Synopsis by Hal Erickson
First broadcast in Japan from 1992 to 1998, the weekly animated series Tenchi Muyo! (aka Tenchi Universe) spotlighted high schooler Tenchi Masaki, who lived with his father and grandfather, the latter a Shinto priest. Against his grandpa's wishes, Tenchi visited a cave near his home, where he accidentally released a centuries-old demon: gorgeous female space pirate Ryoko, who had been consigned to a life of evil by the spell of the wicked Kagato. Before long, Tenchi's home became the headquarters not only for Ryoko, but also for several other mystical women, including princesses Ayeka and Sasami from the planet Jurai and intergalactic police officer Mihoshi. Amidst all this confusion, Tenchi learned that he himself was a member of the Jurai royal family, and was expected to fight on the side of Right with the power of his "lighthawk wings" -- not to mention his own light sword, which coincidentally was also named Tenchi. The hero's mission was somewhat compromised by the fact that the six females now living in his home had all fallen in love with him, and just plain wouldn't leave him alone. The series was created by Kajisima Masaki. Together with its sequel Shin Tenchi Muyo (aka Tenchi in Tokyo), Tenchi Muyo! was seen in America beginning July 22, 2000 as part of the Cartoon Network's weekend lineup.