Yes, it finally is going to happen. OVA 4!
Hey folks! Yes, as you are already well aware, the official Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-ohki OVA 4 website is now up and running, and there’s the official OVA 4 Twitter feed too. It is a good time to be a Tenchi Muyo! Ry0-ohki fan, eh?
You know, back when OVA 3 ended and over the years since, a lot of fans have asked me on if I thought there’d ever be an OVA 4. Until recently, my answer had always been no. This was based on the old AIC interview with Kajishima-sensei (done prior to the release of OVA 3), which they published in English (or rather Engrish) on their now defunct website.
K: The easy way to put the whole things is, Tenchi Muyo! the 1st, 2nd and 3rd are like in WW2. The Chapter 2 of OVA are post WW2.
T: I believe people will be curious about the Chapter 2 as well. Do you have the idea now?
K: Um…I wonder the project will be accepted by anybody…cause its about a normal daily life after war.
T: Its like after war and everything settled, the rest of it is just normal daily life.
K: Yes. But, there will be another meaning of “war” waiting for him…
T: Yeah, the “war” that is different from “The earth is in DANGER!” things.
K: Therefore, I think there will be no more 4th, 5th of “Tenchi Muyo! Ryohki”OVA Chapter one.
Kajishima-sensei called OVA 1-3 as “Chapter 1,” which was the story of Tenchi. That story was completed, so for him, the story afterward was all about life with Tenchi and his harem. Since Kajishima-sensei seemed down on the idea of there ever being another canon OVA series, I figured we’d just get canon spinoffs, which we did.
After War on Geminar came out, I figured that Paradise War would be the next project to get animated. Indeed, indications were that Kajishima-sensei proposed it as a new anime series, but apparently, AIC wanted to see this in book form first, judge the sales of the book, then decide on whether to animate the series.
However, in the last couple of years, Kajishima-sensei kept hinting at something else coming down the pipe. He teased us with the -If- doujinshi titles, which depict in color storyboard fashion events happening to Tenchi and his harem after they start having children, and even included moments for Seina (Tenchi Muyo! GXP) and his harem’s children. It was only then that I even began to consider that we might get a 4th OVA series, but even then, I erred on the side of caution and figured that things probably wouldn’t pan out. Thankfully, they have.
At the moment, we don’t have any information on what the series will be about, but if I had to guess, I’d say it will be based off of the content of the -If- doujinshi. I’ll certainly do my best to update the FAQ site as information comes to me.
Thanks to everyone who sent me a heads up on this!