Thoughts in passing while watching:
- Well, so much for the "demon" theory. Ryoko's an alien, as is Yosho.
- The whole "statute of limitations" thing interests me. It was set at 700 years after the incident by the Holy Council (which I believe is Azusa, Misaki, Funaho and Seto). Now, if you go with the whole "Tsunami Scheme" theory (which I do), that means that someone figured it'd take that long to make a suitable Tenchi (so to speak), reform Ryoko to any extent, and get the next step in the process going. Let's also consider that during that time Yosho single-handedly populated Kurashiki (grin) and also managed to marry Airi (from Airai--Tenchi is actually the byproduct of Jurai, Airai and Earth). This leads us to the conclusion that Tsunami had to do a lot of planning and meddling to make things work out as they did. Keep that in mind for a later topic.
- Earth's a colony world. Hmmm. Damn Juraians take credit for everything.
- Ayeka knows of Ryoko and has a very personal dislike for her. (True Tenchi novels explain that one)
- Ayeka has a very unhealthy thing for her brother.
On to Tenchi:
- We first learn just what that "Ryo-ohki" in "Tenchi Ryo-ohki" is.
- Just how does Ryoko know that Ayeka's nearby?
- I find it interesting that Ryoko can't hold the sword. I'm thinking that this is Funaho's doing, keeping Ryoko away from the gems until she's ready to handle the responsibility and power they entail. And of course beyond Funaho, that meddling kami-sama Tsunami.
- Tenchi is a sucker for tears. That's going to haunt him the rest of his life.
- Nobuyuki is an interesting case, given what we find out about him much much later. He's freaked by the appearance of Ayeka's ship, but it's why he's freaked that we really don't comprehend until OAV 3.
- Note that Ryoko would rather run than fight Ayeka. Of course, she knows she's nowhere near full power.
- Smart boy, that Tenchi, limiting Ryoko to one gem.
- Here's an interesting question--are the mini-guardians Azaka & Kamidake's making, or Ayeka's? I suspect the latter.
- Hmm. Sitting casually at a table having tea while interrogating a prisoner. My, Ayeka, we sure do like to emulate our grandmother, don't we? Pity that temper of yours gets in the way, and more the pity that Ryoko a) knows about it and b) knows how to trigger it, throwing you off-balance every time.
- Tenchi being the name of both the sword and the boy--I completely missed the significance of this in terms of Kagato's quest the first time around.
- Even many parsecs away, Ayeka knows better than to defy Misaki...
- Sasami is a little turd that loves making mischief.
- So. We know Ayeka was in deep-freeze for 700 years and that's why she's still relatively young. But little sister Sasami...this isn't her ship. It's conceivable that there was a second hiberation unit, but so far as we can tell, she's been running wild on the ship for some time (and did Ayeka even know about her presence?). So why isn't she older? Could it be that Tsunami needed to take the dominant form during that time in order to progress things?
- You kind of feel sorry for Ayeka when she's watching the holo of Yosho. Yes, the whole half-brother thing is creepy, but you take that away and she's still concerned for his well-being. I think. She does stop those icky feelings for her brother and start them for Tenchi pretty quickly...
- Again, Sasami is a turd.
- And Ayeka proves that Mommy's self-defense training works every time.
- And now Sasami has manipulated things to guarantee a three-way...confrontation. Yes, a confrontation. Of course, it also ensures that it's going to be that much more difficult for Ryoko to get those remaining gems now.
- Big clue time regarding the royal blood thing.
- And now we see that Ryoko has a vicious side and it ain't pretty. Of course, half her confidence comes from knowing that her ship can regenerate.
- I always wondered--where did the electricity and gas come from when Ryoko restored the house down by the lake?
Them's my thoughts. What're yours?