The No Need for Tenchi! light novel series ended in 2000, only to be replaced almost immediately by this sequel, written and drawn by the same artist. The only noticeable difference is that the stories tend to be shorter and more comedy-oriented, with fewer of the space-opera adventures that dominated the previous series. The focus on romantic comedy drives home the impact of Tenchi Muyô! as fanboy wish fulfillment in its purest form: the hero has cosmic superpowers but is otherwise a perfect blank onto which the reader can project himself, the women represent the basic spectrum of light novel dream-girl types (the sey tough gal, the prim aristocrat, the innocent prepubescent), and they’re all uniformly obsessed with making Tenchi happy and being his perfect mate. Okuda ends with a long, dramatic story line built on the events in the original Tenchi Muyô OAV, and leaves the franchise more than open to another sequel. The English edition censors nudity. Douluo dalu novel
Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei
Short comedy light novel primarily known as the basis— or, perhaps more accurately, the pitch— for the more manic anime of the same name. When a mad scientist and his young son Ryunosuke find a dying cat, they transfer its brain into a teenage female android chassis, creating Ryunosuke’s ditzy, mouse-chasing big sister Atsuko “Nuku Nuku” Natsume. The 1990 light novel is vapid and plotless, scarcely comprehensible to someone who hasn’t seen the anime, despite being made beforehand. The graphic novel actually consists of only 40 pages of black-and-white light novel; the other 56 pages consist of a set of postcards and “Cat Girl Nuku Nuku Phase 3 ½— Nuku Nuku Goes to Space,” an original 1998 color film comic by OAV animator/ character designer Yuji Moriyama. The film comic is more polished and slightly more interesting than Takada’s original story.
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