Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar
- Episodes : 13
- Genre : Action, Comedy, Mecha, Fantasy, Harem
- Airing Date : May 2009 - May 2010
- Producers : AIC, BeSTACK
Isekai no Seikishi Monogatari (Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar) Plot (No Spoilers)
An exciting extended OVA series, this show aired for an entire year dropping one massive hour long episode every month as it released in Japan. The Tenchi Muyo! franchise has been one of the most well-known harem comedies in anime history. Tenchi himself has seen his fair share of returns and reboots over the years, but the franchise has had more than a few spinoffs. War on Geminar is one such as these.
Set in a parallel universe, it tells the story of an unknown younger brother called Masaki Kenshi who has found himself in the fantasy world of Geminar. He eventually comes to serve to Princess Lashara who promises to help him search for a way to return home. After encountering a mysterious cult which tried to use his otherworldly powers to pilot a Sacred Mechanoid, he has to keep his origins and abilities a secret. Kenshi follows the princess to an elite academy which trains pilots of these war machines and begins to find a new life in Geminar. Thus begins an epic tale filled with endless girls, mecha action, and comedic hijinks.
What Makes It Tenchi Muyo!?
While none of the classic characters or factions from the mainline series are in this, as it is a parallel universe, the classic staples of the series hold true. Masaki Kenshi is every bit of the ladies’ man as his older brother, if not even more so. Kenshi meets a host of female characters in his new world as individuals with his power are more typically women while men are few in number, giving him all the more rarity in Geminar.
Aside from the harem, the usual light-hearted but raunchy ecchi comedy is set to full blast in this series. While some of the more risqué humor was dubbed out of Tenchi Muyo! in the past, the humor is definitely in this one. There are also many cues back to Kenshi’s life on Earth that fans of the series will enjoy, piecing together what happened to the rest of his family.
A Refreshing Protagonist
While Tenchi was a bit more aloof in his encounters, Kenshi is adept at combat and never shies away from a fight. A few episodes in the series showcase a more Golden Boy type of slice of life aspect to them, as we see Kenshi win over the good will of his peers at his school. It’s in high contrast to the somewhat tsundere behavior of the women who know his secret, but it’s enjoyable seeing him stick things out. He’s a character you want to root for no matter what he’s doing.
Exciting Mecha Combat
One of the more surprising aspects of this series are the Sacred Mechanoids. They seem more organic than machine-like, almost as if they were EVAs from Neon Genesis Evangelion. The fighting is very entertaining when it’s introduced in the series, and it’s one of the few modern style anime that avoided having extensive CGI mech scenes in its run. While it’s not traditional mech designs or fighting in every sense, it was thoroughly enjoyable, and the ending fight is very Tenchi Muyo!
Tenchi Muyo!: War on Geminar is one of our favorites and a much-loved entry of ours in the Tenchi Muyo! saga. We highly recommend you check out this classic if you’re hungry for a new isekai mecha anime that will sate your harem comedy palette. Have you seen War on Geminar? If so what did you think? Let us know in the comments!