The Salty Anime Challenge – Day 4: The first anime that you hated and/or dropped

Tenchi Muyo

Tenchi Muyo was one of the first anime that I was exposed to as a child. I loved it at the beginning, but mostly because of the action. The series was Tenchi Universe, a 26 episode that aired in 1995. The series follows Tenchi at teenager as intergalactic girls enter into his life. One such girl is Space Pirate Ryoko and her spaceship Ryo-Ohki. Galaxy Police (GXP) officer Mihoshi crashes near Tenchi’s home. Without her ship Mihoshi decides not to arrest Ryoko and both decide to stay with Tenchi.

The final woman arrives after receiving a distress signal from Mihoshi, Ayeka. She and Ryoko are arc enemies and begin to fight. They battle in their spaceship’s ending up losing damaging those ships. Now nobody has a ship. Ayeka’s little sister Princess Sasami arrives to save her sister and mad scientists Washu and Mihoshi’s partner Kiyone show up. The Juraian military begins to pursue the two princesses as the Juraian royal family is usurped by Yosho. Tenchi and his harem become fugitives of the Juraian empire.

The series started out well and I even liked the constant bickering between the ladies of the Tenchi Muyo series. However, the story started to lag. I found some of the fan service to be ridiculous. Most notably Tenchi Muyo succumbs to what is called “Flanderization.”

According to, flanderization is “The act of taking a single (often minor) action or trait of a character within a work and exaggerating it more and more over time until it completely consumes the character. Most always, the trait/action becomes completely outlandish and it becomes their defining characteristic.” Many of the characters become insufferable and I ended up dropping the series after it basically abandoned the main story.


8 responses to “The Salty Anime Challenge – Day 4: The first anime that you hated and/or dropped”

  1. I haven’t seen the Tenchi Muyo series in ages. I remember liking a bunch of episodes, but it did drag on. However, I haven’t seen the more recent series.

    1. Tenchi had several spinoff’s it’s hard to keep track.

      1. Definitely. I remember when GXP came out, I found it to be way too gimmicky and the main character being a Tenchi-look alike didn’t help.

      2. They recycled that Tenchi look too much.

      3. True. AIC tends to reuse a lot of their faces in several different anime series. They’ve made some good stuff (Now and Then, Here and There is my favorite series from that studio), but that’s one of their biggest weaknesses.

  2. I loved Tenchi Muyo!!! The only series I skipped though is War on Gemminar and I haven’t seen 2014 anime they made to celebrate it’s anniversary. When I suggest it, I just tell others to just keep to the original 90’s OVA and the 26 episode 90’s TV series so they don’t go in to overload.

    1. I think I should watch the 2014 anime, maybe it will change my mind.

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