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Souichiro Nagi and his half-Brazilian friend Bob Makihara are a pair of street smart {{Delinquent}}s itching to prove that they, with their superior martial arts skills, are the toughest new kids in town when they transfer to their new school, Toudou Academy, from the very first day alone. Unfortunately for them, Toudou is no ordinary high school -- it is a school founded on the principles of teaching and integrating various martial disciplines, meaning ''every single student'' can kick ass, physically ''and'' supernaturally... and Souichiro and Bob are but small fry in a fish tank full of sharks.

Then there's the Executive Council, which dislikes any independent martial artists. After they were schooled as to how powerful Toudou's students are, Souichiro and Bob, through a series of odd happenings, wind up joining the only viable opposition, the Juken Club. Among its members are Maya Natsume, the voluptuous [[ClubLeader functioning leader]] who can turn into a childlike form to conserve her ki and harboring a long-standing feud with her ex-lover and StudentCouncilPresident, Mitsuomi Takayanagi; her younger sister Aya, who forged an ArrangedMarriage with Souichiro after seeing her in the showers (which led to his and Bob's admission to their club); and Masataka Takayanagi, Mitsuomi's rebellious younger brother.

As the battle between both groups rage on, however, it is slowly revealed that their feud goes a long way back to Sengoku Japan, when the characters' ancestors waged a blood feud left unresolved until the present.

''Tenjho Tenge'' ("Heaven and Earth") is a 1998-2010 manga series created by Creator/OhGreat and published by Shuueisha under the "Ultra Jump" label, with a 2004 anime adaptation by Toshifumi Kawase and Creator/{{Madhouse}}, as well as two [=OVAs=] in 2005 and 2006.

Its American release by CMX, was rather notorious for severely toning down the fanservice (with Oh! great's permission, which was poorly conveyed to the audience) to make it suitable for a "T" rating rather than the "M" it would otherwise get. Indeed, the series was advertised as "Pure Manga--100% the way the original Japanese creators want you to see it." Many fans were dismayed, especially those who [[JustHereForGodzilla had bought the first volume specifically to see the naked women Oh! Great's manga creations are noted for]]. After CMX ceased publishing, Viz rescued the manga's overseas license and put it under its Signature Line, with noticeably less censoring.

The anime adaptation was licensed for a US release by Creator/{{Geneon}}, though the company eventually went under and the DVD release went out of print. Creator/DiscotekMedia rescued the show and are planning a DVD release in May.

A [[{{Characters/TenjhoTenge}} Character Sheet]] is available for this series.

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!!Tropes associated with Tenjou Tenge include:

