The second TV series based on ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'', ''Tenchi in Tokyo'' is very different from its predecessors. It includes a different backstory for the main characters but in general seems to assume that viewers are familiar with previous versions of the storyline.

In this series, Tenchi [[IJustWantToBeNormal just wants to be normal]], so he leaves his {{harem|Genre}} behind to go to school in Tokyo and work at his grandfather's friend's Shinto shrine. While there he meets Sakuya Kumashiro, the most popular girl in school, who is (naturally) smitten with him, and things seem good... unfortunately, a mysterious girl with fearsome powers named Yugi is threatening Tokyo, and it's often up to Tenchi's old friends (who are all trying to see him anyway) to come and save him... not just from Yugi, but also from Sakuya!

The first half of the series is something of a MonsterOfTheWeek situation, but the later portion sees the traditional crew falling apart, only to come back together when they're really needed.

!!Tropes used include:

* AscendedExtra: Famous {{Gonk}} Amagasaki becomes a recurring character in this series.
* BikerBabe: One time character Masayo.
* {{Brainwashed}}: In one episode Tenchi is hypnotized into marrying Sakuya. [[spoiler:The others stop the plot.]]
* BrokeEpisode: Episode 5.
* ComplexityAddiction: Yugi's entire plan, when her true driving motivation is considered.
* DarkMagicalGirl: Yugi. Unusual example as she's the BigBad of this continuity but let's count off the traditional traits:
** A special and close relationship to the MagicalGirl (in this case, Sasami)
** Obessive control of ''friends'' as opposed to the sweet helpfulness of Sasami.
** [[spoiler: Not truly evil, and eventually making a HeelFaceTurn]].
* DarkSkinnedBlond: Hotsuma.
* EnemyMine: Despite being romantic rivals, Ryoko and Ayeka share a hatred for Sakuya.
* EvilPlan: TakeOverTheWorld type, but the plot itself Yugi splitting up Tenchi's harem so he won't be able to counter-attack when she makes her move.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: The Japanese titles take on the form of haiku.
* KarmaHoudini: The show tries to portray Yugi as a troubled girl that couldn't control her powers and driven insane by loneliness, however she takes way too much enjoyment in separating the group as well as impaling Ryoko through the neck. [[spoiler: Especially after she re-absorbs a terrified Sakuya and then mind-raping Tenchi with her LotusEaterMachine]], she really gets off easy with just a slap.
** Ryoko's a notorious space pirate, as usual. She lands on Earth in this series trying to steal the Jurai Light Stone with Washu, after which Tenchi nursed her and the others back to health. Seeing him kiss Sakuya, she goes back to pirating on an S-class scale to try to run away from her problems. She never gets arrested or imprisoned in any way for her crimes, and [[spoiler: seems to be the frontrunner for Tenchi at endgame with Sakuya out of the picture]].
* LawyerFriendlyCameo: [[Anime/ElHazardTheMagnificentWorld Mr. Fujisawa]], the teacher of Tenchi's class.
* LeftHanging: This is the only Tenchi series never to get any kind of sequel or other installment in the continuity, so we never do get to find out if [[spoiler:Yugi becomes like Sakuya when she grows up]].
* LineOfSightName: In episode 5, Tenchi introduces Sakuya to Ryoko and Ayeka as the characters from the "Monster Busters" arcade game, which Tenchi and Sakuya played earlier. Sakuya called Ryoko and Ayeka "Miss One" and "Miss Two", respectively, because the characters in the game almost bear a resemblance to them.
* LotusEaterMachine: [[spoiler: Tenchi gets trapped in one towards the end with Sakuya (who, at this point, is completley under Yugi's control). However, Sakuya breaks free [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome and sends him back to the real world]], [[DyingMomentOfAwesome even though it kills her in the end]].]]
* MarketBasedTitle: ''Tenchi in Tokyo'' was known as ''Shin Tenchi Muyo!'' in Japan.
* MaskedLuchador: Erm, sort've. There's a wrestler that shows up in one episode that wears a mask.
* MindControlEyes: Tenchi when he has been brainwashed in the episode when he is hypnotized into marrying Sakuya.
* MomentKiller: In the final episode, just when Ryoko is about to kiss Tenchi, Washu pops out of the tree trunk to test her new and improved Dimensional Tunnel. She was then followed by Sasami, and then Ayeka, and finally, Mihoshi and Kiyone. Ryoko proceeds to strangle Washu for ruining her moment.
* MoralityPet: [[spoiler: Sasami, for Yugi]].
* PuttingTheBandBackTogether: The final quarter of the series.
* QuirkyMinibossSquad: Yugi's subordinates.
* [[spoiler:ReallyDeadMontage: The special end credits for episode 24.]]
* RedStringOfFate: In episode 2.
* SchoolFestival: Is the central theme for episodes 15-16.
* SelfServingMemory: Ayeka's flashback story to Masayo is this.
* ShoutOut: Anime/PrettySammy and Pixy Misa (in their ''Magical Project S'' costumes) in episode 10, Rio and Yuji (from ''[[Anime/BurnUp Burn Up W]]'') have a cameo role in episode 22. Also in episode 22, Anime/{{Photon}} makes a cameo appearance.
* ShowWithinAShow: Mihoshi became a huge fan of ''Space Police Policeman'', after she and Kiyone got jobs playing villains in the series.
* SickEpisode: Sasami suffers from the flu in episode 12, leaving Nobuyuki to do Sasami's chores. He eventually decides to go to Tokyo, feeling stressed out by the chores.
* SpannerInTheWorks: Three of them show up and trash the BigBad's plans: Washu, because the villains always tend to underestimate her and in this case this lets her [[spoiler: decode Yugi's plans]]; [[spoiler: Sasami]], because [[spoiler: Yugi got distracted by her desire to keep her out of her schemes since she's her MoralityPet]] (and this is pointed out by [[spoiler: Matori]], ''twice''); and '''especially''' [[spoiler: Sakuya, who despite being Yugi's "shadow", in the end turns out to be more independent than she should've been...]]
* StarCrossedLovers: [[spoiler: Isao and Masayo are a ''literal'' example, as falling stars who were transformed into humans (as a super-fast runner who can't stop his race and a BikerBabe chasing after him) and used by Yugi and Tsugaru to separate Ayeka and Sasami further from Tenchi. It doesn't work since Ayeka decides to ''help'' Masayo, and by the end of the episode they're back together.]]
* StealthPun: In the Japanese version of episode 9, one of the commercial's slogans is "Denchi muyo!", which translates to "No need for batteries!"
* StoodUp: In episode 10, when Tenchi chose to go on a date with Ryoko instead of Sakuya.
* TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse: The trope is normally averted in the TM world since the Masaki shrine is located in the prefecture of [[http://wikitravel.org/en/Okayama Okayama]], but in this particular series it's played completely straight.
* ThirdOptionLoveInterest: Sakuya (and watch Ryoko and Ayeka foam at their mouths!)
* TomatoInTheMirror: [[spoiler: Sakuya.]]
* UncannyValleyMakeup: Ryoko at the start of episode 10.
* UnwantedHarem: While the ''Tenchi Muyo'' franchise is quite well known for this sort of trope, ''Tokyo'' took this trope to its logical conclusion by having ''all'' the girls head-over-heels in love with Tenchi in some fashion and the first half of the series was spent with the girls trying to get to Tenchi and Tenchi trying to have a normal life.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The very first shot of the series features two mysterious fellows stealing an equally mysterious box from a shrine. Neither they nor the box are ever seen or mentioned again.