April 10, 2004

Tenjou Tenge Episode 1

Tenjou Tenge

"Sacred Area"

Tenjou Tenge is one of those few anime series where I've actually read the manga that is being adapted. This one's definitely for guys. The manga has all the things you could want from a fighting story, gratuitous violence, gratuitous females, etc. etc. It also has some of the most unique character designs this side of Guilty Gear.

But, as anyone who has experience with reading a manga before watching the anime knows, you're basically setting yourself up for disappointment.

It could be that Aya's voice isn't a terrible match for the character, but it sure seems that way to me. She's supposed to be this quiet, sexy killer swordswoman, and ends up sounding like she's been sucking on the helium in her downtime between sword practice (for people who've seen it, she reminds me of Tomoko from GTO). Really, I can't stress enough that I think that this is one of the worst voice acting jobs I've ever heard. She'd make a good match for Kazuki from Maburaho.

Gee, I'm just going all referential in my review today, aren't I?

Also, Oh Great! (the manga-ka behind Tenjou Tenge) put out some pretty slick artwork for the comic, something that the anime doesn't really come close to matching. I won't mark this against the show, but it's something to keep in mind if you were a fan of the manga.

So, anyways, Tenjou Tenge is about a bunch of guys (and girls) who want to kick each other's asses. There's actually a good amount of romance stuff, and some fairly mature themes. The main male character, Souichiro, I could never be a big fan of, mostly because his hair is so stupidly ridiculous (like Goku on a bad hair day or something).

Special mention goes to the absolutely ridiculous opening credit sequence that involves long sequences of the characters bouncing and dancing around. I never would have seen it coming!

I'm pretty sure that if you know nothing about Tenjou Tenge, this episode won't sell you on it. But, if you're into brainless action and pretty girls (fill that void Ikkitousen left), then here's your show.

Rating: C

Posted by Kei at April 10, 2004 06:52 PM

I'd like to mention that this anime reminded me a lot of YuYu Hakusho

Posted by: bimbo at April 12, 2004 06:21 PM

i agree with that anime is disappointing if you read the manga even though it follows story pretty closely. And Aya voice is annoiyng as hell!!! Or laest itīs my option...As for opening i have say itīs intresting though and not bad in my option but not good either....And I expected better animation.......

Posted by: Jukebox at April 29, 2004 11:02 AM

I have to disagree. Not reading the manga, my brother showed me episode 2 (the fight b/w Souichiro and Takayanagi) and I actually really enjoyed it. I watched episodes 1-8 and you actually grow to sort of LIKE Aya by the 8th episode where she disproves to be a ditsy little girl. I found myself liking Maya less because of this. And Maya is pretty much everyone's favorite. Souichiro's hair bothered me too...he looked like a blonde version of Wolverine. He seems like an already matured Naruto (well not really but...) anyway. It's probably because I didn't read the manga first. But I genuinely enjoy this anime. Also, it took me a while to get over the fact that all the girls in here had extremely big boobs. And I'm a girl. So if I can like it, I think some other girls will like it too (for the love story) if not the fighting. But hey, I could be wrong about the love story part right?

Posted by: tsunaderin at May 30, 2004 05:45 PM

Yo creo que Tenjou Tenge es buenisimo!!!! esta bkn!!! es uno de los mejores anime que he visto in my life!!!!!

Por favor... si alguien se apiada de mi... (y si alguien entiende lo que digo, porque sabe espaņol...)
Les pido la letra del opening!!! pleaseeee!!!
es que es buenisimo... y si pueden del ending... tb... :P

Bueno, ojala que alguien me entienda y m de las letras... (esas Bomb a Head! y la otra no se como se llama...)



Pd. I don't speak english :P

Posted by: Kagome Higurashi at June 4, 2004 04:40 PM

Tenjou Tenge is a good show. The drawings are nice. Compared to other anime, it looks better. It sorta like naruto. Im the type of guy who likes action, kick ass fightning... a little bit of hot girls won't hurt either.

If you haven't seen Tenjou Tenge, I would recommend you try it..

Posted by: Mike at June 10, 2004 05:34 PM

Tenjou Tenge is just more crap the studios are feeding their audience. A shame that people OUTSIDE of Japan want to watch and revel in its drivel as well.

Manga sucks just as much. Prettier, but that doesn't say much either. >:P

Posted by: Dead Guy in SD at June 12, 2004 11:11 PM

both manga and anime are great!!!! u just must remember that in mangas there is much more space for animations and graphics, but besides that its awesoem anime.

the voices are great, and also their personalities. ii found souichiro more alike to einichi onizuka from GTO.

the op and ending are great!!!! i love the m.c.A.T remix of Bomb a Head!!!! (great cd gotta buy)

Posted by: edward elric at June 27, 2004 09:51 PM

o_O Tenjou Tenge kicks...the anime lacks a lot that the manga gives you though.

Don't knock it...let others find out if they like it themselves ~_~.

Has some cool scenes the manga includes a funny spoof of DBZ X3...its a fun one.

The anime does though however take the etchiness out which the manga includes TT_TT i want my etchiness~! (im a girl btw >_>....baaaka~)

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