* AbortedArc: Some readers felt that TenjhoTenge was wrapped up so quickly after the last flashback arcs because Oh!Great wanted to focus more on [[DuelingShows Air Gear]].
* AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil: The members of the Executive Council have the authority to kill people who they think are causing problems in the school.
* AbsurdlySharpBlade
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: When it comes to Seinen shows this is probably one of the best examples of this, it seems to be that the only exceptions are Bob and Chiaki. (However, Bob gets less screentime over the course of the series and Chiaki was fairly minor to begin with.)
* AloofBigBrother: Mitsuomi towards Masataka. The Natsumes are a partial subversion; while Maya may seem aloof towards Aya it is clear that she does look out for her, whereas Shin was almost '''too''' attached to Maya.
* AnArmAndALeg
* AntiquatedLinguistics: All of Maya's lines.
* ArcWelding
* ArtEvolution: The art was excellent to begin with, but Oh! Great has unmistakeably improved. Compare [[http://view.thespectrum.net/series/tenjou-tenge-chapter-136.html?ch=Chapter+136&page=84 this]] to [[http://view.thespectrum.net/series/tenjou-tenge-chapter-136.html?ch=Chapter+136&page=75 this.]]
* AuthorAppeal: Fighting, big breasts, and possibly bondage, depending on how you look at it.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: The Enforcers, and how. The President of the group is officially acknowledged as the strongest fighter in the school. Just look at Mitsuomi's transformation from freshman to top dog: [[http://ak.static.dailymotion.com/dyn/preview/320x240/6628840.jpg freshman]]; [[http://www.nautiljon.com/images/perso/miniatures/Tenjou_Tenge/mitsuomi_takayanagi.jpg topdog]].
** This is to be expected, considering that the new student council is determined by a school-wide tournament, with the winning group becoming the council. The first rounds of the tournament are essentially a large chaos match where opposing groups can attack one another any time and anywhere, with only the order in which they face one another being determined by the tournament. It becomes a more conventionally organized tournament in the final rounds, but throughout the entire thing, it's acceptable to use ''real'' weapons, potentially lethal moves and a variety of tactics that can easily be lead to the death of the participants. Naturally anyone who makes it out on top of this is undoubtedly one of the baddest of the badasses in the entire school.
* AuthorFilibuster: During the last chapter the monologues can become a little too heavy.
* BabiesEverAfter: [[spoiler:Bob and Chiaki]] have the most adorable child ever.
* BadAss: So many different examples. Standing out is Mitsuomi, who seems to be a homage to FistOfTheNorthStar.
** BadassGrandpa: Dogen Takayanagi. [[spoiler:As are nearly every one of the heads of the Red Phoenix families.]]
** BadassLongcoat: Nagi in his uniform.
** BadassNormal: Koji Sagara/SAGA MASK. He is less powerful than the rest of the cast, but he still ''killed a bear with his bare hands''.
** CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Kagesada Sugano. Holy shit, Kagesada Sugano. Not even ''he'' knew that he could fight like that.
** LittleMissBadass: Madoka Mawari and her many swords, including a BFS and a pair of [[FlamingSword flaming ones]].
* BarbieDollAnatomy: Subverted.
* BecomingTheMask: Mana, transitioning from fake girlfriend to the real thing.
* BiggusDickus: Bob. "Show me your power." "ORAAA!" * drops trousers* * everyone flees*
* BigOlEyebrows: Mitsuomi sports these.
** Soichiro's flamed brows cross over into UnusualEyebrows.
* BiTheWay: The infamous Aya X Chiaki scene.
* BlackBestFriend
* BlackComedyRape
* BlackAndGrayMorality: While the truly villainous characters are fairly easy to spot, the good guys aren't squeaky clean either.
* BleachedUnderpants: Actually not very bleached at all.
* BookEnds: The last chapter of the series echoes many, many scenes from the first chapter, including the first battle between Souichiro and Masataka, all the way down to the return of the original hairstyles and looks for many of the characters.
* BrotherSisterIncest: Part of the reason for Shin's madness, though no incest actually occurred between them.
* BruceLeeClone: Inosanto Dan.
** Who is also a ShoutOut to Eskrima master Dan Inosanto, a real life pupil and friend of Bruce Lee's. He even appears in Game of Death.
* ButNotTooForeign: Bob is a nearly seven foot tall black man - but he's still half-Japanese. (Despite this, he is still called 'foreigner' by pretty much everyone.)
* CoversAlwaysLie: One could think Masataka Takayanagi is TheProtagonist by just looking at the manga covers and comparing them; 1) Because he is one of the few male characters to feature on the covers, girls are more prominent, 2) He has ''two'' solo covers[[note]]Volume 11 and 20[[/note]], while the ''de facto'' protagonist, Soichiro Nagi, has just one solo cover [[note]]Volume 22 - though he appears as the Ultimate Warrior/Susano'o on it[[/note]]. Also the cover page for Chapter 130 has Masataka laying down with Aya and Maya for no real reason besides a visual metaphor, while it is Nagi whom both sisters are more "friendly" with.
* CrashIntoHello: After being knocked out of a third-story window and falling through a roof, no less.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: '''Masataka Takayanagi'''.
* DanceBattler: Bob.
* DancingTheme: "Bomb A Head!" by m.C.A.T., though mostly Bob and Aya getting down. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YUWD4BZ81Y Check it out.]]
