It's another academic year at the Toudou academy and Souchirou
Nagi and Bob Makihara, two juvenile delinquents who have spend
their time taking over school, start their new campaign of
violence in order to be the top dogs. But things do not go
to plan when they come up against the members of the Juuken
martial arts club...
we're into round 2 of Tenjho Tenge, a teen fight show
which continues to impress with its level of animation. With
no pretensions to be anything other than it is, even the episodes
are called "Fights" in the DVD menu.
Fight five, Punishment, and the Juuken martial arts
club are off for a spot of bowling during their week off training.
However, their problems with the Execution Committee have
not gone away as they decide to make a concerted attack on
the group. Aya is becoming more desperate to learn the truth
about what happened between Souichiro and Maya, but some things
are better not known. The group are forced to fight the minions
of the Executive Council, fights which test them to the limits
of their skill. It would be a bit redundant to say that mayhem
ensues, as mayhem is the reason for the shows existence -
loads of high kicking and punching punctuated with pulse pounding
music. That said, the show does have a slight psychological
underpinning. In this episode Souichiro has to confront his
reasons for wanting to become a strong fighter, as he decides
that the trauma which he had suffered as a child may not be
enough reason. Does he have something to fight for and not
Fight Six, Illusion, and the fight is on. The first
half of the episode is a direct follow on from Fight Five,
with the group getting to grips with their individual opponents.
The second half is a little more interesting as Aya gets a
vision of Souichiro's past life and his life with his mother,
who tells him that he has a dragon spirit within him. Although
the fight scenes can get a bit tedious in their repetition,
there is enough depth of plot to keep interest in the show.
Seven, Breakthrough, and so the fight continues. The
main reason for this protracted fight seems to be to show
each character's special moves and the girls panties. Maya,
having won her fight, heads off to see how Souichiro is doing
with the wrestler, Sagara, and to give him a bit of Zen wisdom.
Not really much to say about this episode as it continues
the fights started in Fight Five; nothing really advances
the plot as such, though we do get a glimpse into the beginnings
of the Executive and Sagara's part in it.
Eight, Dragon's Eye, would have been better titled
Aftermath or Titties as these are the two prominent
themes here, and things are stating to resolve themselves,
through more fights and confrontation and talk about titties.
Not that I'm loosing the will to live or anything, but I guess
it works as a bookend to the previous episodes.
extras are limited, the textless opening sequence, a few trailers
and the DVD credits. Audio is Japanese or English stereo.
if watching teens kick the bejesus out of each other, with
the odd panties showing, wrapped up in an almost non existent
level of plot then you're going to be in pig heaven.
Ok, if it sounds like I'm on a downer with this one. I'll
admit its not my kind of thing, but it you're a teenager you're
bound to get a blast from this show, loads of action, loads
of pumping music, and the odd edited panty shot. What more
could your average fourteen year old boy want?
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