Tenjho Tenge
Volume 6 - Birth of the True Warrior

Starring (voice): Aya Hisakawa, Minori Chihara, Shinichiro Miki, Souichiro Hoshi and Tomokazu Seki
RRP: 19.99
Certificate: 15
Available 16 April 2007

It's another academic year at the Toudou academy and Souchirou Nagi and Bob Makihara, two juvenile delinquents who 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...

This is the sixth disc in the Madhouse anime Tenjho Tenge series and once more, like the previous discs, this volume contains only three episodes - which is rather strange for a show that only ran to twenty-four episodes. Either the last disc in the set contains only two episodes or they are going to throw in the two OVA's which would make up for the last couple of discs being a little on the short side for content. The frenetic, funky and downright sexy style continues with little noticeable drop in quality. If you're into teen posing and fights then the show still delivers.

To recap: Aya has stolen her brother's Katana and has gone off to try and get Maya reinstated in school. Meanwhile Bob and Souichiro are recovering from their run in with the Executive Council and, in the defence of their friend, also submit their resignation from the school. Meanwhile the power of the Dragon's Eye is growing with Aya, with the possibility of history, tragically, repeating itself.

Fight twenty, Stratagem, and an episode that moves away from the narrative rich shows to get back to breaking bones and smashing faces. The schools are still at each other throats, meaning that this episode has loads of fights and very little in the way of story. As a stand alone episode it will make absolutely no sense unless you have seen the previous shows.

Fight twenty-one, Accidental Discharge (must be all those partially clad girls), and an evil is coming. Shin is being set up to become the great evil against which the ultimate martial artist will define themselves. Shin turns up at the school and the demonic Katana starts to glow with power.

Fight twenty-two, Determination, and it's the last one on the disc. The best martial artists are ranged against the Jukken Club, with only one thing on their minds, the ultimate destruction of the club.

Extras on the disc are what we have come to expect: screenshot gallery; trailers; and the DVD credits. Audio remains stereo English or Japanese with subtitles. The Japanese version is great, though fans might wonder why some of the English dub actresses voices are so high. Well, it's cultural. To the Japanese ear the higher voice is more attractive.

So we're near the end and to be honest these episodes are a bit of a backward step with less story and more blood and gore. However, if blood and gore are your thing then you most probably think that the show has gone back to doing what it does best.

Charles Packer

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