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...
is the fifth disc in the madhouse anime Tenjho Tenge
series and carries on the tradition of the previous discs
of being a bright, raucous teen fight show. This disc represents
slightly less value as it only contains three episodes, where
previous discs have contained four. It's a little odd really,
unless it's a problem with the check disc provided by the
PR Company that means that the last disc should have five
episodes to bring us up to the end of the twenty-four episode
There is little, in quality or value, to distinguish this
disc from the others. The level of animation remains high,
though the stereo track still does not do the show justice.
Fight Seventeen: True Motive, and following Maya's
lengthy back story the narrative moves back to the present
day, with our heroes more resolved to confront the Executive
Council. However, your first thought is not always your best.
Might be me, but this seemed a very unfocused episode. Tenjho
Tenge always had a problem with packing too much into
each show. After the two guys get the bejesus kicked out of
them by the Executive Committee there are a number of scenes
of Aya, distressed and hostile, clutching the stolen Choukuto
Reiki Katana (sword to you and me) and some huge bull creature
and a lot of talk about rain. Hopefully the next episode will
make it all clear.
Fight Eighteen: Sympathy, and the Executive Committee
are after Aya and the Katana. Ok, things are getting a little
clearer. The Katana is bad news and Aya, having it, seems
to have the whole school up in arms and afraid. Aya finds
sanctuary with Takayangi, though from the smile on his face
he seems to have misunderstood her request to go home with
him. Through the episode we discover the genesis of the Reiki
Katana, and thankfully the reason of all of the rain references
in the previous story.
Fight Nineteen: Start Up, and time for a little more
back-story as Bunshichi starts to put the pieces into place
by revealing more about the beginnings of the Juuken club.
The more I see of this show the more I'm impressed. I have
to admit to not being a great fan of martial arts animes,
as they tend to be a no brainer excuse for a collection of
repetitive fight scenes. Tenjho has the saving grace
of having a good story to tie the whole thing together.
For owners of the previous discs the extras do not contain
any surprises. Like volumes one through four you get a bunch
of screen shots, the DVD credits and a few trailers to bulk
out the release. Audio hasn't changed either English or Japanese
stereo, with subtitles, is the order of the day here.