
- Episodes 8-13
- Hello Baby! (こんにちは赤ちゃん, Konnichiwa Akachan) (25 September 1994)
- Sasami and Tsunami (砂沙美と津名魅, Sasami to Tsunami) (25 October 1994)
- I Love Tenchi! (天地が好き, Tenchi ga Suki) (25 February 1995)
- The Advent of the Goddess (女神降臨, Megami Kōrin) (25 March 1995)
- Zero Ryoko (零・魎呼, Zero Ryōko) (25 June 1995)
- Here Comes Jurai! (皇来たりなば幸遠からじ, Ō Kitarinaba Sachi Tōkaraji) (25 September 1995)
- Also brought out on the same day was Here Comes Jurai 2 where it portrays events that would lead up to the third OVA series
- Episodes 14-19
Note: The English title used in FUNimation Entertainment's Region 1 release of the series appears first, followed by the original kana/kanji and romaji. Where applicable, a more literal translation of the original title appears after the romaji.
- Visitor From Afar (遠方より来たるモノ, Enpō Yori Kitarumono) (18 September 2003)
- Fiancée (許嫁, Īnazuke) (21 December 2003)
- Strategy (唯今、休養中につき～Strategy～, Tadaima, Kyūyōchū ni Tsuki ~Strategy~, Currently Resting ~Strategy~) (27 March 2004)
- Here Comes Misao on The Chobimaru! (美咲生がチョビ丸でやってきた, Misao ga Chobimaru de Yattekita, Misao Arrives Aboard the Chobimaru)(15 September 2004)
- Operation: Love-Dovey (ラブラブ大作戦～終焉の始まり～, Rabu-Rabu Daisakusen ~Shūen no Hajimari~, Lovey-Dovey Epic Battle ~The Beginning of the End~) (22 December 2004)
- Z (Z, Zetto) (16 March 2005)
OVA 3 Special Episode
- Episode 20
- Final Confrontations (第三期プラス1, Dai-San-Ki Purasu Wan, Third Series Plus 1) (9 September 2005)
- Episodes 21-24
- The Night-Before Party (前日宴, Zenjitsu Utage) (30 November 2016)
- The Fate of the Masakis (柾木の宿命, Masaki no Shukumei) (22 February 2017)
- (31 May 2017)
- (30 August 2017)
- In the DC Comic book series Kingdom Come, the Japanese Tenchi Muyo logo appears as graffiti on a wall, It is known that the Painters have added this logo in the final draft.
- The Light Hawk Wings have made appearances in several works done by Masaki Kajishima, one of the co-creators of Tenchi Muyo.
- The Toonami version of the ending uses a 47 second version of the opening.
- Tenchi Universe
- Tenchi In Tokyo
- Tenchi Muyo! GXP
- Magical Girl Pretty Sammy
- Magical Project S
- Sasami: Magical Girls Club
- Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar
- No Need For Tenchi