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No Need for Tenchi, simply titled Tenchi Muyō! Ryo-Ohki (天地無用!魎皇鬼,) in Japan, is 1 of 2 spin off manga series written and drawn by Hitoshi Okuda. It was serialized in Dragon Comic Jr. magazine from December 16, 1994 to September 27, 2000[1] and published in 12 volumes by Kadokawa Shoten in Japan. In the United States, Viz Media published the series, as adapted by Fred Burke, first releasing each chapter as standard comics and then replicating the 12 volumes in 12 graphic novels. The manga uses the initial two OVA of Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki as its basis, but does not share a continuity after that. Therefore, It introduces many characters and plots not used in any other story. The published volumes also includes a couple adaptations of other Tenchi animated projects that stand by themselves and are not part of the manga story line.

The manga series that follows it, The All-New Tenchi Muyo! is a direct sequel, only distinguished by originally being published in the previous magazine's sister publication, Dragon Comic Age, in Japan.

One interesting fact is that this manga often breaks the 4th wall, with the characters sometimes making comments about appearance in previous volumes or mentioning episodes of the anime.

Collected Volumes

  1. No Need For Tenchi!
  2. Sword Play
  3. Magical Girl Pretty Sammy
  4. Samurai Space Opera
  5. Unreal Genius
  6. Dream A Little Scheme
  7. Tenchi in Love
  8. Chef of Iron
  9. The Quest For More Money
  10. Mother Planet
  11. Ayeka's Heart
  12. No Need For Endings

Okuda's Sasami Stories is not part of the series but contains reprints from the series and a gag strip series that was written during the same time period.

References

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