* DangerousForbiddenTechnique
* DecoyProtagonist: [[spoiler:Soichiro Nagi is this, to a certain extent. He's set up to be the grand hero, but in the last five or so volumes, he isn't as involved in the more important conflicts like Masataka is, and in the end, (not that it's his fault) he's gone from being the protagonist to being the antagonist, leaving Masataka and Maya in the sort of "central protagonist" spot.]]
* DemotedToExtra: Takayanagi was initially relegated to this fate, but he's soon back in the spotlight during his [[spoiler:battle with Mitsuomi, which he won handily despite the collapse of the building around them. From then on, he remains important, as he is the one that has to battle Souichiro at the end of the series and buy enough time for the Natsume sisters to help Souichiro destroy the Susano'o power.]]
** His battle with Fu Chien was a pretty big spotlight moment, too.
** And let's not forget Nagi, who seems to have steadily drifted out of focus as the primary protagonist since the first flashback arc up until the beginning of the tournament where he [[spoiler: became the BigBad, sorta]], and even then he spent several chapters before the finale wandering around off screen. Of course, no one even comes close to the demotion suffered by Bob Makihara, who went from being a secondary protagonist to being a relatively low-level (if very likable) supporting character.
* EarnYourHappyEnding: For such a dark series, it's a pleasant surprise that they do!
* {{Ecchi}}: and beyond.
* EroticEating: Typically TurnedUpToEleven in ch. 56.
* {{Expy}}: Several of the characters in Tenjho Tenge can be considered a blueprint for characters in Oh!Great's other manga series Manga/{{Air Gear}}. For example:
** [[TheHero Souichiro Nagi]]: Itsuki Minami
** [[SexyMentor Maya]] [[BrokenBird Natsume]]: [[CoolBigSis Rika]] and [[CuteBruiser Mikan]] Noyomano
** [[CannotSpitItOut Aya Natsume]]: Ringo Noyomano
** [[BadAss Mitsuomi Takayanagi]]: Sora Takeuchi
* EyepatchOfPower: Nagi's mother.
* FluffyFashionFeathers: At least on a manga cover.
* GagBoobs: Most of the female cast, especially in the case of the two Natsume sisters. One of Sohaku's minions {{Lampshades}} this in comedic fashion, transforming into Aya and mockingly throwing around her large breasts, asking "How do you even fight with these?"
** You know, if you read after chapter 50 and [[{{Immortality}} the]] [[ShockAndAwe fact that]] [[MindOverMatter two melons]] [[SoulPower are]] ''what make you raise and eyebrow'' for the Martial Arts, [[ComicallyMissingThePoint you are kind of reading it wrong]].
* GirlOnGirlIsHot[=/=]LesYay: This, like other examples of [[JiggleShow jiggle shows]] in anime does have its share of potential LesYay. The biggest example is the fairly infamous scene with Aya and Chiaki early in the series, with slightly different ways of Chiaki seducing Aya but Aya ending up getting away. In the Anime [[spoiler: they were both wearing towels covering their naughty bits and Chiaki is trying to seduce her.]] In the Manga [[spoiler: they were both seen nude and while Chiaki is just seducing Aya it really looks like they are having sex.]] Both of them ended in the same way though; Aya using her powers to get away and both of them apologizing over how that happened.
** Unfortunately, the above scene comes closely after Chiaki's assault (outright rape in the manga) by Ryuzaki.
* TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry: Aya Natsume certainly feels this way towards Maya over Souichiro. Granted, it seems fairly onesided as we don't yet know what Maya feels towards Souichiro, but given the latter's admission that he loves her, one could argue that Aya has good reason to feel like this. It doesn't help that within the school she's usually just referred to as "Maya-chan's little sister."
* GroinAttack: There is one body part that a man, even one who can beat up 80 other guys without breaking a sweat, can never make stronger, apparently (poor Masataka...).
* GuiltyPleasure: Oh ''yes''...
* HardWorkHardlyWorks: Played with. While some characters are simply BadAss by nature and never have to study or train - Bunshichi, for instance - and others are born with amazing powers that give them an advantage in combat - like Aya, say - other characters are just more or less ordinary human beings who train constantly. Masataka especially averts this, beating a character who is only a few steps away from [[PhysicalGod physical godhood]] with no special powers other than the ones he's earned through a lifetime of grueling effort. His brother is the same. Honorable mention to Kusagano who also managed to take down gifted martial artists despite being known as a NonActionGuy - he trained himself like mad for three years to do it.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Maya]] makes one for Souichiro.
** [[spoiler: Makiko]] makes two, though the latter is more permanent.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Sohaku, Makiko, Maya... one of the themes of the setting is how much of a hypocrite most characters are and what consequences this had in the people around them.
* HypocriticalHumor: In Episode 1 of the anime, Aya keeps trying to make Souichirou eat her homemade bento. She finds him on the roof with Bob...
-->Aya (English ver.): Oh, I get it: You wanted to come here so you could eat in peace. (Leaps over the fence.)
** This particular humour is lacking in the Japanese version; Aya only comments that one can eat a leisurely lunch on the roof.
* {{Infodump}}: One third of Tenjho Tenge. The other two thirds: violence and weird sex.
