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The second TV series based on Tenchi Muyo!, 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 just wants to be normal, so he leaves his harem 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 Monster of the Week situation, but the later portion sees the traditional crew falling apart, only to come back together when they're really needed.


Tropes used include:

  • Accidental Misnaming: In episode 12, Nobuyuki keeps mispronouncing Sakuya's last name as "Shirokuma".
  • Ascended Extra: Famous Gonk Amagasaki becomes a recurring character in this series.
  • Backstory Invader: Sakuya Kumashiro was created by Yugi and inserted into the school Tenchi goes to in Tokyo, with all her classmates getting false memories of her. Since Tenchi was new in town to begin with he never had the opportunity to even suspect anything was different. Ultimately, once Yugi decided that Sakuya had outlived her usefulness, Sakuya was reabsorbed back into her and all the other students besides Tenchi forgot she'd ever existed- she even disappeared from photographs.
  • Bad Liar: Sakuya calls Tenchi a lousy liar in episode 10, when he chose to go on a date with Ryoko.
  • Biker Babe: One time character Masayo.
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  • Bland-Name Product: The girls are watching a Samy-branded TV, a reference to Sony, as well as to Pretty Sammy (which is called "Pretty Samy" in Japan).
  • Brainwashed: In one episode Tenchi is hypnotized into marrying Sakuya. The others stop the plot.
  • Broke Episode: Episode 5.
  • Complexity Addiction: Yugi's entire plan, when her true driving motivation is considered.
  • Crystal Weapon: Tenchi is given a crystal sword with six magical gems embedded in it. As he just wants to be normal, he takes the gems out and just gives them to his harem.
  • Dark Magical Girl: Yugi. Unusual example as she's the Big Bad of this continuity but let's count off the traditional traits:
    • A special and close relationship to the Magical Girl (in this case, Sasami)
    • Obessive control of friends as opposed to the sweet helpfulness of Sasami.
    • Not truly evil, and eventually making a Heel–Face Turn at the end of the series.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: Hotsuma.
  • Enemy Mine: Despite being romantic rivals, Ryoko and Ayeka share a hatred for Sakuya.
  • Evil Plan: Take Over the World 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.
  • Foreshadowing: At the end of "Ryoko's Big Date", when Sakuya is emotionally angry at Tenchi for lying to her about going on a date with Ryoko and then running away from him much to Tenchi's own personal dismay, Yugi, who's silently watching the entire scene play out, starts to cry unexpectedly, which can be very odd considering that at this point, Yugi is played up as being the Big Bad of the series and that it wouldn't make sense for her to cry for her own targeted victims. It's not until near the end of the series that the entire scenario itself soon makes sense in due time when the viewers themselves eventually learn that Sakuya is actually Yugi's shadow and thus a reflection of her own personality.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: The Japanese titles take on the form of haiku.
  • Karma Houdini:
    • The show tries to portray Yugi as a troubled girl that couldn't control her powers and driven insane by loneliness, but she takes way too much enjoyment in separating the group, as well as impaling Ryoko through the neck from within their first confrontation. Not helping Yugi's case is the fact that she also takes way too much pleasure in re-absorbing a terrified Sakuya and then mind-raping Tenchi with her Lotus-Eater Machine in the hopes of stopping him from interfering in her plans. And yet, even after all of that, she only gets off easy with just a slap on the wrist (or in this case, a slap in the face from Tenchi himself).
    • 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 seems to be the frontrunner for Tenchi at endgame with Sakuya out of the picture.
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: Mr. Fujisawa, the teacher of Tenchi's class.
  • Left Hanging: 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 Yugi becomes like Sakuya when she grows up.
  • Line-of-Sight Name: 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.
  • Lotus-Eater Machine: Tenchi gets trapped in one towards the end with Sakuya (who, at this point, is completley under Yugi's control). However, Sakuya breaks free and sends him back to the real world, even though it kills her in the end.
  • Market-Based Title: Tenchi in Tokyo was known as Shin Tenchi Muyo! ("New Tenchi Muyo!") in Japan.
  • Masked Luchador: Erm, sort've. There's a wrestler that shows up in one episode that wears a mask.
  • Mind-Control Eyes: Tenchi when he has been brainwashed in the episode when he is hypnotized into marrying Sakuya.
  • Moment Killer: 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.
  • Morality Pet: Sasami, for Yugi.
  • Neck Lift: In Episode 13, Yugi grabs Ryoko by impaling her hand into Ryoko's neck.
  • Putting the Band Back Together: The final quarter of the series.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: Yugi's subordinates.
  • Really Dead Montage: The special end credits for episode 24.
  • Red String of Fate: In episode 2.
  • School Festival: Is the central theme for episodes 15-16.
  • Self-Serving Memory: Ayeka's flashback story to Masayo; she claims that Tenchi was her fiancee, and that she's trying to save him from "that stalker woman" Sakuya"; Ayeka imagines her as a dominatrix who's torturing Tenchi. Sasami dismisses Ayeka's story, and tells Masayo that Ayeka just wants to check up on Tenchi.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Pretty Sammy and Pixy Misa (in their Magical Project S costumes) appear on the score display at a karaoke in episode 10. Pretty Sammy also appears on one of the photo sticker booths.
    • In episode 14, the staff Dominatrix!Sakuya carries in Ayeka's fantasy is the same one that Ifurita wields.
    • In episode 22, Rio and Yuji (from Burn Up W) have cameo roles, as does Photon.
  • Show Within a Show: Mihoshi became a huge fan of Space Police Policeman, after she and Kiyone got jobs playing villains in the series.
  • Sick Episode: 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.
  • Spanner in the Works: Three of them show up and trash the Big Bad's plans: Washu, because the villains always tend to underestimate her and in this case this lets her decode Yugi's plans; Sasami, because Yugi got distracted by her desire to keep her out of her schemes since she's her Morality Pet (and this is pointed out by Matori, twice); and especially Sakuya, who despite being Yugi's "shadow", in the end turns out to be more independent than she should've been...
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: 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 Biker Babe 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.
  • Stealth Pun: In the Japanese version of episode 9, one of the commercial's slogans is "Denchi Muyo!", which translates to "No need for batteries!"
  • Stood Up: In episode 10, when Tenchi chose to go on a date with Ryoko instead of Sakuya. When it's all over and Ryoko goes back home after a great day, Tenchi goes home, passes by the local park... and finds Sakuya, who has been waiting for him around five hours (thank God she chose a bench in the park instead of a restaurant). She lets Tenchi explain himself and forgives him, but she can't help crying anyway as she explains herself to Tenchi as well. Since Sakuya is a "shadow" of the Big Bad Yuugi, there's some lampshading as Yuugi watches over the whole exchange from above, and when Sakuya starts crying... Yuugi cries too, much to Yuugi's own shock.
  • Tokyo Is the Center of the Universe: The trope is normally averted in the TM world since the Masaki shrine is located in the prefecture of Okayama, but in this particular series it's played completely straight.
  • Third-Option Love Interest: Sakuya (and watch Ryoko and Ayeka foam at their mouths!)
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Sakuya.
  • Two-Timer Date: Subverted in the episode, "Ryoko's Big Date", in which Ryoko and Sakuya offered to go out on a date with Tenchi in Tokyo, but Tenchi chose Ryoko, after he heard her warning on his answering machine.
  • Uncanny Valley Makeup: Ryoko at the start of episode 10.
  • Unwanted Harem: 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.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: 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.


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