For some people, high school represents the opportunity for a fresh start. You can take new classes and make new friends. For Souichiro Nagi and Bob Makihara, though, high school means something different: the chance to become the top fighters in the entire student body! Too bad Toudou Academy is the hardest possible place to realize their dreams. Their new high school is no ordinary academic institution. Rather than concentrating on classic subjects like math and science, Toudou Academy was created for the sole purpose of reviving the martial arts in Japan! As a result, Souichiro’s aspirations to become top dog are cut short when he runs afoul of Masataka Takayanagi and Maya Natsume. The two upperclassmen easily stop the freshmen duo’s rampage across school, but rather than serving as a deterrent, it only stokes their competitive fire. What kind of monstrous fighters attend Toudou Academy? Are there any stronger than Masataka and Maya? And why in the world is Maya’s younger sister stalking Souichiro? Learn the answers to these questions and more in Tenjou Tenge! – My Anime List
Based on 13 review scores:
Thinking about the people who made this anime and the direction it was going makes my head hurt in ways it shouldn’t. Good Idea, Semi-solid characters(maybe TOO solid), teeeerrible follow through… Unless you can stomach a lot of emotional scenes for the action scenes, or even if you are looking for a emotional sort of anime, this would be it, as for those who like lots of action, for me there was more big broad concepts than action, and not worth the time.
The Forgotten Lair
The Oh! Great studio is known for its excess of cleavage- this series being no different. If you’re not watching clothes getting blown off in a middle of a fight, then you’re seeing someone lose blood by the gallons. The series cuts short on the manga, feeling completely rushed and incomplete. From the middle of this series, you start to forget the main character of this story ever existed, due to the fact that flashbacks take over. When they finally come back, the series is already over.
I was really surprised by the show. I thought it would be a little boring, but it proved me wrong. The show has a lot of violence (blood, breaking of limbs), and mild nudity, but overall, it’s a great show if you want something new to watch.
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Overall this anime did a great job in adapting the superb manga story however it only told half the story, leaving major plot changes and character developments untold. The way it chose to end was poor, with an extremely stupid finale which followed a sad and exciting episode… bad idea. If only this anime does the same thing as others like Full Metal Panic, and make a sequel that looks 10x better than the original. Well at least with the story it has, it was able to portray Action, Drama and Comedy well. So if that’s what you’re looking for then this is the show for you.
One phenomenon I touched on during the Gaogaigar reviews is that if a genre show is done well, regardless of how cheesy and unoriginal it may be, it will be greater than the sum of its parts. While it just misses out on greatness, Tenjho Tenge is a fun and consistently surprising anime, and is recommended for fans of the genre. As for the spiceaphobics of you out there, consider stepping out of your comfort zone. Tenjho Tenge does a bad job of selling itself, and if you just focus on the character design, you might just be missing out on something you’ll like.
Anime News Network
Overall, I intially hated this anime due to a shit story, some terrible characters and the ecchi aspect. However the flashback half of the stroy was actually pretty good, thereby saving this anime from my complete cynicism.
Certainly interesting, but very trying on the patience near the middle.
The Nihon Review
Tenjho Tenge is ultimately a gateway to the slightly superior manga. It’s a decent way to blow off steam for those who like the shounen action style and are willing to read the manga afterwards. For everyone else, watch the OP since that’s the only thing that’s truly worth the time.
Sleepless Ronins Reviews
That is irritating.
That is one of the biggest reasons I could not rate this series higher. It goes along, doing just fine, setting up everything. Then once everything is set… it ends. There are days where I think I need to grab those manga just to finish the story.
Tenjho Tenge has been kind of an anime rollercoaster. At some points you have some really high peaks, but then the quality will drop off right underneath your feet. The fact that there are only three episodes on each volume is probably the cause of this though it’s a little too late in the game for that to change. The content here is decent enough with a lot of action, humor, and intrigue, but it’s just not enough to pull the show back into recommendation territory.
Every character here is insulting to watch. all they do is every anime clique ever. i find the story horrible inconsistent the characters are uneven and there is no ending which makes sense since the manga had no ending but i would think that they would finish it or ovas that fix it.