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 the 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...
So we're into round three of Tenjho Tenge, a teen fight
show never too shy to show its violent exuberance. The excellent
opening title song, Bomb a Head, should get even the
most jaded tapping their feet. Unpretentious, exuding great
fun with every well drawn frame, Tenhjo is an unapologetic
fight show. Don't get me wrong, although Tenjho has
a lot of fights - indeed it is the backbone of the show -
it also has a fairly complex plot, so not a bad combination.
Although the fan service panty elements may turn some older
viewers off. The animation remains as sharp as ever, with
above average fight choreography.
Three contains episodes, or as they prefer to be called
fights, nine through twelve, so although you loose a bit on
the extras this is made up with a decent number of shows per
Fight nine, Enforcement and the extended battle which
started in the bowling alley finally comes to its conclusion.
Souchirou takes on Mitsuomi and to be perfectly honest it
looks like he's gonna gets his arse kicked. Maya obviously
takes the opportunity to muse on her past, well who wouldn't.
There's a lot of talk about Chi and its uses as well as the
apparent death of Maya's brother, Shin, at the hands of Mitsuomi.
It finally looks like the show is starting to give a little
more of its back story up, which can only be a good thing.
ten, Illusion and it's time for the Juuken Club to
take stock after the bowling alley fight. This is a story
heavy episode where we discover the history behind Maya and
Mitsuomi's relationship. It turns out that Mitsuomi wasn't
always a hard arse with funny hair. We finally get to see
what Shin looks like as Maya's story examines the events which
led to her brothers' apparent demise.
eleven, One With an Unusual Talent. The Juuken club
are still coming to terms with the bowling fight, which just
gives an excuse for Maya to continue the story of what happened
between her, Mitsuomi and her more than slightly deranged
brother. Let's just say that love and fighting are never that
far removed; a case of sex, lies and videotape.
twelve, Darkness and, as they say, it does what it
says on the box, as the shows narrative becomes more emotional
and detailed. Not to put off fans of the other parts of the
show there is still the required levels of physical violence
and over endowed females. This episode continues the story
of two years ago, where the last of Shin's Katana club are
extras continue to be very limited with only a selection of
line art and trailers for other shows. Ok, it also includes
the DVD credits which, whilst I'm sure that we are all very
grateful for the work of these guys, it doesn't really count
as an extra. Audio is Japanese or English stereo, and although
the track does justice to the bass heavy title song, you can't
help but wish for a 5.1 mix.
inclusion of a lot more story means that the series is becoming
a lot more entertaining, for once the show is finding its
feet with the balance between narrative and violence, for
this reason this disc gets a better mark than the