"Continuing the award-winning action-adventure Japanese anime series from Pioneer, Yolume 4 of TENCHI MUYO is set for release on 25th September 1995. We last witnessed our hero facing the biggest challenge of his life. Equipped with his ancestral armour and true powers, Tenchi fiercely battled to dispose of the evil Kagato once and for all, Now we find Tenchi in a more mellow mood - or so he thinks....."
"The Night Before The Carnival" is a humorous and charming episode of female jealousy and womanly wiles. Tenchi, surrounded by five beautiful girls, finds himself yet again in no end of deep trouble. Ryoko and Ayeka continue to battle for Tenchi's love and affections while Washu's organic experiment on Tenchi, and the case of the disappearing carrots by a divided and multiplied Ryo-Ohki - can only mean more trouble for the entire ensemble."
"Following on from the huge success of the first three volumes in the TENCHI MUYO series, Volume 4 - "The Night Before The Carnival" continues to offer both long-standing 'anime' fans as well as newcomers the best that Japanese animation has to offer. Both engaging and enthralling, Pioneers TENCHI MUYO series is suitable for viewers of all ages, providing non-stop action, lots of laughs and even a touch of romance."
Director: Hiroki Hayashi Screenplay: Yosuke Kuroda Character Design: Masaki Kajishima Copyright: AIC/Pioneer LDC Inc. Language Format: English Language Running time: 45 mins Certificate: 12 Label: Pioneer Catalogue no: PIO 10012 Price: £12.99 Release Date: 25th September 1995
After a long wait, the next episode of Tenchi Muyo has arrived at last. This episode is self contained, but if you haven't seen any if the first series, you may struggle to keep up with the characters.
The battle between Ryoko and Ayeka for Tenchi's affections reaches new heights as they plunder Tenchi's grandfather's shojo manga collection for ideas; Washu starts conducting experiments to try and fathom Tenchi's powers; Mihoshi continues her duties in the Galactic Police; and Ryo-Oh-Ki eats lots of carrots.
OK, so there's no plot to speak of, but it's great fun nevertheless. My only gripe is that £12.99 is a lot to pay for only 45 minutes. [Jonathan Weeks]