Tenchi Muyo OVA 1-2 (1992-1995)

This is the kind of show that throws everything it can into the mix in the hopes that some of it works. You have comedy, romance, science fiction, action and whatnot. It starts with Tenchi awakening a dormant creature that turns out to be a mischievous female android from space with magic-like powers. Soon after other characters turn up, most of them women and from space. It’s not very coherent, the first six episodes of the first OVA are more space opera with an action driven narrative, the following episodes fall into a more mundane environment where the stories concentrate on Tenchi and his friends doing normal everyday stuff. Later the big action rears its head again.

One reason that the show works is that, despite all these seemingly disparate elements, the characters are quite likable. That’s probably the main reason, as nothing else in the show is particularly original or compelling enough. There’s nothing deep there and the few times the shows tries itself at more dramatic characterization it looks completely ridiculous, but the rest of the time it’s just fun to watch.