|Is it complicated? Heck yeah it is.|
The first is the Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-ohki series, also known as the Tenchi OVA's.
Tenchi Muyo Mihoshi Special (1 episode) - 1994
Tenchi Muyo OVA series 1 (6 episodes) - 1992-1993
Tenchi Muyo! Daughter of Darkness (movie) - 1997
Tenchi Muyo OVA series 2 (7 episodes)- 1994-1995
Tenchi Muyo OVA series 3 (7 episodes)- 2003-2005
Tenchi Muyo GXP (26 episodes) - 2002
I would like to note that the order I put this in is the Chronological Order of the Anime. For Example, the Tenchi Muyo OVA series 3 takes place one year before GXP, but the anime came out after the TV show.
The second franchise is the Tenchi Universe Franchise that spawned multiple movies.
Tenchi Universe (26 episodes) - 1995
Tenchi Muyo! In Love (Movie) - 1996
Tenchi Forever! (Movie) - 1999
What is the difference between the two?
The two franchises have the same characters, but they are essentially different canon story lines. First off, I would like to proclaim my bias. The Tenchi Muyo OVA's along with various other anime got me into the hobby, so I am pretty biased towards the OVA's. Tenchi Universe was fleshed out over a 26 episode TV series, so by the end of the TV series it came to a satisfying conclusion. The subsequent movies just fleshed out the canon of Tenchi Universe, with the first movie developing Tenchi's Mother and Tenchi Forever closing the Tenchi Universe. My friend Anthony Santos would be better in explaining the Universe franchise, since my specialty is more of the OVA saga.
|Tsunami the goddess, but she takes the form of adult Sasami|
Don't believe me? Read as I try to explain the story of Jurai, an important planet in the Tenchi Muyo! Ryo-Ohki world.
Origins - The people who would inhabit Jurai were former space pirates. They formed a confederacy of pirates to consolidate their powers. They eventually came into contact with Tsunami, one of the three goddesses. She offered them a seed that would eventually grow the Juraian Trees. The trees hold great power since the energy they gather is from another dimension. This means that they essentially have an unlimited supply of power. The trees also have a will of their own, a soul of sorts. They condemn violence, so the unlimited power they have is contained by the nonviolent nature of the trees. With this new found power the people gave up pirating and formed the Juriain Empire, the most powerful planet in the galaxy
|Here is the family tree, it is as complicated as it looks|
There is much more to explain about the this tiny piece of the Tenchi Muyo! Ryo Ohki saga, but I think it effectively illustrates one thing, the anime is incredibly deep and very complicated. At first it may look like a regular harem series, but it is incredibly deep in how the world is developed. It goes without saying that it is the most complicated harem Anime ever created, and if you want to look deeper, probably one of the most complex Anime ever made.