Tenchi Muyo! (OAV 1/1992)
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The creator of Tenchi Muyo!, Masaki Kajishima, named several of the characters after locations in his Okayama Prefecture hometown.
"Tenchi Muyo" is a Japanese pun. In normal usage, this kanji compound means "This side up", and is often seen on boxes and crates. (This is why the North American dubs use a "stencil" font for all the English titles.) In this series, however, it is read quite differently. "Tenchi" refers to the main character, and "Muyo" means "useless". The title could be translated into English as "Useless Tenchi", or "No Need For Tenchi".
The Japanese title logo of Tenchi Muyo! makes a cameo appearance as graffiti in issue 1 of the Mark Waid / Alex Ross graphic novel series Kingdom Come.
When seen from the front, Kagato's hair style resembles the shape of a raised-hood cobra. Washu's "crab" stylings and the relationship between the two scientists are reminiscent of an old allegory between a crab and a snake.
When Tenchi catches Ryoko during her battle with Kagato in episode 6, he tells her "I still have feet". This was Tenchi's way of reassuring Ryoko that he's not dead. In Japanese folklore, ghosts are typically portrayed as legless.
When Washuu dons her nurse outfit in episode 7, her computer says "Ben Casey". This is a reference to the 60's doctor drama Ben Casey.
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