"Those who do not heed history are doomed to repeat it." is an oft-used saying to remind people of the importance of learning from the past. In Tenjho Tenge, those of history are doomed to become hard-bodied boys and buxom girls as they continue their eternal struggle.
This raucous anime follows the tale of the Natsume sisters, well endowed with womanly assets and martial arts skills, and Souichiro, a young man with a chip on his shoulder and a fierce spirit in his heart. Together, they form the core of the Juuken Club, one of many combat teams at their unusual high school. Through a Ranma-esque like incident, Souichiro also becomes the unwilling betrothed of Aya, the younger, brown-haired sister with a dark secret. Her older sister, Maya, who can appear as a child at will, is the team leader.
Tenjho Tenge combines fantasy history with martial arts to create a fighting anime that is both sexy and action-packed. Drawn by Mad House, famous for producing Ninja Scroll, the fists fly and the kicks strike with intensity and fury. The series moves at a brisk pace and develops nicely, just like the manga it is based on.
If you are a fan of martial arts films or anime, you won't be disappointed by Tenjho Tenge.
Volume 1: "Round 01" Plot Summary:
In this first volume of Tenjho Tenge, everyone gets introduced, Souichiro and his motorcycle-loving buddy Bob, have just enrolled at Todoh High School, at most unusual institution of learning. Of course, it is probably the right school for our heros as it is ruled by the fist and these two new students can't wait to introduce their fellow classmates to their version of friendly horseplay.
Before this volume ends, Bob and Souichiro will get a lot more than they asked for. Between little girls that can transform into buxom babes, sword-wielding warriors, nice guys that can crush walls with their fists, righteous wrestlers and students that can spontaneously burst into flames, their break-dance moves and hard punches will find plenty of use.
And then there is the little mishap of falling into the shower room at the worst time possible. Some mistakes do last a lifetime.
Languages: English & Japanese with subtitles
Video: 4:3 NTSC Standard Aspect Ratio
Audio: Dolby Digital
American Release Status: Unavailable
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Creator: Oh! Great
Director: Toshifumi Kawase
Character Designer: Takahiro Umehara
Music: Yasunori Honda
Animation Director: Takahiro Umehara
Animation Studio: Madhouse
American Producers: Geneon/Pioneer
Volume 1 Information
Title: Round 01
Running Time: 100
Number of Episodes On This Volume: 4
1: Fight 01
2: Fight 02
3: Fight 03
4: Fight 04
Sorry, a synopsis of this volume is currently unavailable.