Unboxing: Tenchi Muyo: War on Geminar – Part 1 & Part 2 (Limited Edition Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack) [USA]
19/09/2016 Leave a comment
Tenchi Muyo, alongside Dragon Ball Z and Gundam Wing, was one of the first anime franchises I ever watched and although I won’t be unboxing the original Tenchi Muyo OVA series today, that will be saved for another day; I will be unboxing it’s more recent spin-off series known as Tenchi Muyo: War on Geminar.
This series, which takes place in far future and sees thirteen 45-minute OVA episodes spread across two sets, was originally released by FUNimation in America and today I’ll be unboxing the Limited Edition Part 1 release and it’s Standard Edition Part 2 release to illustrate just what you may have missed out on.
Tenchi Muyo: War on Geminar – Part 1 (Limited Edition Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack):
As per usual the first half of Tenchi Muyo: War on Geminar , which contains the first seven episodes of this OVA styled series, was given the ‘Limited Edition’ treatment by FUNimation which sees the standard version of Part 1, minus the carded sleeve, packaged with a chipboard artbox. What’s interesting about is this release is not only the artbox a single piece of key-artwork wrapped around a chipboard box but inside the spacer/filler box (which would be removed and replaced with Part 2) is an artbook featuring around 16 pages worth of key-art from the series. Of course it’s not as impressive as Anime Limited’s Collector’s Edition but it’s a nice little gesture, and in my opinion slightly better than artcards.
On the inside of the artbox we have the standard amaray case that features two different styles of key-art on the front and back of it’s sleeve while on the inside of the amaray case we have the two Blu-ray Discs and Three DVD discs; all of which have a single colour choice (puprle) and the basic font styled used by FUNimation. It’s pretty bland and is possible one of the worst kinds of disc art I have ever seen; fortunately enough however the amount of artwork on the packaging more than makes up for it.
Tenchi Muyo: War on Geminar – Part 2 (Standard Edition Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack):
The second half of Tenchi Muyo: War on Geminar, which consist’s of episodes eight to thirteen, also remains consistent with previous FUNimation releases as we have both Blu-ray and DVD variations of the series packaged inside a standard amaray case with a card sleeve over the top. Of course this carded sleeve, as nice as it is, has to be removed so that the amaray case can go inside the chipboard artbox that was originally included with Part 1; but seeing as the artwork on the amaray sleeve is exactly the same as the carded sleeve then this isn’t exactly a problem.
In terms of disc presentation and layout then it is exactly the same as the previous set; the only difference being that on this occassion theres different selection of episodes and the episodes are spread across two DVDs (as well as two Blu-rays) as opposed to the previous set which had three DVD discs (along with two Blu-rays).
Presentation wise then Tenchi Muyo: War on Geminar – Part 1 & Part 2 feature a variety of artwork on the inside but very little artwork on the inside, which is slightly disappointing; but given FUNimation’s style at the time (of using a different type of disc style) then it’s to be expected. In terms of content then both releases are Region B compatible while the DVD’s are restricted to Region 1; furthermore the series is available in both English and Japanese and when it comes to bonus content then each set is packed with a wide-variety of content including Radio Dramas, Behind the Scenes video documentaries and cast-commentaries alongside the usual selection of trailers and textless songs.
If you are looking for a different type of Tenchi Muyo tale (and enjoy a good mecha series); then Tenchi Muyo: War on Geminar is one thats worth checking out!