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In the Tenchi Universe continuity, Ayeka is still a princess of Jurai's Royal Family, but of a Branch House of the Royal Family, as opposed to the Main House, and (in Yosho's years of long absence) has the strongest claim on the Throne of Jurai once she is of age. As shy and demure as before, she seems to fall in love with Tenchi on the very first day she meets him.

Ayeka was drawn to Earth by Mihoshi's distress signal, but once again, she finds Ryoko there as well and a massive fight eventually occurs. Here, the rivalry with Ryoko started back during their childhood, which was shown through flashbacks, with both Ayeka and Ryoko blaming each other for their problems.

Ayeka is more than happy staying on the beautiful Earth, as upon her arrival she was growing incredibly tired of all the tasks she has to perform as a princess. It would seem that Ayeka was coming from an arranged marriage meeting when she received Mihoshi's distress signal, as she cannot assume the throne of Jurai until she finds a husband.

Again, Ayeka has a ship, Ryu-Oh, which crash-lands on Earth, however, it becomes incapable of flying when it begins to regenerate, taking root to the wreckage of her old ship. However, Ryu-Oh is not an extremely powerful Royal Tree, and there are no secrets to Jurai's awesome power in this continuity.

Ayeka is a relatively minor member of the Jurai royal family if compared to Prince Yosho (Tenchi's grandfather, Katushito Masaki) who is first in line for the throne followed by Tenchi, his heir. Ayeka is not the daughter of the Emperor as in the OVA. Still, after being kidnapped by this series' Kagato (and being inexplicably stripped of her shoes and socks while in captivity) and released by Tenchi, she stays on Jurai because she must remain with the Imperial Family from then on and assume the throne because Tenchi chooses to live a peaceful life on Earth, but as the series concludes, Ayeka chooses to run away from home and rejoin Tenchi on Earth.

Trivia

  • The movie, Tenchi Muyo! Daughter of Darkness. and the series, Ai Tenchi Muyo!, both have tenuous connections to Tenchi Universe, but are their own distinct continuities and Ayeka's depictions in each can be found in the Other Spin-offs tab.
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