Souichiro Nagi and his half-Brazilian friend Bob Makihara are a pair of street smart Delinquents
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 functioning leader
who can turn into a childlike form to conserve her ki and harboring a long-standing feud with her ex-lover and Student Council President
, Mitsuomi Takayanagi; her younger sister Aya, who forged an Arranged Marriage
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 Oh! Great
and published by Shuueisha under the "Ultra Jump" label, with a 2004 anime adaptation by Toshifumi Kawase and 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 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 Geneon
, though the company eventually went under and the DVD release went out of print. Discotek Media
rescued the show and released a DVD set in May 2014
A Character Sheet
is available for this series.
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