* JerkAss: Many characters can come across this way at times. Special mention must go to both Souichiro Nagi and Mitsuomi Takayanagi.
** They both become full-blown [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Jerks With a Heart of Gold]] by the end (in Souichiro's case, [[spoiler:after he manages to get rid of Sohaku possessing him]]).
* JiggleShow: This is pretty much one of the reasons why fans deem this as a "Sister Series" to IkkiTousen.
* KudzuPlot: Not really, but it can take a dozen readings and a couple of crazy pills to catch half of the plots in the series... probably.
* LadyOfWar: Nagi's mother.
* LetsFightLikeGentlemen: Fights with ''no'' rules of engagement are the norm in this series, but Saga Mask grants a concession when Nagi yells "Rope!" with no rope anywhere around, betraying that he is actually rather noble and not brutal like he claims to be.
* LogicalWeakness: Saga Mask (correctly) points out that no matter how strong you are, the human body is simply not designed to strengthen its joints. This is only an issue if say, you're fighting some [[MaskedLuchador with an encyclopedic knowledge of wrestling moves]].
* LongRunner: The manga started in 1997, and took thirteen years to finish.
* TheManBehindTheMan: Sohaku.
* MistakenForGay: See NotWhatItLooksLike. Thankfully, it's all cleared up in the next page.
* MyKungFuIsStrongerThanYours
* MsFanservice: Most of them, but Chiaki in particular.
* NakedFirstImpression: Combined with a form of AccidentalMarriage.
* {{Necromancer}}: Sohaku, and later, [[spoiler: Souichiro]].
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Souichiro Nagi receives one when he attempted to play CombatPragmatist with Masataka Takayanagi, an actual [[KiAttacks superpowered martial artist]].
** Done again by Shin to his friends (according to paramedics, the girl had her face so mutilated he nearly vomited), Bushinshi to Shin in the Manga (taking him down with only one hit) and Nagi Vs Kabane.
* NotWhatItLooksLike: What would you have thought if you walked in a room and found [[http://www.mangareader.net/657-56312-8/tenjo-tenge/chapter-133.html this]]?
* ObliviousToLove: Poor Masataka. Aya just doesn't see anyone but Souichiro. [[spoiler: She later admits, when he confesses his feelings to her, that she would LIKE Masataka that way if it wasn't for the fact that she just noticed Souichiro first.]]
* OjouRinglets: Emi Isuzu has these.
* {{Orochi}}: Though not explicitly stated, Souichiro's MegaManning of the powers of the other Red Feather families (also called Dragons) has caused him to fall victim to WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity[=/=]SuperpoweredEvilSide. Most recently, when he uses his powers he even LOOKS like he has snake/dragon heads sprouting out of his body. The translation refers to him as 'Snake God' at one point. Add to that the references to Amaterasu, Tsukiyomi, and Susanoo, and we would have the complete set of references to Shinto mythology.
** In volume 14, Tetsuhito relates a tale about the Takayanagi clan's origins that is presented as the historical event that inspired the myth of Susanoo's slaying of Orochi.
* PantyShot
* PigeonholedVoiceActor: In the anime.
* PoorCommunicationKills: Used a lot.
* PhysicalGod: [[spoiler: Souichiro as the Ultimate Warrior/Susano'o.]]
* RapeAsDrama
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Sohaku's special power allows him to prevent the onset of age in himself and others and additionally allows him to transfer his consciousness from one body to another via eye transplants. This results in Sohaku being considered effectively immortal and it is estimated that he could be thousands of years old.
* SchoolOfHardKnocks
* SexFaceTurn: Mana
* ShoutOut: At one point during his TrainingFromHell, Souichiro starts going [[DragonBallZ Super Saiyan]]. Then his teachers tell him to cut it out.
** Souichiro asking how Masataka hit him with a "Ka-XX-ha-me-ha" in the first few chapters.
** All the "heroes" seen in Sugano/Asshat's mental image of a heroic punch, including what appeared to be Superman in a ninja mask and Super Saiayjin Goku with a fu manchu.
** Late in the manga, the Juken Club fights ''{{Tekken}}'' characters - actually, a cosplaying group.
* StrawMisogynist: The whole story is packed to the bursting point with it and includes both villainous and heroic examples leading to a lot of UnfortunateImplications.
* ToughLove: And how. This is the only way to describe the relationship between the Takayanagi brothers. Basically Masataka gets the stuffing knocked out of him by his older brother all in the way of making him "stronger".
* TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty: Souichiro tries this on with Masataka. It ... [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown doesn't end well]].
* VillainousFashionSense: Mitsuomi, all the way. When he's not dressed to fight, he wears clothes that are either intimidating or plain silly-looking depending on the context.
* WallOfText
* WholeEpisodeFlashback: Volumes 5-7 are 99% flashback, as are Volumes 15 and 16.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: People who possess supernatural powers have difficulty learning to control them and sometimes end up going crazy. A textbook example is Shin, and later Souichiro falls prey to this hard, becoming [[spoiler: the physical embodiment of the Ultimate Warrior Susano'o]].
* ZettaiRyouiki: Aya's school outfit often displays this. Maya- when she ''does'' wear the school uniform - also demonstrates this.
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